Work permits extended to 2 years for asylum applicants

Asylum seekers with work permits in the United States, a document which can take more than 150 days to process, can stop worrying each year, since a measure to extend the validity of these documents to two years instead of one came into effect this month.

The decision is effective since October 5 of this year by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and it applies both to initial Work Permit requests as well as to renewals.

In principle, asylum seekers in the United States do not have permission to work in this country, but there are some exceptions, as when 150 days have passed since the completed asylum request was presented to the USCIS or an immigration court without a response.

Applicants with pending asylum requests who present Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, under category (c)(8), are the beneficiaries of this measure.

The change applies to all requests under category (c)(8) pending up to October 5, 2016, and all requests presented starting on October 5, 2016.

Previously, work permits for asylum seekers were valid only for one year, but this measure eliminates an additional concern to those awaiting the resolution of their cases.

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