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I heard all U visa applicants can now get a work permit while they are waiting for immigration to process their cases. Is this true?

On June 14, 2021, the government announced that U visa applicants (including the primary and the family members included on the primary’s application) may be eligible for a work permit even though their cases have not been approved.

The policy applies to ALL pending cases, but it does NOT mean you will get a work permit.

Who is eligible?

USCIS puede emitir permisos de trabajo a solicitantes de visa U "de buena fe".

    • The application for U visa was properly completed and signed.

 

    • The law enforcement certification was properly completed and signed

 

    • The applicant includes a signed statement from the principal petitioner (usually a declaration describing suffering and the need for relief)

 

    • La solicitud de visa U fue "hecha de buena fe; sin fraude ni engaño ".

 

    • USCIS collected biometrics

 

    • The applicant is NOT a risk to national security and public safety.

 

    • The applicant deserves the discretionary benefit.

 

What happens if I am approved?

El proceso de visa U "de buena fe" funcionará como acción diferida ("DACA"). Esto significa que el gobierno acepta no iniciar la deportación y permite que el solicitante obtenga un permiso de trabajo válido por hasta 4 años.

Immigration will check frequent background checks and will revoke the permits if the applicant gets in trouble with the law.

What do I need to do to get my permit?

We are not sure. It appears immigration will begin reviewing cases and issuing work permits. You can assume cases that immigration will prioritize reviewing applications that have been pending longer. If you just filed within the last two years, you should not expect a prompt decision.

This is great news! However, remember, the government just announced this policy and there are over 100,000 pending U visa applications.

Please be sure your lawyer has your most current contact information

Please be patient!

I heard all U visa applicants can now get a work permit while they are waiting for immigration to process their cases. Is this true?

On June 14, 2021, the government announced that U visa applicants (including the primary and the family members included on the primary’s application) may be eligible for a work permit even though their cases have not been approved.

The policy applies to ALL pending cases, but it does NOT mean you will get a work permit.

Who is eligible?

USCIS puede emitir permisos de trabajo a solicitantes de visa U "de buena fe".

  • The application for U visa was properly completed and signed.
  • The law enforcement certification was properly completed and signed
  • The applicant includes a signed statement from the principal petitioner (usually a declaration describing suffering and the need for relief)
  • La solicitud de visa U fue "hecha de buena fe; sin fraude ni engaño ".
  • USCIS collected biometrics
  • The applicant is NOT a risk to national security and public safety.
  • The applicant deserves the discretionary benefit.

What happens if I am approved?

El proceso de visa U "de buena fe" funcionará como acción diferida ("DACA"). Esto significa que el gobierno acepta no iniciar la deportación y permite que el solicitante obtenga un permiso de trabajo válido por hasta 4 años.

Immigration will check frequent background checks and will revoke the permits if the applicant gets in trouble with the law.

What do I need to do to get my permit?

We are not sure. It appears immigration will begin reviewing cases and issuing work permits. You can assume cases that immigration will prioritize reviewing applications that have been pending longer. If you just filed within the last two years, you should not expect a prompt decision.

This is great news! However, remember, the government just announced this policy and there are over 100,000 pending U visa applications.

Please be sure your lawyer has your most current contact information

Please be patient!

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