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Expanded Deferred Action

On Nov. 20, 2014, President Barack Obama announced, through executive action, an expansion of deferred action for more than 5 million undocumented workers who will be able to apply for work authorization in the United States.

The labor movement is committed to protecting the rights of all workers. We Rise! Adelante is an initiative to reach, mobilize and organize immigrant workers, and will help undocumented immigrants determine if they’re eligible for work authorization and help protect the rights of those who don’t qualify.

Immigrant workers who don’t have union representation on the job can join Working America We Rise! Working America We Rise! members receive free or low-cost legal services, budget and credit counseling, and prescription and health care discounts, as well as the opportunity to receive deferred action grants and loans, prepaid debit cards and other assistance.

To be eligible for deferred action under the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), you must:

  • Be the parent of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.
  • Have continuously lived in the United States since Jan. 1, 2010.
  • Have been present in the United States on Nov. 20, 2014.
  • Have not been convicted of  a felony or certain misdemeanors.

To be eligible for the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, you must:

  • Have come to the United States before your 16th birthday.
  • Have lived continuously in the United States since Jan. 1, 2010.
  • Have been present in the United States on Nov. 20, 2014.
  • Have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or “be in school” on the date that you submit your deferred action application.
  • Have not been convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanors.

The application processes for the DAPA and expanded DACA has not yet begun. Become a member of Working America We Rise! and receive notifications on the DAPA and expanded DACA application process.

What Is Deferred Action and What Does It Mean for Workers? (PDF)

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