En Espanol On November 20, 2014 at 7 p.m. C.T. President Obama announced details about his plan for executive action. Some of the important remedies announced: Expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Expanded DACA)
- Eliminates the requirement that an individual be under the age of 31 on June 15, 2012
- An individual must have entered before they turned 16 and before January 1, 2010
- An individual must have resided in the United States continuously from January 1, 2010 up to the present
- DACA grants will now last three years instead of two
- No applications until February 18, 2015
- Cost: $465
Expansion of Deferred Action to Parents of U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA)
- Have, as of November 20, 2014, a son or daughter of any age, who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident;
- Have continuously resided in the United States since before January 1, 2010;
- Are physically present in the United States on November 20, 2014;
- Have no lawful status on November 20, 2014;
- Are not an enforcement priority – suspected of terrorism, gang associations, or visa abusers, unlawful border crossers, and people convicted of felonies, aggravated felonies, significant misdemeanors, or three or more misdemeanors; and
- Present no other factors that would cause USCIS to deny the request in its exercise of discretion.
- No applications until May 19, 2015
- Cost: $465
Expansion of the Provisional Waiver for Unlawful Presence
- Now Spouses and Children of Lawful Permanent Residents will qualify to submit their I-601 waivers in the U.S.
- Adult Children of US Citizens will qualify also
As of May 5th, 2015, the courts are deciding the fate of the Expanded DACA inclusions and DAPA but our organization is still helping people prepare their application. In anticipation of a rush to file, it is best to be prepared. The Immigration Project will begin hosting information sessions in different locations.
UPDATE: On June 23, 2016, the Supreme Court came out with a split decision (4-4) on U.S. v. Texas resulting in the expanded DACA and DAPA programs to be at an injunction once again. In other words, these programs and their alterations will not go into effect until further notice. It is important to note that anyone that qualifies under the previous (2012) DACA requirements should still apply. Click here to see if you qualify for 2012 DACA.