Friday, December 9, 2022

US announces 1.5-year extension for some expiring immigrant work permits

WASHINGTON: The Biden administration has introduced an computerized extension of expiring work permits for sure classes of immigrants, together with these looking for inexperienced playing cards and spouses of H-1B visa holders who get employment authorisation playing cards (EAD), for a yr and a half.
The transfer, introduced by the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday, is more likely to profit 1000’s of Indian immigrants.
The extension interval of as much as 180 days will robotically be prolonged to as much as 540 days from the expiration date acknowledged on the present EADs, the Division of Homeland Safety mentioned.
“As USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Companies) works to handle the pending EAD caseloads, the company has decided that the present 180-day computerized extension for employment authorisation is at the moment inadequate,” mentioned USCIS Director Ur M. Jaddou.
“This non permanent rule will present these non-citizens, in any other case eligible for the automated extension, a chance to take care of employment and supply vital assist for their households, whereas avoiding additional disruption for US employers,” he mentioned.
In keeping with USCIS, non-citizens with a pending EAD renewal software whose 180-day computerized extension has lapsed and whose EAD has expired shall be granted an extra interval of employment authorisation and EAD validity starting Could 4, 2022, and lasting as much as 540 days from the expiration date of their EAD. They might resume employment if they’re nonetheless inside the as much as 540-day computerized extension interval and are in any other case eligible.
Non-citizens with a pending renewal software nonetheless coated underneath the 180-day computerized extension shall be granted an extra extension of as much as 360 days, for a complete of as much as 540 days previous the expiration of the present EAD.
Non-citizens with a pending renewal software and a sound EAD on Could 4, 2022, or who well timed file an EAD renewal software earlier than October 27, 2023, shall be granted an computerized extension of as much as 540 days if their EAD expires earlier than the renewal software is processed.
“The change will instantly assist about 87,000 immigrants whose work authorisation has lapsed or is ready to within the subsequent 30 days. General, the federal government estimates that as many as 4,20,000 immigrants renewing work permits shall be protected against dropping their potential to work for the length of the coverage,” Indian-American group chief Ajay Jain Bhutoria instructed PTI.
The coverage is supposed to handle the unprecedented backlog of 1.5 million work allow functions on the nation’s authorized immigration company, leaving tens of 1000’s unable to work legally and exacerbating labour shortages.
Welcoming the change in coverage, Bhutoria mentioned that is nice information for employers as most firms are going through staffing points and can now be capable of preserve their eligible staff.
“This coverage change permits employers to proceed their staff and eligible immigrants to work on expired paperwork for as much as 540 days, moderately than 180. Which means even the tens of 1000’s of individuals previous their 180-day window have as a lot as one other yr of work authorisation as of Wednesday,” he mentioned.
“That is the best step within the route to scale back the visa processing backlog,” he mentioned.

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