EAD Recall Results in 22 DACA Terminations

A recall on certain Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) received after Feb. 16, 2015 has resulted in 99 percent compliance among the approximately 2,600 immigrants who were required to return their work permits. Under the recall, United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) officials gave the affected group until July 30 to return the invalid documents.

“This action affects approximately 2,100 3-year DACA work permits mistakenly issued after the court order,” a USCIS statement says about the recall. “It also affects approximately 500 3-year DACA work permits that were issued before the court order, returned to USCIS as undeliverable and then re-mailed to updated addresses after the court order.” USCIS likewise notes, “The term ‘3-year EADs or work permits; includes some cards that were issued with validity periods of greater than 2 years.”

The high compliance rate in the return of the invalid EADs means DACA-status termination for just 22 immigrants.

For questions about the recall and information about documents, USCIS has developed a site– Case Status Online.

With the site, users can access USCIS records to find out if the agency has received the invalid card or certification. In cases where the invalid documentation was returned, USCIS provide the date sent of a confirmation or compliance notice.

In cases where invalid documents have not been returned, the site will provide the date sent of the DACA termination notice. USCIS makes special note on this point that those who are still in possession of these invalid three-year permits are still required to return the document.

Those who aren’t at all affected by the recall—some 108,000 DACA immigrants possess valid three-year work permits—will see information about the last action taken on their case.

In another effort to clarify the recall information, USCIS has also developed a Quick Facts page. Additionally, USCIS encourages directing questions toward its customer service line at 1-800-375-5283,or visit your local USCIS field office between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.