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(6500 Rookin St., Building B, Houston, TX 77074)

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Neighborhood Centers FAQs:

Deferred Action for Parents of U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents (DAPA)

and Expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

  How do I become a client of Neighborhood Centers? Once the application process begins, Neighborhood Centers Immigration & Citizenship attorneys and BIA Accredited Representatives will be providing legal assistance and representation in DACA and DAPA cases. When you register for our interest list you will receive text message, email, and phone call updates on how to become a client at Neighborhood Centers once the process begins. Individuals on our interest list will be provided legal assistance as soon as possible after the applications are available. Who qualifies for the new Deferred Action programs? There are specific requirements that must be met for each type of Deferred Action: Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA)

  • Parent of a United States Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident born on or before November 20, 2014
  • Continuously resided in the United States since January 1, 2010 and present in the United States on November 20, 2014 as well as at the time of submitting an application
  • Certain criminal and public/national safety bars will apply

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) – expanded

  • Entered the United States before your 16th birthday
  • Continuously resided in the United States since January 1, 2010 and present in the United States on November 20, 2014 as well as at the time of submitting an application
  • Currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a GED, or an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or the Armed Forces of the United States
  • Not convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and not otherwise a threat to United States security or public safety

What Is Deferred Action? Deferred Action is administrative relief from deportation. It also grants you the ability to apply for Employment Authorization for the length of Deferred Action if you can show economic necessity.

What Deferred Action Is Not: Deferred Action is not amnesty; not immunity; not permanent legal status; and not a pathway to citizenship.  Deferred Action is not a permanent protection – it can be revoked at any time.

When Can Individuals Apply? U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services is not accepting requests or applications for Deferred Action for Parental Accountability or the expanded version of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. In February 2015 a judge in Texas ordered a temporary stop to the expanded DACA and DAPA programs. The United States government is currently arguing in the courts for the expanded DACA and DAPA programs to continue as planned. Community members are encouraged to contact our Immigration & Citizenship Program office with questions regarding the current court case.

UPDATE – Texas v. U.S. Court Case

UPDATE – Texas v. U.S. Court Case

On February 16th, a federal judge in Texas ruled to delay the start of the new expanded DACA and new DAPA initiatives. While this is a temporary setback, we strongly believe that this event is merely a bump in the road and that expanded DACA and DAPA will still become available in 2015. Neighborhood Centers’ Immigration & Citizenship team is available to answer your questions about this court case and to assist with the application process for DAPA and expanded DACA as soon as the applications become available. In the meantime, we would like to remind the community of the following information:

  1. As of today there are no new applications available – Be careful of notarios or other individuals who promise to complete applications for the new expanded DACA or DAPA initiatives. At this time, USCIS is not accepting applications for expanded DACA or DAPA.
  2. The current DACA initiative is still in place – Individuals who qualify for DACA under the guidelines announced on June 15, 2012 can still apply, and should apply. If you currently have DACA, your situation remains the same and is not affected.
  3. DACA Renewals will not be affected – If your current DACA card is set to expire in the coming months, make sure to file for your DACA renewal. Our next FREE DACA Workshop is on February 28th at Baker Ripley Neighborhood Center. Contact our Immigration & Citizenship Office at (713) 273-3707 for information on how to register.
  4. This is just a temporary delay in the start of expanded DACA – Legal experts believe that the lawsuit against expanded DACA and DAPA has no legal merit and that the higher courts will reject the lawsuit and allow expanded DACA and DAPA to continue as planned.
  5. Continue to prepare for DAPA –The ruling does not eliminate or cancel these initiatives. If you think you may be eligible for DAPA, we suggest that you continue to gather documents to prepare for DAPA. Once the delay is over and the applications are released, Neighborhood Centers will be providing low-cost assistance with applications. In the meantime, we are offering assistance with the evidence collection process.

For more information, please visit our office at 6500 Rookin Street, Houston, TX 77074, or call 713-273-3707. You can also join our mailing list to receive more updates. To sign up please click here Executive Action Interest List. En 16 de Febrero, un juez federal de Texas decidió atrasar el inicio de la nueva iniciativa extendida de DACA. Mientras este es un atraso temporal, creemos que este acontecimiento es solamente temporario y que los programas de DACA expandida y DAPA serán disponibles en 2015. Nuestro equipo de Inmigración y Ciudadanía de Neighborhood Centers estará disponible para contestar sus preguntas sobre esta decisión de la corte federal y para dar asistencia con el proceso de preparar la aplicación de DACA expandida y DAPA cuando las aplicaciones estén disponibles. Por el momento, le recordamos a la comunidad lo siguiente:

