Where’s my damn work card?
Hi, I’m Jim Hacking, immigration lawyer practicing law throughout the United States at our offices in St. Louis, Missouri and San Diego, California. I made a video a couple of weeks ago about where’s my green card and now I’m talking about where’s my work card. I could actually shoot this video about once a year. This is my little update on what we’ve been seeing when it comes to getting your work card.
When you apply for adjustment of status, the process goes, you send in the application, you pay the fees, the lockbox opens them up and starts your case as they assigned case numbers to your green card, to your I-130, to your work card and your travel card. Then eventually you’re going to get fingerprinted. Now, if you’ve been fingerprinted recently, they might waive that fingerprinting, but that’s called biometrics. We’ve been seeing really long delays for people biometrics. I was talking to somebody on Facebook yesterday, and they applied for the green card and the work card in March of 2020, and they didn’t get fingerprinted until December of 2020, if you can believe that. A nine-month delay in scheduling biometrics.
Now, they might say COVID, but it’s really Trump. It’s really Trump’s legacy. The people that were running immigration under Trump were really trying to slow down legal immigration and they used COVID as an excuse. We hope that biometrics notices will start coming faster, but what we’re seeing right now is we are seeing delays of up to a year to get your work card. This is something that used to take two months, it used to be, you file a case, you get the receipt notice a week later, you get the fingerprint notice two weeks later, and then you get your fingerprints done two weeks after that. Then the work card would come two or three months after that, the combo work and advance parole card would come two or three months after that. It used to be a three or four-month process, now it’s taking a year.
Hopefully, with the Biden administration coming in and trying to revamp and help USCIS get back on its feet, hopefully we’re going to see those processing times go slower, but right now we’re seeing delays of six to 12 months for people to get their work card. It’s absolutely ridiculous, it’s absolutely inexcusable, and it’s absolutely on purpose by the people that used to be running USCIS. Hopefully things will start moving faster, hopefully your case won’t take that long and especially getting that work hard, because a lot of people are in between and are in danger of losing their jobs and that’s a real bummer.
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