Deferred Action for Parents of Adult Citizens (DAPA)
Obama came through with an executive order on November 20th, 2014, and one of the well-known provisions is called DAPA, Deferred Action for Parents of Adult Citizens or Green Card holders. Basically, the requirements are as follows: any individual who has a child as a citizen or a Green Card holder and who has been here for the last five years and who has not had a serious criminal history is eligible for DAPA. The benefit will be a three-year work permit.
With this work permit, someone will be able to obtain a bona fide Social Security Number and happily, a driver’s license. Deferred Action for parents will basically provide the peace of mind so that parents of US citizens will not be afraid of being deported. This is not a Green Card, this is not citizenship, it is merely a work permit for three years. It was slated to take place and to be launched the last week of May, 2015. However, right now it’s being held up because of an action that was filed in Texas a few weeks ago and of course the White House is contesting it so the outcome remains to be seen. Although, we are still very, very hopeful that the program will be launched perhaps a little later than May, but we’re very optimistic about the DAPA program.
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