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What To Do When Your Work Permit Is Delayed?

The ability to work allows you to support yourself and your family. After submitting your work permit application to work in the U.S, you might be eager to continue your professional life. Unfortunately, many have been left in limbo concerning the status of their work situation due to delays. Our South Carolina family immigration team covers why work permits can be delayed, the usual timeframe to get a response, and tips on how to avoid/minimize delays.

Why are There Delays for Work Permits?

It has been reported that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has a backlog of millions of applications made worse by the pandemic.

Current timeframes

The past couple of years, it has been taking the USCIS around five to seven months to process work permit applications. Previously, USCIS processed work permit applications within 90 days, but office closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic have caused a growing backlog of applications.

Tips to avoid or Minimize Work permit Delays

Though there is a backlog of applications, there are steps you can take to minimize work permit delays, these include;

  1. Filing as soon as possible within the permissible filing windows

  2. Double-checking all required information to ensure accuracy

  3. Checking the USCIS website for the proper fee and filing address and edition date

  4. Hiring an immigration attorney to assess your visa eligibility and provide legal advice through the process

Contact Our Immigration Team Today

We understand how much uncertainty comes with not having a secured work situation. Hiring an immigration attorney will save you not only time but also frustration. At Colón Law Firm will be able to assess the particularities of your case and guide you through the process from start to finish, ensuring efficiency every step of the way.

If you or a loved one need assistance with a U.S work permit, find out more about how we can help you by contacting us today through our website or give us a call at (864) 697-2870 to schedule a consultation.