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Deferred Action Approved: How do I Get a Social Security Number, Driver’s License and Travel Authorization?

 

Deferred Action next stepsNow that our clients are getting their applications for deferred action and employment authorization approved, it is time to talk about obtaining social security numbers, driver's licenses, as well as authorization to travel abroad.

Here is how to apply for these benefits:

Getting Your Social Security Number

If the USCIS approved your application for deferred action AND granted your request for employment authorization, you may be eligible to obtain a social security number. First, wait to get your employment authorization card (I-766). Once you receive it, locate the nearest Social Security office at www.socialsecurity.gov/locator and simply go to the office. You do not need to make an appointment. In order to receive your card, you must bring the following documents with you:

1. Your Employment Authorization Card (I-766);

AND

2. ONE of the following documents to prove your age and identity:

- Foreign birth certificate;

- Foreign passport;

- U.S. military record;

- U.S. military identification card;

- Religious record showing age or date of birth;

- U.S. driver's license;

- U.S. state-issued identification card;

- School record showing age or date of birth;

- School identification card; or

- Copy of a medical record.

Please make sure that the document you use to show your age and identity is an ORIGINAL or a certified copy of an original. Social Security Administration will not accept copies of documents.

Also note that if you go to the SSA office immediately after receiving your employment authorization document, you might not be in their system just yet. It takes the USCIS several weeks to update the SSA with regards to the names of approved applicants.

Getting your Driver’s License

Since most of our clients are located in Virginia, I am writing about the requirements for obtaining the driver’s license particular to this state. However, if you are a resident of another state, please go to your state’s department of motor vehicle’s page and read the instructions there. You should be able to locate your state’s DMV by visiting this website: http://www.dmvlocator.com/.

Please note that if you are a resident of Arizona, Nebraska, or Taxes, you are not eligible to obtain a driver’s license at this time, as unfortunately, the Governor of your state has issued an executive order denying this benefit to deferred action applicants.

Virginia Code Sec. 46.2-328.1(h) states that individuals with approved deferred action status are eligible to apply for a driver’s license or an ID card. Once your deferred action application is approved, go to your local DMV office and bring the following:

1. TWO proofs of identity

- Employment Authorization Card (I-766)

AND any ONE of the following:

- Unexpired foreign passport with expired I-94 and expired visa;

- Social Security Card

- Virginia DMV-issued driver’s license, commercial driver’s license, learner’s permit or ID card unexpired or expired for not more than 5 years;

- Unexpired U.S. state-issued (state other than Virginia) driver’s license, commercial driver’s license, learner’s permit, or photo ID card at least 60 days old;

- Unexpired U.S. Active Duty/Retiree/Reservist Military ID card;

- Marriage certificate issued by a U.S. state, jurisdiction, territory or municipality;

- Medicare Card/Medicaid Card;

- Unexpired military dependent ID card with photo;

- U.S. Military discharge papers;

- U.S. Selective Service Card;

- Veterans Universal Access Identification Card;

- Certified copy of school records/transcript issued by a school accredited by a U.S. state, jurisdiction or territory (a report card is NOT accepted);

- Virginia Department of Education Certificate of Enrollment form Virginia-issued court order for restricted driving privileges (must include signature of court official).

2. ONE Proof of Virginia Residency

- Deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement or residential rental/lease agreement;

- U.S. or Virginia income tax return form from the previous year along with evidence of acceptance of the return by the appropriate tax agency;

- Utility bill, not more than two months old, issued to applicant;

- Examples include gas, electric, sewer, water, cable or phone bill (Cellular phone and pager bills are not accepted);

- U.S. Postal Service change of address confirmation form or postmarked U.S. mail with forwarding address label;

- Virginia Voter Registration Card mailed to you by your local registrar;

- Virginia driver’s license, commercial driver’s license, learner’s permit, or DMV-issued ID card displaying the applicants current Virginia address;

- Monthly bank statement not more than two months old issued by a bank;

- Payroll check stub issued by an employer within the last two months;

- U.S. Internal Revenue Service tax reporting W-2 form or 1099 form not more than 18 months old;

- Receipt for personal property taxes or real estate taxes paid within the last year to the Commonwealth of Virginia or a Virginia locality;

- Current homeowners insurance policy or bill;

- Current automobile or life insurance bill (Cards or policies are not Accepted);

- Cancelled check not more than two months old with both name and address imprinted;

- Annual Social Security Statement for the current or preceding calendar year;

- Certified copy of school records/transcript issued by a school in which the applicant is currently enrolled and is accredited by a U.S. state, jurisdiction or territory (a report card is not accepted);

- Virginia Department of Education Certificate of Enrollment form.

3. ONE proof of legal presence in the U.S.

- USCIS Notice of Deferred Action Approval.

4. Proof of a Social Security Number (only required if applying for a commercial driver's license). 

Getting Travel Authorization

If the USCIS decided to defer action in your case and you need to travel outside the United States, you must apply for a document called advance parole.  Application consists of filing a Form I-131, Application for Travel Document and paying the $360 fee. Generally, the USCIS will only grant advance parole if you are traveling for humanitarian, educational, or employment purposes. You may not apply for advance parole unless and until the USCIS defers action in your case pursuant to the consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals process.

CAUTION: Before applying for travel authorization, please check with an immigration attorney (me, one of my colleagues, or any other immigration attorney of your choosing)!

If you have reached the age of 18 and you travel abroad, you may be subject to inadmissibility bars, which could prevent you from getting permanent resident status in the future. Additionally, you might trigger a deportation order, or there could be other serious consequences. Traveling abroad can have severe consequences on your future ability to adjust status to that of a legal permanent resident in the United States! Avoid this gamble by learning the consequences of traveling applicable to your case!

I hope that you find the information in this post useful. If you have any questions or concerns, please post comments or submit inquiries on our website. All of us at Gardner & Mendoza are happy to assist you!

 

Comments

Hey, I just received my Approval for deferred action as well as my employment authorization. My next step would be to get a Social Security Card but my Visa is expired... Will they not grant me one just because my Visa is expired? Also, anyone know if i will be able to get a license in Florida? Thanks!
Posted @ Friday, December 07, 2012 2:05 AM by Lina
Lina, you will be able to get your SSN based on the deferred action and employment authorization approvals, as I wrote in the blog. You should also be able to get your license in Florida. Double-check your local DMV website for the documents they require.
Posted @ Friday, December 07, 2012 9:08 AM by Olya Antle
Would I be able to travel within the U.S with any of these documents? Also how long did it take to receive the answer for approval?
Posted @ Wednesday, December 12, 2012 9:20 AM by marie
Marie, you will be able to travel within the United States once you get your driver's license or state-issued I.D. In terms of how long it takes to get the deferred action application approved, it depends on several factors: 1. the officer who receives your paperwork and 2. whether a Request for Evidence (RFE) is sent to you after you submitted all of the paperwork. RFEs may be sent to request additional documents you did not send with the initial submission of documents. If you receive an RFE, then there will be a delay in the processing of your paperwork. We have had applicants who got approvals after two months of submitting their paperwork, and others who received their approvals after three or four months.
Posted @ Thursday, December 13, 2012 1:58 PM by Olya Antle
what if I already have a social security card which says it is not valid for employment that i received when i was a child? Do I have to go to the ss office to request another ss card?
Posted @ Tuesday, December 18, 2012 3:58 AM by Alex
I received my approval of Deferred action as well as my authorization to work. Even with both these things, is it necessary to apply for a Social Security card or can I apply for a job and work without it?
Posted @ Wednesday, December 19, 2012 4:24 PM by Felix
Alex, you have to go to the SSA office and update them on the fact that you are now authorized to work in the United States. You will keep the same SSN, but the SSA will replace the statement that your card is not valid for employment with the one stating you are authorized to be employed in the United States with work authorization document (meaning, so long as you have your EAD card, you are authorized to work in this country).
Posted @ Thursday, December 20, 2012 9:40 AM by Olya Antle
Felix, it is necessary to apply for a social security card. Your employer will require that you have one, as they report your wages for tax purposes on the W-2 form.
Posted @ Thursday, December 20, 2012 9:42 AM by Olya Antle
I have been approved for deferred action, am I allowed to visit Canada if I am under 18 without being subject to inadmissibillity bars even if it is not for an educational or humanitarion purpose?
Posted @ Tuesday, January 01, 2013 3:20 AM by Gibran
I was wondering what I can use my SSN on. For example could I apply for the FAFSA? I live in Cal. so I was going to apply for the Caifornia Dream Act, but now I am wondering if I can apply for the FAFSA. Also can I use my number for other scholarships that ask for a SSN?
Posted @ Tuesday, January 01, 2013 11:55 PM by Carlos
So I just received my Social Security card. Can I also apply for a state ID? I live in Illinois. Also, could I travel within the U.S. (on plane) from one state to another if I wanted to?
Posted @ Wednesday, January 02, 2013 3:51 AM by Felix
I have received my Approval for deferred action as well as my employment authorization. My attorney told me that the Social Security Administration would mail me my SSN without the need of going to their office. Is this true or will I have to go to the Social Security Administration and request one.
Posted @ Friday, January 04, 2013 3:46 PM by Yess
I have received my work authorization card already and i have went to the social security office to apply for my social security number and i was wondering when i recive my social security number does my social security number expire when my work authorization expires or is the social security number valid for life even if my work authorization expired? 
thank you
Posted @ Friday, January 04, 2013 5:45 PM by Sergey
I got my permit work and my social card my husband is a usa citizen i when to my lawyer he told if i travel out country with travel authorization then i can apply for my green card that's true i also get my driving license
Posted @ Friday, January 04, 2013 11:05 PM by pattysam
I got approved for Deferred Action. Obtained my SS, employment card, and driver's license in Texas. Can I now apply for FAFSA? Travel on airplane within USA? Obtain state ID? 
Thanks
Posted @ Saturday, January 05, 2013 3:28 PM by Rob
@Gibran: Gibran, in order to apply for travel authorization, you would need to fill out a form in which you specify the educational/humanitarian/or employment reasons for your travels. I would encourage you to contact our office so that we can determine whether traveling is a possibility for you. 
 
@Carlos: Carlos, in terms of scholarships, I believe you can apply for the private ones, but NOT for FAFSA. 
 
@Felix: Felix, you can apply for the state ID and travel within the U.S. with your ID. 
 
@Yess: Yess, I do not know which state you are from, but in Virginia, you must go to the SSA office to apply for the SSN. Contact your local office to verify the rules.  
 
@Sergey: Sergey, your social security number is assigned for life. However, you are only authorized to work in the United States so long as you have valid work authorization. 
 
@Pattysam: Pattysam, I don’t know the particulars of your situation, and without details, I cannot give you competent legal advice. 
 
@Rob: Rob, I believe you cannot apply for FAFSA. You can, however, obtain a state ID and travel on the plane. 
 
Posted @ Saturday, January 05, 2013 9:39 PM by Olya Antle
Thank you so much for you reply that means i will have my drivers licence for life as well finaly begining to feel normal 
Thank you guys and the best of luck to all of you
Posted @ Sunday, January 06, 2013 1:33 AM by Sergey
I have yet to receive my work authorization card. After that can I apply for my SSN and my New York State ID at the same time? once I obtain all these 3 things can I travel withing the US or will the work authorization be enough to travel withing the US?
Posted @ Sunday, January 13, 2013 1:54 PM by pamela
I was approved on January 4th of this year, I received my EAD card on Friday Jan11th. I will heading to the social security office tomorrow to apply for ssc , in the application it asks Citizenship  
a. U.S Citizen 
b. Legal alien allowed to work 
c.Legal Alien not allowed to work 
d. Other 
 
I am not sure which category I fall in , please help me!!! I ASK BECAUSE I WAS TOLD WE WERENT LEGAL ALIENS...gosh all this is so confusing. 
Posted @ Sunday, January 13, 2013 5:35 PM by Stephanie
@pamela 
When you fill the ss aplocation you check mark 
"Legal alien alowed to work" i know since i already recived my ssn and ive been told what fill in 
Best of luck to you
Posted @ Sunday, January 13, 2013 5:53 PM by Sergey
@Pamela, I would check "other", because Deferred Action does not confer any legal status upon you.  
@Sergey, I am not sure who advised you to check "legal alien authorized to work", but in my opinion, that is incorrect. Perhaps, someone at the SSA office was mistaken as to what the meaning of your EAD card was. Thank you for sharing that, however! Best of luck to both of you!
Posted @ Monday, January 14, 2013 9:30 AM by Olya Antle
Sorry, the previous message meant to be for Stephanie! 
 
Pamela, after you obtain your work authorization, you can apply for SSN and the driver's license. You may not travel on your work authorization card; however, you will be able to travel on your NY state ID.
Posted @ Monday, January 14, 2013 10:01 AM by Olya Antle
Thats the only thing that you can check that would make sense and i have went with 1 of my friends and he filled in the same thing they wouldnt make the same mistake twice 
Good luck to everyone thats going through the process
Posted @ Monday, January 14, 2013 12:12 PM by Sergey
After getting my work permit in the mail what do i do next? Do i go and apply for my S.S number myself?
Posted @ Monday, January 14, 2013 10:09 PM by Brenda
Brenda, you should go to apply for a social security number, as well as a driver's license (if your state is one of the states that allows individuals with approved DACA petitions to apply for driver's licenses).
Posted @ Tuesday, January 15, 2013 9:31 AM by Olya Antle
Hi i was just wondering why dreamers cannot apply for FAFSA when they will have a social security #. Also will dreamers be able to apply to any financial aid or student loans? 
Thanks.
Posted @ Thursday, January 17, 2013 12:30 AM by Katy
To whom this may concern 
My name is Angie and I'm from IN. 
On Nov 14th I was issued my DACA approval and work permit. Since then, I have been back and forth with the Social Security office and the USCIS office on getting a SS number issued. After waiting over four weeks, I received a letter from the Social Security office stating that they could not verify my information with the USCIS office. After visiting USCIS, calling SAVE, going back to the SS office multiple times and being told to wait another 4 weeks because they still could not verify my information, I do not knwo what to do. At this point I am unsure where to go because no one seems to be helping me.  
 
Posted @ Thursday, January 17, 2013 12:58 AM by Angie
@angie what documents have you submited to the social security office? 
When i went there they asked me for my work permit and my birth certificate and they needed to translate my birth certificate. What information exactly couldnt they verify? 
Good luck
Posted @ Thursday, January 17, 2013 10:29 AM by Sergey
Hi i was just wondering why dreamers cannot apply for FAFSA when they will have a social security #. Also will dreamers be able to apply to any financial aid or student loans? Also if in MA i can get my drivers licence?
Posted @ Thursday, January 17, 2013 1:45 PM by Katy
Hello i was wondering..since on the travel authorization applications educational purpose was listed.Would having to do a 4,oooo word research paper on the amount of carbon dioxide produced in a different country as a high school senior needed to complete a program at my school known as IB would that be a suitable reason to travel outside of the u.s?
Posted @ Saturday, January 19, 2013 1:05 AM by Ruby
Hi, I'm Mina. I recently got approved for DACA and received my EAD Card in the mail. I will soon be applying for my SSN, and I was wondering if it would be possible for me to get into the military now. I was told that I could not before, but if I have my SSN would I be able to join the army? I understand that my SSN would not be an ordinary SSN and it has limitations. (Thank you so much for creating this site!!! It is extremely informative and I really appreciate it!!!!)
Posted @ Sunday, January 20, 2013 10:33 AM by mina
I got approved for DACA and received my EAD Card in the mail. now that i can start working do i have to get a social security number first and then apply places?? what is USCIS # IN THE EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATON CARD? i don't use that to apply somewhere?
Posted @ Sunday, January 20, 2013 8:36 PM by Dulce
if I live in nebraska,do I have any other options to obtain a license and id??
Posted @ Monday, January 21, 2013 6:51 PM by .
@angie, I am not sure what is going on at the SSA office. I know that they are behind in updating their system. Thus, people who go immediately after receiving their work permit, may not find themselves in the system right away. However, it has been over four weeks, so it does seem strange your information is not in their database. I really do not know what the best course of action for you might be, except that you have to go back to the SSA office and speak to a manager, or anyone in charge. The USCIS has clearly issued you an immigration benefit.  
 
@Katy, I deal primarily with immigration law. It is really better for you to get an answer to your question from a college guidance counselor. And yes, if you are in MA, you should be able to get your driver’s license. 
 
@Ruby, the answer is maybe. Are you over 18, however? If so, I would not recommend traveling for any reason. If you are under 18, then that is a possibility. 
 
@Mina, thank you so much for reading the blog and finding it informative! That is exactly the purpose I am trying to achieve! In terms of you being able to join the Army now, the social security number is truly not an issue. The issue is that deferred action does not give you legal status in the country, which you would have to have in order to join the military. However, I would still advise you to go speak to an Army recruiter. You never know how things might turn out if you don’t ask! 
 
@Dulce, you would have to apply for the social security number first. The USCIS# is not a substitution for a social security number. 
 
