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Immigration Relief for Young People


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On June 15, 2012, the Obama Administration made an announcement calling for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This policy would provide temporary relief to 800,000 undocumented young people from deportation and would allow them to apply for work permits. It follows years of hard work by immigrant youth and recognizes the contributions, promise, and importance of undocumented young people, nearly 1 in 10 of whom are Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).

In June 2014, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the release of the DACA renewal forms.

What is deferred action?
Upcoming Events
Are you eligible for deferred action?
How do you apply?
Application Process
Obtaining a social security number
DACA Renewals
In-State Tuition in Virginia
Scholarships for DACA Recipients

What is deferred action?

Deferred action is a type of administrative relief from deportation that can be granted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) without the individual necessarily having to go through immigration court. Deferred action allows an individual to stay and live in the U.S. for a temporary period without being at risk of deportation. It is granted on a case by case basis. Even if a person meets all requirements, they must still be approved by DHS. Deferred action does not grant legal status to the individual.

This policy will:

  • Provide a 2-year temporary relief from deportation for eligible young people who meet certain eligibility requirements. This two year period can be renewed, pending review of the individual’s case.
  • Allow eligible youth to apply for work authorization. The work authorization can also be renewed for a two year period, pending review.

NAKASEC and our affiliates, the Korean Resource Center (KRC) of Los Angeles and the Korean American Resource & Cultural Center (KRCC) of Chicago, are working within Korean American communities to provide information on the latest announcement and with pro-bono lawyers and advocates across the nation to provide legal support for young people.

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Upcoming Events

AUGUST 27, 2014
A Conversation with USCIS: DACA
A Korean-Language National Engagement (설명회)

Time: 7:30-9:00 PM ET (4:30-6:00 PM PST)
Location: USCIS Queens Field Office, 27-35 Jackson Avenue, Queens, New York 11101
Teleconference: Call toll-free on 1-800-779-5793 (password: DACA)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to attend a free Korean-language event. Our representatives will share agency updates and your questions about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Past Events

JUNE 30, 2014
Time: 2:00 PM CT
Location: KRCC Lincoln Office, 6146 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60659
Contact: Heykyung Eum (heyeum@chicagokrcc.org) at 773.588.9158

JUNE 16, 2014
NAKASEC Deferred Action Clinic
Time: 6:00-8:00 PM ET
Location: 7006 Evergreen Court, Suite 200, Annandale, VA 22003
Contact: Dong Yoon Kim (dkim@nakasec.org) & Jung Bin Cho (jcho@nakasec.org)

Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are encouraged.

Please check back for more information on an application workshop in Virginia.

To make an appointment please call 202-299-9540 or email dkim@nakasec.org or signup here: Sign up for update emails on the deferred action policy.

JUNE 16, 2014
KRC DACA Renewals Information Session
Time: 6:00-8:00 PM PST
Location: 900 S. Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019
Contact: Esther Kim (esther@krcla.org)

Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are encouraged.

To make an appointment, sign up on: www.krcla.org/

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Are you eligible for deferred action?

According to the USCIS, an individual may be considered for deferred action for childhood arrivals if he or she:

  • Was under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
  • Came to the United States before reaching his or her 16th birthday;
  • Has continuously resided in the United States Since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
  • Was present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making his or her request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
  • Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or his or her lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
  • Is currently in school, has graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, has obtained a general education development certificate, or is an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
  • Has not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and does not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

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How do you apply?

If you are in deportation proceedings:

  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is reviewing cases of people in deportation proceedings. If a case is identified as meeting eligibility requirements, ICE should offer the person deferred action.

If you are not in deportation proceedings:

  • You will be able to apply to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for deferred action.

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Application Process

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