AILC staff attorneys have developed informational flyers on various Immigration topics. We encourage your organization to copy and reproduce the flyers below and remember to add your organization’s stamp in the bottom of the back page.
The DePaul Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic gratefully acknowledges the support of the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation who made this project possible.
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Printable version: Timetable for DACA Renewal 2016
Did you know that there more than 800,000 people eligible for DACA that have not applied?
TELEVISA foundation created a bilingual (English and Spanish) campaign to bring awareness and support to DACA implementation. “The campaign uplifts the voices and experiences of current DACA beneficiaries as they share their stories on how DACA changed their life.”
For more information visit: www.ThinkAboutIt.us (English) or www.Piensalo.us (Spanish). There you can download testimonials, find legal financial assistance and more resources. You can also spread the word sharing the above links and/or using #DACAThinkAboutIt or #DACApiensalo.
USCIS has posted two new fliers about expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and about Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). Both fliers are available at uscis.gov/immigrationaction and uscis.gov/accionmigratoria. They explain:
- The guidelines that take effect for expanded DACA on Feb. 18, 2015.
- How people can prepare for requesting DAPA once it becomes available in mid-to-late May.
- The importance of avoiding scams.
The fliers, dated January 30, 2015, are available in English and Spanish; more languages will be available soon. These replace the fliers dated January 8, 2015.
Be sure to get the facts about executive actions on immigration by getting them directly from USCIS. Please visit and subscribe to its Executive Actions on Immigration page for updates.
Two fliers on President Obama’s executive action on immigration are now available on www.uscis.gov/immigrationaction. USCIS encourages stakeholders to use these fliers when communicating with the public about these actions.
The fliers explain:
- The importance of avoiding scams and not submitting requests until the new initiatives are available.
- Eligibility requirements for the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA)
The fliers are available in English, Spanish, Korean and Vietnamese. A Chinese version will be available soon.
USCIS is the official source of information about executive actions on immigration. Please visit and subscribe to its immigration action page for updates.
Key elements of President Obama’s plan for immigration reform, announced in a speech on November 21, include:
1. An expansion of DACA eligibility to include a broader class of children.
2. An extension of deferred action for parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents.
3. An expansion of provisional waivers for spouses and children of lawful permanent residents.
4. A re-ordering of priorities for removal.
5. A new strategy to increase border security.
For a thorough explanation of the President's authority to act on immigration reform in Spanish, see La Orden Ejecutiva sobre inmigración by Sheila I. Vélez Martínez in 80 Grados. The op-ed piece also includes an overview of the programs included in the executive order.
In a speech tonight that will be broadcast by many television stations, President Obama will announce a new program that will shield up to five million undocumented immigrants from deportation, according to an article in today’s New York Times. The newspaper reports that:
- Four million undocumented immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for five years will be covered by the program.
- Those with no criminal record will be allowed to work legally.
- Another one million people will be protected from deportation through other parts of the program, including an expansion of the existing program for young immigrants who came to the U.S. as children – the so-called “Dreamers.”
- Farm workers and the parents of Dreamers will not be covered by the program.
- The immigrants covered by the plan will not be eligible for health benefits, food stamps, or other need-based federal programs.
However, as the New York Times report has appeared before the official announcement, it should be viewed with caution. The president’s speech tonight will provide a more definitive picture of the program.
Republican politicians have denounced the President for creating the program without Congressional approval, saying that he has vastly exceeded the authority given to him by law. However, the action does appear to be legal. A Spanish language explanation of the legal justification for the President’s acts can be found in an article in yesterday’s issue of Hoy (Los Angeles edition). An article on the Washington Post’s website also explains the legal concepts behind the executive action.
According to the New York Times, Obama administration officials have indicated that the President will soon make an announcement regarding a new immigration policy that could “shield as many as five million unauthorized immigrants from the threat of deportation and provide many of them with work permits.”
However, much remains murky. It is not clear when that announcement will be made, who will be affected and what will be required to qualify.
