Frequently Asked Questions about DACA

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). This means that DACA, an Obama administration program granting legal protection and work authorization for certain undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. before age 16, will terminate by March 5, 2018.

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, will have until October 5, 2017 to apply 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.

WARNING: Travel Abroad on Advance Parole

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.

Enforcement Risk After DACA Expires

To date, the Department of Homeland Security’s position is that it will not proactively use information provided by DACA applicants for enforcement unless an individual presents certain security risks. If you have ever had contact with any law enforcement, please consult an immigration attorney about your individual risk.

Find Legal Help

Many DACA recipients may be eligible for another immigration option to get a work permit or even a green card. Talk to an authorized immigration services provider to understand your legal options.

For CUNY Students, Faculty and Staff please contact CUNY Citizenship Now! at 646-664-9400 or email us your questions at citizenshipnowinfo@cuny.edu.

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