Less than 2% of Thousands of Migrants in NYC Applied for Work Permits

Less than 2% of asylum seekers who entered New York City since spring 2022 have applied for a work permit as the city continues to struggle with the influx of migrants coming from the U.S.-Mexico border.

The U.S.-Mexico border has seen a surge in migrants over the past recent months that created challenges for cities like New York and Chicago where officials said they are experiencing a “migrant crisis” due to limited resources and shelters.

In New York City, only 1,495 people of the 139,000 migrants who came through NYC’s system since spring 2022 have applied for a work permit through the Asylum Application Health Center, the New York Post reportedciting city hall data.

The latest city data shows that more than 126,700 asylum seekers have come to New York City since last spring.


Migrants need first to apply for asylum before applying for a work permit. They then have to wait for 30 days before seeking the permits, which can’t be approved for another 150 days. Some politicians have criticized the process for being too lengthy.

The Migration Policy Institute recently said in a report that the number of migrants living in the U.S. under conditional or temporary status under the Biden administration reached record status.

Over 3.6 million migrants under parole have crossed into the U.S. over the last three years.

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