On January 17, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a new policy regarding Employment Authorization Document (EAD) renewals that can be extremely advantageous and less time consuming to applicants. The new policy allows for automatic EAD renewals for applicants that satisfy the following:
1. they properly file for a renewal EAD before their current EAD expires, and
2. their EAD renewal is under a category that is eligible for an automatic 180-day renewal.
You can find a list of the qualifying EAD renewal categories here
Prior to this policy change, applicants had to hope that their EAD renewals were approved prior to expiration. Now, applicants in qualifying categories can rest easy knowing that they are subject to automatic renewal. Applicants can simply use their old EAD card and their receipt number of their renewal application to legally work in the United States.
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