Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) And Parental Accountability (DAPA)

Are You Eligible?

President Obama announced a prosecutorial discretion program of deferred action in 2014 known as Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) to spur congressional action on immigration law. This executive action, directing the USCIS to grant deportation relief, adds depth to the previous program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).


  • DACA created a pathway around deportation for people under age 31 who entered the country illegally as children — the so-called Dreamers.
  • The President's more recent Executive Actions take DAPA a bit further by eliminating the age limit and extending eligibility to those who began continuous residence in the U.S. before Jan. 1, 2010. It grants parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs) with five or more years of residence in the U.S. protection from deportation, but if you are eligible, you will need to reapply to the program every three years.

An estimated 4 million people may be eligible for one or the other deferred action programs. We can help you determine if you are eligible.

If you are granted protection under DAPA or DACA, you will be eligible for a work permit and be protected from deportation. You may also be eligible for:

  • A document that will allow you to leave and re-enter the United States.
  • A Waiver of Inadmissibility if you are seeking LPR immigration status and have been in the U.S. for at least 180 days.
  • A Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver, which will allow you to appear at a U.S. embassy or consulate for an immigrant interview.

We energetically represent anyone with serious immigration law issues. Call us now to understand your eligibility for protection from deportation under deferred action at 323-218-0465.

Are DAPA And DACA Here To Stay?

Do not count on DACA or DAPA over the long term. Unlike other immigration statuses, these two may only last through the end of the Obama presidency and might require Supreme Court action. Whoever is inaugurated in January 2017 may end the programs, or extend them.

Please note that applying for DAPA or DACA must be done with care. There are disturbing stories of individuals going to the USCIS to obtain deferment and instead being targeted for removal. Also, Notarios are known to misrepresent and often victimize legitimate immigration relief applicants and actually create many insurmountable problems for them.

Your best protection is to work with a committed lawyer like one of the team members at the Bolour Immigration Group who knows how to present a flawless case!

Schedule A Consultation Today About Your Case

One of our experienced attorneys in Los Angeles, California, will be happy to assist you. Call 323-218-0465, or write us using this convenient form.

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