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Information for students affected by DACA

We recently learned the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will end March 5, 2018. In the coming months, there will be much debate over this decision, but what we can do now is provide factual information on next steps for students affected by the rescinding of DACA. Here’s what we know:

  • DACA is still in effect and functioning until March 5, 2018.
  • If you have specific questions about your immigration case and options for relief, speak to an attorney or Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)-accredited representative as soon as possible.
  • Keep a copy of your DACA work permit in your wallet at all times. Take care of your documents, as they are the fastest way to prove you have been granted DACA.

We are committed to supporting the diverse students, faculty and staff that call STLCC home. Our core values and commitment to diversity and inclusion call for us to be vigilant and genuine when it comes to the success of our students: in 2015, the STLCC Foundation created a privately-funded scholarship to assist DACA students who, but for their DACA status, were otherwise eligible for A+ Scholarships. The scholarship effectively closed the gap between STLCC’s in-district and international tuition rates.

In the meantime, please see the FAQs below and links that provide up-to-date information on DACA status.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Will my enrollment at STLCC, tuition, or financial aid be impacted if the DACA program ends?

No. Your STLCC tuition will not be impacted if DACA is repealed. However, you should check with the financial aid office at your campus if you believe you have been receiving private funding based on your status as a DACA recipient.

Can I continue to work on campus if DACA is repealed?

This is unclear. It is possible you may be able to continue your position for a limited time frame, but this will depend on the specific action taken by the government. Federal law forbids employers from knowingly employing individuals who lack proper authorization to work in the U.S. DACA recipients are given an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) to allow them to work legally in the country. When DACA ends, it is also possible that it may demand the return of your EAD. If this occurs, you will not be able to keep your job.

When the DACA program ends and you are allowed to keep your EAD, you should be allowed to continue your employment until your EAD expires. After your EAD expires, you will not be able to renew it and your employment will end.

Unfortunately, you cannot use the Social Security Number (SSN) issued to you through DACA for employment once you are no longer authorized to work. While your SSN is permanently yours and can be used to file income tax returns, the work authorization allowed for on the Social Security card might be temporary. The Social Security card you received as a result of having a valid grant of DACA only allows for work authorization in conjunction with a valid grant of DACA.

Will DACA recipients still be able to travel outside of the United States while their DACA is valid?

Effective September 5, 2017, USCIS will no longer approve any new Form I-131 applications for advance parole under standards associated with the DACA program. Those with a current advance parole validity period from a previously-approved advance parole application will generally retain the benefit until it expires. However, CBP will retain the authority it has always exercised in determining the admissibility of any person presenting at the border. Further, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services retains the authority to revoke or terminate an advance parole document at any time.