Documents for Expanded Deferred Action Applications

Monday, Dec 8, 2014

Useful Documents To Prepare for Expanded Deferred Action Applications

On November 20 and 21, 2014, President Obama announced taking executive actions for immigration relief. These actions include the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and a new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program, which provides eligible immigrants who have U.S. citizen or permanent resident sons and daughters temporary relief from deportation and allows them to apply for work authorization. (For more information, see our FAQs on DAPA and Expanded DACA). However, as with the original DACA program, these initiatives do not provide a path to permanent resident ("green card") status or citizenship. 

While we wait for detailed guidance on the process for applying for deferred action under these two programs, using the DACA criteria as a template of what to expect, it is important to start collecting documents that you will need in order to apply. We believe that the following list of documents, which can be used to prove identity, presence and continuous residence in the United States, and family ties to U.S. citizen or permanent resident children, will be useful for preparing applications.

Proof of Identity
* Passport from your country of origin 
* Birth certificate with photo identification 

Proof of Presence in the U.S.
* Passport with admission stamp
* School records from the U.S. schools you have attended 
* Medical records
* Utility/bank statements
* Any U.S. government document stating your date of entry 

Proof of Immigration Status
* Form I-94/ I-94W
* Expired visa 
* A charging document placing you in removal proceedings 

Proof of Education
* Official school records (transcripts, report cards, etc)
* U.S. high school diploma/GED certification 

Demonstrating Employment
* W-2 form 
* Pay stubs

Payment of Taxes
* W-2 form
* Bank statements 
* U.S. income tax returns with Individual Taxpayer Identification  (ITIN) form/number 

Immigration History
* Notice to Appear
* Removal documents
Family Relationships
* Listing dependents on W-2
* Birth certificates, U.S. passports or naturalization certificates, and/or green cards of children

Criminal Record
* Court dispositions 
* Evidence of traffic violations/ DUI rehabilitation 
* Documentation of pardons/expungement 

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For more information about the expanded DACA and DAPA programs, contact us at, 800.966.5946.