New USCIS policy extends work permits: 800,000 immigrants relieved

At Quiroga Law Office, PLLC., we want to share news that will improve the quality of life of hundreds of thousands of immigrants. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has implemented a new policy that automatically extends work permits from 180 days to 540 days for nearly 800,000 immigrants, including asylees, TPS recipients, and Green Card applicants. 


This decision is a direct response to the accumulation of cases and the lack of personnel that has affected USCIS, causing significant delays in the processing of immigration procedures. All those who have applied to renew their permit since October 27, 2023, or who need to renew it before September 30, 2025, can now work without worrying about the expiration of their permits. 


The extension of the work permit allows immigrants to present their expired permits along with the receipt of the renewal application. This receipt details the extension granted, thus providing a clear explanation for employers regarding the automatically extended validity of the document. 


At our firm, we have always advocated for policies that facilitate the integration and stability of immigrants in American society. This new rule not only helps immigrants maintain their employment and livelihood without interruption but also makes it easier for us to advise and manage their legal procedures more efficiently. 


Additionally, this extension reflects USCIS’ commitment to improving the administration of its services and mitigating the effects of processing delays. While the full effects of this policy will be seen in the future, it is a clear indication of necessary and welcome progress in immigration. 


USCIS has also appealed to those who have not yet made their work permit request, despite being eligible. This highlights the importance of staying informed and proactive regarding immigration rights. At Quiroga Law Office, PLLC., we remain committed to guiding our clients through these changes and ensuring that they take advantage of all available opportunities to improve their status in the United States. 


This is a crucial time for immigrants in the country, and it is essential that both immigrants and their employers understand the implications of these new regulations. As immigration attorneys, we are here to help every step of the way, ensuring that the transition to these new regulations is as beneficial as possible.