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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...

February 14, 2022
Tahreem Kalam

Changes to H4 and L2 work authorization following USCIS Lawsuit Settlement

On November 10, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reached a settlement in the Shergill v. Mayorkas class action lawsuit. As part of the settlement, USCIS agreed to update its policy relating to H-4 and L-2 spousal Employment Authorization...

October 11, 2021
Tahreem Kalam

Can I Expedite my EAD Application with USCIS?

A Form I-765 employment authorization document or EAD card, is a work permit document issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that provides temporary employment authorization to noncitizens in the United States. Those on various non-immigrant visa...


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