USCIS Class Action, Settlement Notices and Agreements

The following information is presented for those individuals who are part of various class action lawsuits against USCIS or its predecessor agency.

This message is intended to inform you of the proposed class settlement in Dong, et al. v. Johnson, et al., No. 2:17-2092-ES-JSA (D.N.J. filed Mar. 30, 2017), a lawsuit that involves the University of Northern New Jersey, or UNNJ. For more details, you may access the Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement.
On June 22, 2020, USCIS issued a final rule that eliminated the provision that initial (first) employment authorization applications based on a pending asylum application should be adjudicated within 30 days. This rule went into effect on Aug. 21, 2020. In most cases, USCIS is no longer required to adjudicate initial employment authorization applications based on a pending asylum application within 30 days for individuals who applied after Aug. 21, 2020.
This notice is intended to notify you of the final class settlement in A.O. et al. v Jaddou, et al., No. 19-cv-6151 (N.D. Cal). For more details, you may access the final settlement agreement.
You are hereby notified that a hearing (the “Fairness Hearing”) has been scheduled for October 19, 2021, at 10:00 am Pacific Time at the San Jose Federal Courthouse, Courtroom 6, 4th Floor, 280 S. 1st St., San Jose, CA 95113, before the Honorable Magistrate Judge Susan van Keulen of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, for consideration of a proposed settlement of the claims that have been brought on your behalf in this lawsuit.
This notice is to inform you of a proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, against Ur M. Jaddou, Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Terri Robinson, Director of the National Benefits Center, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (the “Government”).
On July 20, 2021, the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Oakland Division, granted final approval of the settlement agreement in the case of Vangala et al. v. USCIS et al., No. 4:20-cv08143(N.D. Cal.). The agreement affects certain individuals who had their Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal, Form I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status, or Form I-918 Supplement A, Petition for Qualifying Family Member of U-1 Recipient, rejected due to the “No Blank Space” rejection policy.
Pursuant to a court order, USCIS extended the flexibilities for certain foreign students affected by delayed receipt notices for Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. These flexibilities have been extended to include applications received on or after Oct. 1, 2020, through Oct. 31, 2021, inclusive. Applicants can file Form I-765 up to 120 days before the program end date if the application is received by Oct. 31, 2021.
On Aug. 2, 2019, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland in the case of J.O.P. v. U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, et. al., Civil Action 8:19-cv-01944, issued a temporary restraining order enjoining U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from applying the May 31, 2019, unaccompanied alien children (UAC) memorandum, “Updated Procedures for Asylum Applications Filed by Unaccompanied Alien Children.”
You are hereby notified that a hearing (the “Fairness Hearing”) has been scheduled for November 4, 2020 at 9:00 AM before the Honorable Ricardo S. Martinez of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, in Seattle, Washington, for consideration of a proposed settlement of the claims that have been brought on your behalf in this lawsuit.
NOTE: The ABT settlement agreement has expired. As of Aug. 25, 2020, USCIS does not accept ABT Claim Forms.

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