Published: Monday, February 25, 2013
The North Carolina Central University School of Law will offer two Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Clinics, in collaboration with the North Carolina Justice Center and Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP.
The first clinic, on Feb. 27, is designed to inform individuals about the Deferred Action Program. Registration is not required. The second, on March 13, will provide individualized legal help with completing the DACA application. Advance registration is required for the second clinic, and individuals seeking legal help at the clinic must also attend the Feb. 27 introductory session.
The DACA process, introduced by President Barack Obama in June 2012, is designed to shield unauthorized immigrants who entered the United States as children from deportation and allow them to seek legal employment, provided they meet certain criteria. Both clinics are free and open to the public. Applicants will need to pay the government fees ($465) when submitting their application. Both clinics will take place at the Turner Law Building on the NCCU campus.
The Feb. 27 clinic, scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m., will be conducted by staff of the N.C. Justice Center. A presentation will describe the DACA process, explain who is eligible, summarize the information needed to prove eligibility, and the benefits and limitations of DACA. The presentation will explain the risks involved and show why it is important to get legal advice before filing an application.
The clinic will also explain how to fill out the form and how to compile the proof that USCIS is asking for to process one’s application for DACA. No individual advice will be provided at the first clinic about who is eligible and who isn’t eligible. At the conclusion, attendees will receive a packet with a DACA application form and will be able to register for the second session.
The March 13 clinicwill begin at 4 p.m. Appointments must be made in advance. Applicants will receive free individualized help in completing and reviewing the DACA application. Volunteer attorneys with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, NCCU Law students and representatives of the NC Justice Center will assist the applicants.
For an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a detailed message at 919-675-2409.
For more information about the DACA program and the clinics, click here.