A partnership is seeking to help beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals pay for their fees and ease the financial burdens that come with applying.
The u">>Foundation for California Community Colleges and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) would help people cover their $495 application filing fees, using a one-time allocation of $3 million.
Who is eligible?
- Dual enrolled students
- Noncredit students
- Adult education
Immigration Attorney Carmen Olmedo said this is a relief for many who are trying to get this work permit as they start college.
"For the first time, when they don't have a job because they don't have a work permit, it's tremendous stress to come up with the money, especially if they're already struggling," Olmedo said.
Students with active permits must renew every two years, which also becomes difficult to pay when students are already paying for other services on campus such as courses and books.
CHIRLA, in collaboration with Los Rios Community College District, offers free virtual/telephonic immigration consultation to Los Rios students, faculty, and staff.
CHIRLA legal services include:
- Immigration consultations
- DACA renewals
- Family-based immigration
- Know your rights
To make an appointment, visit u">>CHIRLA and select
Locations and Appointments from the menu.
The fund supports first-time applicants and those renewing their DACA within 150 days of their permits expiration.
Currently, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, is not granting initial DACA permits and new requests are on hold in "pending" status, while the Southern District of Texas' order remains in effect.
Source : https://www.kcra.com/article/california-community-colleges-cover-daca-fees/38573654384