Lawsuit: officials delay immigrants' work authorization

May 26, 2015 6:26 PM by News Staff

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A new lawsuit alleges federal immigration officials routinely delay issuing employment authorization documents to eligible immigrants and fail to issue interim documents, thwarting their ability to work legally.

According to the suit, immigrants who are renewing their work authorization are also at risk: They can lose their jobs, benefits and, in some states, their driver's licenses.

The lawsuit was filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Seattle. It seeks class action status.

Work authorization is typically issued to people eligible for asylum, green cards and other types of visas and immigration statuses.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is required to decide most employment authorization applications within 90 days. In case of delays, the USCIS is required to issue an interim work authorization document.

The USCIS declined to comment because the issue is under active litigation.

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