|Vangala Lawsuit re USCIS “Blank Space” Policy Reaches Settlement, with Van Der Hout LLP Attorneys on the team|
|July 9, 2021|
We are thrilled to report about Vangala v. USCIS, the lawsuit brought by attorneys at Van Der Hout LLP, National Immigration Litigation Alliance (NILA), and Northwest Immigrants’ Rights Project (NWIRP), challenging the Blank Spaces policy that affected over 60,000 asylum applications and U visa petitions during the final period of the Trump administration. The parties entered into a settlement agreement, filed July 6, 2021, with the federal district court for approval. The settlement will not be final and effective until the district court approves it. In summary, the primary points of the settlement establish that:
We will follow up with a FAQ explaining what steps must be taken to recapture the original filing date. We are especially grateful for the support we received from the entire team at ASISTA, Kyle Dandelet at Cleary Gottlieb, Joy Ziegeweid at Urban Justice Center, Shev Dalal-Dheini at AILA, and Rekha Sharma-Crawford in gathering the necessary evidence to bring this case.
Thanks to all for your support!
Zachary Nightingale and Helen Beasley at Van Der Hout LLP
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