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H.R. 2813: Asylum Seeker Work Authorization Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of May 16, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2813

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 16, 2019

(for herself, Ms. Jayapal, Ms. Omar, Mr. McGovern, and Ms. Ocasio-Cortez) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To permit aliens seeking asylum to be eligible for employment in the United States and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Asylum Seeker Work Authorization Act of 2019.

2.

Employment authorization for aliens seeking asylum

Paragraph (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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