3 Year EADs recalled for DACA recipients
The Court in Texas v. US stopped the ability of the federal government to issue work eligibility cards ( employment authorization document or EAD cards) beyond 2 years as allowed under current regulations for DACA eligible recipients. About 2000 EADs had been issued with a 3 year expiration. Any 3 year EAD issued after February 16, 2015 has to be returned to USCIS. About 1200 EAD cards have been returned. A second letter has also been issued to recipients of 3 year EAD cards. The last date to return cards is July 17th, 2015. The letter states that non return can affect deferred action and employment authorization.
3 Year EADs reduced to 2 years eligibility following Texas Court Order
In addition to other measures that are underway, the three-year DACA grants and EAD cards have been invalidated for all of these individuals and changed to two years; the SAVE database that states use to verify eligibility for driver’s licenses and other state benefits has been updated to reflect the two-year authorizations for all of these individuals; and USCIS has now sent two rounds of individualized letters demanding the return of the three-year EAD cards and warning recipients that a failure to return the card could affect their deferred action and employment authorization.
Applies only to DACA holders
This action applies only to DACA EAD cards issued for 3 years. The 3 year authorization has been reduced to a 2 year eligibility to work. The Court’s order applies to all 50 states even though it was issued in Texas.
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