Understanding the DACA & DAPA Programs

Find out if you qualify for deferred action!

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans & Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) are both immigration programs enacted by President Obama. Together, these programs are expected to help nearly five million people. Given this high number, you may be wondering if you qualify for the exciting benefits offered by both DACA and DAPA. You’ve come to the right place. At Foley Law Offices, you will find over two decades of immigration experience at your fingertips. Our Boston immigration attorneys are eager to assist you!

Who is eligible for DACA & DAPA?

Both programs offer deferred action to qualifying individuals. Deferred action means that you can live and work in the U.S. temporarily and pursue permanent residence while here. That being said, deferred action is granted on a case-by-case basis, hence why the involvement of an attorney is crucial.

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

  • Have arrived in the U.S. before your 16th birthday
  • Have continuously resided in the U.S. since January 1, 2010
  • Have been present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012 and on every day since August 15, 2012
  • Have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a GED certificate, or “be in school” on the date that you submit your deferred action application
  • Have not been convicted of certain criminal offenses

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

  • Be the parent of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • Have continuously resided in the U.S. since January 1, 2010
  • Have been present in the U.S. on November 20, 2014
  • Not have a lawful immigration status on November 20, 2014
  • Have not been convicted of certain criminal offenses

Although you may be currently eligible, you cannot yet apply for DAPA. A federal ruling put the program on hold until further notice. While you wait, your attorney can help you gather necessary documents to be prepared when the program begins accepting applications.

Consult with Our Boston Immigration Lawyers Today

It is exciting to think about the impact these programs could have on your future and our firm wants to help you make your goals a reality. Our dedicated legal counsel and representation could be the advantage your case needs.

Why wait? Determining if you are eligible is the first step toward achieving your American dream. Call Foley Law Offices before another day passes!