Executive Action on Immigration
On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced that he was taking several executive actions to fix the nation’s broken immigration system. To keep families together, a new program was created, the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA). To qualify for DAPA, one must meet the following requirements:
- Must have been an undocumented parent of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident on November 20, 2014
- Must have continuously resided in the United States since at least January 1, 2010
- Must not be convicted of a felony, serious misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors, excluding traffic offenses
If one is granted DAPA, one can obtain employment authorization, a social security number, and in most cases, a driver’s license. The deferred action will be valid for three years, and can be renewed prior to expiration.
It is anticipated that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting applications within 6 months of the announcement or about May 20, 2014. Contact one of our immigration attorneys at Valverde & Rowell to determine your eligibility for the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability Program.
Should you need help with this DAPA program or any other immigration needs, contact Valverde & Rowell at (757) 422-8472 with anything immigration related from family visas, work or student visas and visitor visas to asylum or removal and detention concerns.
Bradford A. MillerAssociate at Valverde & Rowell, P.C.
Hugo Raul ValverdePartner at Valverde & Rowell, P.C.
R. Barry RowellPartner at Valverde & Rowell, P.C.
Andrew J. ReigelAssociate at Valverde & Rowell, P.C.