IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
February 16, 2022
Ms. Collins (for herself, Ms. Sinema, and Mr. King) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To authorize certain aliens seeking asylum to be employed in the United States while their applications are being adjudicated.
This Act may be cited as the
Asylum Seeker Work Authorization Act of 2022.
Employment authorization for aliens seeking asylum
Section 208(d)(2) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1158(d)(2)) is amended to read as follows:
The Secretary of Homeland Security shall authorize employment for an applicant for asylum—
who is not in detention;
whose application for asylum has not been determined frivolous; and
with respect to whom the procedures required under paragraph (5)(A)(i) have been completed.
The Secretary may not grant employment authorization under this paragraph to an applicant for asylum who is not otherwise eligible for employment authorization until 30 days after the date on which the applicant filed an application for asylum.
Employment authorization under this paragraph—
shall be for a period of 1 year; and
shall be renewable for additional 1-year periods while the applicant’s asylum claim is being adjudicated, including administrative or judicial review.