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USCIS Temporarily Extends Automatic Extensions of Work Permits Up to 540 Days

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USCIS issued a temporary final rule that increases the automatic extension period  for employment authorization documents from 180 days to 540 days. This rule is in response to the enormous backlog that USCIS has faced with issuing EADs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has caused staffing shortages, shutdowns, and reduced capacity which ahs slowed down the production of the cards. This backlog left millions of applicants without the ability to work legally or on the brink of losing their jobs.

This extension is only available to certain EAD holders. Eligible applicants must:

  • Have a properly filed Form I-765 for renewal before the expiration of the current EAD
  • Are in an eligible class to receive the automatic extensions, such as those with pending asylum
  • The category on the current EAD matches the renewal EAD

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