Undocumented DACA Students
The Hiatt Career Center supports Brandeis undergraduate students and alumni of any immigration/non-immigration status or international identity. You may have additional questions about how your status may impact your professional development.
DACA eligible and undocumented students are frequently experts at navigating systems and developing extensive networks of support and mentors. These skills become assets as you explore career and post-graduation options. In addition to campus resources including the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO), staff members at the Hiatt Career center can help support you to transition to college, connect with new networks, navigate employment possibilities, and direct you to resources.
Employment Rights & Disclosing DACA Status to Employers
As a recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), you will be provided an Employment Authorization card (work permit) which affords you many employment opportunities. However, you should also be aware of your employment rights. Employers cannot ask DACA recipients for more or different work authorization documents than what is already permitted by Form I-9. Likewise, an employer cannot reject work authorization documents because of your citizenship status or national origin.
Citizen’s Path: Answers to frequently asked questions about employment rights of DACA students.
Deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) provides temporary relief from deportation and work authorization for individuals who came to the U.S. as children and who meet certain guidelines. You may find the following resources helpful as you navigate employment in the US.
- Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): Information on requesting consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA).
- Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC): Empowers undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals through personal, institutional and policy transformation.
- Immigrant Legal Resource Center: Provides legal trainings, educational materials and advocacy to advance immigrant rights
- My (Un) Documented Life: Community for undocumented immigrants, including scholarship opportunities, strategies for navigating the educational system and information on how to apply for DACA.
- National Immigration Law Center: Leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of immigrants with low income.
- Student Caffe: Information on opportunities that DACA/undocumented students can and cannot apply for.
- The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA): Largest organization in New England promoting the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees.
- United We Dream: Nonpartisan network is made up of over 100,000 immigrant youth and allies and 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states.
Meet with Us
Make an appointment with us to talk about questions including:
Should I tell supervisors or coworkers about my immigration status, or that I am applying for DACA?
Do I need to tell an interviewer that I received deferred action, or that I have an employment authorization document (EAD)?
What types of positions can DACA students apply for?
What can I do if I believe that I’m being discriminated against in the workplace?
Or just to check in