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Suit Seeks to Speed Work Authorization for Green Card Applicants

Nov. 9, 2021, 10:37 PM

Zherong Kang, a legal aid in Springfield, Ill., has been unable to work since June after his work authorization documents expired.

Byrd Willis Pineda, a physician based in Dallas, Texas, faces loss of employment if his work authorization documents aren’t renewed soon.

They’re among dozens of applicants for lawful permanent resident status—also known as a green card—suing U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services over protracted wait times to approve work eligibility status.

The cause of the delays is a 2017 Department of Homeland Security rule that did away with a requirement for USCIS to process work authorization applications within 90 days ...