The USCIS has recently made a change to the way it issues work permits to those who have applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). For the first few months of the program (which has only been in place since August of 2012), the USCIS would issue work permits to DACA applicants within 90 days of the receipt of their application, and would take about 180 days to complete a review of the application and grant deferred action. After having issued thousands of work permits, then later denying many of the underlying DACA applications and revoking those work permits, USCIS decided that it would be more efficient to wait until the DACA applications are completely processed and approved before issuing a work permit. For that reason, DACA applicants must now wait 180 days for a work permit rather than just the 90 days.
Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals / Acción Diferida Para Inmigrantes Jóvenes