York College's Commitment to DACA and Undocumented Students
CUNY Citizenship Now!
Citizenship Now! provides assistance at no cost with applications for green card renewals, citizenship, DACA, and TPS. DACA recipients may be eligible for another immigration option to get a work permit or even a green card. If you have questions about DACA or any other immigration law matter, contact CUNY Citizenship Now! at 212-652-2071 or email us your questions at email@example.com.
ActionNYC is the City's initiative that provides free, safe, and confidential legal immigration help for New Yorkers. For any questions or concerns you have regarding immigration status, call 800-354-0365 Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., or call 311 and say "ActionNYC." https://www1.nyc.gov/site/immigrants/help/legal-services/actionnyc.page
Know Your Rights: Federal Immigration Enforcement
If you are approached by federal immigration enforcement agents, such as ICE, be aware that you have rights. See fact sheet in multiple languages to learn more about what to do in an encounter with immigration enforcement. https://www1.nyc.gov/site/immigrants/help/legal-services/deportation-defense.page
Immigrant Defense Project
The Immigrant Defense Project cannot provide direct representation in immigration removal proceedings, but can offer individualized advice.
Know Your Rights: Community Defense from ICE Raids and Deportation https://www.immigrantdefenseproject.org/what-we-do/advocacy/community-defense/
Pro bono legal services providers in New York
Pathways to Citizenship
For most people with DACA, the path to legal status is very limited. This is why it is important to consult with an attorney. Contact CUNY Citizenship Now!, CUNY’s free immigration law service program by calling 646-664-9400 or texting 929-334-3784. Please identify yourself as a CUNY student, faculty or staff. If you qualify to renew or reinstate DACA, CN! will help you complete your application and advise you of the availability of filing fee assistance.
Possible Legislative Pathways to Legal Permanent Residence and Citizenship
- HR 6 Passed House (06/04/2019)
- American Dream and Promise Act of 2019
Cancels and prohibits removal/ provides a path to permanent resident status.
Conditional permanent residence status for 10 years.
Remove conditional permanent resident status if meets requirements, e.g. completing programs at an educational institution or serving at least two years in the Uniformed Services.
- Temporary Protected Status
Apply and pass the required background checks, grant permanent residence status.
- The Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA)
- Científico Latino
- Undocumented Students in Higher Education
Who to Contact
- Bursar - Alexandra Laviscount-Jones; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Financial Aid - Codeen Klass; email@example.com
- Counseling - Scott Smith; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Scholarships – Janine Scott; email@example.com
NYC Health and Hospitals
NYC Health + Hospitals offers low-cost health care and will honor your right to privacy. You will not be asked about your immigration status when you receive care. https://www.nychealthandhospitals.org/seek-care-without-fear-know-the-facts/
Resources for Immigrants Communities during COVID
NYC Health Clinics
Medicaid and CHIP
Under New York State law, DACA recipients remain eligible for state-funded Medicaid and CHIP, regardless of any federal changes to or termination of the DACA program. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-ensures-medicaid-coverage-daca-recipients-regardless-federal-action
CUNY colleges have counseling centers that can assist with counseling or referrals. https://www.cuny.edu/current-students/student-affairs/student-services/counseling/
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene/ NYC Well
Mental health services are available regardless of immigration status and in many languages. Visit the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene website to make an appointment, or call 311. https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us/en/
On March 13, 2020, USCIS posted an alert clarifying that seeking or using medical treatment or preventive healthcare services related to COVID-19 will NOT be considered under the public charge rule, even if the services are Medicaid-funded. Check this page for updates: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/immigrants/help/legal-services/public-charge.page.
Protecting Immigrant Families
Available in 6+ languages, this resource provides 1-2 page resources to understand public charge and rights to healthcare in hopes of alleviating fear during the pandemic.
Meals and food are available for free to all New Yorkers no matter what your immigration status is. https://www1.nyc.gov/site/immigrants/help/city-services/resources-for-immigrant-communities-during-covid-19-pandemic.page
In-State Tuition at CUNY
New York State provides in-state tuition to its non-citizen New York high school graduates regardless of your immigration status. http://www.cuny.edu/financial-aid/tuition-and-college-costs/tuition-fees/#undergraduate-tuition
José Peralta New York State DREAM Act
The New York State DREAM Act allows undocumented and other students to qualify for New York State‐administered financial aid and scholarships, including the Excelsior Scholarship, the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and other state‐administered scholarships.
https://www.cuny.edu/financial-aid/applying-for-financial-aid/jose-peralta-new-york-state-dream-act/ and https://www.hesc.ny.gov/dream/
The Dream.US Scholarships: National Scholarship
The National Scholarship is for high school or community college graduates who meet TheDream.US immigration eligibility criteria and qualify for in-state tuition. https://www.thedream.us/scholarships/
for more information please contact Janine Scott, Institutional Advancement 718-262-3756 firstname.lastname@example.org
Undergraduate Scholarships That Do Not Require Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency
Post-Secondary Education: A Tip Sheet for Undocumented Students