New Immigration Law Updates: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program

On November 20, 2014, Obama announced changes in the current DACA program that allows certain individuals under age 30 to apply for temporary status and receive certain immigration benefits.  The changes to the existing program will provide more options to those who may have not been previously eligible.  The following are the highlights of the new plan:

  •  The new DACA allows for employment authorization for three years rather than two years
  • The new program permits those who resided continuously in the United States since at least January 1, 2010 rather than 2007 under the prior program, to apply
  • The new program removes the requirement that the person had to be born prior to June 15, 1981
  • The new program requires all other requirements such as no criminal history to stay in place.

Successful applicants will obtain the ability to attend college and other higher education programs, obtain employment authorization and the ability to travel in certain circumstances.

Like the new DAPA program designed for parents, it is anticipated that these changes to the current program will draw in larger amounts of applicants, thereby creating a backlog.  Therefore it is suggested that you apply early in order to avoid possible backlogs and delayed processing.

Cynthia Waisman, is an attorney who assists immigrants worldwide with their immigration options. Visit our website at or call our Clearwater office at 727.712.2299 or Tampa office at 813.279.6180 today to discuss your immigration case.  We are here to help immigrants obtain the benefits they deserve