Tonight, millions of undocumented parents are able to breathe a little easier thanks to President Obama’s executive action. Parents are not the only ones who will benefit. The new memorandum has also expanded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to include individuals who previously failed to meet certain requirements. Below are the facts of what we know so far:
- Must have continuously resided in the U.S. since before January 1, 2010;
- Must be a parent of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident;
- Must be physically present in the United States on November 20, 2014 and at the time of requesting deferred action;
- Must have no lawful status on November 20, 2014;
- Must not be an enforcement priority; and
- Present no other factors that make will make the approval of deferred action inappropriate.
The individual will be eligible to apply for work authorization. The fee for employment authorization and biometrics fee will be $465.
An individual currently in removal proceedings or with an outstanding order of removal may qualify.
EXPANSION OF DACA
- DACA eligible if entered the United States before the age of 16. This means that it does not matter how old you were in June 2012.
- DACA will be extended for three years.
- DACA initial date of entry will be changed from June 15, 2007 to January 1, 2010.