Get Ready for DAPA

Download a free guide for undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents

president obama get ready for dapaPresident Obama’s announcement on November 20, 2014, brought great news for many undocumented immigrants but also many new questions about deferred action and eligibility. Although you can’t apply as of today, there are many things you can do to get ready for DAPA.

CitizenPath has created a complete guide — Preparing for DAPA — that is available for free download. The guide explains the new program now known as Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA). Here’s a summary of what the guide covers:

What is Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA)

Deferred action is a form of prosecutorial discretion. That means that USCIS will have the authority to grant applicants relief from deportation on a case-by-case basis. It is very similar to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. But they are different programs. Learn more

Benefits of DAPA

Undocumented immigrants that are granted DAPA will be protected from deportation and will receive permission to work in the United States for a period of three years. After the three years, applicants will have the opportunity to renew DAPA. In addition, most DAPA beneficiaries will be eligible for Social Security cards, driver’s licenses and some other federal/state benefits. Learn more

Who Qualifies for DAPA

The most significant eligibility requirement for DAPA is to be the undocumented parent of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. If your son or daughter was not a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident by November 20, 2014, you will not qualify. The additional requirements to qualify for DAPA are explained in the guide. Learn more

How to Apply for DAPA

It will be several months until you can apply for DAPA. But there are many things you can do to get ready for DAPA today. Learn more

How to Get Ready for DAPA Today

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The program is still being implemented, but you can get ready for DAPA today. We’ve prepared a complete list of the items that you can begin gathering to get ready for DAPA. Some of the items may take time to acquire – so get started early.

CitizenPath has published Preparing for DAPA: A guide for undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. This free 14-page guide can help you get ready for DAPA with helpful instructions about the information you can begin gathering now.

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