Expanded DACA Date Set
On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of executive actions related to immigration. One of these involves expanding the population eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to people of any current age who entered the United States before the age of 16 and lived in the United States continuously since January 1, 2010. Additionally, the executive action extends the period of DACA and work authorization from two years to three years.
The implementation of DACA expansion is now set with the announcement from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that applications will begin being accepted on February 18, 2015. This is the first implementation of the executive actions, with others to soon follow. For the DACA expansion, here are the key eligibility criteria to ensure your staff is aware of:
- Applies to: Individuals with no lawful immigration status who are seeking initial or renewal DACA.
- Entered the United States before the age of 16;
- Have lived in the United States continuously since at least January 1, 2010, rather than the prior requirement of June 15, 2007;
- Are of any age (removes the requirement to have been born since June 15, 1981); and
- Meet all the other DACA guidelines
USCIS will not accept requests for expanded DACA before February 18, 2015, but be on the lookup for potential increased activity and questions related to the program. Equifax Workforce Solutions will continue to monitor guidance related to Form I-9 and E-Verify compliance to keep you up to date on announcements and best practices.
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