Bloomberg Law
Nov. 26, 2021, 10:30 AM

Asylum Seekers Face Loss of Work, Pay as Paperwork Delays Mount

Andrew Kreighbaum
Andrew Kreighbaum

After winning a court fight with then-President Donald Trump’s administration over work authorization, asylum seekers are raising alarms over long delays in renewing work permits that threaten to force hundreds out of jobs in the U.S.

And the jobs filled by those seeking asylum run the gamut from truck drivers critical to already-struggling supply chains to healthcare positions in high demand in the midst of the pandemic. The delays parallel those experienced by spouses of high-skilled visa holders who have faced loss of employment because of similar wait times for work documents.

Asylum seekers are entitled to an automatic 180-day ...

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