There is a lot of confusion recently regarding the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) issuance of work permits (Employment Authorization Documents "EAD cards") for individuals who have been granted deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program. There have been many announcements on television and radio regarding the recall by the US CIS of improperly issued EAD cards. USCIS also mailed out letters to individuals with the affected cards advising them to return the cards for replacement.

Not all DACA recipients with EAD cards are affected. If you have an EAD card that was issued for two years you are not affected by this recall.

If you have an EAD card that was issued for three years you MAY be affected.

If you have an EAD card that was issued for three years before February 16, 2015 you are not affected. If you have an EAD card that was issued for three years after February 16, 2015 you probably need to return the EAD card to USCIS so that they can issue a new card for the correct two year period.

To check if you have a recalled card you can go the US immigration web site at my.uscis.gov. At that site you enter the USCIS# and Card# that are on your EAD card and the web site will tell you if you have an improperly issued card.

It is important to return improper cards for replacement, because immigration will be invalidating these cards and cancelling the deferred action status of recipients with cards that have not been returned to USCIS.‚Äč

V. Thomas Langford is an Immigration attorney who represents clients throughout Northern California. If you wish to schedule a consultation regarding your specific immigration legal matter, please call (707) 747-5133.