IMPORTANT: USCIS to Make Home Visits to Retrieve Some Three-Year DACA Work Permits
Advocates Assure Communities There Is Nothing to Fear
On July 7, a federal district judge gave U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) until the end of July to retrieve 3-year employment authorization documents (or work permits) mistakenly issued to DACA recipients after a federal judge placed an injunction that delayed parts of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.
USCIS has attempted to notify impacted DACA recipients by mail and phone to:
- Return the accidentally issued 3-year work permits; or
- If the card was lost or otherwise cannot be returned, sign a statement to that effect.
In the event the 3-year work permit issued after February 16 is not returned, USCIS has warned that the deferred action and work authorization will be revoked. In order to ensure uninterrupted benefits of DACA, USCIS is now making home visits to retrieve the approximately 900 outstanding work permits. The New York Immigration Coalition believes home visits could begin in New York starting next week.
The NYIC wants to assure New York immigrants that there is nothing to fear.
Here's some critical information you need to know:
- The home visits to retrieve 3-year DACA work permits will not be conducted by immigration enforcement officials and are merely for the purpose of retrieving work permits.
- Those in possession of a 3-year work permit will be given a new 2-year work permit as a replacement.
- The deadline for returning work permits is July 31st, 2015.
- To avoid a home visit, we highly recommend individuals return their work permits if they received their cards after February 16th, 2015.
- If people received their 3-year work permits before February 16, 2015, they are not affected by this and are NOT required to return their work permit.
- Those who are still in possession of the non-valid 3-year work permits can mail them to USCIS or visit the local office in-person located at 26 Federal Plaza from 7:30 AM to 4 PM. For the in-person drop off, an appointment is not needed.
The New York Immigration Coalition will stay in close communication with USCIS to ensure the safety of our communities.
USCIS employees conducting these visits will present USCIS credentials and business card with office contact information. If in doubt, call the number on the business card to verify the visitor’s identity. Numbers listed on business cards of NY USCIS employees should either be 212-264-xxxx or 631-687-xxxx.
For those who are unsure if they need to return their 3 year work permit, call USCIS at 1-800-375-5283 and select option 8.
Individuals can also call the New York Immigration Coalition for more information at 212-627-2227.
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The New York Immigration Coalition is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for nearly 200 groups in New York State that work with immigrants and refugees.The NYIC aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all by promoting immigrants’ full civic participation, fostering their leadership, and providing a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities.