Did You Know That Work Permits Can Be Issued More Rapidly For A Fee?

Work Permits Can Be Issued More Rapidly For A FeeWork permits are a necessary document for many immigrants who wish to work in the United States. However, obtaining a work permit can be a lengthy process, and it can take several months or even years to receive one. For some immigrants, this delay is unnecessary and expensive. However, there are now alternative ways to obtain a work permit much more quickly.

How to Get a Work Permit Faster

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new set of rules on March 29 that allows some immigration benefit applicants to undergo accelerated processing. In an effort to reduce the agency’s immigration backlog, the new regulation is one of a series of reforms by the USCIS.

Premium processing of EAD (Employment Authorization Documents) applications, which allow foreign nationals to work in the United States while they await a judgment on their asylum or other legal status, will now be available to those who apply under the new regulation.

Who Else Qualifies for Premium Processing?

Under the new USA rules for work permits, premium processing is available to certain qualifying applicants. Eligible individuals include those who have been granted asylum, refugee status, or a TPS (Temporary Protected Status) designation, as well as their spouses and children.

Additionally, certain individuals who have been granted a waiver under the unlawful presence ground of inadmissibility may also be eligible for premium processing.

For people currently outside the country, employers who are seeking to employ a nonimmigrant worker in a number of occupations can also use premium processing to expedite the adjudication of their petition.

Premium processing is also available for any applicant who is seeking an employment-based visa and who can pay the premium processing fee. This fee guarantees that the application will be given a priority review by USCIS, and that a decision will be made within a shorter time.

The new USA work permit rules also make premium processing available to certain spouses and children of employment-based visa holders. These individuals are known as “derivative beneficiaries.”

If you need help with an immigration matter, it can be overwhelming, and be hard to even know where to start looking for help or what options are available. Our attorneys at HAWM Law are ready, experienced and committed to helping immigrants at any stage of the US immigration process. You do not have to struggle through this process alone.

How Much are the Premium Processing Fees?

Premium processing is not free; those requesting an expedited review will have to pay between $1,500 and $2,500 in extra costs, depending on the type of permit or legal status they are seeking. Within 30 days, premium processing guarantees that an application will be evaluated by the agency.

There will be no negative consequences for those candidates who do not pay for premium processing, according to USCIS.

When is it Worth it to Pay the Premium Processing Fee?

This depends on a variety of individual factors, including the applicant’s qualifications, the country of origin, and the prevailing wage for the position in question. Generally speaking, however, paying the Premium Processing Fee is most likely to be worth it for highly skilled individuals seeking employment in specialty occupations.


Whether you’re looking for a work permit for yourself or a loved one, or if you are having troubles with your immigration status, contact HAWM Law at 407-802-3223 and request to speak with an experienced Florida immigration lawyer.

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