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Grand Rapids, MI – Immigration lawyers throughout Michigan and the United States welcomed the Administration’s recent announcement that younger immigrants may be eligible for “Deferred Action” and work authorization.  The policy will grant qualified immigrants the opportunity to live free from fear of deportation and allow them to work legally. This exciting new development brings hope to immigrants and their families. It is not, however, a permanent fix and does not grant permanent legal status to anyone.

To qualify, an individual must:

  • Be 15-30 years old, and have entered before age 16;
  • Have been present in the U.S. for 5 years as of June 15, 2012;
  • Have maintained continuous residence;
  • Have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor or multiple minor misdemeanors;
  • Be currently in school, graduated or have a GED, or be an honorably discharged veteran.

The deferred action offer will be available to those in proceedings, those with final removal orders, as well as to those who apply affirmatively.

The Administration is not yet accepting applications for this action. Within sixty days – by the middle of August – the Administration expects to issue guidance and information about how eligible individuals can request deferred action and work authorization. 

If you are not in removal proceedings, DO NOT apply for deferred action at this time. Unfortunately, this policy may open the door for fraud and deception by so-called “Notarios.” In the United States, notarios have no legal background and cannot act as a qualified attorney. Anyone claiming they can submit an application or charging a fee for applying for deferred action should NOT be trusted until the process been announced by the federal government. An immigrant’s case can be delayed by notarios acting in bad faith, resulting in penalties and even deportation.

“Be careful! Do not endanger your chance to qualify for this action,” said Susan Im, Chair of the Michigan Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). “Make sure to contact a genuine, competent immigration lawyer who can help ensure your application has the best chance of being filed properly and for you to benefit from this program,” Ms. Im continued.

For more information, visit and You can also visit to locate a qualified immigration attorney in your area.

To contact the Michigan Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), call Susan Im, Chair of AILA’s Michigan Chapter, at 616-606-5297, email her at, or visit and go to Chapters & Communities, then select Michigan.

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for those who are eligible for the federal earned income tax credit.  The Kent County Tax Credit Coalition can help you complete your income tax return and apply for the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a refundable federal income tax credit for working individuals and families.  There are several locations in Kent County where you can get help.  To learn more, Call 211 at United Way  or 616-459-2255
Arbor Circle is one of West Michigan's most comprehensive providers of mental health counseling, substance use treatment and family development programs.  Their programs include Early Childhood Services, Youth Development Services, Family Based Services, Outpatient Services and Community Based Recovery Services.   For more information contact Arbor Circle at 1115 Ball AVenue NE, Grand Rapids MI 49505; telephone:  616-456-6571;
THRIVE is a refugee support organization located at 1730 56th St SW, Wyoming Mi 49418; telephone 616-206-4477;
 There are health clinics in Grand Rapids for people who have no health insurance or underinsured. 
Saint Mary’s Health Care, Health Link Clinics:
Clinica Santa Maria
730 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids MI 49503
Phone: 616-685-8400
Browning Claytor Clinic
1246 Madison SE
Grand Rapids MI 49507
Phone: 616-685-8300
Heartside Clinic
359 Divison SW
Grand Rapids MI  49503
Phone: 616-685-3800
Sparta Clinic
475 S South State St
Sparta, MI 49345
                Phone: 616-685-1300
Oasis of Hope Center
522 Leonard St. NW
Grand Rapids MI 49504
Phone: 616- 451-8868
Cherry Street Health Services has several locations. These are some of the locations; call the main number if there is a clinic nearest your residence.
Cherry Street Health Center (Main location)                    Heart of the City
550 Cherrry St. SE                                                                 100 Cherry St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503                                                        Grand Rapids MI 49503
Medical: (616)-235-7272                                                        Main: 616-965-8200
Dental: (616)-235-7289
 Belknap Commons Health Center
751 Lafayette NE
Grand Rapids MI 49503
Medical: 616-742-9945
Dental: 616-742-9942
Burton Health Center
2133 Buchanan SW
Grand Rapids Mi 49507
Medical: 616-247-3638
Westside Health Center
669 Stocking NAW
Grand Rapids Mi 49504
Medical: 616-235-1480
Dental: 616-235-7507
The Salvation Army Booth Clinic
1215 East Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Medical: (616)-459-9468
The Kent County Health Department operates six public health clinics in Kent County. Services are provided by appointment. You can visit the clinic most convenient for you to receive:
Immunizations – childhood, adolescent, and adult. Call 616-632-7200 for an appointment.
International travel – located at Fuller Clinic only. Call 616-632-7200 for a travel appointment.
TB testing – not administered on Thursdays. Call 616-632-7200 for an appointment.
WIC – Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. Call 616-632-7200 for an appointment.
All Kent County Public Health Clinics are staffed by Public Health Nurses who can answer your health questions, and help you find other services in the community for you and your family.
Fuller Clinic (Main Office)
700 Fuller NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Appointments: (616) 632-7200
Phone: (616) 632-7020
Kentwood Clinic
1620 44th St SE
Kentwood, MI 49508
Appointments: (616) 632-7200
Phone: (616) 336-8577
Sheldon Clinic Sheldon Complex
121 Franklin SE, Ste. 130
Grand Rapids, 49507
Appointments: (616) 632-7200
Phone: (616) 336-3914
Wyoming Clinic
852 47th Street SW
Wyoming, MI 49509
Appointments: (616) 632-7200
Phone: (616) 531-8120