@DACA applicant from Nebraska, I am really sorry, but I do not know of other options for you to obtain a license and ID if you are in Nebraska. Your state does not provide driver’s licenses and IDs to individuals who received the deferred action benefit.  
Posted @ Sunday, January 27, 2013 4:36 PM by Olya Antle
Hello, I was approved for my deferred action as well as my employment authorization , I got the employment authoriztion letter back in Nov 2012 and I just wanted to know why I have not got my Employment Authorization Card ? It has already been two months almost three now. I was wondering if maybe you could help me out , I'v seen other people talk about getting there card within a month or so. Thank you. Cathalina
Posted @ Sunday, January 27, 2013 11:05 PM by cathalina
Hi, i was approved for deferred action, i already got my work permit and applied for my social card. With this number what can I do with it? is it just for work and taxes? can i get a credit card or loan with it like for a house or a car? Thanks
Posted @ Monday, January 28, 2013 2:09 PM by Efrain
hi i recieved my work permit i was wondering if i could buy a car or house and is their going to be a green card for us in the future?
Posted @ Monday, January 28, 2013 8:37 PM by karina
I was just wondering when taking my mexican birth certificate when going to social security office does it need to be translated to english?
Posted @ Monday, January 28, 2013 9:39 PM by Daniel
Hi, Today i received my work permit and will be going to apply for my SSN later on in the week. As someone already asked, can I used this social for example when i want to open a bank account, or get a cellphone with a company that requires a SSN? OR is it strictly only for Employment and filling out taxes?. Also, I live in Illinois, so I am able to apply for a state I.D and drivers license right?  
Thank you for posting this! It really cleared a lot of stuff I was confused about.
Posted @ Monday, January 28, 2013 9:45 PM by Miriam
I received my deffered action, I obtained my social security & drivers license ...do I qualify for financial aid in the state of Florida?
Posted @ Wednesday, January 30, 2013 12:09 AM by Elsa Gimenez
I was approved for deferred action and EAD on December 7th my EAD was suppose to be delivered to me on the 13th as it was reported on the site unfortunately it got lost in the mail by USPS i re applied for a replacement once and all that my question is can i go get my license with just the (Deferred action letter and my unexpired passport and my lease to my apt while i wait for the replacement) EAD i live in virginia by the way  
 
Thank you
Posted @ Thursday, January 31, 2013 7:24 AM by Ricardo Lopez
I applyed for daca two days after we were supposed to, unfortunatley due to some delays I have yet to recieve it, but I was wondering when and if I do recieve it, I wanted to start a career in aviation, will I be able to continue this career path or will I have to get some kind of visa.
Posted @ Sunday, February 03, 2013 5:47 AM by Joanna
If we apply for a social security number after getting approved for deferred action, what we use the ssn for? I was wondering if I could use it to fill out the FAFSA.
Posted @ Wednesday, February 06, 2013 7:39 PM by Clara Torres
I send my application on the day before new years. Till this day I haven't received no receipt or any letters whatsoever. I was wondering how long does it usually take to get a receipt stating they received my application??
Posted @ Thursday, February 07, 2013 8:37 PM by Omar
@Cathalina, you should call the USCIS 1-800 number and inquire what happened to the card. It might be that they issued it, but it got lost in the mail. You need to inform them that you have not received it. 
 
@Efrain, your social security number coupled with work authorization allows you to work in the country legally and pay taxes. Questions regarding the credit card and loans are best addressed with the employees of the banks. Thank you. 
 
@Karina, it is really better to address the questions about the car and house with the potential sellers of those commodities. I am an immigration attorney. In so far as the green card future, everything is possible. President Obama speaks of Comprehensive Immigration Reform and pathways for undocumented youth to legalize their status in the United States.  
 
@Daniel, if your birth certificate is needed, then it should be translated into English. 
 
 
@Miriam, you should be able to use your social security number for purposes of opening a bank account and getting a cellphone. And yes, you should be able to get a driver’s license if you are from IL. 
 
@Elsa, you should ask the educational institution this question. As an immigration attorney, I can best advise you on issues regarding immigration matters.  
 
@Ricardo, you should be able to get your driver’s license with just your approval notices.  
 
 
@Joanna, it all depends on the kind of position you are seeking. If it is with the U.S. military, then it is unlikely for you to get a position without obtaining some sort of legal status in the country. However, I would still suggest you go speak to a recruiter and find out all of the details on your own.  
 
@Clara, I am an immigration attorney. I can only give you advise as to immigration issues. I do not know much about FAFSA, unfortunately. You should ask someone at the educational institution to which you are applying.  
 
@Omar, it usually takes several weeks. You might want to contact the USCIS by phone and inquire. Their 1-800 number is listed on their website uscis.gov.  
Posted @ Sunday, February 10, 2013 8:58 PM by Olya Antle
I recieved my working permit and social security. Although I misplaced my working permit.. what do I do? 
I'm from New York
Posted @ Monday, February 11, 2013 10:36 AM by ABI
I am 16 years old I was wondering, after I get my paperwork for DACA will I be able to obtain my drivers permit or license. If so what would I require?
Posted @ Wednesday, February 13, 2013 6:11 PM by Leila
Hello, I live in California and my sister recently received her social security card in the mail as part of the Deferred Action pogram. I was wondering if I could claim her as a dependent for my 2012 taxes seeing as I provide financial support for her, as well as pay for her college tuition. Thanks in advance!
Posted @ Wednesday, February 13, 2013 8:58 PM by sandee
I received my authorization card i went and got my social and my license. Now, I would like to go visit my grandmother in mexico i have not seen her in many many years. I am 19 years old. If i file for the application to travel what will my chances be to get acceted? also i read that you posted it could hurt my chances to residency in the future? How is that?
Posted @ Saturday, February 16, 2013 11:28 PM by Rodrigo
Hi, I am from Arizona and I have received my authorization card and social security number but I am unable to get my drivers licence or state Id, my question is even though I don't have a drivers licence id or state id can I still travel by airplane within US with a valid passport that I got at the Mexican Consulate in Tucson?
Posted @ Sunday, February 17, 2013 11:39 PM by Gabriela
I am from Chicago, IL. I recieved my authorization card and SSN already. My question is am I able to get a state I.D. and travel within the United States?
Posted @ Monday, February 18, 2013 8:09 PM by Diana
Hello, I was wondering: can we travel within in the US by plane? I live in Ohio, and I was wondering if we could go to Texas for example by plane after having license and whatnot.
Posted @ Tuesday, February 19, 2013 10:53 PM by Ordonez
well I did some research and I guess we can travel on plane within the US. Now my other question was: how about a state like Hawaii? Alaska? or even Puerto Rico? Since these are also either states or US territory.
Posted @ Tuesday, February 19, 2013 11:37 PM by ordonez
@ABI, you need to contact the USCIS either via the 1-800 provided on your receipts from the USCIS, or by making an InfoPass appointment at your local office and placing a request to replace your card.  
 
@Sandee, you need to get advice from a tax specialist. Unfortunately, I cannot give you tax advice. 
 
@Rodrigo, I would not advise you to travel. Since you are now over 18, if you go out of the country after spending a number of years in the United States without status, you will trigger what is called a bar to adjusting your status to get an immigrant visa. Depending on the number of years you spent in the U.S. without status, this bar could be 10 years long. What this means is that you would not be able to apply for a green card, for example, for 10 years. I will be happy to discuss the law with you further if you would like to know more. You can call my office at 757-464-9224 and ask for a phone consultation with me. Phone consultations are free of charge.  
 
@Gabriela, technically, you should be able to travel within the country just with your passport because it is a valid form of identification. However, I have to warn you that depending on an airport and an officer that you get, you may be asked to provide documentation that would show your status in the country. You can certainly provide them with your deferred action approval documents. I just don’t know how informed they would be as to what these documents mean. Sorry, I cannot give you a definite answer because there is no way for me to know CBP’s internal policies. Your best bet is to travel by car and wait to hear what other immigration reform is on the way. 
 
@Diana, you should be able to get a state ID. 
 
@Ordonez, once you reach Hawaii, or Alaska, or even a U.S. territory like Puerto Rico, I believe you would have to show your passport with a valid document for entry. I have no way to advise you as to how the CBP officer would react in that situation when you show them your deferred action approval documents. My best advice to you right now is travel within the continental U.S. and wait to see where the immigration reform goes before you take trips out of the continent. 
Posted @ Wednesday, February 20, 2013 10:37 AM by Olya Antle
My mother is soon getting her papers thru marriage after 8 years been married and 2 years on my native country waiting for waive.she will be coming back soon and apply for me  
if I applied for deferral action will that be bad on my case?or will help?
Posted @ Wednesday, February 20, 2013 2:32 PM by Kelly
@Kelly, Congratulations to your Mom! If she applies for you to receive an immigrant status in the U.S., her application will not interfere with your deferred action application at all.
Posted @ Wednesday, February 20, 2013 2:59 PM by Olya Antle
I got an acceptance letter for the deferred action. I didn't get anything else tho, are the work permits suppose to come after?
Posted @ Thursday, February 21, 2013 2:18 PM by Miguel
Hello, 
I had been working for this company for over 6 years now..and i just got my new workers permit and SS#. what do i need to do to use the right papers? should i call corporate to change my SS#?Thanks for your help.
Posted @ Thursday, February 21, 2013 9:14 PM by Alejo
Hi I was reading the above comments and I am in virginia and have recently received my employment authorization card and have a ss# and DL i was scared i wouldn't get approved by fafsa but i did so if you have a ss# I think they will accept it the issue im having now is with the bank because they require you to have a student visa or i-20...so yea good luck to yall hopefully things get better 
Posted @ Friday, February 22, 2013 8:11 PM by Nay
Hi, I was looking through all of these questions. I see many people have the same questions I have & was wondering about something. Someone asked you if they could go get their Drivers License here in Virginia(that's where I live) with just their Deferred Actions Letter from The USCIS? Is that true? I have received that letter but I'm still waiting to receive my approval for the work authorization card. I recently sent them an RFE and now I'm just waiting for any other stuff they'll be wanting from me. But can you answer me that question please? Or do I have to wait to get approved for the work authorization to get my Drivers License?  
 
Thank you!
Posted @ Sunday, February 24, 2013 2:25 PM by Karla
@Miguel, your work authorization is supposed to come in the mail shortly after you receive the approval notice. 
 
@Alejo, I would need to know more information about you and your work history in order to give you sound advice.  
 
@Karla, what I wrote before was that you have to have a deferred action approval notice in order to get your driver's license. Thus, just a receipt notice is not enough. Once you get the approval, then you can apply for the driver's license.
Posted @ Monday, February 25, 2013 9:57 AM by Olya Antle
Ok, well the letter I received has a watermark on it. It's not a receipt, I believe. It's actually the approval for deferred actions. It basically says that I've been approved and states how I will not be deported and it's on a paper that has a seal on it with the statue of liberty watermark on the paper(if you hold the paper to the light you can see the statue of liberty). If that's just a receipt then I guess I'll have to keep waiting to receive the EAC for my work authorization. But if you think that's not a receipt and is the approval then I can go apply for my license right?
Posted @ Monday, February 25, 2013 10:08 AM by Karla
Karla, the letter you received should state what kind of notice it is. Look at the letter about mid-page, where it says "notice type". If it says "approval notice", then what you have is indeed an approval notice. You should be able to get your license with just an approval notice of your form I-821D and form I-765. Best of luck!
Posted @ Monday, February 25, 2013 10:46 AM by Olya Antle
Hello,my primary concern is that I live in Arizona and just received my employment authorization card and just apply for my SSI card that should be mail pretty soon but as many as you know AZ does not issue drivers license or any type of I.D. I was wondering if I can travel to California just with my employment card and obtain an I.D.?
Posted @ Monday, February 25, 2013 6:50 PM by bere
Hey thanks for your respond. I think i have everything work out with my job. Now, i have another question i live in North Carolina and NC is about to start giving driver license to DACA. which the driver license is going to have a phrase "NO LEGAL STATUS" on the front is it safe for me to travel inside USA? Thank you for your time.
Posted @ Monday, February 25, 2013 11:23 PM by Alejo
My fiancé is in boot camp right now and would like to get married when he gets out so that we could move in together when he gets stationed to his base. The only thing that has stopped us from getting married is that im illegal and now that I was approved for Deferred Action and already received my workers permit card we are wondering if I can now move in to base with him or if the process to become a resident or citizen will be smoother than if I was still illegal?
Posted @ Tuesday, February 26, 2013 6:01 PM by jessica torres
Hi, this might sound silly, but once you have deferred action and you have your work card and ssn card can you travel to hawaii? I know it is US territory but it is also away from the main land so I dont know if I would have issues on the way back. Thanks
Posted @ Tuesday, February 26, 2013 10:52 PM by Efren
hi,i havent sent my application because i dont know if i am eligle for the defered action. i was adopted by my stepdad (who is a u.s citizen) from my understanding the process was finalized but my parents did not sign something so i could get my new birthcertificate so the birth certificate with my new last name does not excist. i have my old one and ive never used my adoptive dads last name for anything. i still used my biological fathers last name. can i apply for the deferred action with my biological fathers last name?
Posted @ Wednesday, February 27, 2013 1:08 PM by Ana
My kids got aproved and took the biometrics on jan. 3 and we haven't got anything yet
Posted @ Wednesday, February 27, 2013 2:39 PM by casimiro cruz
@Alejo, I have not yet heard about IDs that would state that. I will have to get back to you one that one. 
 
@Jessica, I am sending you an e-mail. Please check that for my response.  
 
@Efren, as I stated to another reader here, I would advise not to travel outside of the continental United States just yet. When you get to Hawaii, you might be asked for a valid entry document. Your deferred action approval does not give you legal status in the country. Thus far, all it does is give you assurance that you would not be removed during the period of 2 years and gives you ability to work in the United States. Hopefully, more immigration reform is on the way and soon enough you would be able to travel more freely. 
 
@Ana, please check the e-mail I sent you. 
 
@Casimiro, you are unclear. Did your children actually receive approval notices from the USCIS, or just an appointment for biometrics? A biometrics appointment is just a step in the application process. It takes some time after the biometrics to receive the actual approval of the deferred action application and the work authorization card. YOur children should try contacting the 1-800 number listed on the notices from the USCIS and inquire about the status of their applications.
Posted @ Wednesday, February 27, 2013 3:00 PM by Olya Antle
Hello, I have recieved my approval letter for both the deferred action and work permit. I have also recieved my work permit, but the problem is that my work permit has my wrong date of birth on it and also my last name spelled wrong. I have requested for a change. What i wanted to know was will i still be able to get a SSN with the work permit i recieved if i explain them what happened? And will i be able to get a drivers license if i just show my approval letter as a prove?  
Thank you.
Posted @ Thursday, February 28, 2013 8:36 PM by Sakina
I live in new Jersey I got my work authorization now I am going to get my ss .can I get a state id ..can I also travel to Florida?
Posted @ Thursday, February 28, 2013 10:44 PM by laura
Hi..so im just waiting for my ssn can i get my drivers license for now?and can i also get a state id
Posted @ Saturday, March 02, 2013 2:33 AM by maria
Hi..so im just waiting for my ssn can i get my drivers license for now?and can i also get a state id
Posted @ Saturday, March 02, 2013 2:36 AM by maria
Hello, is Ohio not giving out liscense's? I just went to get my temps, passed the test, have gave them my SS#, working permit, ID...she called someplace, and then said that they couldn't issue me an ID At the time and have me some number to call. I decided to go back to the DMV, and another lady said that they were not issuing liscense's to anyone in "my class" C class or something like that. Do you know any information that could help me?
Posted @ Saturday, March 02, 2013 1:31 PM by Arturo
I've already been approved for deferred action and have received all my documents. I have reviewed the guidelines posted for traveling outside the US, but what if I need to leave the US for a family emergency? Which paperwork would I need to file and if so, when? Just trying to be prepared in case something happens.
Posted @ Sunday, March 03, 2013 5:25 PM by Lesly
I have been approved for deferred action, I have my work permit card, and when I applied to the University of Washington I marked Washington State Resident because I do live in Washington. Now they are requesting me to fill out a Residence questionnaire which requires me to provide them with a US Permanent Resident card, I-94, or other immigration documents. Can I get a US permanent resident card? And what "other" immigration documents could I give instead?
Posted @ Monday, March 04, 2013 5:03 PM by Joy
I just got my work permit last week and I applied for my social today. They told me i would recieve it over the mail in 2 weeks. My question is, would I be able to get my driving permit with just my work permit and daca approval letter while I wait for my ssn? I live in maryland. also I've been working at this company for 2 years, my boss knew I wasn't legal but he was able to hire me and put me on the payroll with my itin number. Do I have to let him know i got my ssn so he could change it? And would it cause any problems in the future? Thanks in advance.
Posted @ Monday, March 04, 2013 9:04 PM by Carlos
I was approved on March the first and my Authorization card arrived on Monday March the 4th.. The only problem is that my card is valid from 9/27/13-9/27/2015.. Is is possible there was a mistake with the dates? Why would the send me my card as priority mail if my card is no valid until 6 months from now.. The person in the social security admin said i am the only person that has received this type of dates from a deffered action applicant. Help please
Posted @ Tuesday, March 05, 2013 4:34 PM by Betsy
I was approved last Oct 2012, Can i apply for a private student loans? Do you know which bank that accept a loan for deferred action?
Posted @ Tuesday, March 05, 2013 8:31 PM by jeff
Hi. I received my SSN but it starts with 8. When i checked online, it says that SSN starts with 8 is bogus number. Is that true? What should i do?
Posted @ Tuesday, March 05, 2013 8:34 PM by nena
What are the chances to not get accepted on deffered action. I have an appointment to see help to fill out my form... But I want to know if I get accepted for sure. I don't have any problems with the law.
Posted @ Tuesday, March 05, 2013 8:47 PM by Irma
Hello, I was approved about three weeks ago, I live in California. I also already received my ssn and just passed my driving test to receive my license. My question is, now that I have these documents would I be able to apply for credit cards and credit? I would like to build up my credit and be able to apply for student/auto loans if necessary. Thank you
Posted @ Wednesday, March 06, 2013 12:53 PM by Mario
@Sakina, you should wait for your new card before going to the Social Security Administration's office because you want to ensure that your social security card is issued in a proper name. 
 
