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Asylum Seeker Work Authorization Act of 2019

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Asylum Seeker Work Authorization Act of 2019

Asylum Seeker Work Authorization Act of 2019
This bill directs the Department of Homeland Security to provide employment authorization for eligible asylum applicants. Currently, such individuals are not entitled to employment authorization but may be granted such by the Department of Justice.
Such employment authorization shall last for one year and be renewable for one-year terms during the period necessary to adjudicate the applicant's asylum claim.
The bill also shortens the waiting period for receiving employment authorization to 30 days from the filing of the asylum application.
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05/16/19

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Introduced in House

Date: May 16, 2019

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Code:
116.HR.2813
Subject:
Immigration
1.Short titleThis Act may be cited as the Asylum Seeker Work Authorization Act of 2019.
2.Employment authorization for aliens seeking asylumParagraph (2) of section 208(d) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1158(d)) is amended to read as follows:
  • (2)Employment authorization
> - (A)**Eligibility**The Secretary of Homeland Security shall authorize employment for an applicant for asylum who is not in detention and whose application for asylum has not been determined frivolous. > - (B)**Application**An applicant for asylum who is not otherwise eligible for employment authorization shall not be granted such authorization prior to 30 days after the date of filing of the application for asylum. > - (C)**Term**Employment authorization for an applicant for asylum— > - (i)shall be for a period of 1 year; and > - (ii)shall be renewable for additional 1-year periods for the entire continuous period necessary to adjudicate the applicant’s asylum claim, including administrative or judicial review.
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