Important Immigration Updates

Important Immigration Updates

DACA UPDATE:

WHAT DID THE COURT DECIDE?

The Court ruled in favor of the DACA program, rejecting the Trump administration’s 2017 attempt to terminate the program. This decision restores the program completely, and both initial and renewal applications should be accepted by USCIS.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE COMMUNITY?

  • Current DACA recipients continue to be protected from deportation and eligible for benefits under the DACA program, like work authorization.
  • Eligible DACA recipients can continue to apply to renew their DACA for two more years.
  • Eligible individuals who never had DACA should be able to apply at this time.
  • All eligible individuals should consult with a legal service provider for information about applying for DACA for the first time, renewing their existing DACA, and/or getting screened for eligibility for other, more permanent immigration options.
  • It is possible Advance Parole may again allow DACA recipients to travel outside the United States and return. However, details of this possibility are still unclear, and the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic may limit the ability to travel. Check with a legal service provider for more information.

 

Credits to: Immigrant Legal Resource Center. Click here for additional information

Updates from Informed Immigrant, 2020.

 

Senator Jose Peralta New York State DREAM ACT:

If you fit one of the descriptions below, you may be eligible for one or more NYS student financial aid awards under the DREAM Act. 

1. Your permanent home is in NYS, and you are or have one of the following:  U-VISA, T-Visa, Temporary Protected Status, Without Lawful Immigration Status

AND meet one of the following: 

1. Attended an NYS high school for two or more years, graduated from an NYS high school, and are applying for an award for undergraduate study at an NYS college within five years of receiving your NYS high school diploma OR

2. You attended an NYS high school for 2 or more years, graduated from an NYS high school, and are applying for an award for graduate study at an NYS college within ten years of receiving your NYS high school diploma OR

3. You received an NYS high school equivalency diploma, and are applying for an award for undergraduate study at an NYS college within five years of receiving your NYS high school equivalency diploma OR

4. You received an NYS high school equivalency diploma, and are applying for an award for graduate study at an NYS college within ten years of receiving your NYS high school equivalency diploma OR

5. You did not attend or graduate from an NYS high school, did not receive an NYS high school equivalency diploma, but are charged the NYS resident in-State tuition rate at a SUNY or CUNY college for any reason.

Updates from: https://www.hesc.ny.gov/dream/

The application is currently opened!

You can apply here: https://www.hesc.ny.gov/dream/

If you have any questions about the application process, please email us at Immigrantsuccess@jjay.cuny.edu

GREENLIGHT NY: Driving Together

 

Governor Cuomo signed the GreenLight Bill, which allows undocumented individuals to obtain a driver's license in the State of New York. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEGAL HELP 

If you have immigration-related questions such as questions about legal screenings for other legal options, there are resources available at John Jay, CUNY, and from many nonprofit organizations that provide free or low cost, high-quality and confidential immigration law services. Contact us at Immigrantsuccess@jjay.cuny.edu for more information. 

Please also beware of fraudulent and deceptive practices by persons posing to be lawyers, such as those claiming to be “notaries.” When in doubt about a person or organization's legitimacy, check with a knowledgeable and reputable source, such as ones on this site, before you proceed.