The United States Government today announced a measure that makes it easier for some asylum seekers to obtain a work permit, after the unprecedented number of more than 300,000 arrests of undocumented immigrants was made in December.
Starting Monday, some asylum seekers will be able to apply online for a work permit in the United States, reported the Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). The measure is “effective immediately,” USCIS says in a statement.
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It will be applied, among others, to those who have submitted their asylum application 150 days ago and a response is pending and to those who benefit from “withholding of removal”, that is, if they are allowed to stay despite an expulsion order in against them out of well-founded fear that they are in danger in their countries.
All of them can file the so-called Form I-765 online for free after opening an account with USCIS.
With this measure, the immigration services intend to expedite procedures “to reduce processing times.”
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The Biden government wants to shorten the waiting period for administrative procedures as cases accumulate due to the wave of migration on its border with Mexico.
According to the Customs and Border Protection Office (CBP), in December the authorities made 251,487 interceptions on the southern border, that is, 7% more than in November.
Of these, at least 14% were people who had already been intercepted at least once during the last 12 months.
The increase in crossings was due, adds the source, to the number of people “fleeing the authoritarian regimes in Cuba and Nicaragua,” with a total in December of more than 77,000.
However, the number of Venezuelans has been greatly reduced, from 33,804 in September to 8,130 in December.
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The Biden government presented a policy in October to allow the entry of 24,000 Venezuelans upon formal request, provided they had a sponsor. In January it was expanded to include Cubans, Nicaraguans and Haitians.
From the beginning of the fiscal year in October to December 31, US authorities carried out 863,929 interceptions of migrants.
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