The new executive actions regarding immigration will, among other changes, expand the Deferred Action program to allow many more individuals to be able to take advantage of the program’s benefits. Specifically, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), will be modified to remove the upper age restriction on eligibility for the program. Previously, individuals must have been born after June 15, 1981 to be eligible. The removal of the age restriction allows individuals born prior to this date to also qualify for the program, provided that they meet the other eligibility requirements. Additionally, the continuous residency requirement will be changed to require continuous residence in the United States since January 1, 2010 instead of the prior requirement of June 15, 2007.
These changes are planned to be implemented within approximately 90 days of President Obama’s announcement on November 20, 2014, and will open up eligibility for the program to millions of individuals. The benefits of participating in the Deferred Action program is that individuals will be able to remain in the United States without fear of deportation, and, significant to both individuals and employers, be able to obtain a social security card and work authorization to work legally here in the U.S. Please remember that these changes are not effective yet, so you should NOT pay anyone to fill out or submit an application for you. USCIS will announce then the changes will be effective and release the forms on its website when available.
This is part two of a ten part series focusing on the President’s new executive actions regarding immigration. Check back in tomorrow for a discussion of the new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability program (DAPA) that will allow certain parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to remain in the United States.
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