Effective August 21, 2020, USCIS is eliminating the rule requiring it to process initial employment authorization documents (EADs) for asylum applicants within 30 days. Asylum applicants are prohibited from filing for an initial EAD until 150 days after submitting their asylum application. By removing the 30-day rule, asylum applicants will likely have to wait well over six months to be able to work lawfully and support themselves and their families. We strongly believe that the United States should be providing greater protections to vulnerable asylum seekers rather than making it more difficult for them to become self-sufficient.

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