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Biden administration temporarily extends window for expired work permits amid backlog


The details: The move adds an additional 360 days to an existing 180-day extension mechanism available for most, but not all, work permits. This grace period has long been built into the system to accommodate potential bureaucratic delays and minimize the disruptive effect on workers’ lives.

USCIS Director Ur Jaddou said the current 180-day window “is clearly insufficient.”

“This temporary rule will provide non-citizens otherwise eligible for the automatic extension the opportunity to retain their jobs and provide essential support to their families, while avoiding further disruption for U.S. employers,” she said in A press release.

The context: It will immediately benefit tens of thousands of workers who applied for renewal, but whose applications were still pending at the end of the 180 days. Many more will be able to continue to work legally for the duration of the emergency policy, as more permits are due to expire.

Work permit holders can apply for renewal up to six months before their documents are due to expire.

The Biden administration has sought to advance a number of issues within the agency that have fueled the growing backlog.

The agency says it was wronged during the Trump years, when the previous administration sought to reduce immigration to the United States and increase vetting of applicants. Disruptions to government operations during the Covid-19 pandemic have only exacerbated its challenges.

And after: The policy is expected to run for 18 months before returning to the 180-day extension framework at the end of October 2023.

The agency says the move will give it time to implement many of the other changes it has put in place to reduce delays, onboard additional staff and increase processing efficiency.


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