How to Apply for a Work Permit While Awaiting an Asylum Decision
As an asylum applicant, you are allowed to work in the U.S. if: (1) you were granted asylum (or received “recommended approval” for a grant of asylum), or (2) you had applied for asylum at least 150 days ago and still have not received an initial decision on your asylum application.
Timing of the Affirmative Asylum Application Process
The process of filing an affirmative application for asylum in the U.S. moves fairly quickly, at least at the beginning. But if you aren't approved during the first round of decision-making, it can stretch on for years.