National Immigration Law Center


This FAQ, answered by the National Immigration Law Center, is intended to answer questions such as what are the rights of workers (1) when they apply for DACA, (2) after they have received DACA and have a work permit, and (3) when they are applying to renew their DACA. It also provides information that may be helpful when you apply for and after you have been granted DACA.


This FAQ, answered by the National Immigration Law Center and Advancing Justice, is intended to answer questions regarding employment for workers who have recieved DACA.

Common DACA Myths

Myth: Undocumented students cannot obtain legal employment in the United States 

Fact: Undocumented students may be able to work if they qualify for, apply to, and receive a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) work permit.

Myth: Undocumented students without a DACA permit cannot use WSU Career Development Center services

Fact: We welcome all students regardless of their country of origin or immigration status. As long as a student is currently enrolled at WSU, they have complete access to all of our services including one-on-one advising appointments, drop-in advising, as well as events, career fairs, and programs. We recommend that undocumented students make a confidential career advising appointment to discuss specific options. 

Myth: I must disclose my immigration status to WSU Career Development Center's staff during my visit

Fact: Our mission is to serve all Shockers regardless of their immigration status or membership in any other identity. All conversations between students and career advisors are confidential and the decision to disclose any personal information is at the discretion and comfort of the student. 

Myth: Employers are not interested in hiring undocumented students

Fact: Students with DACA work permits can apply for a variety of job and internship opportunities. We recommend meeting with a career advisor to discuss your specific situation.

Myth: I need to have a Social Security number or driver's license in order to work

Fact: A work permit is considered appropriate identification to prove your identity and authorization to work.

Myth: When I am interviewing, accepting or starting a job, I need to disclose my DACA status to my employer
Fact: An employer only needs to know that you have legal authorization to work. Though every company is different, the Human Resources office will usually know of your DACA work permit; your supervisor and coworkers do not need to be specifically informed.

Frequently Asked Questions   

Do I require sponsorship from the employer?
No, DACA recipents are not eligible to qualify for sponsorship from their employer.
Can I apply for an on-campus job?

Yes, you are eligible to apply for an on-campus job if you have an eligible work permit through DACA. You are able to apply for an on-campus job through your Handshake account.

Do I qualify for FAFSA/Work-Study?

Our helpful staff in the Office of Financial Aid can answer your questions and guide you through the process of finding effective solutions to fund your education.

 Resources for DACA Students

Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion aims to cultivate and sustain an inclusive campus. The office provides dynamic programs, which range from speakers and film showings to award ceremonies, cultural festivities and LGBTQA programming — each representing a small piece of the diversity displayed on the WSU campus.

Career Development Center
The Career Development Center at Wichita State University is the go-to resource for anyone looking to build a bright future after college. We help students get career-ready through mock interviews and resume reviews as well as helping build connections with employers through career fairs and co-op/internship opportunities.
Student Success

Students define success differently. Our office helps students maximize their academic potential and reach their personal goals through a range of programs and services, regardless of personal background. Our goal is to help students develop skills and plans to graduate in a timely manner while engaging with our community of learners.

USCIS Renewal Process

Due to federal court orders, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA. USCIS is not accepting requests from individuals who have never before been granted deferred action under DACA. Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017.

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Career Opportunities

All Wichita State University students have access to a Handshake account. In this system you will be able to search and apply for on-campus employment, co-op/internship positions and full-time employment! You can also sign up for workshops, view career events and more!


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