The office of Catholic Migration Services (CMS), a subsidiary of Catholic Charities Brooklyn/Queens, has prepared helpful information for knowing your immigration options. This information is being provided in order to help explain new executive orders and activities by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
NEW: Due to a federal court order issued on January 9, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed accepting renewal applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Until further notice, individuals previously granted DACA may request a renewal of their status and employment authorization. USCIS is not accepting applications from those who have never before received DACA. Use the link below to download the latest one-page summary of these recent changes:
Recent Changes to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) (pdf of January 15, 2018)
For additional updates and other information on immigration legal assistance, call the CMS office at 718-236-3000, or call the Queens office at 347-472-3500, or visit their website: www.catholicmigration.org. CMS also offers training programs and naturalization workshops periodically in various churches and community centers in Brooklyn and Queens.
Additional Resources (including Past Bulletin Updates):
- Advocate on Behalf of TPS (Temporary Protected Status) Recipients from Honduras, Nicaragua, or Haiti (pdf dated December 2017)
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: What the DACA Recission Means (updated September 6, 2017).
- CMS Immigration Update (last updated 3/30/17)
- “7 Step Plan” for immigrant parents who have children in the United States (in English, in Spanish, in Bilingual Chinese-English)
- What to Do in Light of ICE’s Recent Arrests
- Family Preparedness Plan (English-Spanish)
- Catholic Migration Services of Brooklyn/Queens (website)
- “Welcoming the Stranger”: Statements by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio