At Immigration Solutions, we work with many immigrants regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).
UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to a federal court order, the Immigration Department is not currently accepting requests for the expansion of DACA and has suspended action on DAPA. Original DACA is not affected by this. Individuals may still come forward and request DACA under the guidelines explained below.
Our immigration attorneys continue our proactive, aggressive defense of clients facing removal. We also continue to assist applicants for original DACA who meet these guidelines:
Original DACA allows “certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status.”
You may request DACA if you:
- Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
- Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday
- Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time
- Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS
- Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012
- Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
- Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety
If expanded DACA is implemented, it will expand eligibility beyond these guidelines. For assistance with DACA, contact us at any time. We can help you navigate the immigration court proceeding.
DAPA - Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents
As noted above, due to a federal court order, the Immigration Department is has suspended action on DAPA. That could mean that you do not have legal status in the United States.
Without DAPA, what can happen?
Without legal status, you could face removal proceedings. If you lose a case held before the Immigration Court or you fail to appear for a hearing, you can be removed from the United States by the government.
Immigration Solutions LLC has extensive experience representing immigrants in removal proceedings.
For details about removal proceedings and appeals, click here.
For further information about DACA and DAPA, do not hesitate to contact us.