Important Immigration Updates

Important Immigration Updates

DACA UPDATE:

USCIS is not accepting requests from individuals who have never before been granted deferred action under DACA. Due to federal court orders on Jan. 9, 2018 and Feb. 13, 2018, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA. The scope of the Feb. 13 preliminary injunction issued in the Eastern District of New York is the same as the Jan. 9 preliminary injunction issued in the Northern District of California. Unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017, until further notice.

(USCIS, 2018)

 

You may request renewal of DACA if you met the initial 2012 DACA guidelines and you:

  • Did not depart the United States on or after Aug. 15, 2012, without advance parole;
  • Have continuously resided in the United States since you submitted your most recent DACA request that was approved;
  • Have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors; and
  • Do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

 

As noted above, you may only request renewal of DACA if you previously received DACA and your DACA expired (or will expire) on or after Sept. 5, 2016. If you previously received DACA and your DACA expired before Sept. 5, 2016, or your most recent DACA grant was previously terminated, you cannot request DACA as a renewal, but may instead submit a new initial DACA request with evidence that you meet the initial DACA guidelines. (USCIS, 2018)

 

Updates from United States Citizen and Immigrant Services, 2018.

 

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

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

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

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

5. You did not attend or graduate from a NYS high school, did not receive a 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

GREEN LIGHT NY: Driving Together

 

Governor Cuomo signed the GreenLight Bill which allows undocumented individuals to obtain a drivers license in the State of New York. We will provide updates as soon as we know more about the bill and how to apply for a license. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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