Work Permits for Residency Applicants Will Now Be Issued For Two Years

CNW Legal Analyst, Attorney Caroly Pedersen

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On June 9, 2021, the USCIS announced that it will begin issuing new Work Permits, officially called: Employment Authorization Document (“EAD”) cards filed as part of Residency cases (form I-485 Adjustment of Status Application), or filed requesting an extension based on a pending Residency case, for a two-year validity period instead of a one-year validity period.

This increases the current one-year validity period on initial and renewal EADs to two years. The administration hopes this new policy change will decrease the number of employment authorization renewal requests and improve processing times for work permit issuance, which are currently six to nearly eight months or more.

You can read the USCIS work permits validity period policy announcement by visiting our website at and  clicking on the enewsletter



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