New Benefits under the President’s Executive Order

On November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of immigration benefits that would protect certain parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents from deportation and would provide for an employment authorization document (“work permit”). The President also announced an expansion of the current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (known as “DACA”), available to youths who came to the U.S. as children.

Under Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (known as “DAPA”) certain parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents may qualify for protection from deportation and a work permit for a period of 3 years if they meet the following requirements:

  1. You must be the parent of a U.S. citizen or permanent resident child that was born on or before November 20, 2013
  2. You must have continuously lived in the U.S. since Jan.1, 2010
  3. You must have been present in the U.S. on Nov. 20, 2013
  4. You must not have serious criminal convictions* (includes Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driving While Intoxicated (DWI))

Under the extended DACA program, certain individuals who came to the U.S. and children may qualify for protection from deportation and a work permit for a period of 3 years if they meet the following requirements:

  1. You must have entered the U.S. before turning 16
  2. You must have continuously lived in the U.S. since Jan.1, 2010
  3. You must have been present in the U.S. on Nov. 20, 2013
  4. You must be in school, have graduated from high school, or have obtained a GED certificate
  5. You must not have serious criminal convictions*

If you believe that you qualify for these benefits, please contact us for a free consultation to further discuss your eligibility.

* If you have been convicted of any incarcerable traffic or criminal offense, you must consult with an attorney prior to submitting your application for any immigration benefit. Failure to do so may result in deportation.

Please do not delay in seeking legal representation if you are not a U.S. citizen and need assistance with your immigration matter Call 301-588-8100 for a free consultation.