Community Presentations, Legal Clinics and Workshops
As many as 40,000 youth in Washington State may qualify for DREAMer Deferred Action protection (learn more about the Obama Administration's Deferred Action program here). NWIRP is holding informational presentations, legal clinics and community workshops with legal screenings to serve those that may qualify.
Legal Clinics: At NWIRP’s weekly legal clinics, individuals have an opportunity to learn about the Deferred Action (DACA) program, verify eligibility, and obtain form and document review by a volunteer attorney. Our clinics are limited to 15-20 people and are by appointment only. Legal Clinics are held weekly by NWIRP’s Seattle office at various locations from 5pm-7pm and monthly at NWIRP's Granger office. Individuals wishing to make an appointment for the Seattle legal clinics should call 206-587-4009 or 206-957-8618 and note that they want to sign up for the Deferred Action legal clinic. For appointments in Granger, please call 509.854.2100 or 1.888.756.3641. Please see the "What Should I Do Before Attending a Clinic or Workshop?" section below to learn how to best prepare for legal clinics.
Workshops: Occasionally, NWIRP teams up with the Washington chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and other community partners to hold large workshops around the state. Providing the same services as our clinics, our workshops serve a greater number of people in one setting. Our workshops are also free to the public; however, they do not require an appointment or pre-registration.
What Should I Do Before Attending a Clinic or Workshop?
Before attending the clinics or workshops, we are asking community members to review our community advisory and, if they believe they meet the criteria for this program, to take the following steps:
- Download and fill out the application forms. These forms are available from the USCIS website and you should not be charged to obtain them. You can complete the three required forms (I-821D, I-765 and I-765WS) as best you can, print them out and bring the copies with you to the clinic, workshop or when you consult with an attorney. We do not recommend that you try to file an application before consulting with an attorney or accredited representative.
- Gather documentation that you were present in the United States on June 15, 2012 and that you have been residing in the country since June 15, 2007. To learn more about what types of documentation and the process for applying, please view our Community Advisory and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Checklist. We recommend that you make copies of all original documents and bring these copies with you when you attend a clinic or community workshop.
- Establish that you meet the educational requirements. Collect documentation that you are enrolled in school (click here for more on how to do that), have completed high school or have obtained a GED certificate. If you aren’t in school, haven’t completed high school and haven’t obtained a GED certificate but you would otherwise meet the criteria for the deferred action program, you will benefit from enrolling in school or taking steps to obtain a GED certificate. For more information on Washington State's GED programs click here.
- If you think you might meet the criteria in the President's announcement but have had any interaction with the criminal justice system (including being cited or arrested by the police), collect information about those interactions, including documents such as court records. This documentation will be important for an attorney or qualified legal representative to assess your eligibility for the program.
- Save money for the costs associated with this program. The application fee for this program is $465 and it will be very difficult for an individual to obtain an exemption from the filing fees, even if they have limited income or they are currently a student. In addition, individuals may have other costs, such as legal fees.
We emphasize, however, that we do not recommend that community members file an application for this program until after they have consulted with an attorney or accredited representative. They can do this by attending one of the legal clinics or workshops listed above.
NWIRP is currently searching for funding and resources to hold more community workshops. To host a community presentation or donate other resources, contact us or make a cash donation here.
Community Partner Presentations
The following community presentations are being held independently of NWIRP's efforts. Each of the event's details is followed by the community partner organizing the event. You can learn more about the presentations' scope by visiting the links of the respective hosting organizations.