We are doing our best to keep people informed of federal immigration policy changes. 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 U.S. Government Policy Affecting Family-Based Petitions: In January 2018, the U.S. Department of State revised its “public charge” policy in the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM), also known as “State Department Instructions on public charge.” United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is also proposing changes to the federal government’s long-standing public charge policy. Read the full Immigration Update on Public Charge (pdf, March 22, 2018).
For additional information on immigration legal assistance, call the CMS office at 718-236-3000, or 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.
PAST CMS UPDATES (most pdf files):
- Changes to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) (January 15, 2018)
- Advocate on Behalf of TPS (Temporary Protected Status) Recipients from Honduras, Nicaragua, or Haiti (December 2017)
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: What the DACA Recission Means (September 6, 2017).
- CMS Immigration Update (March 30, 2017)
- “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