H. R. 2813
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
May 16, 2019
Ms. Pingree (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
To permit aliens seeking asylum to be eligible for employment in the United States and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Asylum Seeker Work Authorization Act of 2019.
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:
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.
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.
Employment authorization for an applicant for asylum—
shall be for a period of 1 year; and
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.