Important Immigration Updates

Important Immigration Updates

IMMIGRATION UPDATES:

DACA UPDATES:
On December 4, 2020, a U.S. district court in the Eastern District of New York ordered that the July 2020 memorandum issued by Chad Wolf, the provisions of which severely curtailed DACA and barred initial applications for DACA, is vacated. 

What does this mean?

On December 7, 2020, the government published a notice on its website that, effective immediately, the government is:

  • Accepting initial DACA applications
  • Advance Parole is back in its original form
  • Any DACA and employment authorization documents (EADs) issued for one year instead of two years because of the Wolf memo are extended to two years and the government will take steps to provide evidence of this extension. 
     

DACA Eligibility: 

  • 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;
  • Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012, meaning that:
  • You never had a lawful immigration status on or before June 15, 2012, or
  • Any lawful immigration status or parole that you obtained prior to June 15, 2012, had 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 Educational 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, a significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
     

Information obtained from the National Immigration Center here. Eligibility criteria obtained from USCIS.

John Jay College students and their families who may be eligible for DACA can sign up for a Legal Screening. Sign up here! 

TPS UPDATES:

TPS Protections Extended to October 4, 2021

DHS is automatically extending TPS designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and Nepal for nine months through October 4, 2021, from the current expiration date of January 4, 2021.

Read more here

  • You can find updates on TPS from the Legal Clinic here.
  • You can find updates on Public Charge here

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.