@Laura, you should be able to get a state ID and travel within the continental United States. 
 
@Maria, please refer to my blog post. Depending on the state where you are located, you can get a driver's license or state ID. Good luck! 
 
@Arturo, I am sorry, I do not have any additional information for you. I do not know of any official Ohio state policy with regards to individuals with approved deferred action applications. 
 
@Lesly, you may be able to get travel authorization to go to your home country for a family emergency. The form is Form I-131, available atwww.uscis.gov. HOWEVER, if you are over 18 years of age, I DO NOT recommend that you leave the country. Upon return, you will trigger what is called a 10-year bar. What the bar means is that you would not be able to get an immigrant visa (i.e. green card) for 10 years. Since there is a possibility of more immigration reform in the future, I would advise you to only travel within the continental United States at this time. If you need more information about this, e-mail me at olya@gmlaw.net or call my office at 757-464-9224. 
 
@Joy, you cannot get a permanent resident card at this time, unless you are married to a U.S. citizen and you either entered the United States with a visa and overstayed, or entered without inspection and qualify for a provisional waiver. "Other" immigration documents would probalby be your deferred action documents. I think you should speak with someone at the admission's office and clarify what they need.  
 
@Carlos, you should be able to receive your driver's license without your social security card. In terms of your boss, you are authorized to work now, so you should be able to use your social security number now. 
 
@Betsy, you should request another card from the USCIS. You can go to their website atwww.uscis.gov, look at the left-side bar and find "Services", click on "Make a service request" and follow the directions. Make a request for the USCIS to send you another card with proper dates. 
 
@Jeff, you should contact the banks directly. I cannot advise you on these issues. 
 
@Nena, if your social security number was issued by Social Security Administration, then there is no chance of it being a "bogus" number. It is a government organization.  
 
@Irma, your attorney should be able to assess your chances. I don't know your entire story, so I cannot give you a definitive answer. Further, even if your chances are really good, no one can ever give you a guaranty of success.  
 
@Mario, you should check with some local banks about that. I cannot give you financial advice.
Posted @ Wednesday, March 06, 2013 1:54 PM by Olya Antle
hello i have a question.i recieved my work permit and i have to go on the 13th to apply 4 my social security card.last november i got a DUI so muy license was suspended but ive never had one.will there be a problem on applyng for my license once i get my social security card?or will i just get a license.i live in california i need some answers please?
Posted @ Thursday, March 07, 2013 4:15 PM by luis mireles
Ive been in this country since 13 years old illegal, and now im 22 years old and im waiting to get my papers thru my mom's marriage,she apply for her papers in 2005 and now she is paying her waivers.Should i apply for deffered action this will help my case later, or should i wait for hers. or it wont matter if apply for deffered action? thank you
Posted @ Friday, March 08, 2013 3:15 PM by Johny
I have received my approval from deffered action and now I am applying for my SSN card I was wondering what I need to take?
Posted @ Sunday, March 10, 2013 8:47 PM by Kim
Hi again, I have a really important question. Maybe you can help me since you're an immigration lawyer. I recently had an incident where someone came into my household and stole some of my belongings, also along with those belongings, my approval letter for Deferred Actions rom USCIS was stolen too. I wanted to know what I could do in my case? is that something I have to take care with the police? I'm just afraid to contact the police because that letter did protect me from being deported. I have no criminal charges or bad records. I'm clean but I'm just scared the police might hold me since I don't have that letter with me anymore. Another question, can you give me some information about what I should do to get those papers back? Please?! :/
Posted @ Sunday, March 10, 2013 9:32 PM by Karla
Hi I received my work permit and I have to get a SSN. I have been using a made up # for work. Is there a way to keep the same # or is it better to just get a new one? I'm a little concerned because I have excellent credit with the "made up" one and I've been working with it.. Help please?
Posted @ Monday, March 11, 2013 1:21 PM by Raquel
Hello my comment is I received my letter to go and get my finger prints done and I went and now I'm waiting for my ssn but that was almost 3 months ago. How long does it take to receive more information or my ssn?
Posted @ Monday, March 11, 2013 1:32 PM by luis cruz
Hello I have been approved for differed action and I have two questions. The first being: Am I eligible to invest in the stock market? My second concern is: I have taken a nursing course and have achieved my associates in the field. Will I be able to apply for work within the healthcare system? Would I be given the opportunity of insurance in the case that I might get sick or injured during my employment periods?
Posted @ Monday, March 11, 2013 3:48 PM by Yorick
Hey I'm just wondering.. I just received my work authorization..is this different from the actual deferred action. or are they the same thing 
?
Posted @ Monday, March 11, 2013 7:14 PM by Yazmin
hi, I was approved for the dream act, received my work authorization card and my social security card. My question is, where can I use my social security number? Is it just for work applications only? Or can I used it anywhere else, that asks for a social security number?
Posted @ Monday, March 11, 2013 8:29 PM by Jessica Santiago
I recently was approved for deferred action and i went to apply for the social and the lady asked for my w2 form to put it with the social will that affect me in any way if i did the taxes with the green number??
Posted @ Monday, March 11, 2013 9:15 PM by rammaur
Hello! I had my Biometrics taken on December 28th and I'm still waiting on the decision, but I'm curious if I will be able to travel within the US while I wait for my grant of deferred action? 
 
thanks for your time and help!
Posted @ Tuesday, March 12, 2013 10:43 AM by Adriana
Hello, 
I have recieved both letter , the deferred action approval letter and the letter with authorization of employment along with the card. I want to know if I can travel via airport within the US or would I still need to fill up the form? I am 19
Posted @ Tuesday, March 12, 2013 12:55 PM by Beatriz
Why can't i get a CDL
Posted @ Tuesday, March 12, 2013 5:22 PM by angel
can I travel anywhere the usa and if I can.... can the us border pratol deported me to mexico while passing trough checkpoints inside the united states?
Posted @ Wednesday, March 13, 2013 1:51 AM by rosa
hello my name is brenda 
I have received the approval note and my employment card. But I still need my Social security 
I have been waiting for it almost a month and nothing comes in the mail. what do I do? how long more is it going to get here? i am from texas 
from some friends it took them a week to get their social after receiving their employment card 
except me 
Posted @ Wednesday, March 13, 2013 1:49 PM by brenda
hello again I recently applied for a job and got hire my question is will my ssi and employment authorization card be enough proof of evidence? since i live in az the state does not issue an identification card. please help thanks
Posted @ Wednesday, March 13, 2013 7:58 PM by bere
Hi i have a question about the individuals that have passed their drivers Ed class received a cirtificate, but it has been expired because of the time it took for Dream act to aprrove can it still be use as a waiver for applying for a DL as prove
Posted @ Wednesday, March 13, 2013 8:51 PM by Alejandro
hi! I just received my social security .. my question is if I travel outside the us with advance parole am I going to have any problems in the future ? just because I went out for a week
Posted @ Wednesday, March 13, 2013 10:33 PM by carolina
Hello! I applied for the deferred action in November and went to my prints in December 20th i was just waiting on my acceptance when i saw on my status check online that they transferred my application back to a local Uscis office!! And they will make a decision or send a letter of additional information is needed what does that mean!? Can I get denied? I came to the US when I was 8 yrs old with a visa and i have been here since then i graduated high school in may of 2011 and have no issues with the law or anything like that im 20 yrs old now and will be 21 in August!
Posted @ Thursday, March 14, 2013 11:20 AM by Alexandra
Hello, I was wondering around how long could it take to get the approval letter from uscis I applied since November 28, 2012 I recieve the receipts in a week and I did the fingerprints on December 28,2012. Everyone that I know already got there permits and some of them even applied after me. Could there be anything wrong? I live in ga, and my lawyer did all the paperwork...
Posted @ Thursday, March 14, 2013 1:57 PM by Linet ro
hi 
I recently received my work authorization card and social security card that says(Valid For Work Only With DHS Authorization)can I use this to get my drivers license in the state of Illinois? 
Posted @ Thursday, March 14, 2013 6:47 PM by brenda
Hi I think your information is so helpful. I have just got my EAD and applied for a ssn I hope to get my license soon after and work. I am married to a US citizen he is in the military I was wondering if I would have to leave the country if he were to apply for a green card for me? Also, what is the process? We haven't attempted for fear of having to leave since he isn't allowed to go to Mexico he still has 2 years left and I would be alone. Thanks for your help.
Posted @ Friday, March 15, 2013 10:41 PM by Maria
Hi I think your information is so helpful. I have just got my EAD and applied for a ssn I hope to get my license soon after and work. I am married to a US citizen he is in the military I was wondering if I would have to leave the country if he were to apply for a green card for me? Also, what is the process? We haven't attempted for fear of having to leave since he isn't allowed to go to Mexico he still has 2 years left and I would be alone. Thanks for your help.
Posted @ Friday, March 15, 2013 11:09 PM by Maria
I live in PA and I've recently gotten accepted and granted my work authorization permit. My next step would be to go in for my permit. Do my parents have to have their livense to sign for my permit?
Posted @ Sunday, March 17, 2013 12:28 AM by Flor
I have received my SSN card that says it is valid for work only along with my approval for Deferred Action, will this interfere with the legal citizen application that was filed in my behalf? Or will it have no consequences?
Posted @ Monday, March 18, 2013 5:50 PM by Ana
Hello, my sister had received SSN 6 year back, when someone did filing on behalf of her by putting wrong birth date. Later we didn't follow up on that and let it die. However, she has been using that SSN to pay taxes, and she had put that SSN and statement regarding false information was given on behalf of her in her DACA Application along with tax papers. Now she has got her EAD as her DACA is approved. We are confused about going to SSN, what if SSA asks why birth date was wrong at 1st, when we provide previously issued number and ask for correction in birth date to be made. Thank you
Posted @ Monday, March 18, 2013 7:50 PM by zach
how long does it take to get your social security number, when you already went to get your finger prints?
Posted @ Thursday, March 21, 2013 8:25 AM by Marisol gaona
After I got my fingerprints done, it took about 3 months to get my work permit. You take that letter and card to the social security office, after you do that they send it to you. It took 3 days to get to my house, after that you go get your ID :)
Posted @ Thursday, March 21, 2013 12:45 PM by Raquel
How long do you get a license for ? 4 years ? 2 years or how long do you get it for until it expires?
Posted @ Friday, March 22, 2013 8:07 AM by Sophia
Dear Olya Antle, 
 
Do we mail original certified copies of letters / ect. to use as residency proof? and must they all be certified? Or do I just make copies and hold on to the originals? How else can I proof my residency form 2007-2012? Will a affidavit letter of presence in the u.s be enough? From whom do I get it? Do I write it myself and get it certified? What must it say?  
Please help, thank you. 
 
Posted @ Saturday, March 23, 2013 5:39 PM by Lola
P.S.  
I forgot to ask... do you need to mail month by month proof of presence in the u.s.a from 2007-2012? or year by year?
Posted @ Saturday, March 23, 2013 5:47 PM by Lola
Hi, again. I wanted to get my state I.D., but I haven't gotten my first paycheck to prove my residency yet and I won't be able to for a few more weeks; I was wondering, would it be possible to use my EAD as a form of I.D. if it's just to prove my age or something? What kind of things could I NOT use it for? Thanks again for this wonderful site!!!
Posted @ Saturday, March 23, 2013 8:22 PM by Mina
@Luis, it is best for you to check with your local DMV for an answer.  
@Johny, you should absolutely apply for deferred action if you are eligible. Your Mom’s petition does not preclude you from getting the benefits of deferred action.  
@Kim, please see my post, it lets you know what you need to take to SSA. Additionally, you can call your local SSA office and inquire. 
@Karla, please contact the USCIS and request them to re-send you the card. The best way is probably to go to uscis.gov and make an InfoPass appointment at your local USCIS office. During this appointment, you will get a chance to speak with an immigration officer, who will be able to assist you.  
@Raquel, it is best that you get your own SSN and start using it for work, taxes, etc.  
@Luis Cruz, the waiting times vary, so I cannot give you an estimate. Unfortunately, at this point, the only thing you can do is wait. You can also inquire about the status of your case by calling the 1-800 USCIS number listed on your receipts. However, the answer you will get is most likely to wait longer. Once you receive your approval, you can go to your local SSA office and get the SSN. 
@Yorick, I do not know about your investment eligibility. In terms of getting employment, since you have employment authorization for two years, you should be able to get employed within any industry (apart from the Federal Government, since those positions require citizenship). Insurance coverage through employer will depend upon your employer. In terms of getting your own, that is a possibility. Check in with an insurance agent. 
@Yazmin, you should receive both – approval of your deferred action application and employment authorization. They are two different documents. 
@Jessica, you should be able to use your social security number anywhere it is required. Some readers have asked me whether they can use it to apply for FAFSA and other scholarships. The answer is they can use the social security number; however, whether they are actually eligible for the benefits they are applying for is a different question. Thus, beware of the fact that your current status in the country may preclude you from getting certain benefits, even though you have a SSN. 
@Rammaur, I do not know why the SSA employee asked you for a W-2. The list of documents you need to apply for SSN does not list W-2 as a requirement. You should check in with a different office and bring the documents I listed in the blog post. 
@Adriana, you can travel within the US if you have a driver’s license or a state I.D. Otherwise, you have to wait to get approved for deferred action in order to get either of those documents. 
@Beatriz, in order to travel within the US, you should have a driver’s license or a state ID. Use your deferred action approval documents to get either of those documents. 
@Angel, what do you mean by CDL? 
@Rosa, if you have been approved for deferred action, you should be able to travel anywhere within the continental US. Deferred action approval should protect you against deportation at this point. 
@Brenda, have you gone to the SSA office to apply for your social security card? It is not sent to you automatically after approval of your deferred action application. 
@Bere, you should ask your employer what they require. Your identity can also be shown by using your passport. 
@Alejandro, this is a question for your local DMV office. 
@Carolina, if you are over 18 years of age, yes, you will have problems in the future when you are trying to apply for an immigrant status. I would not advise you to travel. 
@Alexandra, don’t worry. Certain USCIS Service Centers are overwhelmed with applications, so they have been sending them to other Centers in order to process the applications quicker. Hopefully, this will speed up the review process, and you will get an answer with regards to your application soon. 
@Linet, some cases take longer than others. Do not worry just yet. You can always call the 1-800 USCIS number listed on your receipt and inquire about the status of your application. 
@Brenda, you should be able to receive your driver’s license. See your local DMV website for the list of acceptable documents. 
@Maria, it was a pleasure to speak with you on the phone the other day. Keep in mind your options and let me know if you would like to pursue them. 
@Flor, this is a question for your local DMV. 
@Ana, your deferred action approval will not interfere with other immigration petitions filed on your behalf. 
@Zach, more information is needed to answer your question. I need to know how your sister received her first SSN? Who filed which documents on her behalf? Was the SSN actually issued by SSA?  
@Marisol, once you get your deferred action approval along with your employment authorization, you can go to get your SSN.  
@Sophia, this completely depends on your local DMV. Your deferred action benefits are good for two years, with possibility of being renewed.  
@Lola, you do not have to get certified copies of all of your documents. However, if you are getting affidavits from persons who attest to the fact that you have continuously resided in the U.S. from 2007-present, you should ask those individuals to get their statements notarized. The affidavit should be written by someone other than you. Preferably, a U.S. citizen, and someone who has known you well and can cite to specific instances of interactions with you. The statement should include as much detail as possible. Also, ask the person who writes you the statement to include their name, address, date of birth, and status in the country at the top of the letter. The USCIS does not require that you show you were present in the US for every month from 2007-present; however, you should strive to provide at least a few documents per year that you have been here. If you were at school, you should provide school transcripts. If you were working, ask your employer to write you a letter. Tax returns by themselves are not enough. You need to provide other evidence as well. Try using bank statements, doctor’s visits, any other official records. I have posted a list of acceptable documents in my earlier blog posts. Be sure to check that out. And as always, if you would like our firm to assist you with your application, please let me know. I will be happy to do so!  
@Mina, you could use your passport as a form of ID. 
Posted @ Monday, March 25, 2013 10:17 AM by Olya Antle
I have not received my approval for Deferred Action but I am waiting anxiously. I sent in in November and now I received a letter saying that it got transferred to my local office. Do you know how long this can take. I can't wait to get a decent job... Also since I applied for the Deferred action can my spouse still petition for my legalization or will this now make an affect on the matter?
Posted @ Monday, March 25, 2013 5:55 PM by Marisol
Hi so i have applied for the deferred action i went for my biometrics appnt on jan 4 and just saturday(march 23) i heard from them saying my case was transfered to nebraska from Vermont. All the time and nothing was done with my case. So my question is how long after my case is received, will I hear from them again?
Posted @ Monday, March 25, 2013 8:28 PM by Katy
Marisol, unfortunately, I cannot give you a time estimate. Certain USCIS Service Centers are overwhelmed with applications, so they are trying to distribute them in an attempt to process the applications faster. I hope your application will be processed soon! In so far as the petition by your husband, it will not have any effect on your DACA application. If you would like to find out more about your options and need assistance with anything, please contact me at olya@gmlaw.net. Also, our phone consultations are free of charge, so I will be happy to speak with you on the phone about this as well. Our office phone number is 464-9224.  
 
