Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

Employment, Husky Card, Driver’s License

ON CAMPUS EMPLOYMENT

What does this decision mean for my ability to work?

Since the Trump administration is not immediately ending any current grants of DACA or work permits, your UW employer should not ask to verify your work permit again until your current expiration date. At that time, if you qualified for and timely renewed your DACA and work permit or obtained a work permit on another basis, you will need to present your new work permit to your employer to show that you continue to have authorization to work.

If you no longer have a valid work permit, your employer will most likely provide you with a notice of layoff when your current work authorization expires, since you will no longer have legal authorization to work. In some situations, you may be able to negotiate with your employer to be placed on a leave of absence until you can show you are authorized to work again; however, your employer is not obligated to agree to this.

More information about DACA and your workplace rights is forthcoming.

HUSKY CARD AND DRIVER’S LICENSE

How do I get my Husky Card? What happens to my driver’s license when my DACA is terminated or my work permit expires?

Typically, the Husky Card office will ask you to provide a form of photo id when obtaining a Husky Card. To obtain your Husky Card, bring your UW student or employee ID number and your state- or federally-issued photo identification, such as your driver’s license, passport, etc., so that you can take your picture and be issued a Husky Card. Your on-campus orientation session will include a stop at the Husky Card Account & ID Center. If you have registered and will not be participating in an orientation session, you can obtain your Husky Card at the Husky Card Account & ID Center at any time during office hours. They do not accept high school IDs. ID Center Locations

Driver’s license rules, including eligibility and document requirements and procedures for renewing a license, vary from state to state. All 50 states allow DACA grantees to get a driver’s license if they are otherwise eligible. In most states, a driver’s license expires when the deferred action grant or work authorization document expires. Depending on the state’s rules, you may need to show new proof that you are lawfully present in the U.S. or have a specific immigration status (other than DACA) when you renew your license.

In the state of Washington, driver’s licenses are issued to eligible residents, regardless of their immigration status. About 44 percent of DACA recipients live in a state that issues driver’s licenses to eligible state residents regardless of their immigration status. These states issue at least two types of licenses: a REAL ID license that is acceptable for certain federal purposes, and a non–REAL ID license that cannot be used for these purposes. If you have a REAL ID license from one of these states, you will likely need to apply for a non–REAL ID license when your current license expires. If you already have a non–REAL ID license, you may be able to keep/renew your current license.

You will need to check with your state’s department of motor vehicles for the specific requirements in your state.