President Obama took executive action on immigration reform on November 20, 2014. These actions involved significant changes to immigration policy here in the United States, and potentially will impact the lives of millions of undocumented workers and illegal immigrants facing deportation from the U.S. At the heart of these changes, an increased number of immigrants will be eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) programs.
Those looking to take advantage of changes to DACA can apply immediately. Specifically, if an individual arrives in the United States prior to their 16
th birthday, AND they’ve been here since 1/1/2010, that individual may increase DACA and work authorization from the current limit of two years to three years. This change has gone into effect immediately, so it’s best to consult with an experienced immigration attorney to determine what the next steps to take are if you feel as though you may benefit from this policy change.