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Supreme Court to Decide DAPA and Extended DACA by June 2016

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The United States Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether President Obama’s DAPA and Extended DACA Programs will go forward. DAPA (Deferred Action for Parental Accountability) and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) are program for persons who have resided in the United States for five (5) years and currently do not have a lawful immigration status, but who the government does not want to deport. President Obama announced these programs in November of 2014 and they were meant to begin in 2015, but a 26 States filed a lawsuit in District Court seeking an injunction to stop the programs. A federal court judge granted the injunction and the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld the ruling, which prompted the Obama Administration to seek review in by the highest court of the land.

The Supreme Court will hear the case and a decision will be rendered by June of 2016. This means that eligible persons will have a chance to apply for deferred action before the President leaves office. The following undocumented persons will be eligible for deferred action, a social security number and driver’s license:

Expanded DACA:

  1. Childhood arrivals (entered the United States before the age of 16);
  2. Who have lived continuously in the United States since January 1, 2010; and
  3.  Who completed or are working towards a high school diploma or GED.

DAPA:

  1. Entered and lived continuously in the United States since January 1, 2010;
  2. Parent of a US Citizen or US Lawful Permanent Resident Child as of November 20, 2014; and
  3. Have not committed certain criminal offense or otherwise fall into an enforcement priority category.

Call Hykel Law today to find out if you may be eligible for DAPA or Extended DACA: 215 246-9400.

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