DACA Renewal

*enlaces con info en español abajo

Dear Clients and Friends,

USCIS is still accepting INITIAL applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA and now will begin accepting DACA RENEWALS for those who qualify. 

Applicants for RENEWAL should apply between 150 to 120 days prior to the expiration of their EAD cards (work authorization documents.)

Applications CANNOT be filed more than 150 days prior to EAD card expiration and, in order to be “covered” by a work authorization extension if necessary, SHOULD be filed at least 120 days before card expires.

BIC will begin helping file DACA renewals as of Monday 6/30/2014 for those who qualify. 

All DACA clients- new or having been served by BIC in the past- will need to have a consultation with a counselor prior to having their renewal form prepared by us. At this appointment we will determine if you qualify for renewal and, if so, tell you how you can apply on your own or with our representation.

You can book a consult now by calling BIC or try coming to one of our Wednesday Walk-in Clinics. http://berkshireic.com/?page_id=213

For more information on this process, see the links below. To make an appointment to file with our help, please call 413-445-4881 or email secretary@berkshireic.com.

We look forward to continuing to assist you and hope you will help us spread the word to others who may benefit from this important opportunity!

Best,

The Berkshire Immigrant Center

The link below has a list of websites with DACA resources:

http://www.weownthedream.org/links/

We also recommend that you join the DACA renewal network:
http://unitedwedream.org/welcome-daca-renewal-network/

Official USCIS Information on DACA:

New I-821D form (Rev. 06/04/2014) and instructions

http://www.uscis.gov/i-821d

Updated FAQs

http://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/consideration-deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-process/frequently-asked-questions

Updated Website

http://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/consideration-deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-daca

Information for initial applicants

http://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/consideration-deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-daca#request%20DACA

Information about Renewals
http://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/consideration-deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-process/renew-your-daca

USCIS en Español:

http://www.uscis.gov/es

http://www.uscis.gov/es/programas-humanitarios/proceso-de-accion-diferida-para-jovenes-que-no-representan-riesgo/renovar-su-daca

BIA Accreditation and Fee Increases

June 4, 2014

Dear Valued Clients and Friends,

The Berkshire Immigrant Center is very happy to announce that two of its staff members, Director Hilary Greene and Program Coordinator Brooke Mead have recently been acknowledged by the Board of Immigration Appeals as “Accredited Representatives”. This bestowal enables us to dispense legal advice and to represent clients in their pursuit of immigration benefits. While we will not be accompanying clients to interviews or representing them in court, we will be able to provide an enhanced level of service delivery, advocacy and follow-up for our clients.

This achievement is a major honor and benefit to the Center and its clients, but it also comes with a marked increase in responsibility, time commitment, training requirements, reporting, and accountability.

Due to the above, we must make some internal changes that enable us to provide the highest quality services possible and to ensure the long-term sustainability of our program. Many of these changes will focus on in-office policies and procedures to maximize efficiency and improve service delivery.

Another change we must implement is an increase to our fee structure. Charging “nominal” fees is a requirement of the Board of Immigration Appeals. For years we have tried to keep our fees at the bare minimum, and we will continue to do so. The new fees will still remain extremely low relative to other non-profit immigration programs and private attorneys. The new fee structure will go into effect as of July 1, 2014 at which time you can view the fee chart in our office or on-line at: www.berkshireic.org.

We understand that this is a difficult economic time for many and appreciate your understanding of the costs BIC incurs in assisting our new neighbors to settle here as well as bringing in family members from overseas. We will continue to offer fee waivers and reductions to those who meet income eligibility guidelines. No one will be turned away due to the inability to pay.

Thank you so much in advance for your understanding and support. We look forward to continuing to serve you and your families in the pursuit of your own American Dream.

Best regards,

The Berkshire Immigrant Center

National Immigration News Updates, 12/16/13

National Immigration News Updates from the Berkshire Immigrant Center (BIC)

Please call 413-445-4881 to make an appointment to discuss any of the programs below

For more information about BIC, visit:  www.berkshireic.com

1.     Parole In Place for Military Families: a legalization program that allows certain immediate family members of those who are serving or have served in the military to legalize their status. Under immigration law this would apply to the military member’s:

  • spouse
  • child (if unmarried and under 21 years old)
  • parent (if the military member is over 21 years old)

For more information please call BIC to make an appointment or visit this website

2.      Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): a legalization program that applies to certain people who came to the United States under the age of 16 and have resided in the US since July 15, 2007. For more information please call BIC to make an appointment or visit this website.

3.      Provisional Waiver (Family Unity Waiver): A way for certain people who entered the United States without inspection and are married to a US citizen to file a hardship waiver while in the United States. Although it would still require a return to one’s home country, the idea is that someone could leave fairly sure they would be readmitted. For more information please call BIC to make an appointment or visit this website.

4.      Petitions for Same Sex Spouses (DOMA): Due to the Supreme Court Ruling overturning the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) certain US Citizen spouses can now sponsor their same sex husbands/wives. For more information please call BIC to make an appointment or visit this website.

5.       Comprehensive Immigration Reform: As of yet there is no national legalization program, but we are hopeful that Congress will work on this again in the spring. Even though it seems there is finally light at the end of the tunnel, it is important to understand that as of now, there is no program. It is important that community members continue to get their information from qualified immigration attorneys or other accredited immigration centers like BIC

Please avoid notarios and confirm what you think you have heard on the news with an immigration expert!

Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Three new Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to spread widely as Congress debates immigration reform.

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How Undocumented Immigrants Can Prepare for Comprehensive Immigration Reform Before a Law Passes

(A bill to legalize the status of undocumented immigrants has not passed.)

DO NOT

  • Do not go to “notarios publicos” for immigration help.
  • Do not apply for a “legalization” benefit before the law passes.
  • Do not pay anyone to complete “legalization” benefit applications before a law passes.
  • Do not pay someone in advance to hold an appointment to complete a “legalization” benefit application.
  • Do not register to vote.
  • Do not vote in elections where non-citizens are ineligible to participate.
  • Do not make false claims to U.S. citizenship.

DO

  • Do go to an attorney or BIA accredited representative if you have immigration questions.
  • Do obtain a government-issued photo identification document from your country of nationality.
  • Do organize personal records of residence, employment and tax filings in chronological order.
  • Do maintain good moral character and avoid activity which may cause you to be convicted of a crime.
  • Do learn to speak, read and write in English to the best of your ability.
  • Do learn U.S. history and government similar to questions asked on the naturalization test.
  • Do save money to pay for future USCIS application fees and legal assistance fees.

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. www.cliniclegal.org
415 Michigan Ave NE, Suite 200 * W ashington DC 20017 * 202-635-2556

BIC Newsletter: Fall 2012

Click below to read the first edition of our new newsletter and let us know what you think.

BIC Newsletter Fall 2012

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Please help us keep the Center open!

Unexpected funding cuts may force us to drastically cut services unless we raise $4500 per month to cover the $50,000 shortfall for the fiscal year.  Please help us support the immigrant community as we do today

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