One of the key elements of President Obama’s new executive order to is significantly expand the scope of people who are eligible for protection under DACA beyond the coverage provided under the prior 2012 executive order.
- Expands eligibility to applicants of all ages who arrived in the U.S. before turning 16 years of age, and who have been continually present in the U.S. since January 1, 2010. People who were “aged out” under the 2012 DACA because they were over age 31 on June 15, 2012, are now eligible to apply, regardless of how old they are now.
- Moves the eligibility cut-off date by which an applicant must have been in the United States to January 1, 2010.
- Grants DACA and work authorization for three instead of two years, which also will be extended to pending DACA renewal applicants.