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USCIS announced a proposed rule to deny some asylum seekers work authorization.


USCIS announced a proposed rule that would deny work authorization to asylum seekers who entered the U.S. outside of a port of entry. The proposed rule also seeks to automatically end work authorization for asylum seekers whose application is denied and administratively final. Additionally, all asylum seekers who did not file asylum applications within 1 year of their last entry into the U.S. are ineligible for work authorization. The rule also clarifies that if an asylum seeker fails to appear for their appointment, their asylum application or work authorization can be denied. Last, any asylum seeker who was convicted of a felony or certain public safety offenses is ineligible for work authorization. The rule also gives discretion to officers to deny employment authorization for “unresolved arrests or pending charges.” The proposed rule has been published in the Federal Register and is open for comment until January 13, 2020.

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