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Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA)

deferred action_obamaOn November 20, 2014, President Obama announced executive actions to address problems in our immigration system that included  the creation of a new program named, Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) that grants certain parents of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents protection from possible deportation and work authorization.

What is deferred action?
Under deferred action, the government will not place people who meet strict requirements and criteria into deportation proceedings. An individual with an approved deferred action request is NOT granted any form of lawful status, visa or citizenship. Instead, a grant of deferred action under the prosecutorial discretion of the United States government protects the individual from deportation temporarily, and grants him/her the ability to lawfully accept employment in the United States.

Who qualifies?
To qualify for DAPA, you must:

  • Be the parent of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (“green card holder”) son or daughter born on or before November 20, 2014;
  • Have lived in the U.S. since January 1, 2010;
  • Be here in the U.S. on November 20, 2014 and on the date you apply for deferred action;
  • Have no lawful immigration status in the U.S. on November 20, 2014; and
  • Submit to, and pass, security and criminal background checks.

Note: Other criteria may apply to individuals seeking administrative relief.

When can I apply?

  • The United States government and all of it’s immigration agencies (DHS, ICE, CBP, etc) are NOT accepting applications.
  • On February 16, 2015, a federal judge in Texas blocked these two programs (expanded DACA and DAPA). The injunction meant that the two programs could not be implemented.
  • On November 9, 2015, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans reaffirmed the decision. The 2-1 ruling meant that President Obama’s expanded DACA and DAPA programs could not be implemented. The Obama Administration asked the Supreme Court to take the case.
  • On January 19, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of United States v. Texas, and a final decision could be made in June 2016.

The Law Offices of Bernardo Merino will be representing parents of U.S citizens and lawful permanent residents with their Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) immigration case.

Office Locations

San Francisco & San Jose, CA.

The Law Offices of Bernardo Merino counts with offices in the city of San Jose and San Francisco, CA. Our offices are easily accessible by public transportation or car (street and garage parking available in our immediate area).


Schedule by telephone.

Please call the San Francisco or San Jose office to schedule an in-person consultation with immigration attorney Bernardo Merino. Our friendly staff will quickly schedule an appointment that works with your busy schedule.

San Jose Office

Address: 84 W Santa Clara St, Ste. 790
San Jose, CA 95113
Office: (408)538-3888

San Francisco Office

Address: 233 Sansome St, Ste. 706
San Francisco, CA 94104, USA
Office: (415)391-3001