DEFERRED ACTION (DACA AND DAP)
President Obama’s executive action on immigration, announced on November 21, 2014, will help many undocumented immigrants in the U.S.
DACA Expansion: This program helps young people who came to the U.S. before age 16. The previous cut- off for entry to the U.S. was June 15, 2007. Now, an individual can apply for DACA if he or she entered the U.S. and has continuous residence since January 1, 2010. Applicants may obtain employment authorization for three years and are protected from deportation. The Woog Law Office has already helped many young people obtain DACA relief and work permits.
DAPA for Parents of U.S. citizens and legal residents: This measure allows parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who have been present in the U.S. since January 1, 2010, to request deferred action and employment authorization for three years.
Provisional waivers (I-601A): More people are now eligible for waivers of unlawful presence. The executive action expands the provisional waiver process to include spouses and children of lawful permanent residents. This means more undocumented immigrants married to U.S. citizens or permanent residents may be able to obtain green cards to stay in the U.S.
Applying for DACA or DAP: USCIS should begin accepting applications within 90 days of the executive action, in early 2015. Check uscis.gov for details.
Preparation: Applicants should prepare documents showing their identity, relationship to US citizens or lawful permanent resident, and their continuous residence in the U.S.
Call or email the Woog Law Office to see if you are eligible for one of the expanded programs.