Some DACA Recipients Must Return 3-Year Work Permit for 2-Year Version

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USCIS officials may soon start visiting the homes of some young immigrants awarded three-year work permits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program, but immigrant rights advocates said the recipients should not be alarmed.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is contacting some DACA recipients who mistakenly received three-year work permits (Employment Authorization Documents, or EAD cards), to tell them they have to return these three-year cards to USCIS by July 21, 2015 or risk losing their DACA status. USCIS will issue them new two-year cards.

Affected DACA recipients should have received one or more letters from USCIS about returning the the-year EAD card, so individuals concerned about their situation should call or visit USCIS immediately. “Please note this action is being conducted by USCIS and does not involve Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),” explained an immigrant rights advocate.

The City and County of San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (CEIA) issued a press statement that individuals should not be alarmed if contacted by USCIS. The return of the three-year EAD must be completed on or before July 21, 2015.

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