Katy, you also sent us an e-mail with thise question, so please check your mailbox. I just replied to your inquiry that way.
Posted @ Tuesday, March 26, 2013 9:01 AM by Olya Antle
Hello, i have recieved my Work permit last week thank GOD( very happy)..i already went to ss office and apply for my social..ill be getting it sometime this week or the next...what benefits do i have besides working and drivers licence (am from GA), will it help me get an apartment or car? also will the social security help buy a cell phone from companies like verizon or atnt? am so excited about this sorry if my questions are dumb...thanks in advance..
Posted @ Tuesday, March 26, 2013 12:25 PM by Jose
i received my auth. employment card. what are the requirements to apply and get a SSC for deferred action ?.
Posted @ Tuesday, March 26, 2013 2:12 PM by Thot
Jose, CONGRATULATIONS! How exciting that you received your deferred action approval! As for your questions, you should be able to get a cell phone and rent an apartment, or a car. However, I am an immigration attorney and my job entails helping my clients procure certain immigration benefits. The way these benefits can be used, depends to a large extent on the policies of particular companies. Your best course of action would be to go to the Verizon store, or to a dealership, or to an apartment leasing office and try to apply for the commodities you seek. I believe you should be able to get these things now, since you have a valid social security number. Best of luck!  
 
Thot, please read my post. The requirements are described in detail. Thank you!
Posted @ Tuesday, March 26, 2013 2:29 PM by Olya Antle
i received my approval for DACA and received my work permit. i applied for a ssn and the guy said it will take 6 weeks till i get it? can u tell me if this is right? most people ive talked to said it only takes about 3 days to a week?  
 
Thanks
Posted @ Tuesday, March 26, 2013 2:39 PM by Jose
Jose, some of my clients had to wait that long to get the SSN. Hopefully, you will get it sooner, but it is quite possible you have to wait for several weeks.
Posted @ Tuesday, March 26, 2013 3:00 PM by Olya Antle
So if I already have 4 months since I since my application and 3 months that I did my fingerprints how long cannot still takes to get the letter from uscis?
Posted @ Tuesday, March 26, 2013 7:27 PM by Linet
Can i apply for faflsa..for school
Posted @ Wednesday, March 27, 2013 12:11 AM by maria
Hi, My name is Keivin, I just received my Employment Card in the mail today. I will be going to get my SSN tomorrow. My question is I have a job right now, I have school loans, car loand, credit cards, etc what should I do when i get my SSN. Should I tell my boss that my status has change or should I just don't say anything and leave everything how it is right now at my job. Should I call the banks and tell them I have a new SSN? I don't know what should I do in this case. Thank you!
Posted @ Wednesday, March 27, 2013 2:00 PM by Keivin Farguharson
Linet, unfortunately, I cannot give you a time estimate. The processing of these applications has been taking anywhere from 2.5 months to 6 months.  
 
Maria, your inquiry is not a legal inquiry, so I cannot respond. Perhaps, you can check with the school to which you are applying? 
 
Keivin, this is entirely up to you and how you want to handle things. Ethically and legally I cannot tell you to continue to use a SSN that does not belong to you. You need to decide this for yourself.
Posted @ Thursday, March 28, 2013 9:07 AM by Olya Antle
Hi, first of all thank you very much for the way you answer every question helps a lot. I was wondering since I live in Az we don't have the chance to get any type of I.D. and I would like to travel in May inside the US , well to San Diego because my boyfriend is coming back from deployment but I don't have a drivers license is it safe to go by car? And take my work permit card and approval letter? also we have plans to marry when he is back so I can move where he is stationed, would being approved for the deferred action and him being in the military makes it a little more easier? In advance thank you so much and I'm sorry if the questions seem a little stupid but I want to make sure, living in a very racist state makes you think twice about what you do. Thank you.
Posted @ Thursday, March 28, 2013 6:42 PM by Deysi
Hi, first of all thank you very much for the way you answer every question helps a lot. I was wondering since I live in Az we don't have the chance to get any type of I.D. and I would like to travel in May inside the US , well to San Diego because my boyfriend is coming back from deployment but I don't have a drivers license is it safe to go by car? And take my work permit card and approval letter? also we have plans to marry when he is back so I can move where he is stationed, would being approved for the deferred action and him being in the military makes it a little more easier? In advance thank you so much and I'm sorry if the questions seem a little stupid but I want to make sure, living in a very racist state makes you think twice about what you do. Thank you.
Posted @ Thursday, March 28, 2013 6:45 PM by Deysi
Hello, I already recieved my permit card and I obtained my social security card, I cannot get a licence cause of the current law in arizona ( I live in arizona) but , my question is, can we use this social security as credit, and build up credit, or is it just for working purposes, I'm a little confused. Thanks for your time
Posted @ Thursday, March 28, 2013 7:25 PM by antonio
Hi. I received my ead card in February and a week later applied for my ssn and got it. I have been working at my job for over 3 yrs..and recently gave my two weeks notice because i was using a fake ssn and i want to start using my valid one issued from ss dept. At a different job..once i find one..My question is can i get an amendment done and my tax refund from the last previous yrs..when i have been filing them but by using my itin ..also I've heard everything from a fake social can be transferred to a valid one including history on itin so everything u have worked under isn't lost is this true..if so how should i go about this
Posted @ Friday, March 29, 2013 12:45 AM by Teresa
My husband is still waiting for his approval, we are trying to wait patiently, hard as it is!!! 
 
My question is, if I start the application process to get his green card, if he is asked to leave the US for his interview will the 10 year bar been triggered? Will he be allowed back in the US if it is triggered if he has his SS card, drivers license, and things like that?
Posted @ Friday, March 29, 2013 10:39 AM by Danielle
Hi, I received my EAC on Wednesday, I live in Florida and I am not sure if I should wait to be mailed a SSN card or go to the offices. Also I have been dating my boyfriend for over 6 yrs. my question is if we get married, will my process be easier or will I run into problems? I want more than anything to have a future with him, I just wanted to know will the This process not allow me to. Also he is a American citizen. Thank you for your time.
Posted @ Friday, March 29, 2013 11:36 AM by Lilian
HI!!! i just recieved my social security number!!!! i am very happy...thoe there is one thing that sorta worried me..in my social security card..it says that is "valid for work only with dhs authorization" what does that mean? are all ss like that or just mine? am worried i wot have the benefit to apply for a driver licence
Posted @ Friday, March 29, 2013 12:43 PM by jose
I would love to know from the people just receiving their approval and work permits when they applied. Maybe this can help me figure out how long mine will take.. Please :-) Also is there any number I can call to ask how long mine will take to be approved after it was transferred?
Posted @ Friday, March 29, 2013 2:29 PM by Zuly
Deysi, you should be fine traveling by car. Do you have a passport that you can use as a form of ID in case you need it? Definitely take the approval notice for your deferred action application, as well as the work permit. When you and your boyfriend get married, there may be other options for you to receive your immigrant status in the country. I will be happy to discuss those options with you if you would like. Our firm does free phone consultations. You can call the office and schedule one with me. Our number is 757-464-9224. I look forward to hearing from you! 
 
Antonio, there may be ways for you to apply for credit cards, loans, etc. with your social security number. I do not know exactly, since that is not an immigration issue. You can make some inquiries at a local bank, perhaps. 
 
Teresa, you need to find a CPA who can give you solid tax advice. I am an immigration attorney, so I truly don't know the answers to your questions. Best of luck! 
 
Danielle, if he is eligible for the provisional waiver, that can be submitted in the U.S. now (without leaving the country). Once his waiver is approved, he then can leave to go to his visa interview, and if all the information remains the same as it was during the time you applied for the provisional waiver, he should be able to come home quite quickly. I am happy to discuss the provisional waiver process with you if you would like more details. Call my office at 757-464-9224 and schedule a phone consultation with me. Phone consultations are free of charge. Hope to speak with you soon! 
 
Lillian, you should go to the your local SSA office. SSN will not be assigned to you automatically if you don't go to the office and apply for it. In so far as marrying your boyfriend, once you do, more options will open up to you in so far as getting your legal immigrant status in the country. Your DACA application does not interfere with that process at all, so don't worry. If you would like to know more about your possibilities after marriage, call our office and schedule a phone consultation with me. I have been saying it to some other readers as well. It is much easier for me to explain the process by phone than to type it up. Also, if you have any questions, you can ask right there and then, versus waiting for a reply. Hope this helps. My office number is 757-464-9224. Hope we talk soon! 
 
Jose, don't worry. Everyone who is not either a citizen or a legal permanent resident receives that notification on their social security card. This is to ensure that your future employer knows that in addition to checking your social security card, they are supposed to check your work authorization card to make sure you are authorized by the US Government to be employed in the US. 
 
Zuly, for some of my clients the process took as little as 2 months, and for others it has taken 6 months! It truly depends upon the particular Service Center and officer that reviews your application. I know that Vermont has been transferring the applications to Nebraska, because they have been overwhelmed with cases. Once the case gets transferred, the process speeds up a bit. Hopefully, you hear soon!  
 
Posted @ Friday, March 29, 2013 2:53 PM by Olya Antle
First of all, I encountered your blog through Google and I'm probably too late to ask a question, but seeing how you've been answering questions to most of the comments, I'll ask mine, I'll really appreciate if you can answer my question.  
 
I am 17 about to turn 18 in July and I meet all the requirements except one to apply for Deferred Action. I've been residing in this country since 2004, but from May-July 2008, I was forced by my parents to travel to Mexico because of a family emergency back when our visa was still valid. After staying there for about 3 months we returned in July '08 & we have been in this country since. We overstayed our visa in 2010, but I was wondering if staying 3 months out of the country during the 5 year requirement disqualifies me from applying for Deferred Action. 
 
Thank you for taking your time in reading this I hope you can answer my question.
Posted @ Friday, March 29, 2013 7:10 PM by Jose A.
hello, I recived my permit, my ssn and I also got my license I have been married with my husband for 10yrs he is a resident and he apply for his usa citizen I want to travel outside the country and I want to know if this is possible and safe and I also want to know if is a possible the my husband help me to get my green card thanks for your help.
Posted @ Friday, March 29, 2013 9:56 PM by patty
my case was transfered "The I821D Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was transferred and is now being processed at a USCIS office." 3/25/13 i live in NY and im just wondering how long does it take to get a reply or be approve ?
Posted @ Saturday, March 30, 2013 8:22 PM by don
Hey whats up. I'm Pablo. I've had this is my head for a looong time. I'm 15. Turning 16 in April. I live in ohio. Ohio is a state that gives teens their licenses at 16. Ohio has also recently allowed DACA applicants, like me, to obtain their licenses. My question is.. does this mean I can get my temps? Because I really really need my license soon. My mom can't take me every where. I have soccer games, school, and more other important things to do as I become a JR in high school. Please, I really need to know because I have another friend that is waiting on this too. I still need to wait for my approval for DACA. I'm 100% sure I'll get it.
Posted @ Sunday, March 31, 2013 12:17 AM by Pablo Lemus
Hello again. Thank you very much for answering. I will definitely schedule a free consultation before I get married to know what is the next step to take. I'm looking forward to have this conversation which would be soon! about the question of a passport I only have the passport that the Mexican consulate gave me , I really don't know if that should work for I.D. Once again thank you for the support you give everyone here .
Posted @ Monday, April 01, 2013 11:39 AM by Deysi
Thank you for answering my previous questions. I also wanted to ask if I should mail the original affidavits and transcripts? or do I mail copies of them only? What is the address I should mail my application/packet to if I live in California? & Why do the forms have an expiration date(02/28/2013)on them? Is it too late for me to apply? 
 
Posted @ Monday, April 01, 2013 12:10 PM by Lola
P.S.  
May relatives write the affidavits? Can I use anything that has been mailed under my name as valid proof of being present in the USA? (such as my daughters report cards/ doctor visits/etc.) Also do receipts count as well, although they don't have my name on them? May I use any of this evidence for the June 15th 2012 requirement? Can I use anything that's around that time or does it have to be specifically that date? Also... will someone who is turning 31 in August still have a chance of getting approved? Thanks.
Posted @ Monday, April 01, 2013 1:07 PM by Lola
Hi :) I've been approved and have receive a card that has my picture and says 'Employment Authorization Card' and I just received my social security today. I live in El Centro, Ca. and I want to go to Las Vegas to find a job over there but there is a checkpoint before going to Las Vegas, I just want to know how I can get to Las Vegas without a problem.  
 
Thank You :)  
This webpage is really helpful, I love it.
Posted @ Monday, April 01, 2013 1:43 PM by Nahari
hey! my name is Abby. I have applied for work authorization and they received my application on oct 23 2012. And I have not received my approval yet what should I do. Last I called the USCIS was feb15 2013, they asked me to wait for 30 days. After 29 days I received a letter saying that my case has been moved to local USCIS in New york. Please advice what should be my next step I am worried way its taking so long.
Posted @ Monday, April 01, 2013 2:30 PM by abby
hi 
Does anyone know if you can apply for a credit card o student loan in a bank with the deffered action ss#..i just recetly got it and i try at my bank but the lady didnt actually know, but she still helped me to apply for credit card
Posted @ Tuesday, April 02, 2013 8:04 PM by Franco
@Franco I got deferred action and my social and I got approved for a credit card, got it in the mail last week. I didn't tell them it was deferred action I just gave them my number and they took it. I don't know if it depends on the bank as well, I used Bank of America
Posted @ Tuesday, April 02, 2013 9:14 PM by Efren
Hi there.. first i want to thank you for answering my past two questions :) its help alot! now that i have my working permit and my social security thank GOD :) i am going for my drivers licence (ga)..what are the requirments? whats the first step? ( i have never gotten a drivers license) when i show up to my nearest DDS..what do i do? what documention do i need? thank you in advance.
Posted @ Wednesday, April 03, 2013 10:38 AM by Jose
Hi I was approved for my deferred action permit & was delivered at the end of February but now I have a BIG problem...my Card Document NEVER came through my mail...I called USCIS and all they said to me was there was nothing they can do:(...Is like I'm Legal but I don't feel Legal because I don't have my documents with me. What should I do HIRE an attorney to fight for my documents?
Posted @ Wednesday, April 03, 2013 1:14 PM by Iris Ramos
I was wondering once i have applied for the deferred action and had recieved my working pemit right after apply for a social security number then a valid state id i was wondering with that can i be able to travel to puerto rico and would i be able to come back to the states without problems since is part of the united states or i wouldnt be able to come back at all? Would really appreciate to know this thank you. 
Posted @ Thursday, April 04, 2013 3:50 PM by Kelly
Hi thanks for answerd my previously question, soon I will apply for deferral action, I'm waiting to get my papers thru my mom marriage she applied in 05 since then I only receive some petition numbers she is done with the interviews now she is paying her 3rd waiver before she comes back to the USA, and reapply for mine, now I'm 25 and planning to get married and he doesnt have any legal status here will this affect my case if I get married before I receive my green card or so? Thank you
Posted @ Friday, April 05, 2013 5:52 AM by Kelly
Thank you for answering my question! If we decide to move forward in the green card process I will definitely give your office a call. :) 
 
Another question....My husband was FINALLY approved, and his work permit should be here today. His brother sent in all of his paperwork and documents the same day. His biometrics appointment was 3 days after my husbands. We just got a letter requesting more information because the school only gave him his transcripts as far back as 2008!!!! So we sent report cards and school certificates. Do you have any idea how much longer it will take for them to review the documents we just sent and make a decision? Does it start the whole process over? Thanks in advance for any answers you may have. :)
Posted @ Friday, April 05, 2013 9:59 AM by Danielle
Hello, I recieved my approval for deffered action four months ago and got my Employment authorization card and also my social but i accidently lost my wallet and they were both in there! Where can i go to get new ones ? Thanks. 
Posted @ Friday, April 05, 2013 12:02 PM by Ronerto Balanzar
I just found out I got approved but I want to work for the Coast Guard or the fire department here in California. Do you know of have hear of any deferred approval being able to get a job with the government?
Posted @ Saturday, April 06, 2013 2:43 PM by Rony V
Im from tucson az my question is can i go to florida or new york with my employment aouthorization card in car ..... Cuz in az we cant get id.! van we fly with the mexican passaport?
Posted @ Sunday, April 07, 2013 12:02 PM by clau
Hi,I have received both my employment and social security card. I live in Indiana am I allowed to apply for a license?
Posted @ Sunday, April 07, 2013 12:31 PM by Arely
Hello, Thank you for the blog it provided me with many answers. I was lost after getting my DACA approved and the work permit. My question however is, since i worked for 8 years already using a fake ssn, will that be an issue when i go to apply for a real one? 
 
