On Tuesday, September 5th, 2017, the Trump administration announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program is being rescinded, with a 6-month phase-out plan put immediately into place.
What does this mean for DACA recipients? The details are still emerging, and we will be updating the resources listed on this web page as they become available.
UPDATE - February 13, 2018:
Due to a federal court order, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA. Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided by the USCIS, the DACA policy will operate on the terms in place before it was rescinded on September 5, 2017.
Know Your Rights
Stay Enrolled in School! The Federal government's initial decision to rescind DACA, and the current federal court order temporarily allowing for DACA renewal requests to continue, do not affect State regulations, particularly the ability of AB 540 (California Dream Act) students to attend a public Community College in California.
- AB 540 (California Dream Act) students still have the ability to qualify for in-state tuition rates (per exemption from non-resident tuition fees).
- AB 540 (California Dream Act) students still have the ability to apply for Financial Aid from the State of California.
- You have the right to work legally until your work permit expires.
- If your DACA expired on or after September 5, 2016, you may still file your DACA request as a renewal request. You must fill out the latest versions of Form I-821D, Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization, and Form I-765WS Worksheet (click here to be taken to the USCIS website for link to forms).
- If you previously received DACA and your DACA expired before September 5, 2016, or your DACA was previously terminated at any time, you cannot request DACA as a renewal.
- USCIS is not accepting new requests from individuals who have never before been granted deferred action under DACA.
- You have no obligation to inform your employer of the current status of DACA. Your employer does not have the right to ask you whether you are a DACA recipient or how you got your work permit.
- Your employer does not have the right to fire you, put you on leave, or change your work status until after your work permit has expired.
Social Security Numbers
- Your Social Security Number (SSN) is a valid number for life, even after your work permit and DACA approval expires.
- If you have not done so already, apply for a SSN while your DACA status and work permit are still valid.
- You can and should continue to use the SSN you received through DACA as your SSN even after your work permit expires. You can use your SSN for education, banking, housing and other purposes.
- You can apply for a Driver's License in CA (AB-60).
- To apply you must show proof of identity and CA residency (e.g., bills, school documents, etc.).
- License cannot be used against you to determine your immigration status or citizenship, or detain you in any way for reasons other than valid traffic violations.
Statements of Support for DACA Recipients
From the California Community College Chancellor's Office:
Helpful Resources for DACA Recipients