Protection for DREAM Youths
June 15, 2012
On June 15, 2012, the Obama Administration announced that it would offer many DREAM Act-eligible youths protection from deportation. These youths, whether or not they are currently in deportation proceedings, will be able to apply for “deferred action,” which would temporarily shield them from deportation and enable to live and work legally in the US.
The new program is called DACA: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
Applications will be accepted after August 15, 2012.
Refer to www.uscis.gov for government issued information, instructions and forms.
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You may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) if you:
- Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
- Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
- Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
- Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
- Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
- Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
- Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
*NB: If you have never been in removal proceedings, or your proceedings have been terminated before your request for consideration of DACA, you must be at least 15 years of age or older at the time of filing your request and meet the other guidelines.
• If you are in removal proceedings, have a final removal order, or have a voluntary departure order, and are not in immigration detention, you can request consideration of DACA even if you are under the age of 15 at the time of filing your request and meet the other guidelines.
IF YOU HAVE EVER BEEN DETAINED, ARRESTED BY THE POLICE OR IMMIGRATION OR HAD TO ATTEND A COURT PROCEEDING IN ANY COUNTRY, PLEASE GET A THOROUGH EVALUATION OF YOU CASE BY AN IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY OR OTHER QUALIFIED IMMIGRATION WORKER BEFORE APPLYING FOR DACA.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals DACA 2012
More information about DACA, requirements, forms etc. can be found at www.uscis.gov
Although USCIS began accepting DACA requests on August 15, 2012, there has been no deadline announced for this application process. BIC recommends that applicants take the time to get their cases evaluated and reviewed, as incorrect submissions can result in delays or more serious immigration consequences. We appreciate you patience with our small staff and are happy to provide you with additional resources to help you apply if necessary.
To prove that you qualify you are required to submit copies of documentation (ALL DOCUMENTS NOT IN ENGLISH WILL REQUIRE A TRANSLATION), which may include, but is not limited to:
- birth certificates,
- ID cards issued by a state or federal authority,
- I-94/I-95/I-94W records,
- travel records to US,
- records from a religious entity proving your participation in a religious ceremony, rite or passage, (e.g. baptism, first communion, wedding),
- financial records (bank statements, lease agreements, rent receipts, gas, electric or phone bills, credit card bills etc.),
- receipts for money sent in or out of the country,
- medical records,
- school records (diplomas, GED certificates, report cards, school transcripts),
- employment records, and
- military records.
If you have ever been arrested or appeared in court, you will need a final disposition of all of those cases; IN THESE CASES PLEASE SEEK ADVICE BEFORE APPLYING.
In general applicants will need:
- Copies of proof/evidence that you qualify for DACA
- USCIS forms I-821D, I-765, and I-765WS (worksheet)
- A money order for $465.00 made payable to Department of Homeland Security
- If working with BIC to prepare: $50.00 (cash or check)
- BIC strongly recommends that you keep a copy of everything you send to USCIS. If you are working with us, we will give you copies of all documents we prepare. Due to staff time, it is unlikely we will be able to make copies of all of the supporting documents accompanying your application. However you are welcome to use our office copier free of charge following appointments.
- If you live in MA, CT, ME, NH, NY, & VT mail return receipt requested and certified to: USCIS Chicago Lockbox Facility USCIS, P.O. Box 5757, Chicago, IL 60680-5757. If living in another state visit: www.uscis.gov for address info.
How BIC can help you apply for DACA
BIC will be helping to evaluate and file DACA applications until further notice. You must make an appointment to see a counselor in order to be assisted in the preparation of your application. DACA APPLICATIONS CANNOT BE COMPLETED DURING WEDNESDAY WALK-IN CLINICS. DACA CASE EVALUATIONS CAN BE CONDUCTED DURING THESE BRIEF WEDNESDAY MORNING APPOINTMENTS.
There are two options for applying with us:
1. Make an initial appointment ($15.00 & ½ hr) where we can thoroughly evaluate your case, tell you whether we can represent you or not, and give you all the information you need to be ready to apply. Then you can make a follow up appointment for us to prepare and package your application knowing that we will have all the information necessary for you to leave to mail your application after that appointment.
2. Make an appointment for a DACA application preparation ($50.00 & 1 hour) and try to come as prepared as possible in the hopes that we will have all we need to finalize everything that day. If you are not evaluated by a counselor 1st you run the risk of having to come back for a second appointment to finish you application.
To make an appointment please see Becky Meier, the office manager (413-445-4881) or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information as APPOINTMENTS GO QUICKLY. You may have to wait as long as 2-3 weeks for an appointment, but we believe getting this process right makes it worth it!
BIC WILL NEVER TURN CLIENTS AWAY FOR INABILITY TO PAY. WE OFFER SEVERAL OPTIONS IN THESE CASES INCLUDING PAYMENT PLANS, REDUCED FEES AND FEE WAIVERS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT QUALIFYING FOR ANY OF THE ABOVE OPTIONS PLEASE SPEAK WITH THE SECRETARY.
There are also many organizations and immigration attorneys that assist in the preparation of these applications. In order to help you we have created several handouts with links to resources etc. For more information please call/see BIC’s secretary.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Resources :
Berkshire Immigrant Center : www.berkshireic.com
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services: http://www.uscis.gov
The best source of information about DACA & Process etc.
Catholic Charities: http://cliniclegal.org/resources/deferred-action-childhood-arrivals
Own the Dream Website: www.weownthedream.org
Determine eligibility, find free or low-cost legal clinics and licensed, reputable attorneys in your area, review information about deferred action, & connect with other DREAMers.
Find Community Based Immigration Services (like BIC): www.immigrationlawhelp.org
Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition: www.miracoalition.org
American Immigration Lawyers Association: www.aila.org
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