Wasserman Schultz Applauds Biden Administration Extension of Expired Work Permits

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Washington, May 5, 2022 | comments
This move by the Biden Administration grants a lifeline to the thousands of people put in turmoil because of expiration dates that are now extended for eighteen months. Along with my Florida Congressional colleagues, I have for months pushed for this extension to address the flood of constituents who contacted my office because they lost jobs and were ineligible for government benefits.
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Washington DC – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) released the following statement in response to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announcement this week that immigrant workers whose employment permits expire, under certain circumstances will be able to keep working legally for 18 months after expiration:

“Huge relief has arrived for thousands of people in South Florida and across the country! While the major USCIS backlog is being processed, work permits have been extended to make sure that businesses don’t lose valuable employees and employees don’t lose their job simply because of bureaucracy. 

This move by the Biden Administration grants a lifeline to the thousands of people put in turmoil because of expiration dates that are now extended for eighteen months. Along with my Florida Congressional colleagues, I have for months pushed for this extension to address the flood of constituents who contacted my office because they lost jobs and were ineligible for government benefits. 

It is a classic win-win: this decision will help individuals applying for EAD reauthorization support themselves and their families, and it also allows employers to maintain a continuity of operations. Thank you to the Biden Administration and Director Ur Jaddou for making this important decision to help our friends and neighbors.”

En Espanol:

“¡Gran alivio ha llegado para miles de personas en el sur de la Florida y en todo el país!

Mientras se tramita la mayor acumulación de solicitudes de USCIS, los permisos de trabajo han sido extendidos para asegurar que las empresas no pierdan empleados valiosos y que los empleados no pierdan su trabajo debido a la burocracia.

Esta decisión de la Administración de Biden concede ayuda vital a las miles de personas que se encontraban en crisis por las fechas de vencimiento de sus permisos de trabajo que ahora se extienden por dieciocho meses. Buscando solución para los que habían perdido sus beneficios por haber sido despedidos del trabajo, mis colegas congresionales de la Florida y yo presionamos por meses para que esta extensión se llevara a cabo.

Esta es una situación en la que todos resultan beneficiados: esta decisión ayudará a las personas que solicitan la reautorización de su permiso de trabajo (EAD) sostenerse a sí mismo y a sus familias y, a la vez, permite a los empleadores mantener la continuidad de sus operaciones. Gracias a la Administración de Biden y al Director Ur Jaddou por tomar esta importante decisión para ayudar a nuestros amigos y vecinos.”

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