October 5 Deadline for DACA Renewals: Free Services on Long Island

DREAMers can now renew their DACA applications.
DREAMers can now renew their DACA applications.

While the DACA program will not end until March 5, 2018, there is only a short time left for those with DACA who need to renew their status. For anyone with DACA whose status expires between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 the last day to file for renewal is October 5, 2017. At this time, Homeland Security is issuing work permits good for two years.

CARECEN is offering free community educational workshops in Spanish for those with DACA explaining their options on Sept. 21 at 6:00 PM in both CARECEN offices at 91 N. Franklin St. Suite 208 in Hempstead and 2000 Brentwood Rd. (Second Floor) in Brentwood.

CARECEN is also offering free legal assistance at both of our offices for those required to renew DACA. Call 516-489-8330 in Nassau and 631-273-8721 in Suffolk for an appointment

Hofstra Law School is offering free DACA Renewal Clinics on the following Fridays:

September 15, 22, and 29th from Noon to 4 PM at the Hofstra Legal Clinic offices.

Call 516-463-5934 for directions.

There will also be a free clinic at the Salvadoran Consulate in Brentwood offered by Hofstra Law School and assisted by CARECEN on September 30 from 10 AM to 4 PM.

What you need to bring to the Hofstra Clinic:
• Employment authorization card (work permit)
• Previously filed application for deferred action of childhood arrivals [Form i-821d](if available).
• Copy of Social Security card
• Two passport-sized photographs
• USCIS fee of $495 (money order or check- no cash)

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.

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