Recent updates Pertaining to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Temporary Protected Status Pertaining to Nepal

May 1, 2018

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Recent Updates to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
On April 24, 2018 a Judge for the Federal District Court of the District of Columbia ruled that the administration’s decision to terminate Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was based on “unexplained grounds” and therefore concluded that the DACA program must stay in place and the USCIS must accept new applications. However, the Judge’s decision is on hold for 90 days to give the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) time to better explain its reasoning for cancelling DACA.

What this mean for DACA recipients
If the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is not able to come up with a sufficient reason for why they cancelled DACA, the program will continue and DHS will be forced to accept new DACA applications.

Recent Updates to Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
On April 26, 2018 the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that the termination of TPS for Nepal will be delayed for 12 months and the program will terminate on June 24, 2019. Nepali citizens with TPS will be required to re-register for TPS and work authorization but should not do so until the re-registration period is announced in the Federal Registrar.

How to Contact Us:
If you are a DACA or TPS recipient and have any questions or concerns, please call Catholic Migration Services in Brooklyn at (718) 236-3000 or in Queens at (347) 472-3500 between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Monday through Friday. For additional information, visit our website at and follow us on social media via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @CMSBQ.

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4th Annual Sunset Reception

Our 4th Annual Sunset Reception is scheduled for Thursday, June 21, at the Pierrepont House in Brooklyn. Fill out the form below to reserve your ticket.


4th Annual Sunset
A Reception with Catholic Migration Services
to benefit Catholic Migration Services and further its mission

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
Pierrepont House
55 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn NY 11201

Lauren McCormack
(718) 965-7375 ext. 1628

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Residents get closer to U.S. citizenship during free clinic

On Saturday, April 21st Catholic Migration Services and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) teamed up with volunteer lawyers from law firms throughout the City for a day long naturalization workshop in Brooklyn. Attorneys assisted eligible green card holders with the application process at no cost, making the process accessible for low-income New Yorkers. The path to citizenship brings with it numerous benefits like the opportunity to vote, petition for family members, and receive the ultimate relief from deportation.

See News 12 Brooklyn’s coverage of the workshop: Residents get closer to U.S. citizenship during free clinic

Queens Town Hall on Right to Counsel Well Received in Elmhurst

Right to counsel coalition members, tenants, and community leaders gathered for town hall forum on legislation signed into law August 2017.

On Thursday, April 12th right to counsel coalition members, tenants, and community leaders gathered for a Town Hall Forum in the gymnasium of St. Bartholomew Catholic Academy in Elmhurst, New York to address legislation signed into law on August 11, 2017. Right to Counsel mandates universal access to legal representation for low-income tenants in New York City and is the first City in the nation to establish this type of legislation.

Coalition members, tenants, and community leaders highlighted the history of Intro 214 and its amendments originally introduced in March of 2014 by Council Members Mark Levine and Vanessa Gibson. Approximately 150 Queens tenants packed the school gymnasium to learn why the Right to Counsel is so important, the eligibility requirements, how to find an attorney, which Queens zip codes will begin implementing RTC, and how to build tenant power.

Queens tenants raise their hands during interactive forum.

After learning that 11433, 11434, and 11373 are the first Queens zip codes to implement RTC, tenants later broke out into small groups facilitated by attorneys and organizers for an opportunity to ask questions, discuss ways to protect themselves and their neighbors, and to complete commitment cards asking tenants to start taking action and ownership of this new tool.

Intro 214-B, the final bill that passed last year, ensures at the end of 5 years, all income eligible tenants will be ensured an attorney when fighting their eviction in housing court. Tenants who are over income, have the right to a consultation with an attorney. The bill also provides for NYCHA tenants whose cases happen in administrative hearings, to have representation as well.

The Right to Counsel NYC Coalition is made up of tenant organizing groups, tenant advocates, homeless advocates, senior advocates, disability advocates, academics, legal services organizations and more! We led the campaign that resulted in the passage of Local Law 136, which ensures that low-income tenants are represented in eviction cases by attorneys when they defend their rights and their homes. The Coalition is actively organizing and advocating while this law is being phased in.

Italian-American church in Brooklyn’s ‘Little Guatemala’ gets new lease on life

Once in fear of closing its doors, St. Finbar in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn has seen a revival in the life of their parish thanks to the devout faith of new Guatemalan immigrants. The community has dedicated their time and service to the place of worship they now call home and last year, amidst the uncertainties of immigration policies, leaders at St. Finbar stood by them regardless of their immigration status. Referring parishioners to Catholic Migration Services, the pastor, Fr. Gelfant invited Catholic Migration to host a Know-Your-Rights presentation for his community. The presentation was well attended and those present left reassured of their rights.

Read the full story via National Catholic Reporter: Italian-American church in Brooklyn’s ‘Little Guatemala’ gets new lease on life

Immigrants in need of naturalization help offered free services by the New York Lawyers for Public Interest

In celebration of Immigrant Heritage Week, Catholic Migration Services has teamed up with New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and several law firms for a naturalization workshop on Saturday, April 21st at the offices of Catholic Migration located at 191 Joralemon Street in Brooklyn, New York. Eligible green card holders interested in naturalizing are encouraged to call (212) 225-4400 or text (718) 866-3687 for more information and to register.

Read the full story via amNewYork: Immigrants in need of naturalization help offered free services by the New York Lawyers for Public Interest

Clilck here to download the workshop flyer as a PDF in English or Spanish