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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Effective September 5, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will no longer accept new applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

FIT joins SUNY in its disappointment over the decision to end this important program, and we are reaching out to our community to provide information and resources for assistance.

» Dr. Brown's Statement on DACA
» SUNY Statement on DACA

Those whose current DACA benefits will expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 may still apply for a two-year renewal with USCIS.The renewal application must be received and accepted by USCIS by October 5, 2017, so if this opportunity presents itself to you, it is important that you file for that renewal immediately. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has advised that current DACA recipients will be permitted to retain both the period of deferred action and their employment authorization documents (EADs) until they expire, unless terminated or revoked.

As of September 5, 2017, no new applications for travel abroad on advance parole will be accepted. If you are currently out of the country on advance parole, DHS advises that you should be allowed to return so long as you strictly comply with the validity period on the previously approved advance parole application. Keep in mind, however, that U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) retains its authority "in determining the admissibility of any person presenting at the border," and USCIS may "revoke or terminate an advance parole document at any time."

If you are affected by DACA's rescission, you may contact International Student Services in the Business & Liberal Arts Center, Room B103, call 212 217.3700, or email fit_oisa@fitnyc.edu to let us know your concerns and how we may assist you. 

Please know that FIT's Counseling Center is also available to provide students confidential support for personal issues. Call 212 217.4260 or visit them in Dubinsky Student Center, Room A212B. FIT's Employee Assistance Program (EAP), located in Dubinsky Student Center, Room A608D, is also ready to assist any FIT employee impacted by DACA. That office can be reached at 212 217.5600.
 
Should the end of DACA cause a disruption in your studies, the College will make every reasonable accommodation to help you fulfill your educational objectives.

HELPFUL WEBSITES and Resources

  1. New York State’s Office for New Americans hosts a confidential, toll-free, multi-lingual hotline at 800 566.7636 from 9 am to 8 pm, Monday through Friday. The hotline is specifically offering information and answering questions on DACA, and providing referrals to immigration and legal programs, Know Your Rights workshops, and counseling.
  2. U.S. Department of Homeland Security DACA FAQ
  3. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
  4. New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs  - New York City is encouraging those with questions about DACA to contact the city’s ActionNYC, which provides free, multi-lingual, confidential immigration legal help. Call 800 354. 0365 from 9 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday, or call 311 and say “ActionNYC.”
  5. CUNY Citizenship Now! has created a webpage with information and helpful links about the end of DACA. The page also has a link to a video of an informational session hosted by CUNY that includes information and representatives from CUNY, state, and city organizations.
  6. Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC), with Curran & Berger LLP, have produced a helpful guide, Beyond Deferred Action: Helpful Long-term Immigration Remedies Every Undocumented Young Person Should Know About, which offers guidance on possible legal options for those who are undocumented.
  7. The Community Advisory, What Do I Need to Know about the End of DACA?, from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) offers succinct guidance on a variety of DACA-related topics.
  8. An interactive map from Immigration Law Help.org allows you to search a directory of over 1,000 nonprofit organizations offering free or low-cost legal assistance by zip code or state. You can also refine your search by subject type, languages spoken, and other types of assistance offered.
  9. Make the Road New York (MRNY) provides a variety of services and support to the immigrant community throughout New York City.
  10. The New York Immigration Coalition is a leading advocacy organization for the NY State immigrant community and those that serve them.
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