If a new policy or program is announced it is likely to be opened-ended which means there will not be an immediate deadline. People who qualify will have time to file. If you want to do something to prepare now, you should consider gathering certain documents and taking other steps. For more information about required documents, see the National Immigrant Justice Center fact sheet.
For reliable legal advice and information see our list of legal service providers.
Ir a Una Audiencia en la Corte de Inmigración
Un video que habla sobre la corte de inmigración
Soy Victima de un Crimen, ¿Puedo Cambiar mi Estatus Migratorio?
Este video le ayudará a entender el proceso migratorio y lo que sucede en la corte de inmigración cuando usted es víctima de un crimen o un sobreviviente de violencia domestica (U-Visa & VAWA).
Cuando Usted o un Familiar es Detenido por Inmigración
Video sobre lo que sucede cuando usted o un familiar es detenido por inmigración
Conozca sus Derechos (Deportación)
Video educativo dirigido a los más de 400,000 hombres y mujeres que cada año son recluidos en centros de detención de inmigración alrededor de todo el país
Missteps in the immigration process can result in severe consequences including denial of status and removal or deportation proceedings.
For assistance with immigration matters, consult a licensed immigration attorney or an accredited representative of a nonprofit organization recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals.
The links below will help you find organizations and accredited representatives recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals:
Recognized Organizations List
Accredited Representatives List
Organizations and Representatives, Listed by State
For more information about the Board of Immigration Appeals Recommendation and Accreditation Program, click here.
In an effort to discourage children from making a dangerous journey to cross into the United States and join their parents, President Obama has announced that several thousand Central American children will be allowed to apply for refugee status in the United States by visiting centers in their own countries. Only those who already have parents in the United States with legal residency will be eligible. Processing centers will be established in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
This measure only eases processing and travel – it does not represent an increase in the number of refugees who will be given visas. The number of allocated visas for Central America (4,000) represents a fraction of the number of children who have entered the U.S. illegally this year and are awaiting deportation.
Children in Cuba, Eurasia, the Baltic nations, and Iraq might qualify to become refugees in the United States, but the government will not set up processing in those areas.
The program will not apply to refugees who have already entered the country illegally.
At this point, there are few details about the program and the application process.
If you want to know whether you or your relative qualify for this or any other immigration benefit, see an authorized immigration legal services provider—a licensed attorney or Board of Immigration Appeals accredited representative.
New York Times: Obama Approves Plan to Let Children in Central America Apply for Refugee Status
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is pleased to announce that theFrequently Asked Questions and How Do I guide for deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) are now available in Chinese, Korean, Tagalog and Vietnamese. The materials are available in Spanish at www.uscis.gov/acciondiferida.
We encourage you to visit www.uscis.gov/multilingual to view all of USCIS’ growing collection of multilingual materials and educational resources.
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USCIS Message: Korean-Language National Engagement (Sulmyounghwae)
On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Eastern), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) held its first national Korean-language engagement (Sulmyounghwae) session from our Queens, New York Field Office.
The Korean Sulmyounghwae session was focused on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and is part of our ongoing series of multilingual public engagements designed specifically for the limited English proficient communities we serve. During the engagement, Korean-speaking USCIS officials responded to questions from the community in person, via telephone, and email.
The USCIS Public Engagement Division appreciates your support of our first Korean engagement and looks forward to your future participation. Please feel free to view the recording of the engagement and to forward this information to those with interest in this important event.
For further information on our multilingual engagements:
Please visit www.uscis.gov/outreach or email us at email@example.com reference “Multilingual” in the subject line and include your name, email address, and the organization you represent. To view all USCIS multilingual resources, you may also visit us at www.uscis.gov/multilingual.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is providing an email address for juvenile courts and child welfare professionals to submit general questions about the Special Immigrant Juvenile program. You can also submit requests for a USCIS representative to talk to your organization about the program. The address is: USCIS-IGAOutreach@uscis.dhs.gov.