Thank you!
Posted @ Sunday, April 07, 2013 11:52 PM by Milizet
Hi. Okay I have a couple questions well I live here in VA and me and my boyfriend are planning to get married but we were wondering if this could in any way affect my DACA since I've already been approved. At the moment he is in Alabama for his job for a couple of months how would that affect me by moving down there with him? And do we have to go to college while we are on DACA?
Posted @ Monday, April 08, 2013 7:13 AM by Stephanie
Hi , i received. My employment authorization card jan.2013 and i already have my social security # but i live in Arizona and as You may Know we CANNOT receive a State issued ID . Can i still take a plane to PA by showing my employment authorization card as an Id ? Thanks
Posted @ Monday, April 08, 2013 8:04 PM by Claudia
I received my employment authorization card, along with my Deferral action approval, applied for SSN, and plan to get my drivers license... my question is if I'm aloud to travel to Puerto Rico? ...since to go there you don't need a passport and could use a drivers license as an ID.
Posted @ Tuesday, April 09, 2013 1:13 PM by Edy
Hi, I was wondering what could happen to me if I am currently employed with my made up ssn and when I received my daca approval and ssn I was hired at a different. job
Posted @ Wednesday, April 10, 2013 5:11 AM by Tania
Hi, I received my EAD in the mail and went to apply for a SSN over a month and a half ago. I provided all the necessary documents and come to find out my parents tried to apply for me back in 1993 and the application was denied. My parents thought they were applying for a Tax payer Number not A SSN. Question is will i be able to get a SSN? I have been to the SSN office 5 times and still have received anything. I was also told that they might need to send it to USCIS, is that correct. Noone at the SSN office can give a straight answer. Please help!
Posted @ Wednesday, April 10, 2013 2:31 PM by MariaL.
Hello, 
First of all, Congratulations this is a great blog, for all the dreamers to get straight foward answers in regards the immigration situatios they may be facing, or just simple questions they have now with how to use their EAC and SSN. I think this blog is actually functioning for what its soul purpose of creating it was. I hope it continues, because im sure there will be a reform soon; and alot of people are going to be confused as well as when they are going to re-apply for the EAC. Thank you!
Posted @ Wednesday, April 10, 2013 4:20 PM by Carmen O.
I just got my Biometrics done yesterday, how long does it usually take them to send a response.?
Posted @ Saturday, April 13, 2013 10:25 AM by Trish
Hello, 
I received my SSN, it says "Valid to work with DHS authorization". Are there limits to what I can do with my SSN? Can I purchase a car, buy a house, and build credit? Also, is it safe to travel to Hawaii and Alaska?  
 
Thank you in advance for your time.
Posted @ Tuesday, April 16, 2013 3:15 PM by JaimeC
I have a few questions, 1) I just got my work permit card in the mail as of April 10th, how long do I have to wait to get my SS#? Since I heard the system takes a while to update approved applicants 2) I live in Las Vegas,NV and I was wondering what I need to take to the SS office as far as documents go? 3) Do I need to translate my birth certificate or can I just take my work permit card and my consular ID? 4) If I do need to translate my birth certificate would I do that with a Notary or can I do it myself?
Posted @ Tuesday, April 16, 2013 7:11 PM by Karen
I got my aproval notice for I821D on April 9, 2013. I was just wondering what's next? Do I have to wait for something else to come and how long?
Posted @ Thursday, April 18, 2013 11:03 AM by Pedro
hi i just receive the email that im approve i live in wisconsin can i print that email andget my ss# or i have to wait for originals
Posted @ Thursday, April 18, 2013 6:23 PM by vanessa
Hi, I have received my work authorization card, applied for ss number. Can I apply for credit at a store with this ss number?
Posted @ Friday, April 19, 2013 6:31 AM by Cristhian
I did the aplications on november for my two kids ..got the appointment for the biometrics in january....after that ..my daugther got her work permit but my son hasn't we have called the number on the application but only say ""it is in process
Posted @ Friday, April 19, 2013 5:31 PM by casimirocruz
I already qot my authorization card to work. Can I just work or do I have to go to college?? 
Posted @ Saturday, April 20, 2013 7:08 AM by jessica
Hi, I'm glad this blog is here it has answered a lot of my questions. My question is my boyfriend and I have been talking about getting married, my question is he has a felony on his record and I just got my work authorization card and ss#. I want to know if it would hurt me when I try to renew my work permit? Would it help me get a green card if we get married?? I have no kind of criminal background. I'm trying to go to school, but I cannot get any financial aid because I don't have a green card.
Posted @ Tuesday, April 23, 2013 11:00 PM by Olga
Hi I applied for the differed act back in September and I got approved the USPS lost my package where my work permit card was and I filed a report and case was closed a few months after I have contacted uscis and have had no luck with them reassigning me a new one they have asked me to pay again because there not responsible for my card being lost and well me either so why should I have to pay I have went to the actual office was told I shouldn't have to pay and they would reissue one well nothing happened Its been a nearly two months now since I resent my package but I did not send payment I have not received anything regarding it please help what do I do I feel like I'm getting no where
Posted @ Wednesday, April 24, 2013 9:26 AM by Maria
Will this really make me a citizen?
Posted @ Wednesday, April 24, 2013 10:58 AM by Bryan
I applied on August and was recently approved. I went today to get a Social Security but they were telling me that I needed an I-94 card but I never got one. Others who applied for a SS told me that all they were asked for was their work authorization card and passport and they got their SS# right away. Is there any reason why they're making go through this? Any help will be deeply appreciated.
Posted @ Wednesday, April 24, 2013 11:05 AM by Carlos
@Nay,I'm glad your Fafsa came true, but I really need help. I need to make corrections, but i dont kow what to put under, "Are you a US citizen?"
Posted @ Wednesday, April 24, 2013 12:37 PM by cristina
I received my daca in Feb and i move to another house in march do i need to change my address with USCIS
Posted @ Wednesday, April 24, 2013 11:02 PM by Jovanny Lara
Hi I've been approved and am currently working at the moment because I got approved a little too late for school and don't make enough to save up. My family is going through some tough times now and I don't know if I'll be able to afford college, a car, and all those things that I need to financially pay for. Will my work permit be revoked because I'm not going to go to school this year but plan on going the next year?
Posted @ Thursday, April 25, 2013 7:45 AM by Liliana
I want to change my last name to that of my husband & our two daughters, who are all US citizens. The only reason I haven’t done so is because of my immigration status -- I am unable to get a new government issued ID. My current valid Texas driver’s license still has my last name from a previous marriage, plus my previous address. Now that my deferred action application has been approved and I received my work authorization card, I plan to apply for my social security card next week. Can I get my social security card with my husband’s last name (and subsequently a new driver's license with his last name and our address) or at this point is that just going to create a lot of confusion with USCIS and its just better to do every with the name that is on my employment authorization card? Is it better to wait to change my last name once my status is fixed permanently?
Posted @ Friday, April 26, 2013 2:39 AM by Claudia Tejeda
I got deffered action approved but not employment authorization can I get my license like that
Posted @ Monday, April 29, 2013 12:47 AM by Eli argueta
Hello who I may concern, 
 
I just received my Employment Authorization this past weekend. How long do i have to wait in order for me to appear in the SSN System? I also have another concern. So USCIS won't let me travel outside the boarder without filing a Form I-131, Application for Travel Document?
Posted @ Tuesday, April 30, 2013 6:09 PM by Bryan
My deferred action was approved and have received by work authorization card. I live in Texas and I want to travel to Baltimore in the summer. What else do I need in order to travel by plane?
Posted @ Wednesday, May 01, 2013 2:11 PM by Ricardo
I just got approved for deferred action and employment authorization i was wondering how many weeks do i have to wait to apply for my social security card and also wondering are we able to buy property?
Posted @ Wednesday, May 01, 2013 8:10 PM by edna
I just applied for an apartment with my new social. It didn't go through the first time they ran it, so they called me and asked me to bring further proof, in which case I physically took in my ss card still attached to the ss official paper and my work permit. They took copies and sent my application in again. Is there a chance I won't get accepted? I don't see why there would be any problem... Since my ss is legit. Thank you so much for all the information.
Posted @ Saturday, May 04, 2013 2:06 AM by Jessica
With the ssn i got from daca, can i apply for things like a macys card which requires a ssn?
Posted @ Monday, May 06, 2013 6:16 PM by Joel
Hi, Everyone I just got approved on the 1st of May and, today I received my work permit and approval letter, me and my brother and sister applied at the same time but so far only I've have gotten approved? And have received everything? Could you tell me the reason why??
Posted @ Monday, May 06, 2013 9:40 PM by Natalia Pintor
Hi. I was my prosecutorial discretion was granted. I have a driver's license so can I travel within the United States with no problem? Can I also travel out of the country or do I need to apply for traveling documents? Should I apply for it at all?
Posted @ Tuesday, May 07, 2013 10:45 AM by Liz
I am so glad that I found this forum. For those who are worried about their applications, I applied back in August of 2012 and on May 1st I received notice that they accepted my applications. I contacted USCIS after the initial time period was through and they assured me that the applications were still being processed. 
 
If you have not heard anything, first and foremost, don't panic. Send them an e-request. They have received millions of applications so as you can imagine it is taking time to sort through them, but as you can tell from this forum, this process is working for many of us. 
 
My question is this: I live in Maryland and made an attempt to get my learners permit this morning. Upon running my new Employment Authorization Card it was flagged by the DHS as requiring "more information" from me before I can go through the process of obtaining a license. The MVA is going to contact me within 5 days once they get a hold of the DHS to see what it is that they need. Has anyone else experienced this and should I be worried?
Posted @ Tuesday, May 07, 2013 6:19 PM by Andres
Hi I got my work permit then Ssn now I had gotten license be4 all this threw a friend and then they meaning friend and the person who took my application for license with out any other requirement or document so like that I got the license with in 6 month my license got cancel now the question is what should I do ? Will be in trouble if I show up at the rmv or not ?
Posted @ Wednesday, May 08, 2013 1:50 PM by Nil
All I want to say is that this is so confusing because we cant really do much even with this act. I already got my Employment authorization card,SS# ,and driver's license (I live in Texas). I'm currently working and that is about all that I can do. I've gone to my local recruiter to join the Air Force, and they told me I couldn't join because I need a resident card. Also while in high school I got pretty good grades since I graduated DAP, and with honors. so, I tried to apply to good colleges out of the state and I also got turned down because I don't qualify for financial aid. therefore I couldn't pay for college. I have a job at a local advertising company but I cant pay my studies earning $7.50 an hour. I'm really out of ideas of what to do with this "act" that is supposed to make my life easier. If u got any suggestions please email me, at this time I'm desperate and open for anything.
Posted @ Wednesday, May 08, 2013 5:28 PM by Ferny
Hey I am a dreamer and I received my work permit and social already I am getting a scholarship to go to college in Kansas. But there asking me for my green card number so I'm not sure if I have one or if its the one that says uscis # on my work permit 
Posted @ Wednesday, May 08, 2013 9:07 PM by mario
The process did state very clearly (as does your acceptance letter for the deferred action) that this does not make you a permanent resident nor a citizen of this country. However, for people like myself whom have never been able to obtain a valid drivers license nor work authorization this is a huge step forward. It allows us to at least come out of the shadows.  
 
Unfortunately it does not do squat for financial aid nor scholarships as we are still not green card holders. However, it does allow you to seek better paying jobs. Until you can afford higher education, however, many of us may have to climb the latter the old fashioned way. Start at the bottom, work hard and never stop improving yourselves. The internet has opened up an infinite amount of FREE knowledge. Take advantage of it. 
 
Enroll in a community college if you can and go part time if you have to, but never stop moving forward.
Posted @ Wednesday, May 08, 2013 9:40 PM by Andres
Hello, my name is Lisbeth. I am 17 and I live in Indiana. We had previously applied for the 245i in 2001 through my uncle, who is a U.S citizen and have been waiting for 12 years. When the opportunity came along, I applied for deferred action and was accepted. I want to apply for "Travel Abroad" but reading about the risks scares me. Could our 245i application protect me from any future problems after applying for "travel Abroad"? Or would you recommend that I apply for it before my 18th birthday (February 2014) 
Posted @ Monday, May 13, 2013 11:47 AM by Lisbeth
Hello I applied for daca on November 28, they received it on December 3, and did my biometrics on December 28 I already have 5 1/2 months waiting, do you guys think I can still get approve before reaching the 6 months or around the 6 months or me not getting nothing around the 6 months time tframe they give you means I won't get approve?
Posted @ Wednesday, May 15, 2013 10:09 AM by Linet
Linet, I live in Maryland and it took mine 9 months. At the end of the sixth month I sent an e-request to the USCIS via their website. If you haven't been doing so already you can track your case there.Www.uscis.gov. Just type in your "Receipt Number". So to answer your question, No, if you do not hear anything by the end of the sixth month it doesn't mean that you weren't approved.
Posted @ Wednesday, May 15, 2013 10:15 AM by Andres
Andres, oh wow. Since they been telling me it takes from 4 to months I thought I was gonna be getting an answer soon! But I guess it deepens on them!! I live in GA and my app went to California center
Posted @ Wednesday, May 15, 2013 2:37 PM by Linet
***4 to 6 months
Posted @ Wednesday, May 15, 2013 2:38 PM by Linet
Hi i was just wondering if i can go apply for a social# with just my Aproval letter that i received. 
 
thank you,
Posted @ Wednesday, May 15, 2013 10:14 PM by rafael
What do i do after deffered action and i apply for SSN? What do i need to do to obtain Legal status?
Posted @ Saturday, May 18, 2013 8:44 AM by Viewtiful
I came to the us as a conditional resident but my green card expired and was never renewed. I also recently found out i had been placed in final order of removal at the age of 16. I applied for DACA sept ,2012, did my biometrics in october 2012 and its now may 2013 and i havent recieved an answer. Have you heard of DACA taking this long
Posted @ Monday, May 20, 2013 10:27 PM by danielle
I have recived my social security card and id because of the deffered act I wanted to know if I am able to work at a bank with my work athurazation ?
Posted @ Tuesday, May 21, 2013 6:55 PM by marisol
HI. my name is nery I received my work permit in the mail last Friday 05/17/2013 and today 05/22/2013 went to the social security office and the lady told me that I was not coming up in the data base. she told me to wait 6 weeks that they needs to verify with immigration. im worried I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO PLEASE HELP...
Posted @ Wednesday, May 22, 2013 6:00 PM by nery
Nery, I had a similar experience when I began the process for my learner's permit. The very next day that I received my work permit I headed to the MVA but DHS was unable to verify my information electronically so they informed me that it would take 5 days for DHS to verify. 8 business days later I received a letter informing me that they have verified my information. 
 
I am sure that you are experiencing the same thing, so I wouldn't panic. Due to the high volume of new applicants I can imagine that they are working around the clock. You've waited this long. 8 weeks is a whole lot better than 8 more years.
Posted @ Wednesday, May 22, 2013 9:55 PM by Andres
Hola, fui aprobada y ya recibi mi tarjeta de trabajo. Ya fui a la oficina del social security y en unos dias me llegara mi tarjeta de seguro social. 
Mi pregunta es si podre obtener licencia y ID? o nomas una de las dos? 
 
Y tambien queria saber si podre viajar por carro dentro de los estados unidos sin tener problema con los check ponints? 
Por ejemplo ir de San Antonio a El Paso en carro y no tener problema con el check point de venida? 
 
Gracias!
Posted @ Thursday, May 23, 2013 7:16 PM by Ariadne
Hello I have a question I applied for my SSN 2 weeks and two days ago I'm worried cause they said it was only going to be 2 anybody receive there's late help?!!
Posted @ Thursday, May 23, 2013 9:40 PM by Natalia
When you get approved for defferred action do you have to go to college so you can keep getting it renew?
Posted @ Friday, May 24, 2013 3:23 PM by Noe
I have a question . I got my card and would i be able to go to college ? Am i gonna be able to apply for financial aid? Are we allow to get loans? 
And i would like to travel to my country can it be possible?
Posted @ Sunday, May 26, 2013 9:29 PM by doris saens
If I have been accepted and approved for an EAD and the DACA program, what will my standing be for Obamacare in 2014? Will I be eligible for exchanges? Will I have to pay the penalty fee if I do not have insurance? 
 
Thanks for this blog! It's helpful to be able to ask questions to people who are actually knowledgable!
Posted @ Monday, May 27, 2013 4:52 PM by Mina
@ Jose, please see my e-mail to you. There still may be a possibility for you to apply. 
 
@Patty, yes, it is possible for your husband to help you get a green card. Call my office at 757-464-9224 and we can talk about how. Our phone consultations are free of charge. In so far as traveling, if you are over 18, it is not advisable to travel. Again, if you would like more information on this, please call my office and I will be happy to explain the reasoning behind this answer. 
 
@Don, there isn’t a way to find out how long it will take for the case to be processed. I am sorry! However, the fact that your case was transferred is most likely a good sign and should be processed soon. 
 
@Pablo, you should be able to get your permit, since your state allows you to get your license. First, get your DACA application approved, though. 
 
@Deysi, a passport is a valid identification document. 
 
@Lola, mail original affidavits, but copies of transcripts. Address to which you should mail your application is listed atwww.uscis.gov. Type in I-821D in the search field, click on form instructions and see where to mail the form. Relatives may write affidavits. Anything that has your name and date can be used. You can use documents that show you were in the U.S. around June 15, 2012 to satisfy the requirement. Someone turning 31 in August of 2013 should be able to apply.  
 
@Nahari, have all of your documents with you (approval notices, EAD card, your IDs) and you should be fine. 
 
@Abby, do not worry just yet. I have clients who have been waiting as long as you have. Nothing is wrong, unless you receive a notice stating otherwise.  
 
@Jose, I listed the requirements to receive a Virginia Driver’s license. In order to find out the requirements from Georgia, you should visit your state’s DMV website and find out. Otherwise, you can go into one of the DMVs and ask this question. 
 
