Due to the major problems immigrants are facing because of the horrible processing times for new Employment Authorization Documents, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, announced a change to the maximum validity period for Employment Authorization Documents, or EADs, issued to certain applicants. USCIS will now generally grant two-year EADs for applicants filing new and renewed Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, to applicants in the following categories:
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:
This is effective immediately. 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.