Parents and Families

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Information on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and would then be eligible for work authorization. Please visit the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) for a complete overview.  This initiative allows undocumented young people who were brought to the United States as children and who meet certain criteria to be considered for work authorization and relief from deportation.  Candidates must provide documentation that they meet eligibility criteria; school records are a possible form of documentation, among other documents that the city may be able to provide.

Obtaining Records:
GED Records (if you have completed or are currently enrolled in a NYC Department of Education GED program):

o Students who are over the age of 21 an currently enrolled in a GED preparation program can request attendance and registration information at their current GED preparation site

o Students under the age of 21 who are currently enrolled in a GED preparation program, or who have completed a preparation program while under the age of 21, can request attendance and registration information at the current or former GED preparation site.

o GED transcript or Diploma request should be directed to State Education's website. GED Transcripts and Diploma are issued by the state only.
For additional assistance with GED records, if you current/former site is unable to assist, please contact (718) 557-2590 if you were under the age of 21 when enrolled in a GED preparation program or 212-666-1919 x1088 if you are over the age of 21 and currently enrolled in a GED preparation program.



Current and former students seeking school records and transcripts should:
o Visit their current or former school to obtain copies of their transcript following the record request procedure
NOTE:  Students who attended schools that have been closed should go to the designated Transcript Maintenance School (TMS), which is located on the campus of the prior school. For assistance locating the designated campus school, students may contact the nearest Borough High School Superintendent’s Office or 311.

o Complete the Student Transcript Request Form when making a request for documents from the school.
NOTE:  Schools should have copies of this form available and translated in different languages.

If students or parents need additional assistance in obtaining records from their school, they may contact a Borough High School Superintendent’s Office
         
Links:
USCIS.gov - Application Forms, Guidelines
NYC.gov - About Deferred Action
Needed Documents
Records request procedure
Student Transcript Request Form
Borough High School Superintendent’s Office


Download:

• MOIA DACA Collecting Documents Flyers:
English
Spanish
Chinese (Simplified) 
Haitian Creole

• USCIS DACA Eligibility Requirements/Application Process Flyers:
 English
Spanish

NOTE OF DISCLAIMER: Neither the DOE nor any of its employees are authorized to provide legal advice or counsel in connection with Deferred Action.  Individuals who are interested in pursuing Deferred Action benefits should seek the assistance of an independent legal professional.