Acción Diferida para Responsabilidad de los Padres (DAPA)

On November 20, 2014, the President announced a new program called Deferred Action deferred action for Parent Responsibility, also known as DAPA. This program will be administered case for case who qualify, which includes a criminal background check.

Who May be Considered for DAPA

  1. Have lived in the United States continuously since Jan. 1, 2010, up to the present time.
  2. Were physically present in the United States on Nov. 20, 2014, and at the time of making your request for consideration of DAPA with USCIS.
  3. Had no lawful status on Nov. 20, 2014;
  4. Had, on Nov. 20, 2014, a son or daughter, of any age or marital status, who is a U.S. citizen (USC) or lawful permanent resident (LPR); and
  5. Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors; do not otherwise pose a threat to national security; and are not an enforcement priority for removal.

These initiatives include:

  • Expanding the population eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to people of any current age who entered the United States before the age of 16 and lived in the United States continuously since January 1, 2010, and extending the period of DACA and work authorization from two years to three years.
  • Allowing parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to request deferred action and employment authorization for three years, in a new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents* program, provided they have lived in the United States continuously since January 1, 2010, and pass required background checks
  • Expanding the use of provisional waivers of unlawful presence to include the spouses and sons and daughters of lawful permanent residents and the sons and daughters of U.S. citizens
  • Modernizing, improving and clarifying immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs to grow our economy and create jobs.
  • Promoting citizenship education and public awareness for lawful permanent residents and providing an option for naturalization applicants to use credit cards to pay the application fee

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