On Thursday, December 13, the LGBTQ Immigrant Rights Coalition, in conjuntion with the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), will host a legal clinic for undocumented LGBTQ immigrants who qualify for the federal government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Those who qualify for DACA are to be granted a temporary reprieve from deportation and issued employment authorization. The clinic will match qualifying immigrants with volunteer pro bono attorneys who will guide applicants through the process, prepare deferred action applications, and provide continuing legal support.
To qualify for deffered action, applicants must show that they:
- Graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school or have obtained a GED certificate, OR that they are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Gaurd or Armed Forces of the United States,
- Have never been convicted of a felony, 3 or more misdemeanors, or one significant misdemeanor (including DUI, distribution of controlled substances, domestic violence, and other serious offenses),
- Were present in the United Stated on June 15, 2012,
- Entered the United States on or before June 15, 2007,
- Entered the United States on or before their 16th birthday.
Those interested in participating must register at http://www.immigrantjustice.org/LGBTDREAMers