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News Release: USCIS Increases Validity of Work Permits to Two Years for Asylum Applicants

Front of Employment Authorization Document aka Work Permit

Good news for Asylum Applicants - all work permits issued to asylum applicants by USCIS will not be valid for 2 years instead of 1 year! This news should come as a relief to the overwhelming number of asylum applicants who, on average, can wait up to 2 or more years for their initial interview. Although the initial work permit does not have a filing fee for asylum applicants, every subsequent year that the work permit is renewed, will cost an asylum applicant $380 in filing fees. Compare this to adjustment of status applicants who are not required to pay filing fees for work permit renewals (and are currently still required to renew their work permit every year).

Here is the USCIS Press Release on the matter:

USCIS Increases Validity of Work Permits to Two Years for Asylum Applicants

Effective October 5, 2016, USCIS has increased the validity period for initial or renewal Employment Authorization Documents for asylum applicants from one year to two years. Applicants with pending asylum claims file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, under category (c)(8). This change applies to all (c)(8)-based applications that are pending as of October 5, 2016 and all such applications filed on or after October 5, 2016.

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