Thursday, December 16, 2021

Litigation on Work Permits for Asylum Seekers

From the American Immigration Council:

Federal Court Argument in Lawsuit Challenge to Delays to Work Permits for Asylum Seekers


The federal district court in the Northern District of California will hear arguments in a motion for preliminary injunction and motion for class action in a lawsuit challenging U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ extreme delays and failure to process work authorization renewals for asylum seekers. The case is Tony N. v. USCIS.

Asylum seekers with work permit renewal applications that have been delayed—sometimes taking 10 months or more to process—have lost their jobs or will lose them soon. Loss of employment authorization and delays in processing these work permit applications can cause severe hardship for asylum seekers by not only preventing them from working to support themselves and their families, but also causing them to lose health insurance and other related employer benefits. In some states, they can lose their driver’s licenses. 


An attorney from the American Immigration Council will present argument before Senior District Judge Maxine M. Chesney. The lawsuit was filed by the American Immigration Council, the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP), and Lakin & Wille LLP. 


Friday, December 17, 2021 at 9 a.m. PST/ 12 p.m. EST 


United States District Court Northern District of California
San Francisco, CA 94102

Livestream Details: 

Teleconference number: (669) 254-5252 Webinar ID: 160 626 1089 Password: 091644


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