USCIS Mistakenly Rejected Work Permits For Crime Victims

By Mike LaSusa (November 22, 2021, 3:31 PM EST) — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services mistakenly rejected around 1,500 work permit applications filed by crime victims seeking U visas because they didn’t pay a fee or request a waiver, even though neither was required, the agency said Monday.

USCIS said it will allow those who were wrongly turned down to reapply without charge, and that it would refund fees that were unnecessarily paid by some applicants.

“USCIS is taking steps to identify affected applicants and establish a process to issue refunds by March 22, 2022, where applicable,” the agency said Monday in a statement.

The issue stemmed from a June 14…