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March 30, 2021

Immigration Law Clinic receives $18,000 grant from the American Bar Endowment
By Leah Li

The Immigration and Nationality Act states that noncitizens can apply for work permits while waiting for their asylum application’s decision. The work permit is crucial for them as it enables them to get a driver’s license, an SSN and allows them to work in the U.S legally. Nonetheless, the decision of the employment authorization document (EAD) applications isn’t always fair. Miller said one client had two daughters listed on her asylum application, but only one of the two girls’ EAD application was approved, and the other one got denied. “These denials cause major upheavals in families’ lives,” he said. Miller thought having a lawyer can significantly increase the asylum seeker’s chances of success in immigration court. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a research center at Syracuse University, maintains data on asylum applications’ adjudication in the U.S. immigration courts. According to their statistics, only 18% of unrepresented citizens received asylum in 2020. Over 30% of represented citizens did receive it.

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