DACA Fact Sheets Released by Catholic Migration Services

Catholic Migration Services is deeply troubled and saddened by the Trump administration’s lack of commitment to immigrant youth. On September 5th 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration was rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). DACA was a program put in place by President Obama to protect young people from deportation if they had been brought to the U.S. as children, and to enable them to lawfully work. An estimated 800,000 children and young adults across the country applied for, and were granted DACA status. These DACA recipients have been able to finish school and obtain jobs, contribute to our economy and communities, and live without the constant fear of deportation.

For more information on the government’s termination of the DACA program and what it means to current DACA recipients, see our fact sheets in English and Spanish. For advice or assistance with DACA renewal applications, please call us at (718) 236-3000 (Brooklyn) or (347) 472-3500 (Queens).

Renewal Period for Haitian Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

TPS is a temporary legal status  granted to Haitian nationals. Temporary Protected Status also offers Haitian nationals the opportunity to apply for work authorization, which permits them to work legally in the United States.

TPS must be renewed every 18 months. Haitian nationals must renew their TPS NO LATER than July 24, 2017. Upon renewal, TPS will be extended until July 22, 2018.

This renewal period is open ONLY to Haitian nationals who currently have TPS. With rare exceptions, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is NOT accepting new TPS registrations.

The basic eligibility requirements to renew Haitian TPS are:

– Applicant must be a Haitian national

– Applicant must have entered the U.S. prior to January 12, 2011

– Applicant must have resided in the U.S. continuously before or since January 12, 2011

– Applicant must have been approved for TPS previously (either in 2010, and timely re-registered in 2011 OR in 2011)

– Male applicants 18 years or older must be registered with Selective Service

The USCIS fees for Haitian TPS renewal are:

– $465, for applicant 14 years or older applying for employment authorization

– $85, for applicant 14 years or older not applying for employment authorization

– $380, for applicant under 14 years applying for employment authorization

– $0,  for applicant under 14 years not applying for employment authorization

Fee waivers are available under certain circumstances.

Catholic Migration Services provides legal representation before USCIS to all Haitian TPS applicants we serve.

If you would like more information, or if you are a Haitian national and need to re-register your TPS, please call our Brooklyn office at 718-236-3000 or our Queens office at 347-472-3500 AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Click here for information about Haitian TPS in Kreyòl Ayisyen.

Article written by Deacon Paul Dorsinville, Health Education Coordinator and Kimberley Kearns, Public Ally/Capacity Building Specialist

Special thanks to the Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Law Unit for information.

RSVP for the 2016 Shining Star Award Dinner!

RSVP NOW for the 2016 Shining Star Award Dinner and celebrate the 45th Anniversary of Catholic Migration Services!

Dinner 1 will be held Friday, October 14, 2016, and will honor Shining Stars from the following ministries: Czech/Slovak, Korean, Vietnamese, Ghanaian, Indonesian, Nigerian, Irish, Mexican, Colombian, West Indian, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Ecuador and Cuban. The dinner will start at 6:30 and will be held at Gargiulo’s on Coney Island.

Dinner 2 will be held Friday, October 21, 2016, and will honor Shining Stars from the following ministries: Polish, Ukranian, Russian, Croatian, Italian, Chinese, Indian Latin Rite, Lithuanian, Filipino, Pakistani, Brazilian, Guatemala, Haitian and African-American. The dinner will start at 6:30 and will be held at Gargiulo’s on Coney Island.

Housing Attorney Kenny Minaya in NY Daily News!

Kenny Minaya, housing attorney and coordinator of the CMS Immigrant Tenant Advocacy Program (ITAP), was recently mentioned in an article by the New York Daily News. Read more about the work we are doing in support of affordable housing for low-income immigrant tenants by following this link.

Congratulations to Kenny and everyone supporting the incredible work of ITAP!

CMS helps children in foster care become US citizens

NAC_Monyfa Over the years, Catholic Migration Services has helped countless permanent residents on their path to become US citizens. Recently, two very special clients attended ceremonies to become proud new Americans.

Daniel Marshall and Monyfa Alexander, who both came to the US from Guyana as children and entered into New York’s foster care system, were referred to our Citizenship and Integration Program from Heart Share St. Vincent’s Services. Working together with their caseworkers from the foster agency, immigration counselors at CMS were able to help Daniel and Monyfa obtain fee waivers for the application and guide them through all of the steps in the naturalization process.

Now that they have become citizens, Daniel and Monyfa are able to further pursue their dreams of voting in the upcoming elections and working toward college degrees. Read more about these inspiring new Americans in a blog post by our partners at the New Americans Campaign.

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Congratulations, Daniel and Monyfa! If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a US citizen, call us on our Citizenship Hotline at (646) 597-8797.