My asylum application was approved one month ago. I still haven't received my work permit. I was told that I'm supposed to receive it within 14 days. I am wondering why I haven't received my work permit yet. And how much longer will it take to process the work permit. In the mean time am I eligible to start working if I find any job even i i dont have work permit on hand?
An asylee does not need a work permit in order to work in the U.S. An asylee is authorized to work. There is typically a stamp on the I-94 indicating you are authorized to work. You take the I-94 and other required documentation to the social security office to obtain a social security number. If you wish to receive an employment authorization card, you must apply for such document from USCIS. The request is typically processed in 45-90 days.
Whoever told you that it would only take 14 days for a work permit clearly doesn't understand the process.
The government has 90 days in which to process an application. But, it is usually 45-60.
No, you may not work without the permit.
PS Congratulations on your approval ... asylum isn't all that easy to obtain.
The short answer is that an asylee is entitled to work incident to status, that means with or without a work permit. However, I have seen that the Social Security Administration will not agree to issue you a social security number without a work permit. If you have not done so already, file a form I-765 and apply for the work permit. It does take about 90 days to get it.
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