As you may have heard, on Thursday, November 20th, the President announced the new Deferred Action program for Parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. The President also broadened eligibility for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Will you be eligible?
Deferred Action for Parents (DAP) will benefit those undocumented individuals who:
1. Have a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident son/daughter;
2. Have continuously resided in the Untied States since January 1, 2010;
3. Are not an enforcement priority for removal from the United States;
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will now benefit those who:
1. Entered the United Stated before the age of 16;
2. Have been continuously living in the United States since January 1, 2010.
Neither measure has yet been implemented. It is expected that the new eligibility requirements for DACA will go in effect 90 days from November 20, 2014; and, DAP will begin 180 from November 20, 2014. Although those who are eligible are not able to apply just yet, it is recommended that you begin collecting evidence to prove eligibility. Useful evidence includes:
1. Proof of identity, such as a birth certificate or a passport;
2. For DAP applicants, proof of relationship to a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident;
3. Proof of continuous residence in the United States over the last five years or more;
4. If you have been convicted of a crime in the past, you should obtain a copy of the police report and the court disposition.
These programs will award protection from removal and employment authorization to approved individuals that will last for three years. Travel outside the United States will be restricted with permission from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
For more information, visit uscis.gov/immigrationaction, or schedule a consultation with Hamilton Law.