USCIS recently announced they increased the automatic extension period of work permits/employment authorization cards (“EAD”) for certain applicants. In May, USCIS announced a Temporary Final Rule that increases the automatic extension period for EAD cards and Employment Authorization Documents for certain applicants up to 540 days. “As USCIS works to address pending EAD caseloads, the agency has determined that the current 180-day automatic extension for employment authorization is currently insufficient,” said USCIS Director Ur M. Jaddou.  “This temporary rule will provide those noncitizens otherwise eligible for the automatic extension an opportunity to maintain employment and provide critical support for their families, while avoiding further disruption for U.S. employers.”  This is in response to the sudden and dramatic increase in EAD initial and renewal filings that occurred as pandemic restrictions were lifted.

The increase was effective starting on May 4, 2022. It will help avoid gaps in employment for noncitizens with pending EAD renewal applications and will stabilize the continuance for U.S. employers. The automatic extension will end upon notification of a final decision on the renewal application or the end of the 540-day period. Some noncitizens who are in the U.S. can file Form I-765 to request employment authorization and an EAD.

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