Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

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Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles Launches DACA Renewal Videos

Thursday, August 28th 2014

By Tiffany Panlilio, DACA Legal Advocate

On June 5, 2014, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) launched new forms and guidelines on the renewal process for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. By renewing DACA, those who were approved for the program since its implementation on August 15, 2012 will be able to continue to benefit from the program. Such benefits include the ability to: apply for a social security number to legally work in the United States, apply for a driver’s license and/or state identification card, to potentially travel outside the United States with advanced parole, and to potentially have access to healthcare through employment. Since DACA’s implementation, Advancing Justice-LA has assisted over 2,300 individuals to apply for the DACA program through free weekly workshops and also large-scale clinics in collaboration with other local community-based organizations.

Over the past two years, Advancing Justice-LA has provided free legal services to DACA-eligible youth as well as outreached to diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander communities about DACA, because undocumented immigrants live in the shadows of all AAPI ethnic groups. For those undocumented AAPIs who have stepped forward to apply for DACA, the results have been significant: According to the latest statistics from USCIS, over 7,600 South Koreans and 3,700 Filipinos have applied for the DACA program (the largest groups of AAPI DACA applicants) with a 93% approval rate for South Koreans and 94% approval rate for Filipinos. This means thousands of young AAPIs who can now work and travel freely because of DACA. However, many eligible AAPIs, particularly those who are Chinese, have yet to apply.   

To reach more AAPI undocumented youth, Advancing Justice-LA has partnered with and housed the student-led group, Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education (ASPIRE) - Los Angeles, an organization that strives to provide a safe and progressive space for AAPI immigrant youth in the Los Angeles area. As an immigrant youth led organization, ASPIRE-LA raises awareness of various immigrant and civil rights issues in the AAPI community, advocates for equality, and uplifts the narratives of AAPI undocumented youth in the immigrant movement. They aim to build lasting relationships to empower and strengthen the next generation of leaders.

Advancing Justice-LA also has updated informational videos on the DACA Renewal process that are currently available in English, Spanish, and Korean, produced in collaboration with the Korean Resource Center. Important details of the DACA Renewals process include:

  • The new I-821D form launched on June, 5, 2014, will be the only version accepted by USCIS. All other versions of this form will be rejected.
  • All renewal applicants have between 150-120 days before the noted expiration date to submit their application packets to USCIS. To check your proper mailing window, follow the link to the DACA Renewal Calculator provided by the National Immigration Law Center: http://www.nilc.org/dacarenewalcalculator.html
  • DACA renewal applicants do not have to submit further supporting documentation with their application as long as the applicant has not traveled outside the United States with advanced parole, had any new encounters with law enforcement since being approved for DACA, or had any further updates in the applicant’s removal proceedings (if applicable).

For more information, follow the links to the new video series below.

In adddition, Advancing Justice-LA will continue to host free DACA workshops for both renewal and initial applicants, every Thursday by appointment only. For more information and/or to schedule an appointment for an upcoming workshop, please call one of our hotlines:

Chinese: 800-520-2356
Khmer: 800-867-3126
Korean: 800-867-3640
Thai: 800-914-9583
Vietnamese: 800-267-7395
DACA Direct Line (English): 213-241-8885
DACA Direct Line (Spanish): 213-241-8886

English:

Spanish:

Korean:

Advancing Justice-LA also has in-language videos on DACA basics for those applying for the first time, available in Mandarin, Cantonese, and Thai.

Mandarin:

Cantonese:

Thai:

For Legal Help

Advancing Justice - LA’s hotlines prioritize assistance to low-income persons in the following areas of law: family, immigration, consumer, public benefits, employment, housing, and civil rights.

English: 888.349.9695
需要協助嗎: 800.520.2356

ត្រូវការជំនួយជាភាសាខ្មែរ:

800.867.3126
도움이 필요하십니까?: 800.867.3640
Tagalog: 855.300.2552
ต้องการความช่วยเหลือ: 800.914.9583
Cần sự giúp đỡ: 800.267.7395

 

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