DAPA - Deferred Action for Parental Accountability

Charlotte Immigration Attorney

UPDATE: June 23, 2016 - The U.S. Supreme Court was unable to reach a decision in this case. Unfortunately, this means that the injunction will remain in place while the case is handled in the district court. Original DACA is NOT impacted by this decision.

One aspect of the executive action taken by President Obama on November 20, 2014, is a new program called “Deferred Action for Parents” or DAPA. DAPA, if implemented allows someone currently without legal status to apply for employment authorization and be shielded from deportation for 3 years. To qualify, you must have been continuously present in the United States since January 1, 2010, and be the parent of a U.S. citizen or LPR child. Successful completion of a criminal background check is also required, and certain convictions make you ineligible for the program.

Currently, this program is on hold pending review by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court is expected to issue a decision in June 2016, so check back for updates.