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Washnington, Jun 22 (Canadian-Media): A regulatory change was announced June 22 by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to discourage aliens from illegally entering the United States, media reports said.
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Besides, deterring the aliens to illegally enter the US, the regulatory change also discourages filing fraudulent, or non-meritorious claims for asylum to obtain an employment authorization document.
Originating from the April 29, 2019, Presidential Memorandum on Additional Measures to Enhance Border Security and Restore Integrity to Our Immigration System, this rule would be effective on Aug 25 and does not in any way alter asylum eligibility criteria.
Emphasizing as the policy of the United States to manage humanitatian immigration programs in a safe and orderly manner, this rule promptly denies benefits to unqualified persons.
“Safeguarding the integrity of our nation’s legal immigration system from those who seek to exploit or abuse it is key to the USCIS mission,” said Joseph Edlow, the USCIS Deputy Director for Policy. “The reforms in this rule are designed to restore integrity to the asylum system and to reduce any incentive to file an asylum application for the primary purpose of obtaining work authorization. It also deters frivolous and non-meritorious applications by eliminating employment authorization for aliens who have failed to file for asylum within one year of their last entry until USCIS or an immigration judge determines the alien’s eligibility for asylum.”
The rule prevents aliens who illegally entered the US from obtaining employment authorization based on a pending asylum application.
Additionally, the rule defines new restrictions and denials for employment authorization, such as for certain criminal behavior; extends the wait time of an applicant employment authorization from 150 days to 365 calendar days; limits the employment authorization validity period to a maximum of two years; and automatically terminates employment authorization when an applicant’s asylum denial is administratively final.