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What is DAPA?

A39332280_sn important immigration policy that has benefited thousands of immigrants is the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Citizens or DAPA, in short. Announced in November 2014 by President Obama, this policy grants deferred action status to illegal immigrants who meet certain criteria.

Primarily, this policy is applicable to those illegal immigrants who:

  • Have lived in the United States without any break since 2010.
  • Have children who are American citizens or lawful permanent residents.
  • Are physically present in the United States on November 20, 2014 (the date on which this program came into effect).
  • Are physically present at the time of applying for this program.
  • Have not been convicted of felony, drugs or of any other significant issue.

Though this deferred action is not a complete legal status, it allows the applicants to get a three-year renewable work permit and more importantly, prevents them from deportation.

The idea behind this policy is to create a more inclusive immigration policy that will allow the United States to legally tap into the potential of millions of undocumented workers.

Currently, this policy is on hold due to lawsuits filed by some states, and it is hoped that this policy comes back into effect soon because of the potential benefits it offers for immigrants and the American society as a whole.

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