Immigration Law

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Class Action Lawsuit Challenges Asylum Work Permit Policies: Garcia Perez v. USCIS
Posted on 9 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NILA, NWIRP, June 9, 2022 "Today, five asylum applicants filed a national class action lawsuit against U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) challenging policies and practices that... Read More

USCIS Increases Automatic Extension Period of Work Permits for Certain Applicants
Posted on 3 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, May 3, 2022 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a Temporary Final Rule (TFR) that increases the automatic extension period for employment authorization and Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), available to... Read More

EAD Rules Fully Vacated - No Appeal in AsylumWorks v. Mayorkas
Posted on 11 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Keren Zwick, Director of Litigation at the National Immigrant Justice Center, reports: "I wanted to let folks know that on Friday (4/8) we learned from the government that it would not file an appeal in AsylumWorks v. Mayorkas . This means, happily... Read More

USCIS Announces New Actions to Reduce Backlogs, Expand Premium Processing, and Provide Relief to Work Permit Holders
Posted on 29 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Mar. 29, 2022 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is announcing a trio of efforts to increase efficiency and reduce burdens to the overall legal immigration system. USCIS will set new agency-wide backlog reduction goals, expand premium... Read More

CA6 on U Visa Waitlisting: Barrios Garcia v. DHS
Posted on 10 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Barrios Garcia v. DHS "Edmer Eudulio Barrios Garcia, Doublas Arguijo, Ardiles Yasdami Mendez Mendez, and Sudhaben Pankajkumar Patel are noncitizens. They were victims of grave crimes; they cooperated with law enforcement. They applied for U visas... Read More

Court Vacates Two Trump-Era Rules That Denied Work Authorization To Asylum Seekers
Posted on 8 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIJC, Feb. 8, 2022 "A federal court ruled that two rules issued by the Trump administration restricting — and in some cases eliminating — access to work authorization for asylum seekers were illegally issued and are therefore invalid... Read More

Waiting for Work Authorization
Posted on 25 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed, June 25, 2019 "Colleges are seeing increases in processing times for international students applying for work authorization through the Optional Practical Training, or OPT, program, leaving some students with... Read More

Texas Supermarket Settles Visa Suit With USCIS - Law360
Posted on 22 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Texas supermarket chain H.E.B. Grocery Co. LP has dropped its lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security after its senior computer programmer was able to secure work authorization under a recently issued DHS rule. U.S. District Judge... Read More

Texas's Radical Argument on Work Authorization - Prof. Martin Lederman
Posted on 22 Apr 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Martin Lederman, Apr. 20, 2016 - "Texas and the House of Representatives tried at oral argument to suggest that DAPA work authorization would be different in kind from past work authorizations. They have failed to explain, however, why many... Read More

Federal Judge Grants Preliminary Approval of Settlement Agreement in National Class Action Lawsuit on Work Authorization for Asylum Seekers
Posted on 10 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NWIRP, May 8, 2013 - " On May 8, 2013, a federal district court issued an order preliminarily approving a settlement agreement in a nationwide class action lawsuit that challenged the denial of work authorization to asylum seekers who have been waiting... Read More

A.B.T. v. USCIS: A Nationwide Class Action to Fix the “Asylum Clock” Terms of Settlement
Posted on 15 Apr 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On April 12, 2013, the plaintiffs in A.B.T. et al. v. USCIS, et al. , represented by the American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center (LAC), the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, and... Read More

Coming: Work Authorization for H-4 Spouses
Posted on 8 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will soon publish several proposed rules that will make the United States more attractive to talented foreign entrepreneurs and other high-skill immigrants who will contribute substantially to the U.S. economy... Read More

Federal Judge Approves Settlement Agreement in National Class Action Lawsuit on Work Authorization for Asylum Seekers
Posted on 6 Nov 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On Monday, November 4, U.S. District Judge Richard Jones ordered the final approval of a nationwide class action settlement agreement . The settlement will help ensure that asylum seekers, who have fled persecution in their home countries, are not... Read More