What do I need to know if the DACA program ends?

There are some reports that President Trump may end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program soon. At this time, we do not know when or if the DACA program will be terminated or what the end of the program may look like. For example, will those with DACA continue to be protected from deportation and able to use their work permits until they expire? Or will DACA approvals and work permits be revoked? While the DACA program remains in effect at this time, below are some things to keep in mind should the program end.

1. Work Permits /Employment Authorization Documents (EADs)

  • Generally work permits are valid until they expire or if the government demands they be returned.  
  • If the DACA program ends but you are allowed to keep your work permit, you have the right to work legally until your work permit’s expiration date.
  • Even if the DACA program ends, you have no obligation to inform your employer that DACA has ended. 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. If your expiration date is nearing, your employer may ask you for an updated work permit but cannot take any action against you until after it is expired.

2. Social Security Number (SSN)

  • Your social security number is valid even if your DACA and work permit is expired.
  • You can use your SSN for education, banking, or other purposes.

3. Driver’s License

  • In CA, your driver’s license may expire on the same date your work permit expires.  In this case, you just need to apply for an AB 60 driver’s license.

4. Other Immigration Options

  • You may be eligible for other immigration benefits.  Please call KRC if you would like an immigration consultation.  323-937-3718