- What did the President do, exactly?
- What are the benefits of applying for DAPA?
- Are there any dangers of applying for DAPA?
- When can I apply for DAPA?
- Where can I apply for DAPA?
- Find out if you are eligible to apply for DAPA
The President announced one new program, expanded another, and made a lot of changes that will make immigration enforcement more humane and smarter.
The program that everyone is talking about is called Deferred Action for Parents (DAPA). Under DAPA, the undocumented parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (green card holders) can register with the government and get work authorization if they came to the U.S. before January 1, 2010. The work authorization will be valid for 3 years. This program, currently blocked by a Texas judge, has the potential to change the lives of up to 4 million people.
- — Protects you from being arrested and deported for three years and can be renewed
- — Provides an employment authorization document that will allow you to work legally
- — Allows you to apply for a social security number
- — In almost all states, you will be able to qualify for a driver’s license
- — In many states, you will be able to qualify for instate tuition
- — You may be able to apply to the government for a travel document that will allow you to leave and return to the U.S.
We are still waiting to hear what confidentiality protections will be provided, both for the applicant and for others listed in the application. We are also waiting for details about what will happen to those who are denied.
Because DAPA, like DACA, is only a temporary permission to remain, it could be revoked at any time.
IMPORTANT: Be cautious about what you tell your employer. Saying that you are applying for DAPA might be interpreted as admitting that you are not authorized to be employed and could cost you your job.
Not right now. Don't be fooled by "notarios" and people who tell you otherwise. The program is currently blocked and there is no application. Check back with iAmerica to find out the date.
In the meantime, you can start getting ready by collecting the information you might need to submit. Go to Get Ready to see the list of documents.
You’ll be able to fill out your application right here on iAmerica.org. We will walk you through the process. We will put you in touch with places where you can apply in person and for those who prefer to fill out the paperwork on their own, we’ll have an easy to use secure on-line tool that you can use. Register with the iAmerica family so you can be among the first to apply on iAmerica.org.