Undocumented immigrant parents will now be able to avoid deportation by the American government with the Deferred Action for Parental Accountibility (DAPA) program. The DAPA program was initiated by President Barack Obama instituting an executive action on November 20, 2014.
The DAPA program will allow the parents of undocumented immgrants to ask for a postponement in deportation and garner employment authorization if the person lived in the United States since January 1, 2010, and a parent of a U.S. citizen or a permemant resident born on or before November 20, 2014—which is the same exact day of President Obama’s executive address.
The third rule that must be passed is that the undocumented immigrants parent must pass and have a clean criminal background check. The same individual must not have an enforcement priorty for deportation on or before Nov. 20th from the United States.
The management of the DAPA program has been given to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) by President Obama. All applications will be handled individually by USCIS and government officials believe that applications will be accepted beginning in May 2015.
Although the DAPA program seems like a great initiative for immigrant parents there is an application fee of $465.00. This fee would be used to cover the cost of work authorization and biometrics.
Many believe the new DAPA program is a huge step forward from the older immigration policy, even though there are still a few problems that need to be addressed. Some people feel that the parents of undocumented immigrants may be afraid to come forward because they are not aware or do not have a full understanding of the new DAPA program.
With the new law being approved it is important to note that there is no finalized application form for the DAPA program at this point in time. USCIS will release the final application after all of the requirements have been determined. Preliminary criteria that has been released by USCIS are proof of identity, proof of residency since January 1, 2010. Documents that will be accepted are phone bills, credit card statements, lease agreements, school records and medical records.
Are you in need of legal advice on the new DAPA program or its requirements? If so, don’t hesitate to contact the immigration attorneys at Lyttle Law Firm in Austin Texas. Call our experts at 512-215-5225.