On June 15, 2012 President Barack Obama instituted a program called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The DACA essentially removes much of the threat of deportation from law abiding people who arrived in the United States illegally before their 16th birthdays, and otherwise qualify for the program. The purpose of the program is to allow people, who were essentially forced to illegally immigrate to the U.S. as children, a chance to apply to stay in the United States and even earn the right to work in the country. There are many unanswered questions relating to the legal status of Deferred Action recipients; one of which has been whether or not they will be eligible for a social security number. The Social Security Administration has issued guidance which will help clarify the situation.
The Social Security Administration has issued documentation indicating that those who qualify for the Deferred Action program will be eligible to receive a social security number as long as certain criteria are met. These criteria include:
- You must have USCIS granted Deferred Action status
- You must have USCIS granted employment authorization
- You must visit a social security office in person and sign the social security number application
- You must bring the USCIS I-766 (Employment Authorization Card) with you to the social security office
- You must show proof age and identity. Only documents which are originals or certified copies will be accepted. Photocopies will not be accepted. Documents which show your age and identity include:
- Foreign birth certificate or passport
- U.S. military ID or U.S. military record
- U.S. issued driver’s license or other official ID card
- School record or ID card showing age or birthdate
- Religious record showing age or date of birth
- Copy of medical records
It should be reiterated that a social security number will only be issued to those who have already been approved by the USCIS for the Deferred Action program and given work authorization.
The Deferred Action program is an exciting development which is helping millions of immigrants normalize their lives in the Unites States. Though the program does not offer a permanent or comprehensive solution to the nation’s immigration issues, it is a step which will at least remove some of the pressure from those who were illegally brought to the United States as children.
If you or anyone you know is interested in learning more about this or other immigration issues, the Austin immigration attorney at Lyttle Law firm are here to help. Visit us on our website, and then give us a call at 512-215-5225.