On February 18 the Department of Homeland Security will Start Accepting Applications for Extended DACA.
The Department of Homeland Security has announced that on February 18 it will start accepting applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals extended program, announced by President Obama on November 20, 2014. Under this Program, people who met all the requirements of DACA, but who did not qualify because they were over the age of 31, will be able to apply for benefits under the program. These persons will be able to apply if they meet all the other requirements, which are:
- Have arrived to the United States before the age of 16,
- Have resided continuously in the United States at least since January 1, 2010,
- Have been present in the United States on June 15, 2012,
- Have entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or have an immigration status that expired before June 15, 2012,
- Be currently enrolled in school, or have graduated from high school, obtained a GED, or be a veteran honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces or the Coast Guard, and
- Not to have any felonies, serious misdemeanors, or more that three misdemeanors, and not to present a danger to the national security of the United States.
With respect to the implementation of DAPA, for persons who arrived in the United States by January 1, 2010 and who have sons or daughters who are United States citizens or permanent residents, the Department of Homeland Security has announced that the program will be implemented prior to May 18, 2015 . For now, people who think they may qualify for the program should gather documentation showing that they were in the United States at least since January 1, 2010, obtain birth certificates of children, and if they ever have been arrested, must also obtain police reports and final court dispositions for those arrests.