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USCIS Updates Policy Guidance of Employment Authorization Documents

USCIS - June 9th 2021:


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to increase the amount of time a grant of employment authorization is valid for applicants seeking adjustment of status under Section 245 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).


Currently, USCIS issues adjustment applicants Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) that are valid for 1 year. However, in the interest of reducing the burden on both the agency and the public, because the current median processing time for certain adjustment of status applications is close to or greater than 1 year, USCIS will now issue initial and renewal EADs to adjustment applicants that are valid for 2 years. Replacement EADs will not be affected by this update; USCIS will continue to issue replacement EADs with the same validity dates as the original EAD. [1]


Thia guidance, contained in Volume 10 of the Policy Manual, is effective immediately.



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[1] An applicant files for a replacement EAD if his or her card has been lost, stolen, mutilated, or when the previously issued card contains erroneous information, such as a misspelled name.

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