The American Immigration Law Foundation ("AILF") and the Immigration and Naturalization Service ("INS") have reached a preliminary agreement to settle Escutia v. Reno, No. SA CV 00-841-AHS (ANx) (C.D. Cal., filed August 25, 2000).  AILF, along with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center ("ILRC") and the National Immigration Law Center (NILC"), filed this class action litigation to challenge the INS's failure to timely adjudicate applications for employment authorization and extended voluntary departure filed by Family Unity beneficiaries - the spouses and children of those who became permanent residents under Immigration Reform and Control Act ("IRCA").

The settlement requires the INS California Service Center ("CSC") to:

In addition, the INS agreed to issue a policy memorandum that:

The full settlement agreement and the notice of proposed settlement to class members are posted on AILF's website at www.ailf.org.

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California has preliminarily approved the proposed settlement agreement.  A Fairness Hearing to review any objections to the proposed settlement agreement and to finalize the settlement will take place on October 28, 2002.  The notice to class members sets forth the procedures that class members must follow if they wish to object to the proposed settlement.  Please note that all objections must be postmarked on or before October 7, 2002 to be considered timely.