@Iris, you may have to re-send your I-765. Call my office at 757-464-9224 and we can talk about this. 
 
@Kelly, I have answered this question before. I would not advise to travel to Puerto Rico with your Deferred Action documents. There is a chance you may have difficulties coming back. Why take it? 
 
@Kelly, marrying someone with no legal status does not affect your green card application in any way.  
 
@Danielle, the process is not started over by a response to the RFE. It should take several weeks to get an answer. 
@Ronerto, go back to the SSA office and reapply for the social security card. There will be a fee. In terms of your EAD card, you may have to re-send Form I-765. Before doing anything, make an InfoPass appointment at your local USCIS office and see what they advise you. 
 
@Rony V, no, I do not know of anyone with deferred action working for the U.S. Government. Deferred Action does not give you status in the U.S. It is a temporary benefit. Hopefully, more immigration reform will come through soon, and you will be able to actually get status in the country and apply for Government jobs. 
 
@Clau, have your passport and all of your deferred action documents with you. It is a risk to fly only with your Mexican passport, which does not have a visa in it. I am sorry you cannot get an ID in Arizona. 
 
@Arely, you should be able to apply for a license in Indiana. 
 
@Milizet, it should not be an issue.  
 
@Stephanie, I believe I responded to your inquiry via e-mail. Let me know if you have any further questions. You can always call my office at 757-464-9224 and make a phone appointment with me. 
 
@Claudia, your employment authorization card is not a valid travel document, and it states so on its face. Thus, no, you cannot use it to travel. I am really sorry that is the case. 
 
@Edy, no, please do not leave the continental United States. You do not have status in the country. 
 
@Tania, I do not know what may happen. Probably nothing. 
 
@Maria L., you should be able to receive your SSN. I do not know what the problem is. It is clearly internal with the SSA, so I cannot help. Sorry! 
 
@Carmen O., thank you for reading the blog! 
 
@Trish, processing times vary.  
 
@JaimeC, you can purchase commodities, but it is not safe to leave continental U.S. 
 
@Karen, processing times at SSA vary. Please read what I posted in so far as the list of documents is concerned. I do not believe SSA requires to see a birth certificate. All translations (if you ever need one) must be certified by the person translating stating that this person is fluent in both languages and notarized. 
 
@Pedro, your employment authorization should come next. Once you get that, you can get your SSN and driver’s license (depending on the state in which you are living). 
 
@Vanessa, you must wait for originals. 
 
@Cristhian, this question is better asked at the bank.  
 
@Casimirocruz, processing times vary for everyone. Your son’s application is still being processed. There is no need to worry. 
 
@Jessica, you do not have to go to college. 
 
@Olga, your boyfriend’s criminal record should not impact your application forms. In terms of getting married, if he is a U.S. citizen, then yes, it would be helpful. However, there are a number of factors to consider. Your questions are better suited for a phone appointment. Please call my office at 757-464-9224. 
 
@Maria, make an InfoPass appointment and talk to someone at the local USCIS office. Unfortunately, they are the only ones who can help you. 
 
@Carlos, you should not be asked for an I-94. It seems as though the person helping you did not understand that you were approved for deferred action. You should try applying again.  
@Cristina, if you are not a U.S. citizen, then the response should be “no.”  
 
@Jovanny Lara, yes, you should change your address with the USCIS. Use Form AR-11. You can complete the change of address online. 
 
@Liliana, no, going to school is not a requirement.  
 
@Claudia Tejeda, since your work authorization is issued in your maiden name, I don’t think SSA will be able to issue you a SSN with your husband’s last name. This is because you are not with that name in their system. You would first need to change your name with your local DMV and then go to SSA. I don’t think there is a way to change your last name on your EAD card without re-applying for a new one. Once you re-apply for the EAD card in two years, make sure you ask for it to be issued in your husband’s name, and then you can go and change it with the SSA. 
 
@Eli, you should check with your local DMV for requirements. 
 
@Bryan, it takes up to four weeks to appear in the SSN system. You can only travel with the I-131. If you are over 18, you should not be traveling abroad. Please see my article above. 
 
@Ricardo, you need to get a valid state license in order to travel on the plane. 
 
@Edna, you can try going to SSA office right away. I do not know about buying property, since I am an immigration attorney.  
 
@Jessica, I don’t see why there would be a problem. 
Posted @ Tuesday, May 28, 2013 10:21 AM by Olya Antle
@Joel, you should be able to apply for credit cards. 
@Natalia Pintor, this is because your applications are reviewed by different officers. If your brother and sister did not receive any negative responses in the mail, then their applications are being processed, and thus far, you have nothing to worry about. 
@Liz, you cannot travel abroad without travel authorization. If you are over 18, you should not travel because there are very important consequences to your future ability to apply for legal status in the country. 
@Nil, you should be able to acquire a driver’s license with your deferred action paperwork if you live in one of the states that issues driver’s license to individuals with approved deferred action cases. 
Hey I am a dreamer and I received my work permit and social already I am getting a scholarship to go to college in Kansas. But there asking me for my green card number so I'm not sure if I have one or if its the one that says uscis # on my work permit  
@Mario, you do not have a “green card.” Your deferred action approval does not give you legal status in the country. It does give you work authorization for two years and a promise from the USCIS that you would not be deported during this time. Hopefully, with more immigration reform, you will be able to apply for legal status in the U.S. 
@Andres, thank you for your comment. 
@Lisbeth, your 245(i) application does not protect you from triggering the 10-year bar if you travel. However, if you travel before you turn 18, you should be fine. Do not travel abroad after you turn 18. 
@Rafael, please review the requirements in the article above. 
What do i do after deffered action and i apply for SSN? What do i need to do to obtain Legal status?  
Posted @ Saturday, May 18, 2013 8:44 AM by Viewtiful  
@Viewtiful, it depends. Are you married to a U.S. citizen, or is anyone in your family is a U.S. citizen? If so, they could possibly petition for you. If you need a more in-depth answer, please call my office at 757-464-9224 and schedule a phone consultation. I will be happy to discuss these possibilities with you. 
@Danielle, yes, processing is different for everyone. I have clients who applied in September and are still waiting for their answer.  
@Marisol, your work authorization permits you to work for privately owned companies. You should be able to work at the bank. 
@Nery, this is normal. Please wait for several weeks and try again. 
@Ariadne, you should be able to obtain your license if you live in Texas. Once you receive your license, you should be able to travel. Always keep your deferred action approval documents with you.  
@Natalia, contact the SSA and inquire as to processing times. 
@Noe, you do not have to go to college. 
@Doris Saens, you should be able to go to college if you are accepted. In terms of loans, you are only eligible for private loans, not federal loans. If you are over 18, you should not travel out of the continental U.S. because you will trigger what is commonly known as the 10-year bar.  
@Mina, your question is better suited for someone with experience in providing insurance coverage. I am an immigration attorney, and I do not have such knowledge. Perhaps an agent from one of the insurance companies would be able to answer?  
Posted @ Tuesday, May 28, 2013 10:41 AM by Olya Antle
I have my work permit & I was approved for deffered action.. But I don't know if I should go to the social security office and apply or the they will send me my SSN .. IM FOR NC
Posted @ Tuesday, May 28, 2013 12:43 PM by Areli
@Areli, you have to go to the Social Security office and apply. The SS card will not be sent to you automatically.
Posted @ Tuesday, May 28, 2013 12:49 PM by Olya Antle
Ah, okay. Thank you anyways. I just thought that the parameters of DACA may have been outlined with more detail for attorneys.
Posted @ Tuesday, May 28, 2013 2:54 PM by Mina
The post office lost my work permit card in the mail and uscis said that I would have to re-apply for it dose that mean I would have to send all the documents again since I was already approved I know I have to pay again but do I have to have my biometrics taken again cause I'm a migrant worker and my family moves from Florida to Michigan
Posted @ Tuesday, May 28, 2013 9:10 PM by rios
Can I travel within the United States if I was granted prosecutorial discretion? I have a Maryland Driver's License.
Posted @ Thursday, May 30, 2013 9:26 AM by Liz
Hi, i came to the US as a conditional residence and have social security # with no stipulations. If i get approved for DACA, do i have to still go to the SSA. If, yes will they mark valid for work purposes only or put any stiulations on my SSA card? 
 
Thanks
Posted @ Thursday, May 30, 2013 6:51 PM by Danielle
Hello I already reached the 6 months and I haven't recieve nothing, am starting to be worry! What should I do?
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 12:00 PM by Linet
wow, this is the best help i have ever found. Gardner & Mendoza attorneys of law thanks for all the help................I got my authorization card and social now and i just read from the above answers that i cannot travel outside the usa. i just wanna know if i can use my employment card and my social to travel to south carolina on plane?
Posted @ Saturday, June 01, 2013 12:15 AM by Alexandra Lopez
Hi my name is jesus i just had a quick question how long is these prosses abot the deffered action i summit my aplication on march 13 2013.
Posted @ Saturday, June 01, 2013 5:26 PM by Jesus
Hey Jesus it could take more than 6 months!! I already have 6 months waiting and I ave no answer! U coud be lucky n get it fast! But they tell u to wait from 4 t 6 months or a little longer
Posted @ Sunday, June 02, 2013 8:31 PM by Linet
@linet thanks for the info so that means if i dont here from them everythings ok with th paper work
Posted @ Tuesday, June 04, 2013 4:56 PM by Jesus
@jesus!! Yes I have talked to the customer service form uscis and they said that if u don't get a letter saying u got denied then your fine! You will just have to wait! And wait and wait!!!
Posted @ Wednesday, June 05, 2013 9:56 AM by Linet
@Jesus my application process took 9 months. After the 6 month period I made an erequest through the USCIS site. It doesn't hurt to do it for a little peace of mind. In this case, while you wait on your approval notice, no news is good news.
Posted @ Wednesday, June 05, 2013 10:01 AM by Andres
Hey andres, so it took you 9 months? Where did your application go?
Posted @ Wednesday, June 05, 2013 2:43 PM by Linet
I already have my California ID && my work authorization but i want to know what do i need to go to Texas to visit my boyfriend that is in Fort Hood.
Posted @ Wednesday, June 05, 2013 4:09 PM by Laura
Can I still go to a community college? I just submitted my application and I had to answer questions pertaining to my visa, when it expired&such. Im worried that due to that, I won't be able to go to school.
Posted @ Friday, June 07, 2013 4:20 PM by Cristina
Once approved for work authorization and deffered action would I be shooting my self in the foot if I obtained a medical marijuana card? I wonder if I do obtain one would they decline citizen approval or such things. Are medical files private when applying for citizenship?
Posted @ Saturday, June 08, 2013 12:21 AM by Ernesto
How long does it take for the SS# to work? I got my SS# a month ago and when I try to apply for selective service it says the SS# is invalid after having the SS for more than 4 weeks.
Posted @ Monday, June 10, 2013 10:57 AM by Carlos
How long does it take to receive the ss# ? I went to the ss office the same day I received my approval letters they said it was on hold for 10 days but it has been a month already and I still haven't received my ss card.
Posted @ Monday, June 10, 2013 12:07 PM by Mario
Hello, I am trying to buy a house and I already have my work permit and a SS#, will that be enough to be able to get a Bank Mortgage loan??
Posted @ Monday, June 10, 2013 2:15 PM by Carlos
Hello. I am want to start a small business and I was wondering if it possible to use my deferred action papers , my work permit, or ss card.?? Thank you.
Posted @ Tuesday, June 11, 2013 11:43 AM by Dulce
Hello I have a question and really need answers? I really worried I graduated from a school here in Tx wich Is like an academy school I had all my credits from my high school but had trouble passing one exam and they offer a program there were you need to have all credits but they transfer to some school in Houston called park view baptist and they give you the diploma and you don't need to take exams! I've received everything permit, social and getting my license next month but I'm worried it might not be legit in the long run? Like if the laws change I did all my high school work but I only needed math exams but I had a hard time passing it and the exams were months away to retake if you didn't pass I just want to know if ill be ok!!
Posted @ Tuesday, June 11, 2013 9:20 PM by Naty
I got my case approved and I got work authorization and I also have my SSN so my question is if I am able to travel within the U.S even if I don't have a license ? (Im not 18 yet)
Posted @ Wednesday, June 12, 2013 4:31 PM by Damaris
hello well I now have my social number my work id. I want to know for what can I use my social I know it say only to work but can I use it for college getting a cell phone open a bank account ect?
Posted @ Thursday, June 13, 2013 7:51 PM by liz
Hello I am 24 years old and from the state of Wisconsin. At the end of the year 2012 I was approved for Deffered Action. I received my SSN and Employment authorization early this year 2013. Now I am planning to have a civil marriage with my fiance, which we have known eachother for almost 3 years, and whom is a US Citizen.  
My main concern is if my civil marriage will cause any poblems with the DACA. After civil marriage, I don't plan to apply for citizenship through my fiance/husband nor I plan to change my name to his lastname. 
If I do, should I wait untill my DACA date expires? 
I Hope you can asnwer my questions! 
Thank You!
Posted @ Saturday, June 15, 2013 9:37 PM by Mayra
I am a Deffered Action member, and I am getting ready to go to college. The college I want to attend offered me a full financial aid package, but the college say that I can take it until the USCIS confirms it. I want to know if I qualify for these loans as a Deferred Action member, I have call and emailed the USCIS service myself without receiving a clear answer on the matter. Please let me know if I am eligible to accept the financial aid that has been offered to me.
Posted @ Sunday, June 16, 2013 10:04 PM by sam
My name is Gabriela and I am From Arizona. A couple of months ago I received my work permit. And a week ago I started to work at JcPenny and they sent me a letter saying I am eligible for their health and welfare benefits. Can I apply for them or DACA students are not eligible? Thank you I hope to hear from yu soon.
Posted @ Monday, June 17, 2013 1:51 AM by Gabriela
well i have recieved my authorization letters in the mail. its been like two weeks and i still havent recieved my id card. why is it taking so long? my brother in law recieved it a couple days after he got is approval letters. and also my fiends. even though i applied before they did and i still have nothing? could the mail have something to do with it???
Posted @ Monday, June 17, 2013 8:31 AM by maribel
How long after you request your social does it arrive I been waiting for over 2 moths since I got my card.
Posted @ Tuesday, June 18, 2013 5:09 PM by Celina
Hi I have credit on my made up ssn can I transfer the credit to my new ssn?
Posted @ Thursday, June 20, 2013 8:55 PM by saul
I would like to know if I can travel to laredo texas with out a problem with my empployment authorization card ,i still have to apply for my social security
Posted @ Monday, June 24, 2013 12:49 PM by Sally Calderon
Hello my name is mariela, i have receive my employment card, i went to ssn office, do i take my birth certificate from mexico. Another question can i trouble to laredo tx with this card.
Posted @ Monday, June 24, 2013 5:14 PM by Mariela
Hi, I just received my EAC in the mail, and will be going to the Social Security Administration offices to apply for a SS card. I too, have a couple of questions. 
 
Concerning the jobs I hold now. Do I simply "update" my information with my employers? I'm positive there's a risk of being fired by doing so... 
 
I'm also wondering if with these new documents I would qualify for income-based rent, if I were to move into a new apartment complex that functioned that way? 
 
Lastly, am I only able to apply for scholarships that don't require you to be a US Citizen, regardless of now having a SSN? I also hear mixed things about FAFSA and I know you've mentioned it not being your focus but do you know of any way to make tuition cheaper? I've been paying all of my classes out of pocket since I graduated high school in 2009 and only have an Associate's. I'd love to be able to continue going to school. 
 
Thank you for your helpful responses! 
Posted @ Thursday, June 27, 2013 2:04 AM by Benjamin
if i'm implying for the deferred action for childhood arrivals(DACA) does a attoney need to check my application before sending it.
Posted @ Friday, June 28, 2013 11:33 AM by brenda
after the approval of the deferred what is my next step to becoming aa citizen of the U.S or a green card holder? would getting married to my fiance help in anyway?
Posted @ Monday, July 01, 2013 12:21 PM by jordan
Hi I got approved and I got my work authorization card and Ive been working ever since. Can I travel(domestic) within the US? P.S I have my unexpired foreign passport along with expired visa and I-94.
Posted @ Tuesday, July 02, 2013 10:08 AM by S.Rod
Hello, I just received my EAD in the mail about a week ago. When I filed my application for DACA, I used my ssn that I obtained in conjunction with my previous work permit as a child. The ssn card even says "Valid For Work Only With INS Authorization". My question is, do I still maintain the same ssn or do I have to apply for a new number? I live in Florida if that helps in anyway.
Posted @ Monday, July 08, 2013 3:20 PM by Daniel
Daniel, I am in the same boat as you are. My lawyer's advice on the matter was, "As long as it is your name on the social you should continue using that."  
 
Mine says the same thing, "Valid For Work Only WIth INS Authorization." 
 
