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DACA Information

Deferred action is a mechanism that allows the Department of Homeland Security to delay the deportation of an undocumented immigrant for a set amount of time. This executive action has been implemented by various presidential administrations over the last few decades. The most recent use of deferred action was Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 2012. 

To request DACA or to renew your DACA click here. / Para presentar una Petición de DACA o renovar su DACA haz clic aquí.

Information from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website.

DACA / DAPA Updates

U.S. Supreme Court upholds injunction on extended DACA and DAPA.

On June 23rd, 2016 the U.S. Supreme Court revealed a tied decision that by default upholds the ruling in the case challenging President Obama's extended DACA and DAPA. The expansion would have deferred deportations for certain individuals who entered the country as children before January 1st, 2010. Also, it would have deferred deportations for undocumented parents of U.S. citizen children or legal permanent residents who have resided in the U.S. for at least five years. Further action on the measure will be dependent on the incoming U.S. Presidential Administration. 

For more information on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, click here.
Por más información de la decisión final del Corte Suprema de EE.UU., haz un clic aquí.

For further updates on DACA, please visit uscis.gov/daca / Para obtener actualizaciones de DACA, por favor visite: uscis.gov/acciondiferida
What is DACA?

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was created to allow undocumented immigrants who entered the United States before June 15, 2007 as a child under the age of 16 the ability to receive deferred action for a period of two years. Applicants must meet specific criteria pertaining to education and public safety, with each applicant being handled on a case-by-case basis. 

To read provision requirements for DACA, please click here.
For more information about DACA and its guidelines click here.

Por información en Español haz clic aquí.

Please Note: Due to current court rulings, the expansion for DACA has been suspended indefinitely. 

Information from the Department of Homeland Security website.

What is DAPA?

Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) is a provision of the Executive Action signed by President Obama. DAPA, similar to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), is a way in which undocumented immigrants can apply for deferred action. 

To read provision requirements for DAPA, please click here.

Por información en Español  haz clic aquí.

Please Note: Due to current court rulings, the expansion for DAPA has been suspended indefinitely. 

Information from the Department of Homeland Security website.

Who Qualifies?

Graphic courtesy of iAmerica.org

How Can I Apply?

Step 1: Save money for the filing fees. Fees are expected to be at least $465.

Step 2: Gather evidence that you qualify:

  • Proof you were in the United States on November 20, 2014: bank statements, doctor's records, or other proof 
  • Proof of your relationship to U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident  children: your son or daughter's birth certificate, or other proof
  • Proof that your son or daughter is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident: passport, birth certificate, naturalization certificate, lawful permanent resident card ('green card') or other proof

Step 3: Gather any criminal records you have.

Step 4: Consult with a licensed immigration lawyer or BIA accredited representative.

  • For more information on finding a legal representative click here.
  • Para aprender más sobre cómo encontrar servicios legales haz clic aquí.

Information from the Administrative Relief website.