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DACA, Immigrant and International Students

No New DACA Applications

Effective September 5, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will no longer accept new applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Validity of Work Authorization Issued Under DACA

  • For individuals with either initial or renewal applications pending as of September 5, 2017, USCIS will continue to process those applications on a case-by-case basis.
  • DACA recipients with work authorization that will expire between now and March 5, 2018, needed to have applied by October 5, 2017 for a two-year renewal.
  • DACA recipients whose work authorization expires on or after March 6, 2018 cannot get an extension, but will keep their benefit until their card expires.
  • DACA recipients whose work authorizations expired before September 5, 2017 and who did not apply to renew on or before September 5, 2017, cannot renew their DACA.

Validity of Social Security Numbers, Driver’s Licenses and State IDs

A Social Security number is unique to each individual and valid for life. For employment purposes, the social security must be accompanied by a work authorization. For other purposes like banking, housing, and filing taxes, you should continue to use your social security number.

If you have not obtained a social security number, you should do so immediately. Driver’s licenses or state identification cards issued with your DACA work authorization, will remain valid until your work authorization expires.

Travel Abroad on Advance Parole under DACA

USCIS will no longer grant DACA recipients permission to travel abroad through Advance Parole. All pending advance parole applications will be closed and all fees will be refunded.

For DACA recipients who have already been granted advance parole, but have not traveled, please speak to an immigration attorney about potential risks.

Immigration Officers are not permitted to detain or remove a student from a College building without a court order.