This quarter, thousands of ASAP members successfully defended their ability to work legally in the U.S.! Thanks to their leadership, the government admitted there were processing delays and committed to processing work permit applications for all ASAP members within 30 days, as the law requires.
Over the past few months, thousands of members filled out surveys and let ASAP know that they were facing delays in getting their work permits. These members produced powerful evidence in support of their ongoing legal battle in CASA v. Mayorkas. As a result of this evidence, the government not only recognized that there was a problem, but also committed to fixing delays. The government promised to finish processing all the delayed work permit applications by May 2021, and agreed that moving forward, it would process new work permit applications from ASAP members within 30 days.
This victory would not have been possible without the work of ASAP members, who sued the government to protect the ability of asylum seekers to work legally — and who continue to hold the government accountable each step of the way.
If you are an ASAP member or advocate assisting an ASAP member, you can find more information about the CASA v. Mayorkas lawsuit or how to file a work permit application here.