The Obama Amnesty: Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA)

On November 20, 2014, Obama initiated a new law to help undocumented immigrants to obtain a lawful status. In May, 2015, the new program should be available to those who qualify to obtain certain immigration benefits.  The program does not provide applicants with lawful permanent resident status or citizenship.  The benefits are temporary in nature and will need to be reapproved every few years under the new plan.  In order to qualify, you will need to satisfy the following requirements:

 You are an undocumented individual present in the United States who is the parent of either a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident

  • On November 20, 2014, you had a son or daughter who is a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • You have lived in the United States without departing since January 1, 2010
  • You do not have any criminal activities in your background which make you ineligible.  (Please note, certain offenses, such as traffic violations or misdemeanors should not disqualify)

 If you qualify based upon the above, you will be eligible, and if approved, you will receive employment authorization, and the ability to obtain a drivers license. The new program is expected to rollout in May, 2015.
Although USCIS is establishing new offices in the United States to handle the increased workload this program will create, it is highly recommended that you apply early in order to avoid backlogs that may occur.

Cynthia Waisman focuses her practice in the area of Immigration Law. For  more information, visit our website at   Contact 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.