Town hall meeting for Saint Lucians to discuss DACA, FATCA, and Municipal IDs

By Consulate General of Saint Lucia in New York

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PRESS RELEASE –
The Consulate General of Saint Lucia in New York invites Saint Lucian nationals in the tri-state area to attend a town hall meeting at 7:00PM on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at the Saint Lucia House, located at 438 E 49th Street, between Church and Snyder Avenues in Brooklyn.

The town hall meeting will address Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the impact of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), and the NYC Municipal ID Program to be launched later this year.

First, DACA is a policy directive that provides, among other benefits, temporary deportation relief and work authorization to qualifying immigrant youth and young adults. Mr. Sam Solomon, a Policy Analyst at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA), plus a representative of the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), will be presenting information regarding DACA and its immediate and long-term benefits.

Second, FATCA is a set of provisions designed to stop US citizens from avoiding taxes via overseas investments by preventing them from hiding such income and assets overseas. Since its inception in 2010, FATCA has been one of the most hotly debated and nervously awaited pieces of legislation. In short, federal law effective July 1, 2014 requires US citizens residing outside of the US to report their income to the US Government. The Consulate General of Saint Lucia will provide clarifications to nationals concerned about this new set of provisions.

Third, there will also be a presentation regarding the recent passage of NYC council landmark legislation to create a municipal identification card for local residents, including Saint Lucian nationals. In this legislation are provisions that allow applicants who are able to prove their identity and place of residence in the city to self-attest to their gender and obtain IDs regardless of immigration status.

The Honorable Julian Du Bois, Saint Lucia’s Consul General in New York, will be in attendance and is also expected to address attendees.

The Consulate General of Saint Lucia invites all nationals to participate in the scheduled town hall meeting.

For more information, please contact the Consulate General in New York at (212) 697-9360 or via e-mail at [email protected]

 

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