Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA)

DAPA grandparents

The New Immigration Reform From Executive Acts – Also known as Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA)

The immigration attorneys of Arcadier, Biggie & Wood, PLLC are here to advice clients on their immigration rights and the appropriate process which should be followed by the immigrant. Immigration law is constantly changing and you should consult with an attorney prior to making any decisions on your case.

This page is intended to provide general information as to the new immigration reform acts proposed by the President of the United States Barack Obamain particular the deferred action for parents. These changes are expected to take effect between March 2015 – May 2015. If you are an eligible immigrant that falls within the categories defined below, should meet with an immigration attorney to assess your rights and the benefits available to you.

As way of background, on November 20, 2014, the President of the United States Barack Obamapresented numerous actions to reform immigration to provide legal status to millions of undocumented workers. The proposed acts include providing a mechanism for parents of U.S. citizens who entered the country illegally, to apply for status.

These proposed acts include:

  • Increases the population eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to individuals who came to this country before the age of sixteen (16) years of age and have been residing in the United States since at least January 1, 2010, and also extending the period of DACA and authorization to work from two years to three years.
  • Permitting the parents of United States citizens and green card holders who have been present in the U.S. since January 1, 2010, to apply for deferred action and work permission for three years, in a new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program, provided they pass required background checks.
  • Increase the permissible use of waivers to include the spouses and sons and daughters of lawful permanent residents and the sons and daughters of U.S. citizens.
  • Facilitating and utilizing INS programs to grow our economy and create jobs.
  • Promoting welfare of citizenship through education and public awareness.

It is estimated that over five million illegal immigrants will be favorable affected through the new DACA and DAPA programs. The attorneys of Arcadier, Biggie & Wood, PLLC are already providing immigratory INS advice on DACA recipients and will be taking legal consultations concerning DAPA starting January 15, 2015. Please note that it is not expected for us to be able to file DAPA applications until at least March 2015. However, it is recommended that you meet with an immigration attorney who can advice you on the particular facts concerning your immigration status.

Arcadier, Biggie & Wood, PLLC has experienced immigration attorneys to assist you with your legal needs. We take cases worldwide, and are able to meet in person at any of our three Florida locations, including Orlando, Melbourne (Brevard County) and Boca Raton in Mizner Park.