When Can People Start Applying for DACA and DAPA?
The Director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Leon Rodriguez, announced that immigrants seeking to apply for the extended version of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), may start applying in February 2015. Additionally, those seeking to apply for Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA), may start doing so in May 2015.
While we wait for these programs to take place, there are a few things that immigrants who are eligible for these forms of relief should start doing in order to be ready to apply:
Save money. The filing fees for these forms could be pricey and since we recommend that applicants should always hire experienced, qualified and trustworthy attorneys to handle their immigration legal matters, eligible immigrants should budget accordingly for all of these expenses.
Identity. It is very important for all immigrants to have a valid passport from their home country as well as to have all documents that prove their identity like a driver’s license, birth certificate, marriage certificate, etc.
Collect evidence. In the case of DAPA, the applicant will need to prove their relationship with a Lawful Permanent Resident or an American Citizen, in either case a birth certificate, passport, marriage certificate and other documents will be needed. Additionally, both for DACA and DAPA, applicants need to show that they have continuously resided in the United States for at least five years (Since January 1, 2010), the best ways to corroborate that is by providing their: bank statements, school grade reports, utilities bills and statements, among others. In some cases the bank or the utility company are able to send the documents for the last five years upon request, which is obviously very convenient for this case.
Stay informed. Interested immigrants that could benefit from this Executive Order should stay informed of official updates and be extra cautious to avoid scams.
If you have questions about the new Executive Order on immigration please contact Immigration Attorney Amna Shirazi at the Shirazi Law Group, INC (404-523-3611). We are experts on handling deportations, Naturalization applications (N-400), Work Authorization applications, Permanent Residence applications (Green Cards) and National Visa Center processes; among others. Please connect with us on our social media accounts to get daily updates on immigration legal matters: