Federal Policy Updates

If you need to talk to USCIS about your individual case call: 1 (800) 375-5283 or visit the http://www.uscis.gov/about-us/contact-us/national-customer-service-center

To make an appointment with USCIS go to: https://infopass.uscis.gov/

The Executive Action on Immigration

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced an executive action to address several issues in our immigration system.

This action will protect an estimated 65,000 undocumented people in Massachusetts from deportation and allow them to obtain a work permit and a driver’s license if they meet eligibility requirements.

The applicant will have to renew their application every three years. This action will not lead to a green card or citizenship as Congress must vote to change immigration laws to allow for a path to citizenship.

At this time, no applications are available for the new forms of relief. Please be careful of scams. Applications will be available sometime before May 19, 2015 for DAPA and February 18, 2015 for DACA but there is no definitive date yet.

“Notarios,” notary publics, immigration consultants and businesses cannot give you immigration legal advice. In many other countries, the word “notario” means that the individual is an attorney, but that is not true in the United States. If you need help with immigration issues, be very careful before paying money to anyone who is neither an attorney nor a BIA-accredited representative of a recognized organization.

Once the applications are available, the City of Boston will be collaborating with our community partners to organize free or low cost application assistance clinics to help determine if applicants meet the eligibility requirements and to help to fill out paperwork.

In the meantime, if you have questions about the eligibility requirements, there are information sessions being held around the city by different community groups. Also, the Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians offers an immigration clinic with free legal consultations with volunteer attorneys the first and third Wednesday of every month from 12pm – 2pm at Boston City Hall.

To view the calendar of information session in the City of Boston and for more detailed information about the executive action go to or call the Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians at 617-635-2980.

For more information go to: http://www.uscis.gov/immigrationaction En Español: http://www.uscis.gov/es/accionmigratoria

In-Country Refugee/Parole Processing for Minors in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala (Central American Minors - CAM)

EN ESPANOL: http://tinyurl.com/l795gtv

The Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the Central American Minors (CAM) program which began accepting applications on December 1, 2014.

The program allows certain parents from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras who are lawfully present in the U.S. to request access to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for their children still residing in one of these three countries.

For additional information visit: http://tinyurl.com/omrsl8k

For a listing of resettlement agencies where the CAM-AOR may be filed, as well as additional information about the program, please visit the Department of State's Refugee Processing Center's website.

Haitian Family Reunification

Starting in early 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin implementation of a Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program to expedite family reunification for certain eligible Haitian family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents of the U.S. and to promote safe, legal and orderly migration from Haiti to the United States.

For Haitian Creole Information Please Visit the USCIS Website

TPS for residents of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone

Due to the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson designated Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone for TPS for 18 months, effective November 21, 2014, through May 21, 2016. As a result, eligible nationals of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone in the United States may apply for TPS during the 180-day registration period that began November 21, 2014, and ends on May, 20, 2015.

The designations mean that eligible nationals (and people without nationality who last habitually resided in one of those three countries) will not be removed from the United States and are authorized to work and obtain an Employment Authorization Document (EAD).

For more information go to: USCIS Website

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Extended for Eligible Nationals of El Salvador

*Para Espa**nol:* http://www.uscis.gov/es/noticias/se-extiende-el-estatus-de-proteccion-temporal-para-el-salvador

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of El Salvador for an additional 18 months, effective March 10, 2015, through Sept. 9, 2016.

Current TPS El Salvador beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from Jan. 7, 2015, through March 9, 2015. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) encourages beneficiaries to re-register as soon as possible once the 60-day re-registration period begins. USCIS will not accept applications before Jan. 7, 2015.

For more information: Visit the USCIS Webste