Work Permit Delayed

Work Permit Delayed?

Most green card applicants file an application for employment authorization along with their application for a green card. This temporary permission to work allows green card applicants to work while waiting for a decision on the green card application. It is typically processed within 60 to 90 days from the date of filing the application.

What can you do if your work permit application is pending for more than 75 days?

Call the USCIS National Customer Service Center (NSCS) at 800-375-5283 and ask for a service request. The NCSC will send this request to the service center that is processing your case.

The NCSC will ask for your filing receipt number when you call. This number can be found near the top of the notice you receive after you file an immigration application.

What can delay your work authorization?

  • If the USCIS asks for more initial information, the 90-day clock will start over from the date that the USCIS receives this initial evidence.

What is “Initial Evidence?”

  • Any document or form that is specifically required by the form instructions, including the correct immigration filing fee. Read the form instructions carefully to be sure that you are sending the correct filing fee.
  • If the Immigration asks for additional evidence, the 90-day clock will stop when the request is sent and start again when the additional evidence is received.

What is Additional Evidence?

  • Evidence not required by the form instructions, but which may help the USCIS decide whether you are eligible for a green card.
  • If you request that your fingerprinting (biometrics) appointment be rescheduled, the 90-day clock will start over from the date you request a new appointment.

Tips to Avoid Delays in Getting your Work Permission

  • Submit a complete application and all the required documents when you file your application for a green card.
  • Provide additional evidence that shows you are eligible for a green card. For example, if you are applying for a marriage-based green card, include as much evidence of your relationship as possible.
  • Try to avoid asking that your fingerprinting appointment is rescheduled.