New Immigration Law: Deferred Action For Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents

11 February 2015
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Deferred Action DAPA DACA San Fernando Valley Los Angeles CA Immigration Attorney Donald M. Pecchia offers a FREE CONSULTATION and low prices to help you determine if you are eligible for DAPA benefits. Visit Mr. Pecchia’s, “Do You Qualify Page…” by CLICKING HERE or call him (818) 963-8238 now.

Who is eligible for the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program?

To be eligible for deferred action under DAPA, you must:

  • Be the parent of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • Have continuously lived in the U.S. since January 1, 2010.
  • Have been present in the U.S. on November 20, 2014, and most likely, have been present in the U.S. every day from now until you apply for DAPA.
  • Not have a lawful immigration status on November 20, 2014. To meet this requirement: (1) you must have entered the U.S. without papers, or, if you entered lawfully, your lawful immigration status must have expired before November 20, 2014; and (2) you must not have a lawful immigration status at the time you apply for DAPA
  • Have not been convicted of certain criminal offense, including any felonies and some misdemeanors.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency will be responsible for DAPA and handle each application on a case-by-case basis. DAPA will not be in effect for approximately 180 days after Obama’s Nov. 20 address, therefore May 2015 could be the start for USCIS to accept applications. It is expected that applicants will have to pay $465 for the work authorization and biometrics fees and no fee waivers and “very limited” fee exemptions.  We won’t know the actual requirements, fees, or actual date applications will be accepted until they are officially announced by USCIS.

As with other applications and petitions, many people believe they are self explanatory and choose not to seek the guidance of an immigration lawyer.  At times; they may sufficiently clear for a person who has a good understanding of English; a minimum education to actually understand what the applications or petitions are requesting; and; no criminal record, arrests, detentions, violations, or other problems with the immigration laws, or previous immigration filings, etc.  A knowledgeable and caring immigration attorney can be of great assistance even to this type of person, let alone someone who doesn’t possess these skills.  Preparation for filing is as important as the filing itself.  Being truthful and designing a case that portrays the applicants or petitions care in the most favorable light is the goal in obtaining an approval.  Preparation in the DAPA cases will focus on the backgrounds of the individuals, particularly if there’s been any type of criminal or immigration law issues, and documenting to the best of their ability that they meet the requirements for eligibility such as unlawful presence and continually living in the U.S.  USCIS will not give all proof submitted equal weight nor will it be equally persuasive.   That is why I am providing my services at a low rate to assist individuals in meeting these requirements in the hope that in the not too distant future these same individuals may be able to become permanent residents, which they cannot do at under existing laws.  I want to emphasize that DAPA is only protection from deportation and work permit as long as the program is in effect.


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