A.B.T. v. USCIS: A Nationwide Class Action to Fix the “Asylum Clock” Terms of Settlement

A.B.T. v. USCIS: A Nationwide Class Action to Fix the “Asylum Clock” Terms of Settlement

"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 the Seattle law firm Gibbs Houston Pauw, filed a proposed settlement agreement with the court.  If approved, the settlement will create several important changes to the “asylum clock,” the method by which government immigration agencies calculate the 180-day waiting period during which an asylum applicant cannot apply for work authorization.  These changes will be phased in over two years." - AIC/LAC, Apr. 15, 2013.