Under DAPA will I be able to buy house?

Under DAPA, will I be able to buy house and how is it gonna roll out if there is no extension of work permits?


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Neither DACA nor DAPA will affect your eligibility to buy a home in the U.S. The immigration law does not require a noncitizen to have lawful immigration status in the U.S. to buy or own property in the U.S. However, a buyer's immigration status typically arises in the context of obtaining a mortgage. Many banks are reluctant to loan money to individuals who cannot show lawful immigration status. If you do buy a home future cancellation of DACA or DAPA will not affect your ownership rights. However, it's important to understand that neither DACA nor DAPA confer lawful immigration status. Therefore, while you would not lose ownership in your home, you would remain subject to removal from the U.S. The bottom line is that while President Obama has the authority to grant a deportation reprieve, he cannot change the law to provide temporary or permanent immigration status to undocumented immigrants. Only Congress can do that.

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