Jishan from Dallas

October 7, 2019
Casework Success Stories

Jishan immigrated from Bangladesh to Dallas on a student visa to pursue his education. When he completed his master’s degree, he applied for a work permit so he could pursue Optional Practical Training (OPT). OPT allows international students to gain more work experience specifically in their field of study, after their student visas expire.

Jishan’s work permit was approved and mailed to him within average processing times, but he never received it. When he inquired with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), they told him the permit was deemed undeliverable, but that a new permit would be sent within 2-3 weeks.

After waiting almost a full month, Jishan still had not received his work permit. This was a stressful time, as those with OPT status must find employment within 90 days of work permit approval, and cannot work without a work permit in hand. It took Jishan over 13 years to pursue his education, and he was afraid that he would lose his legal status and that all his hard work would go to waste. That’s when he turned to Rep. Allred’s office for help.

Rep. Allred inquired with USCIS on the status of his work permit, and within a week, Jishan received it in the mail. Because of Rep. Allred’s help, he was able to accept a job offer and is now gaining more experience in the field he worked so hard to pursue.

If you need help with a federal agency, Congressman Allred’s office is here to help. Please call (972) 972-7949 or visit our services page for more information.