El Centro de Topeka and the Consulado de Mexico de Kansas City will conduct an informational seminar on Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) this Sunday, February 8, 2015, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Marlo Cuevas-Balandran Activity Center in Topeka. The Center is located at 216 NE Branner Street, Topeka, Kansas.
Attorney Jessica Piedra will present information on how individuals can apply for the program made possible by President Obama’s Executive Action.
DAPA is a discretionary form of immigration relief. Eligibility for DAPA is determined by USCIS (U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services) on a case-by-case basis. To qualify for DAPA:
- you must have been physically present, continuously, in the United States since January 1, 2010. You will not qualify for DAPA if you entered the U.S. after this cut-off date.
- you must have a child who was born on or before November 20, 2014; if your child is born on November 21, or thereafter, then you are not eligible for DAPA.
- you were physically present in the United States on November 20, 2014, the date that DAPA was announced.
- you have no lawful status on November 20, 2014.
- your child must have either a green card (legal permanent resident) or U.S. citizenship. Parents of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients are not eligible for DAPA.
- you must not have committed any serious crimes or otherwise have become a deportation enforcement priority, under the revised guidelines explained in Policies for Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants Memorandum published on November 20, 2014.
DAPA is not amnesty and it’s not a path to citizenship. DAPA doesn’t lead to a green card or permanent residency status.
Please contact El Centro at (785) 232-8207 for more information.