Note: Please do not submit case-specific inquiries to this email address. For inquiries about specific cases, call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283. The TTY number (for deaf or hard of hearing) is 1-800-767-1833.
Some foreign-born children present in the United States may qualify for humanitarian immigration protection because they have been abused, abandoned or neglected by a parent. Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status is a classification that may allow a vulnerable child to immediately apply for status as a lawful permanent resident.
SIJ classification is unique in that specific state court findings are required in order for USCIS to determine eligibility. The juvenile court makes factual findings (based on state law) concerning the care, custody and best interests of the child.
The following information and resources about SIJ status are available at www.uscis.gov:
The Brookings Institute has developed a new DACA analysis, “DACA Renewals Ramp Up.”
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published Characteristics of Individuals Requesting and Approved for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This is USCIS’ first report about the demographic characteristics of people who requested DACA from August 2012 to September 2013 and were approved by January 2014.
The report presents data based on the following categories:
- Age groups
- Country of birth
- Marital status
- Geographic location at the time of filing (state and metro/micropolitan statistical areas)
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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in many cases provides previously undocumented youth with work authorization and a valid social security number for the first time. Although work authorization and a valid social security number open access to a number of additional benefits most usually associated with lawful immigration status, a number of benefits are still barred for DACA beneficiaries. This is in part because of the type of status that DACA provides. “Deferred action,” rather than providing lawful immigration status, means that any action to initiate removal proceedings is being deferred. Below are some of the obligations and restrictions to accessing benefits common to DACA recipients.
Some states, including Illinois provide for in-state tuition at state universities or institutions for undocumented students (a list of those states that provide in-state tuition for unauthorized immigrants is available). Some states may specifically allow DACA deferred action beneficiaries in-state tuition rates. However, even with in-state tuition rates, there remains the question of accessing financial aid to pay for college. Only certain categories of non-citizens are eligible for federal financial aid (grants and loans). However DACA deferred action recipients may wish to complete the FAFSA form as certain institutions may require it for consideration for private scholarships. Not all educational institutions require a FAFSA form to be considered for private scholarships. Inquire with the institution you are interested in attending about the process. Some institutions may require the FAFSA form. If completing the FAFSA form, it is important to provide the correct social security number and answer the question “Are you a U.S. citizen?” by stating “No, I am not a citizen or eligible noncitizen.” Even though not eligible for federal financial aid, DACA deferred action recipients may be eligible for state or college aid. Completing the FAFSA form will help with this determination. The Department of Education on Financial Aid and Undocumented Students has developed a Fact Sheet with additional information.
Health Insurance (Affordable Care Act)
Eligibility for the Affordable Care Act is in part tied to immigration status. Under the law, individuals who meet the definition of being “lawfully present” are eligible. While those with “deferred action” status were included in the definition of “lawfully present,” in August of 2013, a new rule was issued specifically excluding those granted “deferred action” under the DACA program from eligibility. For an overview of health care benefits for DACA deferred action beneficiaries, go to the National Immigration Law Center website. Undocumented individuals are eligible to access health services through a federally qualified health center. The US Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources & Service Administration also maintains a database of low-cost health service providers by location, nationwide.
Selective Service Registration Requirement
Most male persons residing in the United States from age 18 through 25 are required to register with the selective service regardless of immigration status. Go to the Selective Service website to find out more about the specific requirements.
Failure to register for selective service can result in a denial of other federal benefits, including eligibility for financial aid.
Social Security Number
DACA beneficiaries can obtain a valid social security number once approved and granted a work permit under the program. DACA beneficiaries who have previously used a different social security number and have questions about how to correct this information with an employer or the Social Security Administration should consult with an attorney. For more information see E4FC's DACA guide and Flier.
Individuals who are not eligible for a Social Security Number may obtain an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) from the IRS.
Some DACA deferred action beneficiaries may have previously filed income tax returns using ITINs. Now with a valid social security number, you may wish to update your IRS records with your valid social security number.
For assistance, you may want to contact the Center for Economic Progress.
