- Parent (by birth or adoption.
- Must have a child who is a US citizen (born prior to November 20, 2014) or permanent resident (green card holder)
- Have lived illegally continuously in the USA since January 1, 2010.
- Pass a background check -- a few misdemeanors are okay but felonies are not.
Obama's executive order on deferral of deportation and work permit for illegal parents of US born children and green card holders
You see, under American law, an American citizen, after the age of 18 (and meeting other strict criteria like having enough income), is allowed to sponsor parents to immigrate to the United States, but we have a situation in which many illegal immigrants have given birth in America (they are sometimes also called as anchor babies by many legal experts) and when their parents are deported, either the kids should leave with their parents or they are left in the country in the foster care system or with other family members. We all know that youth in Hispanic communities are already under-performing academically and if they are without their parents, they are more likely to take up crime, drop out of school, and basically become a huge burden on the society. That is why President Barack Obama has decided to let the parents live legally and work in the USA with the following requirements (the program is called Deferred Action for Parental Accountability or DAPA):