  1. No hay nuevas aplicaciones disponibles a hoy – Tengan cuidado de notarios y otros individuos que les prometan que pueden llenar aplicaciones para los nuevos programas de DACA expandida o DAPA. El departamento de Ciudadanía e Inmigración (USCIS por sus siglas en inglés) no está aceptando aplicaciones para los nuevos programas de DACA expandida y DAPA.
  2. El programa actual  de DACA todavía está vigente – Individuos que califiquen para DACA debajo de las reglas anunciadas en el 15 de junio de 2012 todavía pueden aplicar, y deberían de aplicar. Si usted tiene DACA ahora, su situación no ha cambiado.   
  3. Las renovaciones de DACA no serán afectadas – Si su tarjeta de empleo se va a expirar en los siguientes meses, asegúrese de someter su renovación de DACA. Nuestro siguiente taller gratuito de DACA será el 28 de febrero en el centro Baker Ripley. Puede llamar a nuestra oficina de Inmigración y Ciudadanía al 713-273-3707 para más información y para registrarse.
  4. Esto es solamente un retraso temporario al inicio de DACA expandida – Abogados expertos creen que esta demanda en contra de DACA expandida y DAPA no tiene mérito legal, y que las cortes supremas rechazarán la demanda y dejarán que DACA expandida y DAPA continúen como habían planeado.
  5. Sigan preparándose para DAPA – Esta decisión no elimina o cancela estas iniciativas. Si usted cree que es elegible para DAPA, nosotros le recomendamos que usted continúe a reunir sus documentos para DAPA. Cuando este retraso sea resuelto y las aplicaciones salgan, Neighborhood Centers estará dando asistencia a la comunidad con el proceso de la aplicación. Al momento estamos ofreciendo asistencia con el proceso de recaudar documentos de evidencia.

  Para más información, por favor visite nuestra oficina en el 6500 Rookin St., Houston, TX 77074, o llame al 713-273-3707. También puede alistarse en nuestra lista de interesados para recibir más actualizaciones. Para registrarse haga click aquí: Lista de interesados para la Acción Ejecutiva.



With the risk of fraud and other issues in mind, Neighborhood Centers reminds individuals across the Houston community of the following:

  • Before speaking with an attorney, make sure he/she is a licensed attorney or Board of Immigration Appeals accredited representative. Notarios are not authorized to practice law in the United States unless they are also licensed attorneys.
  • The application process has not begun and will likely not begin for several months. Be wary of lawyers and notarios urging you to apply for immigration relief now.
  • Do not listen to consultants, notarios, or lawyers who ask for money to place you or your family on a waiting list to submit your application for some form of relief. Currently, there is no waiting list.
  • Avoid telephone scammers posing as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) personnel or other government officials. USCIS will not call you to ask for any information over the phone.If you have any questions, please contact our Immigration Program at (713) 273-3707 or

Considerando el riesgo de fraude y otros asuntos, Neighborhood Centers quiere recordar a la gente de la comunidad de Houston de lo siguiente:

  • Antes de hablar con cualquier abogado, asegúrese que sea un abogado con licencia o un representante acreditado por la junta de apelaciones de inmigración. Los notarios no están autorizados a practicar leyes en los Estados Unidos a menos que sean abogados con licencia.
  • El proceso de solicitud no ha comenzado y probablemente no empezará por algunos meses. Tenga cuidado con los abogados y los notarios que los alienten a solicitar alivio migratorio ahora.
  • No escuchen a consultores, notarios, o abogados que les pidan dinero para poner a usted o su familia en una lista de espera para mandar su solicitud para algún tipo de alivio.
  • Evite estafadores que hablen por teléfono pretendiendo que son personal de Servicios de Ciudadanía e inmigración de EE.UU. (USCIS) u otro tipo de oficiales de gobierno. USCIS no lo llamará para pedir ningún tipo de información por teléfono.Si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor llame a nuestro programa de inmigración al (713) 273-3707 o
 Disclaimer: This information does not constitute legal advice. No attorney-client relationship has been created or implied. Please consult with an attorney before applying for any immigration benefit or seeking any kind of legal assistance. Exención de responsabilidades: Esta información no constituye consejería legal. Ninguna relación de cliente y abogado se ha creado o ha sido implicada. Por favor consulte con un abogado antes de aplicar para algún beneficio de inmigración o para cualquier tipo de asistencia legal.

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