Court Decision Ensures Timely Adjudication of Employment Applications Filed by Initial Asylum Applicants


March 1, 2021

On July 26, 2018, in a national class action, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must adjudicate asylum applicants’ initial (first time) applications for employment authorization documents (EADs) within 30 days.

This Frequently Asked Questions document addresses the status of the case and explains options for first time asylum seekers applying for employment authorization.

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