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.

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.
This webpage is intended to notify you of the final class action settlement in J.L. v. Cuccinelli, 18-CV-4914 (N.D. Cal.). For more details, you may access the final settlement agreement (PDF, 2.03 MB).
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA If you received guardianship order from the California Probate Court after you reached the age of 18 and then filed or will file for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), you may have a right to relief in a federal class action lawsuit: J.L., et al v. Cissna, et al, United States District Court Northern District of California Case Number 18-cv-04914-NC
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.
ALFARO GARCIA, ET AL. V. JOHNSON, ET AL., Case No. 4:14-cv-01775-YGR IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA TO: All individuals who meet all of the following characteristics (collectively, the “Class”):
A proposed settlement of a federal class action lawsuit may affect your rights.  In May 2010, a class action lawsuit, Tsamcho v. Napolitano, No. 10 CV 2029 (E.D.N.Y), was filed in federal court for the Eastern District of New York, challenging U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) re-openings and denials of refugee /asylee Form I-730 petitions when the relative of the Petitioner (the Beneficiary) was unable to appear at the U.S. Consulate or Embassy for an interview.

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