As the national news has already covered, one District Court recently ruled against parts of President Obama’s recent executive actions for immigration reform. The main parts include the DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Citizens and Permanent Residents) program and the expansion of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program.
However, there are still actions that continue and the Pappas Group is prepared to help. One example is that the US Citizenship and Immigration Services is still accepting registrations for the initial DACA as long as those applying meet the following requirements:
- They came to the US before the age of 16
- They have been here for more than 30 years (as of June 15, 2012)
- They have continuously resided in the US for at least 5 years prior to June 15, 2012, and are currently in the country
- They must have entered the country without inspection before or had their immigration status expired on June 15, 2012
- They have graduated or be in high school (GED included) or a veteran of the armed forces
- They do not threaten national security or public safety
- They must not have a felony conviction, a significant misdemeanor, or multiple offenses
Those who have already enrolled in DACA are still protected by the program and may re-enroll to renew a work permit.