Work Permit & Authorization

You can apply for a work permit after you apply for asylum and most likely after your asylum interview.  ( When you submit your asylum application, you will be scheduled for an interview after 21 days).  If you are referred to immigration court after your first asylum interview, you can still get a work permit.

Your work permit must be renewed in two years. When your work permit expires, it is automatically extended for 180 days past the date of expiration on your work permit card.

You still have to apply for renewal,  but this extension will help make sure that you are not left without work authorization while you wait for your new work permit card. 

If your employer/boss has any questions about this, or asks you for proof of this extension, here is what you should do:

1. Provide them with a copy of the receipt that shows that you have requested a renewal of your work permit.

2. Show them the letter (click button below) that your work permit is valid for six months while you are awaiting for your renewed work permit card.  

This letter can also be found on UCSIC website at

Work Authorization Issues

If you have applied for your work permit and it is delayed by over 60 days you can contact or call the National Customer Service Center (NCSC) at 1-800-375-5283.

For more information on your work permit, click here.