Dear Alumni and Current Students,
On June 15, 2012 the federal government announced that undocumented immigrants (non-citizens) who were brought to this country as a child are eligible for "Deferred Action." The Deferred Action program is a relief from removal (deportation) from the country or from being placed in the removal process. If you receive Deferred Action you would be eligible for employment authorization (a work permit allowing you to work legally in the United States). The program grants a temporary legal status that is valid for two years and costs $465 to apply.
To be eligible an applicant you must:
1. Have entered the United States under the age of 16;
2. Have been physically present in the United States as of June 15, 2012, and have
continuously resided in the United States for at least five years;
3. Have been younger than 31 as of June 15, 2012;
4. Be “in school”, have a high school degree or GED certificate, or have been honorably
discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces or Coast Guard;
5. Not have been convicted of a felony, a “significant misdemeanor,” three misdemeanors, or
otherwise pose a threat national security or public safety; and
6. Be at least 15 years old, unless that the person is in removal proceedings.
We are all here to help you gather whatever documents you need to apply for Deferred Action Program.
If you need additional information about the program, please visit the New York State Deferred Action Program website at www.nysdeferredaction.ny.gov. You can also call the New York State New Americans Hotline at (800) 566-7636 (the can offer assistance in over 100 languages). If there is enough interest the school will offer workshops to help families gather information about the program.