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On April 12, 2013, the plaintiffs in the asylum clock class action lawsuit (A.B.T. et al v. USCIS, et al.), represented by the American Immigration Council, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, and the Seattle law firm Gibbs Houston Pauw, filed a proposed settlement agreement with the court.  The asylum clock determines whether an asylum seeker is eligible for employment authorization.  

On May 7, 2013, the District Court granted the parties’ motion for preliminary approval of the settlement.  Please click here to view the class notice and click here to view the settlement agreement.

In the next month, NIJC will provide pro bono attorneys with additional information and guidance regarding the changes to asylum clock policies and procedures agreed upon in the settlement.  Please note that the changes have not yet been implemented and many may not be implemented for six months.  Please contact Michelle Bezner at if you have questions regarding the impact of the settlement on your NIJC asylum client.