Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA)

Certain individuals in the United States may be able to apply for employment authorization and protection from deportation under deferred action. Deferred Action for Parental Accountability is also known as "DAPA".

To qualify for this relief you must

  • Must be the parent of a US Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident (Green Card Holders / LPR)
  • Must have continuously resided in the United States since before January 1, 2010
  • Must have been physical present in the U.S. on November 20, 2014
  • Must be present the day applying for DAPA
  • Must not have a criminal record/or present a threat to national security, or have any other factors that disqualify them from deferred action
As of now, there is NO FORM assigned to this new relief. However, in order to demonstrate you qualify under this new relief, you must submit documents as evidence. You can prepare for this now.

Prepare your DAPA filing now by collecting the following documents


Prepare to spend $465 for USCIS filing fees

Proof of Identity

Valid government issued identification. Ex: Valid passport, Matricula ID, etc.
OR Birth Certificate & Photo ID
School or military ID with photo
U.S. Immigration document with photo and name

Documents proving relationship with U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident child

Birth certificate of child
Copy of child's legal permanent residency documents
Naturalization certificate of child
Adoption decree of child, if adopted
Marriage certificate, if stepchild

Get documents related to any contact with police or law enforcement

State criminal court
FBI Fingerprinting background check
Court records

Proof of continuous residence in U.S. for past 5 years and on November 20, 2014

Rent receipts, rental agreements, or utility bills
School records (letters, report cards, etc.)
Military records
Records from a religious organization confirming participation in a religious ceremony
Money order receipts for money sent in or out of the country
Passport entries
Birth certificates of children born in the U.S.
Dated bank activity
Car license, registration, insurance, DMV records
Rental agreement, contracts, receipts, mortgage
Tax receipts
Medical records and insurance
  • Deportation priorities have changed

    Immigration Customs Enforcement and USCIS have been instructed to focus deportation efforts on certain criminal offenders, those who threaten national security; and those who have violated a previous deportation order.

  • Get your background check completed

    If you are not sure about your criminal or immigration background (previous arrests, convictions or deportation orders), it is CRUCIAL that you complete a live scan and FBI fingerprinting background check before applying for DAPA.

ALWAYS consult with an attorney before applying if you have concerns about your immigration or criminal background.

We offer free consultations Monday - Friday across Southern California and by telephone. Contact us at (951) 588 9838 for more information.