In the past year, over 150,000 asylum seekers have received their work permits and Social Security numbers since becoming members of ASAP!
“We should all have the ability to work honorably while we wait for our asylum hearings,” said one ASAP member from Venezuela.
Currently, many asylum seekers in the United States can only apply for work permits if they are ASAP members. This temporary rule comes out of ASAP members’ ongoing lawsuit, CASA v. Mayorkas (formerly CASA v. Wolf), which seeks to give all asylum seekers the ability to work while their cases are pending.
Work permits are immensely valuable for asylum seekers, who often wait years for their cases to be resolved. They must be able to work legally, access federal benefits, and support their families during that time.
“Far from our countries without financial aid and support, it’s hard to survive,” said one ASAP member from Guinea. “We need to work in order to provide for ourselves and our families.”
Because ASAP members stood together to defend their ability to work, over 150,000 asylum seekers can support their families today. As we celebrate this milestone, we give our thanks to everyone who made this possible.
Click these links to learn about work permit rules for ASAP members, work permit rules for non-members, how to become an ASAP member, and how to apply for a work permit as an ASAP member.