Policy Statements

Church World Service Public Comment On Temporary Final Rule Regarding Work Permit Automatic Eligibility Extension Periods

June 7, 2024

Church World Service respectfully submits the following comment in response to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) request for comment on the Temporary Increase of the Automatic Extension Period of Employment Authorization and Documentation for Certain Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Renewal Applicants, 89 Fed. Reg. 24628 (Apr. 8, 2024) (to be codified at 8 C.F.R. pt. 274a) (DHS Docket …

Asylum Seeker Work Authorization: Comparing Legislation to Improve and Expand Access

September 6, 2023

Among the most significant challenges facing arriving asylum seekers – and the communities that welcome them – is the ability to access employment authorization. Asylum seekers and other new arrivals in the U.S. need employment authorization documents (EADs) so they can become self-sufficient, lawfully support themselves and their families, and contribute economically to their new communities. In the midst of …

Bill Summary: The Real ID Eligibility (RIDE) for Ukraine Act

August 14, 2023

On May 11th, Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Illinois) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pennsylvania) introduced the bipartisan REAL ID Eligibility (RIDE) For Ukraine Act (H.R. 3259), which would grant REAL ID-eligibility to Ukrainians in the U.S. who meet certain requirements. The bill would provide many Ukrainians who have fled the Russian invasion with crucial access to driver’s licenses and State IDs, documents …

The Office of Refugee Resettlement’s Refugee and Entrant Assistance Account

July 24, 2023

Persecution and conflict have forced a record number of people to flee their homes around the world. Here in the United States, communities have opened their doors to those who have been displaced, including refugees who have arrived after long and often dangerous waits in resettlement camps and life-threatening situations; Afghans who were at risk due to their work in …

Rebuilding the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP)

March 24, 2022

Recommendations to Strengthen Refugee Resettlement in the United States Click here to read the recommendations: The need for long-term protections for refugees has never been greater. The world is facing record displacement figures of more than 84 million people forced from their homes with enormous refugee overseas assistance needs. Of those, there are more than 31 million refugees, 1.5 million …