Recently, President Obama used executive action to enact sweeping changes to the United States immigration system. A key component of Obama’s Executive Action is the Deferred Action Parental Accountability (DAPA) program. Under this new program, you may qualify for deferred action if you meet the following requirements:
- You are the parent of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident;
- Have been continuously living in the country since January 1, 2010;
- Have been present in the U.S. on the date of Obama’s announcement and will remain in the country until you apply for DAPA;
- Do not have lawful immigration status; and
- Do not have any felonies or certain misdemeanors on your criminal record.
If you have any questions about how DAPA and other elements of Obama’s Executive Action impact your immigration case, feel free to reach out to the experienced Austin immigration lawyers at Peek & Toland . Let us guide you throughout the complex immigration process and get you started on a new life without fear of deportation. Our number is (512) 474-4445. Call us today!
How Do I Apply for DAPA?
Starting on May 20, 2015, you can apply for DAPA. Barring very limited circumstances, you may not apply for the program till then. To stay on top of the latest DAPA developments, subscribe to receive e-mail updates from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).
In the application process, you’ll be required to provide certain documents that prove your eligibility for DAPA. Even if the DAPA application window is not open at the time, you should start gathering the necessary documents so you’ll be prepared when the time comes. You may need to present the following documents:
- Financial records, such as bills and lease agreements;
- Medical records;
- School records, such as a GED certificate and school transcripts;
- A copy of your U.S. citizen child’s birth certificate or passport, naturalization certificate, or green card;
- Affidavits from at least two people who can confirm that you have been in the U.S. for the required amount of time; and/or
- A copy of your criminal history and disposition letters, if you have ever been arrested.
Additionally, you will have to pay an application fee of $465. This includes a $380 employment authorization application fee and an $85 fee for fingerprints. Fee exemptions are available only under very limited circumstances.
Securing Your Stay in the United States
The law firm of Peek & Toland is your source for immigration attorneys in Austin, TX, providing experience and compassion where it matters. Let us help you work through all of the paperwork and procedures. With our help, you can secure your stay in the U.S. in no time at all! Why wait? Contact our office today.