May 4, 2022 update for ASAP members: Great news! Work permits for many asylum seekers are now valid for 540 days after the expiration date! You can read more at this page.
ASAP members have achieved an “unprecedented” victory after months of advocacy: asylum seekers’ work permits will not expire while the government processes their renewals – saving thousands of asylum seekers from losing their jobs!
Last year, more than 34,000 ASAP members shared their top ideas for change in the asylum system, with work permits at the top of the list. The government was not issuing work permits on time, and asylum seekers were losing the ability to support their families while searching for safe haven in the United States.
As ASAP member Jairo Umaña explained to CBS News, “Being out of work triggers a chain reaction: there’s no income, there’s no money for rent, there’s no food.”
Work permit delays became ASAP’s top priority, and members took matters into their own hands. Together, they devised solutions, sued the government, and shared their stories on a national stage. Now, their efforts have paid off!
This is a victory for all. The automatic extension of work permits will help not only ASAP members, but also other asylum seekers, other immigrant workers, employers, and the communities that rely on asylum-seeking doctors, construction workers, truck drivers, software engineers, and more.
Join us all in celebrating this major win — when asylum seekers stand together, anything is possible! As Nathaliee, an ASAP member from El Salvador said, “Don’t give up, keep fighting. With patience everything is achieved.”
You can read more about this development in Bloomberg and CBS News, where Jairo and ASAP Co-Executive Director Conchita Cruz are featured.