When you apply for a work permit in the United States, the process typically includes submitting biometrics such as fingerprints. By providing your biometrics, the U.S. government can ensure that you can be securely identified when you enter and leave the country. Once this step is taken, how long it takes to get a work permit after biometrics depends on several factors, including your type of application and the processing times at USCIS.
Generally speaking, if you have submitted all required documents and forms, you can expect to receive your work permit more than six weeks from the date you submit your biometrics. The actual wait time depends on how busy USCIS is and how quickly they process applications.
First, the length of time required to receive your work permit will depend on whether or not you have already obtained legal status in the United States. If so, then your application will be processed more quickly than if you are applying from abroad with no existing permission to live and work in the U.S. Individuals who have previously obtained permission from USCIS may have their applications prioritized over those applying for the first time.
Finally, longer wait times can occur due to backlogs at USCIS processing centers or if particular visas become oversubscribed by applicants during certain times of the year (especially around holidays when people may take vacations to visit family living overseas). In these cases, some applicants might experience delays lasting several months or even up to a year before receiving word about their applications for permits allowing them to remain in the U.S. past their initial visa expiration date!
Overall, how long it takes an applicant to receive their work permit after submitting biometrics depends on multiple factors, including their current legal status within the U.S. as well as any immediate backlogs in processing centers or increased volumes of applications at certain times of the year.
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