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Dates and Times Announced for Next Deferred Action Workshops

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Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh continues to hold regional workshops to assist individuals who are interested in applying for the U.S. government’s Deferred Action program, which was announced on June 15, 2012, by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. The Program provides for young individuals who were brought into the United States as children and who meet certain criteria to be considered for relief from removal from the United States or from entering into removal proceedings.

For an individual to qualify, he or she must be between the ages of 15 and 31. Other requirements are:

  • That they came to the United States under the age of 16
  • They have continuously resided in the United States for at least five years preceding June 15, 2012, and were present in the United States on June 15, 2012
  • They are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States
  • Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor or offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety
  • They are not above the age of 31.

Below is information on the next two scheduled workshops:

Catholic Charities Workshops to Prepare for Deferred Action Applications will be held on September 29, 10:00 at St. Mary Parish, Wilmington; and on Saturday, October 6, at Catholic Charities Centro La Comunidad, Burlington. These Stage 1 Preparation Workshops will be provided by a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited representative to help applicants assess their eligibility and to prepare to gather necessary documents and complete the deferred action and work authorization application forms. A later Stage 2 Completion Workshop with an immigration attorney will be announced at these workshops. “Deferred Action” refers to the June 15th Department of Homeland Security proclamation that makes it possible for certain persons between the ages of 15-31, who were brought to the United States by their parents without documentation, to file for a two-year authorization to stay in the U.S. for work or to pursue educational opportunities.  For more information, go to www.CatholicCharitiesRaleigh.org.

Caridades Católicas ofrecerá talleres para preparar las aplicaciones de Acción Diferida.

Estas  se llevarán a cabo el sábado, 29 de septiembre a las 10:00 a.m., en la parroquia Santa María de Wilmington  y el sábado 6 de octubre a las 10 a.m., en la Comunidad del Centro de Caridades Católicas en Burlington.  Estos talleres  de la 1ra  etapa de preparación lo ofrecerán los representantes acreditados de la Junta de Apelaciones de inmigración (BIA) para ayudar a los solicitantes a evaluar su elegibilidad y reunir la documentación necesaria para  completar la acción diferida y los formularios para solicitar la autorización de trabajo.  Durante los talleres se anunciará otro taller que se realizará por un abogado de inmigración.  Esta “Acción Diferida” la anunció el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional el 15 de junio. Las personas que fueron traídas ilegalmente por sus padres entre las edades de 15 – 30 años a los Estados Unidos,  califican para solicitar una autorización por un periodo de dos años para permanecer en los Estados Unidos, donde  pueden  trabajar o buscar  oportunidades educativas.  Para obtener más información, visite: http://www.catholiccharitiesraleigh.org/.