For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Seattle, WA

Contact: NWIRP

Federal Judge Grants Preliminary Approval of Settlement Agreement in National Class Action Lawsuit on Work Authorization for Asylum Seekers

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 six months or more for a decision on their asylum applications. 

The lawsuit is called B.H. et al v. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, et al(also referred to as “ABT”).  This lawsuit was filed by the American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center (LAC), the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI, and the law firm Gibbs Houston Pauw. As the Notice to Class explains, individuals have 30 days to submit written objections to the settlement. 

The Notice to class members about the settlement and other documents are available for downloading below:

The Court’s Order

Notice to Class Members

Settlement Agreement

Claim Form

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