Last night, President Obama announced that he is acting administratively to improve the immigration system. One of the changes will expand the number of people who can request deferred action.
Q - What is deferred action?
A - Permission to stay in the U.S. and obtain authorization to work legally. The grants of deferred action will be made for 3 years (an increase from the 2 years previously offered for DACA).
Q - Who can apply?
A - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will be revised to allow immigrants who came to the US prior to their 16th birthday and before 1/1/2010, to request DACA regardless of their age at the time that President Obama made the announcement. (Currently, those who were born before 6/15/1981 can not apply). Deferred Action for Parents (DAP) will allow immigrants who have U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident children to apply for deferred action.
Q - When can I apply?
A- Those newly eligible to apply for DACA will be able to apply in 90 days (Feb. 2015). Those eligible for DAP will be able to apply in 180 days (June 2015).
I will continue to monitor the developments on deferred action and let you know what I discover.