Deferred Action for Parents of U.S. Citizen's and LPRs
The President has ordered the creation of a new deferred action program for parents of U.S. Citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are not enforcement priorities and have been in the country for more than 5 years. This program will allow qualified individuals to request temporary relief from deportation and receive work authorization for three years if they register, submit biometric data, pass background checks, pay fees, and show that their child was born before the date of this announcement.
Expansion of DACA Program
Under the initial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, young people who had been in the U.S. for at least five years, came as children, and met specific education and public safety criteria were eligible for temporary relief from deportation so long as they were born after 1981 and entered the country before June 15, 2007. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been ordered by the President to expand DACA so that individuals who were brought to this country as children can apply if they entered the United States before January 1, 2010, regardless of how old they are today. Going forward, DACA relief will also be granted for three years.
Expansion of Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver
The President has ordered an expansion of the provisional unlawful presence waiver program to now include the spouses and sons and daughters of lawful permanent residents and the sons and daughters of U.S. citizens. The program initially applied only to spouses of U.S. citizens
The details of these and other provisions will become clearer over the next few months as more thorough memos are released and enactment dates are established.