1. What is Pres. Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration?
Due to tremendous pressure from community and supporters of genuine immigration reform in the U.S., ) on November 20, 2014, Pres. Obama extended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and expanded it to cover undocumented parents of Legal Permanent Residents/”Green Card Holders” and Citizens called Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA
For DACA, age limits were taken out. Now, those over 30 years old can apply. It also extended the cut off entry date to January 1, 2010. Also, the period for which DACA and the accompanying employment authorization is granted will be extended to 3 years instead of 2 years. This is a temporary immigration relief and does not provide a path to citizenship.
2. How do I qualify?
|Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA)
3. What should I do to prepare?
We strongly urge everyone to take precaution against predatory individuals, services, and agencies with the intention to misinform or scam those looking to apply.
- Start saving money for the application fee (it might be more than $465)
- Gather proof of your identity: a passport from your home country, other type of government-issued ID, or a birth certificate with photo ID
- Gather proof of your relationship to a citizen or LPR (greencard holder) such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, your spouse or child’s U.S. passport or naturalization certificate, your spouse or child’s green card
- Gather proof of how long you’ve been in the U.S. such as school records, medical or hospital records, letters, bills (electricity, phone, gas, etc.) rent payment receipts passport with admission stamp copies of money order receipts bank transactions
- Gather your criminal records: Arrest records, Court dispositions, FBI criminal background checks, any expungement records, proof of rehabilitation (completion of DUI and other classes)
- If you have a criminal conviction, check with an attorney to see if you can expunge, vacate, or modify this conviction.
- If you have a prior deportation or removal order, check with an attorney or BIA-accredited representative.
4. What should I do if I don’t qualify?
We recognize that Pres. Obama’s executive order falls short of our demand for a genuine and humane immigration reform that values family reunification. As Filipinos, we must come together, organize and advocate. We need to add our voices in shaping the immigration system of the United States. Join the Filipino Immigrant and Workers Organizing Project now.