USCIS today published an updated policy guidance that is effective immediately to change the maximum validity period that may be granted for Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) issued to certain applicants, as well as to provide general guidance on adjudicating Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.
USCIS will generally grant new and renewed EADs that are valid for two years to applicants in the following categories:
- Admitted as a refugee (a)(3);
- Granted asylum (a)(5);
- Granted withholding of deportation or removal (a)(10); and
- VAWA self-petitioner (c)(31).
Additionally, USCIS will generally grant new and renewed EADs up to the end of the parole or deferred action period to applicants in the following categories:
- Paroled into the United States for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit (c)(11); and
- Granted deferred action (non-DACA) (c)(14).
New and renewed EADs issued for impacted categories on or after Feb. 7, 2022, will reflect the updated validity periods. EADs issued before Feb. 7, 2022, are not affected. USCIS will continue to issue replacement EADs with the same validity date as the original EAD.
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