Diversity, Undocumented Students

What You Need to Know about the End of DACA

0 Comments 12 September 2017

The Trump administration, in response to legal threats from attorneys general in conservative states, has moved to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program will expire in March 2018.

The Trump administration has stated that the U.S. Congress, not the White House, should be responsible for extending or altering the program. Congress has not acted to extend the program and it’s unclear if it will.

It is likely that the program’s end will be challenged in federal court.

Here’s what you need to know about the program’s end, as it stands now:

  • Work authorizations will remain valid for two years.
  • If a work authorization expires on or before March 5, 2018, people covered under DACA can apply to renew the authorization. The renewal application must be submitted by October 5, 2017.

  • After a work authorization expires, employers must reverify an employee’s authorization to work in the U.S. A company must dismiss an employee if the employee cannot document that they are authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Even if your DACA status lapses, you still can receive health insurance. If a DACA recipient receives health insurance through an employer, they can continue the health insurance after termination through COBRA by paying the full cost. COBRA is typically limited to 18 months after termination.
  • Social Security Numbers (SSN) received under DACA remain valid for filing tax returns. They should continue using the SSNs and not seek an ITIN to replace the SSN.
  • Eligibility for in-state tuition and state grants depends on the policies of each state. DACA students never were eligible for federal student aid.

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