USCIS Sets Date for Accepting Petitions under DACA Expansion

Beginning February 18, 2015, millions of undocumented youth who previously did not qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will be able to apply for the program, if they meet the requirements.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting DACA petitions under the new parameters set forth by President Obama when he announced his executive action on immigration in November of last year.

The President authorized expanding who can qualify for the program and extended the period of deferred action and employment authorization to three years.

To qualify, the undocumented immigrant must have entered the United States before January 1, 2010 and before reaching the age of 16.

In an interview with NY1 News, I explain what the announcement of the implementation date means. You can see the video here.

For a complete list of the new requirements, click here.