In Illinois, individuals with a valid social security number are eligible to apply for a driver’s license or state ID. DACA deferred action beneficiaries can apply for a driver’s license or State ID. For more information and to find out the requirements visit the Illinois Secretary of State Website or call 1-800-252-8980. In applying for a driver’s license or state ID, you will be asked whether you want to register to vote. DO NOT REGISTER TO VOTE. The card you will sign registering to vote contains a statement declaring you are a US citizen. False claims to US citizenship—whether knowing or not—can result in removal proceedings and bar lawful permanent status.
Prepared by DePaul University Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic in Connection with the Chicago DACA Collaborative.
The students and faculty of DePaul's College of Computing and Digital Media’s School of Cinema and Interactive Media, in collaboration with the Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic, produced public service announcements (PSAs) to raise awareness of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program which provides eligibility for work authorization, and a valid social security number for certain undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children and who have fulfilled certain education or military service requirements. The goal of the PSAs is to direct qualified individuals to authorized sources of immigration information and advice.
Watch the videos:
The National Immigration Law Center has a DACA Renewal Calculator available to help calculate the best time to file your DACA renewal application.
Most polls reveal a public consensus that our current immigration laws and policies are not working well. For years a national debate has ensued over the direction and details of what a new national policy and immigration law might include. Significantly, in 2013, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, S. 744 was introduced and passed by the Senate. S. 744 proposed several significant changes to US immigration laws, including a path to legal residence for undocumented immigrants and reforms to employment-based and family-based immigration.
Subsequently, the House of Representatives introduced several pieces of immigration reform legislation, some of which passed out of committee, but have gone no further.
For immigration reform to move forward however, both Democrats and Republicans and the House and the Senate will need to agree on legislation.
Changing US immigration laws continues to be a subject that attracts public attention, but will require further action in order to be more than just a subject to debate.
Immigrants should be wary of individuals who promise results based on proposed changes in the immigration laws that have not yet passed. For more information visit consumer protection resources. For questions about whether you qualify for immigration status under the current laws, speak only with individuals authorized to provide such advice.
Additional Resources on Immigration Reform
American Immigration Council
Congressional Research Service
Policy discussion on unauthorized immigrants
Comprehensive Immigration Reform in the 113th Congress
Immigration and Legislation Issues in the 113th Congress
National Immigration Forum
Migration Policy Institute
US Chamber of Commerce Immigration Myths and Facts
The White House
On Thursday, June 5, 2014, USCIS announced a DACA renewal process and published a revised Form I-821D that individuals should use to request both renewal and initial DACA. USCIS encourages current DACA recipients to submit a request for renewal no later than 120 days before their DACA and employment authorization are set to expire to avoid interruption in status and work authorization. USCIS has also updated their FAQs and their DACA page to include additional information about the Renewal Process.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), announced on June 15, 2012, provides access to work authorization and a valid social security number for certain undocumented immigrants. Since the announcement, over 30,000 people in Illinois have been granted deferred action status but there are more residents of Illinois who haven't yet applied who may be eligible.
If granted deferred action under the DACA program, the status lasts for two years from the date of the grant. Deferred action can be renewed before the end of the two year period. Those who are approved for deferred action under the DACA program will need to wait until U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services publishes an updated form on which to apply.
It is important that individuals who currently have deferred action under DACA don’t wait until the last minute to apply to renew. Don't apply too early - US CIS will reject any application filed more than 150 days before expiration. But don't apply too late! US CIS currently states that those currently in DACA status should file 120 days before expiration. The expiration date is listed on the card. It is important to file no later than 120 days before expiration to avoid lapse in status.
Additional resources on DACA Renewal are available.
The DACA renewal application fee is $465 with limited exemptions. There are loan and lending circle programs available to help cover the filing fee costs.
Initial Application for DACA
For those that have never been granted deferred action under the DACA program, there is no deadline. It’s not too late to apply! You just have to meet the requirements.
For assistance on applying or renewing under DACA, consult and authorized immigration legal services provider.
Additional Resources on DACA are available.