Category: Employment Authorization

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April 10, 2024
Anna Buskila

Increased Automatic Extension to up to 540 Days of Certain EADs Pending Renewal

Based on current processing times for Employment Authorization Document (EAD) renewal applications, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has determined that it is imperative to increase the automatic extension period for certain EAD renewal applicants from up to 180 days to...

January 02, 2024
Marjorie M. Filice

The Newly Announced 5-Year EAD

USCIS recently announced updated guidance to increase the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) validity period for eligible recipients. In some cases, the validity period may be up to 5 years for both initial and renewal applications. This will be available for...

FAQs on Maintaining H-1B or L Status while Using Advance Parole (AP) and Employment Authorization Document (EAD) after Filing for Adjustment of Status

Are you a temporary H-1B or L worker who has filed for adjustment of status to receive your long-awaited green card? Congratulations! Once you have received your Advance Parole (AP) and Employment Authorization Document (EAD), you are probably puzzled whether...

July 05, 2023
Courtney Wachal

Can I Apply For a Compelling Circumstance EAD?

A compelling circumstance EAD is a temporary work authorization that may be issued by USCIS, in its discretion, to certain non-immigrants and their dependents. These individuals must meet a specific criterion, including being the beneficiaries of approved employment-based immigrant visa...

January 30, 2023
Amanda Rizzo

USCIS Agrees to Adjudicate Applications for H-4 and L-2 Dependents at the Same Time as the Principal H-1B or L-1 Spouse when Those Applications are Concurrently Filed

Prior to 2019, when the spouse and children of H-1B and L-1 workers filed an extension of their status (I-539) along with the principal H-1B or L-1 extension (I-129), USCIS would adjudicate the extensions for the whole family at the...

December 19, 2022
Courtney Wachal

Did you know there’s a visa available for religious workers?

An R-1 nonimmigrant petition or a “religious worker” visa is one of the less common nonimmigrant statuses. However, it is a great option for individuals who are employed in a religious capacity and want to come to the United States...

October 12, 2022
Chandni Shah

The Who, What, and When of H-4 EADs

As the processing times for Employment Authorization Document (EAD) applications continue to vary greatly and the option for premium processing remains uncertain, foreign employees are often left feeling unsure and anxious about potential gaps in work authorization. H-4 EAD holders...

May 03, 2022
Ana Valenzuela

DHS Announces Temporary Increase of the Automatic Extension Period of Employment Authorization and Documentation for Certain Renewal Applicants

In light of increased processing times, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is announcing a temporary increase of the automatic extension for certain renewal applicants in order to avoid a lapse in employment authorization and/or documentation while their applications remain...


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