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Bk. Church Session on Immigration Pgm. Learn About New ‘deferred Action’ Initiative

St. Brigid Church in Brooklyn will hold an information session on Sunday, Aug. 5, to inform immigrants about eligiblity requirements under the federal “deferred action” program.

As announced, the meeting will be held at 12:30 p.m. at St. Brigid Church, located at 409 Linden St. on the Ridgewood/Bushwick border.

On June 15, President Barack Obama announced that the Department of Homeland Security would stop deporting immigrant youth under a “deferred action program.” Young immigrants can apply with the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (CIS) for eligiblity to the program.

If the application is approved by CIS, an immigrant may be able to obtain a work permit, a Social Security number and some protection against being deported.

An immigrant is eligible to participate in the deferred action program if:

– they arrived in the U.S. before the age of 16 and before June 15, 2007;

– they have lived in the U.S. for at least five consecutive years before June 15, 2012;

– they have a high school diploma or GED, are currently enrolled in an institution of higher education or if they have served or was honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces; and

– they have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor or multiple misdemeanors, or are not considered to be a threat to public safety or national security.

For more information on the Aug. 5 session at St. Brigid, call 1-718- 821-1690.

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