DAPA (Deferred Action for Parental Accountability)

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of executive actions that would include, but not limited to, a new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents* program. (Read newsletter on Obama Executive Order)

Parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who have been present in the country since January 1, 2010, will be allowed to obtain employment authorization for three years, through a new program calledDeferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA), if they pass the required background checks.  It is expected through this program that all parents of US citizen and legal permanent residents will pay taxes and support their children.

Deferred action for parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents


  • An undocumented individual living in the United States who, on the date of the announcement, is the parent of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident and who meets the guidelines listed below.


Notes: USCIS will consider each request for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) on a case-by-case basis. Enforcement priorities include (but are not limited to) national security and public safety threats.


  • Approximately 180 days following the President’s November 20, 2014, announcement.


Source: http://www.uscis.gov/immigrationaction#2

If you are located in or coming to Massachusetts or surrounding areas and need assistance processing your immigration petition, please call to make an appointment with one of our experienced Boston immigration attorneys, at: 617-303-2600.   


Desmond P. FitzGerald and
The FitzGerald & Company team

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