What is DAPA?

DAPA is Deferred Action for Parental Accountability.

On November 20, 2014, the US President, Barack Obama, announced a new deferred action program called Deferred Action for Parental Accountability, DAPA.  .


  • DAPA comes with A 3 YR work authorization


  1. Has, as of November 20, 2014, a son or daughter who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident;
  2. Has continuously resided in the U.S. since before January 1, 2010;
  3. Were physically present in the U.S. on November 20, 2014 and at the time of making a request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
  4. Had no lawful status on November 20, 2014;
  5. Is not an enforcement priority.

What is â deferred action?

Deferred Action is a discretionary decision made by immigration authorities to not deport someone from the United States for a set period of time.


When the program Deferred Action for Parent Accountability (DAPA) for parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents comes into effect, apply if you are:

  • an undocumented individual living in the United States who, on the date of the announcement (November 20, 2014), is the parent of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (green card holder);
  • Have been in the United States since January 1, 2010 and have remained in the U.S. continuously since then; and
  • Is not an enforcement priority


  • Not yet!
  • USCIS has suspended the application submission date
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  • Please check my website, ThanyachareonLaw.com for updates.
  • You can also check the agency’s website, http://www.uscis.gov, for up-to-date information.


Please begin to collect documents that will prove your:

  • Identity;
  • Parental relationship to a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident; and
  • Continuous residence and life in the United States over the last five years or more.

For a more detailed list of documents that might be helpful to begin to collect, please email me at info@ThanyachareonLaw.com .

For more information on this topic, please go to the following websites: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deferred_Action_for_Parents_of_Americans https://www.uscis.gov/immigrationactionhttps://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/ExecutiveActions/EAFlier_DAPA.pdfhttp://immigrationpolicy.org/special-reports/guide-immigration-accountability-executive-actionhttps://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/14_1120_memo_prosecutorial_discretion.pdfhttps://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/14_1120_memo_deferred_action_1.pdf

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