Already having established credit under my original SS# it would have been a shame to have had to change numbers.
Posted @ Wednesday, July 10, 2013 11:07 AM by Andres
Thank you for your advice Andres, but I believe there may be a complication in my situation. My name, that is my first, middle, and two last names, are on my current work permit. However, my social and previous work permit were exclude the second last name that appears on the current work permit. This is why I'm iffy about whether to use the same SS#, since the same name is not on both the SS card and the current work permit.
Posted @ Wednesday, July 10, 2013 1:11 PM by Daniel
Hi, I got my employment authorization and deferred action five months ago and recently got married and changed to my married name at the social security office and the DMV, what do I need to do to change my employment authorization card?
Posted @ Wednesday, July 10, 2013 1:45 PM by Alejandra
well the post office lost my approval for employment card. what to do now? how much would it cost to get the copy of the id from the immigrations service? 
Posted @ Wednesday, July 10, 2013 7:02 PM by chonita
Hi I'm 18 years of age I was already approved by the deffered action but my card never came in the mail and I recently did the whole process over for a new card but I want to start working and also get my permit I live in NJ is it possible i can start working or maybe be allowd to get my permit with just approval papers ??
Posted @ Friday, July 12, 2013 9:53 PM by Nicole
@Daniel - My SS card only has my first last name as well. My work authorization card has both last names. I did not have an issue getting my permit from the Motor Vehicle Association where they require both sources of identification. They never asked why one of my last names was missing from my social. I have also not had an issue with my employer. Hopefully a lawyer will confirm that this is ok, but I wouldn't worry about it. 
 
@Chonita - Have you tracked your package? Perhaps they delivered it to a neighbor's residence by mistake. Post flyers around to see if anyone has it by mistake.  
 
@Nicole - Did you check with the post office? Do you have a tracking number that should have been provided by the folks over at USCIS? When my application was accepted they emailed me and updated my account on USCIS.gov providing me with a tracking number to track my package.  
 
I live in Maryland. Many years ago I received a work permit that had my middle initial printed incorrectly. Even though everything else matched the folks at the Maryland Vehicle Association were very strict about all documents being present and matching. 
 
In my opinion, the answer to your question would be, "No." They will require the physical identification card as they will also run a check through DHS, which in my case took 7 business days. 
 
That's not to say you can't give it a shot. Give us an update if you decide to try. Good luck!
Posted @ Friday, July 12, 2013 10:16 PM by Andres
@Daniel - I forgot to mention that I have been using the same Social since I was thirteen years old. I have never been advised to apply for a new one. 
 
As I mentioned before I also used that same Social and my new Employment Authorization Card to get my permit. If that helps any.
Posted @ Friday, July 12, 2013 10:22 PM by Andres
I have a concern, i was accepted for defer action two months ago, but i still havent hear anything from my employment authorization . I submitted my application on the first week of march. All pf my nephews have gotten everything and they submitted after me? I feel very nervous and desperate! Why are they taking so long on my case? When i check my status it says updating name on April 10? What does this means
Posted @ Saturday, July 13, 2013 11:09 AM by Dania
My brother received his ead card already but it's been about 2 months since he went to the ss office he already went and asked they said they are waiting on the IRS and he should receive it soon but we haven't heard or received anything can you help me out?
Posted @ Saturday, July 13, 2013 2:39 PM by Maria Barrita
I ment to put *dhs not IRS. My brother is waiting on homeland security for his ss even though he already has his EAD card why is it taking so long it's been 2months
Posted @ Saturday, July 13, 2013 6:07 PM by Maria
Hello everyone! I have just received my EAD card in the mail and I am being told by friends and family that I have to go to SS to get a new card since my original says "Not valid for work". My questions are: 
 
What else do I take with me besides my passport, birth certificate and my EAD card? 
I know I can't get a DL in Arizona(thanks to a certain governor) but will I still be able to get a state ID? 
 
Any suggestions/advice or help would be greatly appreciated. Thank You! 
Posted @ Saturday, July 13, 2013 7:18 PM by Ramon B.
Hi! I have a question for you. Can you get your license and id if you were approved for deferred action but not yet for the work authorization? By the way I am from Chicago. Thank you, for helping me and others with our concerns.
Posted @ Tuesday, July 16, 2013 5:27 PM by Dania
Yes I did that whole process of being accepted tracked my number but for some reason the card never got to me even though the post office said they delivered it but I already dealt with that and started a new process over to get a card by question is that can I work with jus acceptance letter or do I need my ssn to work for the summer ?
Posted @ Tuesday, July 16, 2013 9:41 PM by Nicole
Hi I have a question in 2009 I got married but neither my husband or I are legal he already got his work permit, my consular ID is about to expire and I wanted to change my last name to my married name, my question is will this affect my application for the deferred action since all my school records and everything else has my last name or is better is I keep my old last name  
Thank you
Posted @ Wednesday, July 17, 2013 2:28 AM by Janet
Hey, I got my deferred action aprove recently got my work permit. My question is I have a social and I put it on the aplication should I get a new one or I'm suppose to get a new one??? Please help
Posted @ Wednesday, July 17, 2013 5:42 PM by wilmer jimenez
REPLY @ Wilmer Jimenez 
 
Hey Wilmer, I believe that the only time when you are supposed to get a new social security number is when you DO NOT have one at all. For example, I have one but mine said something like "Not valid for employment" but I still used that same number when I applied for my work permit. I received my work permit last Saturday and went to my Social Security office this past Monday and it was all very simple. I took my passport, birth certificate and of course my work permit card. The person there only needed to see my work permit card, my original social security card (the one that says not valid for employment) and my birth certificate. I told him "I'm not sure if I need to get a new one or stick with this one." And he replied "There's no need for a new one, all I have to do is just switch your employment status which will take a few minutes." And that was it. Sorry for the long story but I hope I answered your question. So basically I don't think you need a new one, I believe the same number you have right now or the one you used on your Deferred Action Application will be just fine. Again, I AM NOT A LAWYER! Just wanted to give you advice on how my case went. Good luck!
Posted @ Thursday, July 18, 2013 12:37 PM by Ramon B.
Hi! I have one more question. I am married since 2009. I applied for deferred action but I wanted to use my husband's last name now. I can change my name or not. A lawyer told me that i can change it at the social security by presenting my marriage certificate in that way i can get everything with my name and husband's last name.but what about my EAD? Would that complicate my case and i should live it like that? And when can i change my last name?
Posted @ Thursday, July 18, 2013 3:23 PM by Dania
Hello My name is Cindy I just got my employment Authorization card, 
DACA went to the DMV and was told that USCIS was showing that I was a immigrant not as a nonimmigrant. What this mean and what should I do to get my driver License (FL)
Posted @ Friday, July 19, 2013 8:41 PM by Cindy
Hi, I am married to a US citizen and I waiting on a decision for my deffered action, God willing I get approved, would I be able to change my last name to my husbands last name, after getting a SSN!
Posted @ Sunday, July 28, 2013 3:18 AM by Amanda
Hi, I recently got approved for DACA. However i have a final order or removal case. Will having DACA, help if i try to get my removal case re-opened & closed/ dismissed? Where do i go from here.
Posted @ Sunday, July 28, 2013 11:36 PM by DanielleB
@Amanda, did you get married after you applied for DACA? If you got married after you applied, you should try to get your social security number with your husband's last name, if that is what you want to do. You should make sure you bring your marriage certificate when applying for the social security number. You will do this afer you get your DACA approval. Hope this helps! And good luck!
Posted @ Tuesday, July 30, 2013 10:45 AM by Radlyn Mendoza, Esq.
I have been married for 8 years now, could I still change it even if I was married prior to DACA?
Posted @ Tuesday, July 30, 2013 12:35 PM by Amanda
I already recieved my appoval n recieved my. Employment authorization what do i have to do next and how much time do i have to apply for a ssn?
Posted @ Wednesday, July 31, 2013 10:00 PM by sandra
I'm traveling to South Padre,Tx on the way back to austin, Tx there is a immigration check point i have a texas ID already along with SS and permission of employment will I have trouble in that check point or with what i have be accepted?
Posted @ Thursday, August 01, 2013 12:23 AM by Ambar
hi, I was wondering if dreamers could work for the uscs post office???
Posted @ Tuesday, August 13, 2013 6:01 PM by Maria
Hi, I had applied back in December 2012 and I did it with a lawyer he said that I wasn't going to have any problem because I couldn't find nothing for the year 2008 as evidence, now 8 months passes and uscis has request more evidence and I can't seem to find nothing, so what can I do? Because the " supposedly" lawyer said that side the beginning he had told me that my case was very weak and that its all up to me to get what I need!! Now am in the situation where I dnt knw what to do, he was the one that told me I could apply n I was going to be getting my permit withing 2 months n I didn't!! =( help
Posted @ Thursday, August 15, 2013 6:30 AM by Linet
I went for my biometric appointment this week, and 4 days later I got a ticket for driving without a licence :-(, this will bet second one. How will this affect my process?
Posted @ Sunday, August 18, 2013 12:20 PM by Amanda
hi, I revcied my eac, can I now travel from brownsville texas up to Houston with only this card or do I have to wait for my ID and social since I belive you said I can't get a driver's license in Texas.
Posted @ Friday, August 23, 2013 9:56 PM by liliana
What happens to me if I worked contract labor over $600, have the company my SSN but my SSN states it is not valid for employment?
Posted @ Tuesday, August 27, 2013 6:09 AM by Natalie
How long does it take to get approved
Posted @ Tuesday, August 27, 2013 12:53 PM by Jesus
Hello my husband was approved and has everything already dl,ssn,work permit my question is could he buy a house with this social security number ?apply for a loan someone in the real estate bussness told us it was like committing a fraud is this true
Posted @ Tuesday, August 27, 2013 2:46 PM by Maria cerros solis
@Maria You can't apply for a house loan. I tried to do it with my boyfriend (he is a citizen) so we could get a higher approval, but the loan specialist has a list of what kind of visas & permits you can apply with, and the deferred action IS NOT one of them. Mainly because it's good for only 2 years, and a house loan is a 15-30 yr contract kind of thing. Sadly we can't do it.
Posted @ Tuesday, August 27, 2013 4:11 PM by Raquel
@liliana i'm from texas and i have my ID and drivers DL
Posted @ Wednesday, August 28, 2013 10:45 AM by Jocelyn
okay i work at a insurance office and i really need to know if i can get life insurance? my boss needs me to get a policy.
Posted @ Wednesday, August 28, 2013 10:48 AM by Jocelyn
Hi, I'm a college student going on to my 2nd yr . I got my Social Security number which says VALID FOR WORK ONLY WITH DHS AUTHORIZATION. This year i planned to apply for financial aid. Do i qualify ???? I applied for medicaid with that same SSN and it worked fine. Please answer soon my classes start less than a week and i still have to figure a way to pay them
Posted @ Tuesday, September 03, 2013 10:38 PM by Jenny
I receive my defered action approve i got my work permit i try to get my social security and the lady told me i am not in the system she told me to wait 4 weeks
Posted @ Wednesday, September 04, 2013 10:29 AM by Joe
HI, WELL I GOT APPROVED AND GOT MY SOCIAL SECURITY AND IM ON THAT PROCESS FOR MY LICENSE, MY QUESTION IS, WHY WHEN IM TRYING TO APLLY FOR CREDIT ON ANY STORE OR EVEN WITH THE BANK THEY DONT APROVE ME. THE LETTERS I RECEIVE BACK SAYS THAT MY SOCIAL IS NOT RECOGNIZE. MY OTHER QUESTION IS, WHY DOES MY CALIFORNIA ID # STARTS WITH THE LETTER F.
Posted @ Monday, September 09, 2013 7:46 PM by maria
Hello, I was wondering if any one knows how long does it takes to get the decision when you have submitted the requested evidence that uscis has asked for?
Posted @ Sunday, September 15, 2013 5:45 PM by Linet
I'm a litttle confuse ...I already my work permit, ss number , my driver license and I already graduate from a institute and receive a ASE certificate .what step should I take next ?
Posted @ Monday, September 30, 2013 10:43 AM by Jose Brito
I'm a litttle confuse ...I already my work permit, ss number , my driver license and I already graduate from a institute and receive a ASE certificate .what step should I take next ?
Posted @ Monday, September 30, 2013 10:44 AM by Jose Brito
Once you have obtained your state i.d., work permit, and ss card are you allowed to travel within the US by air? Ex. Hawaii
Posted @ Tuesday, October 01, 2013 2:06 PM by Jezz
I received my SSN card. Am i eligible for Fasfa?
Posted @ Tuesday, October 01, 2013 7:29 PM by Shrewdboi
Hi, I have a question that has me concerned for months, my fiancé n I are planning to get married next year. He is a US citizens (born here) will that affect me in any way since I already been approved for DACA? and also would of be difficult for me to obtain the green card if he would claim me? Or should I just not put my papers in yet once we get married? Please advise me. Thank you.
Posted @ Thursday, October 03, 2013 11:12 PM by Erika Velez
Hi. I got my social security number and work permit from the childhood deferred action. My fiance who is a US citizen and I are planning on getting. He's going to file for me now. Since it takes a average six months to get my green card after filing will this be a shorter process for me or do I have to do everything over?
Posted @ Sunday, October 06, 2013 12:04 PM by Melissa
My wallet was stolen and my employment authorization card was in it. I hadn't even been 2 weeks since i received it. Any way my question is what do I now? I'm not sure what form to fill out for a replacement card or where to send the form.
Posted @ Saturday, October 12, 2013 12:05 PM by Juan Carlos Isario
Hey, i have a big problem.. Please respond to me asap i would really appreciate it. 
 
Well i have receiver both my work permit and the approval for the dream act and with it i received the card that had my signature and all my information on it. I have read that now i am supposed to go to a social security office and file to receive a social security number. BUT MY CARD HAS BEEN STOLEN. Somebody stole my wallet and i was not able to file for my social security number in time. Well my Big question is.. Will I be able to file to receive a social security if i take the letter that they sent me and everything else required, but not the actual identification card they sent me ? (Because it has been stolen) i hope u understand my question. Im sorry if it is not clear.
Posted @ Wednesday, October 23, 2013 11:05 PM by David
Hi I went to apply for ssn the 23 of september now is the 26 of october but I havent recieve my ssn yet!another question my wife is russian can she travel to miami just with her country passport since she doenst have any other document without problems?her student visa already expired
Posted @ Saturday, October 26, 2013 3:14 PM by Jorge
Hi, I received my work permit in August, and a letter saying I need to wait 90 days to receive more information for my social security. Its been almost 2 months is it necessary to wait for the 90 days are can I go to the SS office and Apply for my Social Security? ANY INFO WOULD HELP!
Posted @ Wednesday, October 30, 2013 10:23 AM by Michelle
****David  
 
