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Honest Answers About Deferred Action For Parental Accountability (DAPA)

In November 2014, President Obama announced a dramatic shift in the Department of Homeland Security’s approach regarding deportation. If approved, the president’s plan, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), would provide a means for an undocumented parent of a child who is a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident (LPR) to apply for protection from deportation provided the applicant meets certain criteria. DAPA also would provide individuals with an employment authorization card that is valid for three years and a Social Security number.

DAPA is similar to a 2012 initiative known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which provides deportation protection for undocumented individuals under 31 years old who came to the U.S. when they were under the age of 16.

Before it could take effect, DAPA was met with resistance by lawmakers in several states, forcing the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to issue a temporary injunction in 2015. It is awaiting review by the U.S. Supreme Court. It is important to note that this does not affect existing requests for deportation protection under DACA.

Get A Clear Explanation Of What Programs You Qualify For

The dispute over DAPA has left some noncitizens confused and concerned about what they can do to secure their futures and maintain the lives they have established in the U.S. At the law office of Steven C. Thal, P.A., we work closely with individuals born outside of the U.S. to help them achieve their goals regarding immigration and naturalization.

We welcome the opportunity to help you or other family members explore:

  • What immigration programs you qualify for
  • What documents you need to apply for protection under current programs
  • The criteria you need to meet to qualify for DAPA protection if it is approved
  • What steps you should be prepared to take if the Supreme Court rules in favor of DAPA
  • What you can do to receive a green card

Beware Of DAPA Scams

If you have been told that you can be protected from deportation under DAPA provisions today, someone has overpromised to you. Do not pay anyone who makes this offer. We encourage you to call 612-424-2942 or use the contact form on our website to schedule a consultation.