To my understanding if your card has been stolen, you call uscis because my friend went thru the same thing and she had to pay for her card again! This time u will get approve but unfortunately you might need to pay the card price! I thing 300ish! That's what I knw! Hope it helps!!
Posted @ Wednesday, November 06, 2013 8:21 PM by Linnet
Hello everyone. Does anybody know if I can be a police officer after I get my work permit... I know I can't join the military but can I be a cop?? Please help this has been my dream career since high school. I'll appreciated
Posted @ Thursday, November 07, 2013 12:01 PM by wilmer jimenez
Hi its been 8 months that i summit my application for deffered action and. I wrnt n did my finger prints. And i havent heard anything should i be consern or its normal please any help
Posted @ Thursday, November 07, 2013 12:06 PM by Jesus
****jesus no u shouldn't! After 8 months of waiting they ask me for more evidence, and after i send them I got the approval letter after 1 1/2 months! So total waiting time for me it was 10 months!
Posted @ Thursday, November 07, 2013 8:26 PM by Linnet
My ID && everything expires dec 2014 whats the process to renew it.? && do we have to pay the same amount as the first time. and will this help when my husband applies for my greencard he is Active Duty in the Army
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I have a very important question should we even waste money on going to college? What if they take our permits etc away? I've heralds this a lot and really has giving me second thoughts I really want to go to college it's going to cost 5 thousand dollars but I'm really worrying they will take our permit eye away later???;(
Posted @ Sunday, December 08, 2013 4:42 PM by Natalia
I hsve my work authorization card already and my state I.D. card...I have a family member who is very ill she lives in Ohio and I live ion Texas can I just buy an airline ticket and travel on plane or they wont let me.
Posted @ Friday, December 27, 2013 12:47 PM by Diana
Os there a cost for a SSN ?
Posted @ Friday, December 27, 2013 10:13 PM by Carla
Os there a cost for a SSN ?
Posted @ Friday, December 27, 2013 10:15 PM by Carla
Hi I received my Employment Authorization Card but i accidentally lost it I'm really scared that I may not be able to get my social security . Please help!
Posted @ Friday, January 03, 2014 11:52 PM by monserrat villalobos
hello I am wondering how long does it take for them to send  
me the authorization letter for deferred action ? I have been waiting for about 5 months and 
I am trying to go to the national guard and I cant without a green card  
thanks
Posted @ Thursday, January 09, 2014 6:23 PM by sandra
I was able to get my deffered action. I am 22 years old and I have been in this country since I was 10 months old. I am now married to a US citizen. How can that help me get my residency or citizenship?? I am Mexican by the way and my parents brought me here when I was a child. Your help is appreciated by all and thanks for answering all these questions.
Posted @ Saturday, January 11, 2014 10:01 AM by Alejandro
its been two months since i requested for my birth date to be correct on the permit and they haven't send me anything .. should i call again or does it take long so they can answer.
Posted @ Wednesday, January 15, 2014 9:59 PM by araceli
can a get marry with a US citizen woman and get my documents ?I'm a lesbian who lives in New Jersey
Posted @ Friday, January 17, 2014 12:16 AM by karla rivas
how long does it takes to receive my SSN and my work permit ? 
i went on September for my biometrics how long i have to wait?
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Posted @ Tuesday, February 18, 2014 1:58 AM by lapo
hi does anyone know if I can apply for a green card now that I have all my documents such as work permit, ssn, and ca license? 
I am eligible for the green card do I have to wait some time for this process?
Posted @ Tuesday, February 18, 2014 8:53 PM by ibeth
can i travel by land and use my ead as an id? 
Posted @ Wednesday, February 19, 2014 6:34 PM by joe
Hi! I got accepted for deferred action and obtained by SSN. I basically wanted SSN so I can apply for FAFSA. Can you tell me how can I permanently get SSN to apply for FAFSA?
Posted @ Friday, February 21, 2014 11:44 PM by Amber A.
Hi, i would like to know if i can qualify for defered action? with a Suspended imposition of sentence (sis) i live in missouri. I have all the information thats required . But thats my only problem. 
Please respond i need help . 
Thank you.
Posted @ Thursday, February 27, 2014 9:20 PM by Sam mendoza
Hello, I got approved for deferred action about a year ago and i wanted to know if financial aid (FAFSA) is available when going to school?
Posted @ Wednesday, March 05, 2014 11:55 AM by Lola
No you cannot apply for fafsa.thats only available to citizens and residents :/ ive tried, my relatives and got denied because its only a work permit.you cannot apply for government jobs either wich sucks.
Posted @ Wednesday, March 05, 2014 12:02 PM by luis
I am a current employee in California and just got my Work Permit Card and SSN Through deferred action. what do I do now to change my information to work legally at my current work?
Posted @ Tuesday, March 18, 2014 4:33 PM by Angel
I am a current employee in California and just got my Work Permit Card and SSN Through deferred action. what do I do now to change my information to work legally at my current work?
Posted @ Tuesday, March 18, 2014 4:35 PM by Angel
I just recieved my work permit today! Can i start applying for jobs right away? Or do i have to apply for a ssn first and then start applying for jobs? Also,im from nebraska and i know im not eligible for a drivers license here,but am i able to atleast get a state id? If im not able to,could i use my work permit as a form of id? And my last question i have is if i can get married? I was recently engaged but do not know if im able to.
Posted @ Friday, March 21, 2014 7:38 PM by Jennifer
I just received my employment authorization card and I am going to apply for my ssn and afterwards go to get my license. But I had a few questions. Do I go to the DMV and get a learners permit first or would I receive my license right away. I am 21 so I don't think I need a permit first, but better to ask and know the real answer. And my fiance is at basic training for the army right now and hes graduating in may, he wants me to go but I'm not sure if I'm allowed to get on an airplane, (I'm in Colorado and hes stationed in south Carolina) or if I'm allowed into the base. They ask for a state issued ID but I dont know of ill be allowed in since I have no legal status.
Posted @ Thursday, March 27, 2014 11:56 PM by Paola
I just received my employment authorization card and I am going to apply for my ssn and afterwards go to get my license. But I had a few questions. Do I go to the DMV and get a learners permit first or would I receive my license right away. I am 21 so I don't think I need a permit first, but better to ask and know the real answer. And my fiance is at basic training for the army right now and hes graduating in may, he wants me to go but I'm not sure if I'm allowed to get on an airplane, (I'm in Colorado and hes stationed in south Carolina) or if I'm allowed into the base. They ask for a state issued ID but I dont know of ill be allowed in since I have no legal status.
Posted @ Thursday, March 27, 2014 11:59 PM by Paola
I just received my employment authorization card and I am going to apply for my ssn and afterwards go to get my license. But I had a few questions. Do I go to the DMV and get a learners permit first or would I receive my license right away. I am 21 so I don't think I need a permit first, but better to ask and know the real answer. And my fiance is at basic training for the army right now and hes graduating in may, he wants me to go but I'm not sure if I'm allowed to get on an airplane, (I'm in Colorado and hes stationed in south Carolina) or if I'm allowed into the base. They ask for a state issued ID but I dont know of ill be allowed in since I have no legal status.
Posted @ Friday, March 28, 2014 8:49 AM by Paola
@Paola, if you have never held a license before you MUST go through the full process regardless of age. That includes Driving school -> Learner's permit -> Driving Test -> Provisional License -> Full License. 
 
You can even get your learners permit before you sign up for driving school so that you can have an ID. I'd imagine this is allowed at every DMV across the country as it is here (Maryland) but inquire within your local DMV to make sure. 
 
BE AWARE: Don't expect them to hand you your learner's permit nor your provisional license right away. DHS has to verify your information at each step, which usually takes them about 5 business days, thus for each ID I had to go twice; once to apply and 5 days later to pick it up when my information was verified by DHS. So don't get scared when they tell you that your information has to be verified and they don't hand you anything on your first visit.
Posted @ Friday, March 28, 2014 9:12 AM by Andres
@Paola, once you have your state ID you can travel WITHIN the US. DO NOT try to fly anywhere out of the country. I know that the U.S. Virgin Islands is out of the question as well. This might be the same for Hawaii and Alaska but I haven't been able to find a straight answer. You will be fine from Colorado to South Carolina. 
 
Also, you do have Legal Status now. You have your work permit!
Posted @ Friday, March 28, 2014 9:18 AM by Andres
hey i just got married after i was granted my work permit how do i go about changing my last name with immigration?
Posted @ Friday, April 04, 2014 2:15 PM by karla
Hello I have a question my wife got approved for the deferred action and we got the letter today but we did not receive the work authorization letter. Does it take longer for u to receive it or should we be worried? Have u heard of this happening to other people.
Posted @ Monday, April 07, 2014 2:56 PM by Edwin Rodriguez
Edwin, Mine did not come at the same time though I can't remember how far apart. Hope this helps.
Posted @ Monday, April 07, 2014 3:49 PM by Andres
I've recited my EAD card and I'm 16years old.Can I start working with it ?
Posted @ Wednesday, April 23, 2014 11:30 PM by Jesus
I've recieved my EAD card and I'm 16years old.Can I start working with it ?
Posted @ Wednesday, April 23, 2014 11:42 PM by Jesus
Hi its a nice web with comprehensive answers. 
I received I360 approved VAWA but didn't get deferred action with approval, what does it means? I am in Chicago,Illinois. Should I apply for deferred action with work card or what?
Posted @ Tuesday, April 29, 2014 8:44 PM by Kiran
Hi its a nice web with comprehensive answers. 
I received I360 approved VAWA but didn't get deferred action with approval, what does it means? I am in Chicago,Illinois. Should I apply for deferred action with work card or what?
Posted @ Tuesday, April 29, 2014 8:46 PM by Kiran
Hello Olya, 
cc: Pamela, Sergey 
 
a. U.S Citizen  
b. Legal alien allowed to work  
c. Legal Alien not allowed to work  
d. Other  
 
Olya, Why would you advice DACA approved people to check d. Other? All the things that are needed to be "legal" in this country are present and accounted for. SSN? Check. EAD? Check. DL? Check. The SSN, EAD and DL are all legal requirements in this country for people to have just like the requirements of other visas. Example: a H1-B needs a SSN, EAD and a DL. This affords a H1-B holder to check "Legal alien allowed to work: Same is true with a F-1 (the EAD comes later with a F-1). So, with each and every little item checked off why would you advice d.Other? Let's dissect what EAD means. E- Employment. Check. A- Authorization. Check. D- Document. Check. EAD = Legal alien allowed to work. Right? The alien has 3 items in his/her possession that makes him/her legal in this country just as you would make a H1-B and F-1 legal by having all 3 of the exact, same requirements. 
 
Btw, I am so confused with the DACA caveat that the DACA approval does not confer "legal" status. And yet, gives and approves you 3 very crucial documents (SSN, EAD, DL) that makes any person legal to work, live, study and stay in the US legally. And yet, it does not confer "legal status"? Do you think that President Obama just said this caveat "does not confer legal status" in June 15, 2014 because he was just 5 months from the re-election and he was trying to tip-toe very carefully or not to "annoy" the small but very, extremist right wing tea party politicians. Do you think that by Pres. Obama announcing "this does not confer any legal status, even if it "looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck". He just was being on the very, very safe side even if all the benefits of the DACA DOES INDEED give you all you need to be legal in this country? Remember, if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck..... then IT IS a duck.
Posted @ Wednesday, April 30, 2014 8:09 PM by Gregory
Hello Olya, 
cc: Pamela, Sergey 
 
a. U.S Citizen  
b. Legal alien allowed to work  
c. Legal Alien not allowed to work  
d. Other  
 
Olya, Why would you advice DACA approved people to check d. Other? All the things that are needed to be "legal" in this country are present and accounted for. SSN? Check. EAD? Check. DL? Check. The SSN, EAD and DL are all legal requirements in this country for people to have just like the requirements of other visas. Example: a H1-B needs a SSN, EAD and a DL. This affords a H1-B holder to check "Legal alien allowed to work: Same is true with a F-1 (the EAD comes later with a F-1). So, with each and every little item checked off why would you advice d.Other? Let's dissect what EAD means. E- Employment. Check. A- Authorization. Check. D- Document. Check. EAD = Legal alien allowed to work. Right? The alien has 3 items in his/her possession that makes him/her legal in this country just as you would make a H1-B and F-1 legal by having all 3 of the exact, same requirements. 
 
Btw, I am so confused with the DACA caveat that the DACA approval does not confer "legal" status. And yet, gives and approves you 3 very crucial documents (SSN, EAD, DL) that makes any person legal to work, live, study and stay in the US legally. And yet, it does not confer "legal status"? Do you think that President Obama just said this caveat "does not confer legal status" in June 15, 2014 because he was just 5 months from the re-election and he was trying to tip-toe very carefully or not to "annoy" the small but very, extremist right wing tea party politicians. Do you think that by Pres. Obama announcing "this does not confer any legal status, even if it "looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck". He just was being on the very, very safe side even if all the benefits of the DACA DOES INDEED give you all you need to be legal in this country? Remember, if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck..... then IT IS a duck.
Posted @ Wednesday, April 30, 2014 8:12 PM by Gregory
To Natalia who posted on Dec 8, 2013, 
 
If you think the government is going to take away your permit, then they should return the $465 ++ you paid for the DACA application. Do you think the government will return your money in exchange for the permit? I don't think so, especially that the government is cash-strapped, they can't refund all the $465 filing fees because these have already been spent. I am no clairvoyant, but I think the government will EXTEND this program because it is successful and a lot of people apply, hence more money. 
 
I am Republican and recently attended a Republican Nominating Convention and 90% of "reasonable" , rationale Republican nominees want to give undocumented immigrants green cards so that EVERYBODY gets to pay taxes and not just citizens. So, to all of you...... NOT ALL Republicans are unreasonable, irrational, unfair, discriminatory to a certain race (even if the US is friendlier North of the border than the South) I have spoken to many Republicans who want to help fix the broken immigration system and at the same time encourage more tax-paying.
Posted @ Wednesday, April 30, 2014 9:18 PM by Gregory
To Natalia who posted on Dec 8, 2013, 
 
If you think the government is going to take away your permit, then they should return the $465 ++ you paid for the DACA application. Do you think the government will return your money in exchange for the permit? I don't think so, especially that the government is cash-strapped, they can't refund all the $465 filing fees because these have already been spent. I am no clairvoyant, but I think the government will EXTEND this program because it is successful and a lot of people apply, hence more money. 
 
I am Republican and recently attended a Republican Nominating Convention and 90% of "reasonable" , rationale Republican nominees want to give undocumented immigrants green cards so that EVERYBODY gets to pay taxes and not just citizens. So, to all of you...... NOT ALL Republicans are unreasonable, irrational, unfair, discriminatory to a certain race (even if the US is friendlier North of the border than the South) I have spoken to many Republicans who want to help fix the broken immigration system and at the same time encourage more tax-paying.
Posted @ Wednesday, April 30, 2014 9:22 PM by Gregory
To Natalia who posted on Dec 8, 2013, 
 
If you think the government is going to take away your permit, then they should return the $465 ++ you paid for the DACA application. Do you think the government will return your money in exchange for the permit? I don't think so, especially that the government is cash-strapped, they can't refund all the $465 filing fees because these have already been spent. I am no clairvoyant, but I think the government will EXTEND this program because it is successful and a lot of people apply, hence more money. 
 
I am Republican and recently attended a Republican Nominating Convention and 90% of "reasonable" , rationale Republican nominees want to give undocumented immigrants green cards so that EVERYBODY gets to pay taxes and not just citizens. So, to all of you...... NOT ALL Republicans are unreasonable, irrational, unfair, discriminatory to a certain race (even if the US is friendlier North of the border than the South) I have spoken to many Republicans who want to help fix the broken immigration system and at the same time encourage more tax-paying.
Posted @ Wednesday, April 30, 2014 9:25 PM by Gregory
hello i have a question, I have been approved for the USCIS application almost a year ago but still haven't gotten my Employment Authorization Card (I-766); they keep telling me they mailed it but i haven't received anything yet.Is there anything else i can do?
Posted @ Wednesday, May 14, 2014 11:50 AM by Salma
How long would it be to get a travel authorization. In case of someone passing away ?
Posted @ Monday, May 19, 2014 2:28 PM by Karina
Hello:)  
im 17 and i was wondering if i need to take a parent when i go togget my social security card?
Posted @ Monday, June 09, 2014 9:39 AM by betzy
Hello:)  
im 17 and i was wondering if i need to take a parent when i go togget my social security card?
Posted @ Monday, June 09, 2014 9:41 AM by betzy
I just applied for a social security after receiving my card for work authorization I was wondering how long will it take for me to receive my social security? ?
Posted @ Tuesday, June 24, 2014 2:10 AM by Cynthia
Can I apply to Daca if I came in 12/2010,
Posted @ Monday, July 07, 2014 1:40 AM by Magi
I need information on renewing my work permit I'm doing it alone this time around so being a little prepare might come in handy thank you in advance :)
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Hi there.. I submitted my application on August 2014 Friday September 5 2014 I went for my biometrics , now what's the next step ?how long it will take to get more info about my case
Posted @ Thursday, September 11, 2014 10:07 PM by Julie
Hey my name is carlos i recently have been struggling with loosing my wallet twice this year. The first time i was going to a job interview so i had my work permit , social security and of couRse my i.d. so a police report was needed after making paper work to replace my papers i paid 600$ to my lawyer so he could be in charge of everything else. This second time i lost it he told me there's a chance that the government may think i may be misusing my papers since i lost them twice this year i was wondering if that's true? And if i could replace my papers again
Posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 8:48 PM by Carlos
good afternoon, i have a question regarding my work permit. I have received my work permit from USCIS and it is just for one year? i did not receive an approval letter or anything simular just a confirmation of delivery. I am married to an american citizen and we applied for my Greencard. We went for my bio metrix in March 2014 and i had already my medical examination done. I have received my permit on August 22nd and would like to know 1. why is it just for one year? 2. what do i need to do next regarding to SS or drivers license? I start working tomorrow and try to find out what will be required next? 3. can i work without SS number? 4. do i need a new drivers license and can i get one without SS in Florida? well im a little confused to all the questions above so i jus specify it for you here to get my own information to my own sircumstances. Thank you very much and i would be very happy if you could contact me by mail.
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Posted @ Tuesday, September 23, 2014 6:34 PM by Breezy Medi
I have my work authorization card as well as my social security card along with my state id…. I want to travel to Puerto Rico next week but my passport (from Honduras) is expired…. Will i have any problems leaving and entering the U.S?
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Posted @ Saturday, October 04, 2014 3:39 AM by olivia mike
My names Jose  
I applied for defer action and I was wondering they called me in immigration for finger prints and I was wondering how long does it take for them to get back at you?
Posted @ Tuesday, October 28, 2014 9:35 PM by jr
Hi.. I got my EAD card in the mail 24th October and went to the social security office on the 27th of October, and that is like 3 days apart.. I was told by the social security officer it will take at least 4 weeks because they have not received the documents from the uscis and are yet to verify my information.. I am a little confused because on the same day of 27th i got a mail from uscis which states my Ead has being approved and all necessary documents have being mailed out to the office.. My friend got his Ead and applied for a social security number the next 2 days and got it in the mail within 10 days.. So i am a little bit of confused why they told me i would have to wait at least 4 weeks .. does that mean i can receive my social security number in the mail within 10 days or i have to wait all the way to 4 weeks. please help..
Posted @ Wednesday, October 29, 2014 4:08 PM by richard
Hi.. I got my EAD card in the mail 24th October and went to the social security office on the 27th of October, and that is like 3 days apart.. I was told by the social security officer it will take at least 4 weeks because they have not received the documents from the uscis and are yet to verify my information.. I am a little confused because on the same day of 27th i got a mail from uscis which states my Ead has being approved and all necessary documents have being mailed out to the office.. My friend got his Ead and applied for a social security number the next 2 days and got it in the mail within 10 days.. So i am a little bit of confused why they told me i would have to wait at least 4 weeks .. does that mean i can receive my social security number in the mail within 10 days or i have to wait all the way to 4 weeks. please help..
Posted @ Wednesday, October 29, 2014 4:11 PM by richard
I received my Employment Authorization card and also approval of my deferred action I live in Maryland, how could i get my learner's permit?
Posted @ Saturday, November 08, 2014 4:40 PM by Andrea
hello, my question for individuals with deferred action is, are you able to get your (commercial) CDL Class B license? and will most companies hire a person with a deferred action immigration status carrying explosives?
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Posted @ Wednesday, November 26, 2014 2:55 PM by Silvia Crowe
My DACA ID Card was stolen. What should I do?? Please help me.
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