USCIS announced a new rule that increases the automatic extension period of some work permits from 180 to 540 days.
Effective May 4, 2022, the measure applies to certain renewal applicants who have filed Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, who qualify for an automatic extension of their employment authorization and/or EAD while their application is pending.
According to the official notice on the USCIS website, you qualify for an extension if:
- You correctly filed a Form I-765 for a renewal of your work permit before your current one expired, and
- Your EAD renewal application falls under a category that is eligible for an automatic extension, for example:
- Applicants for adjustment of status Code c9
- Asylum applicants Code c8
- Cancellation of Removal Applicants Code c10
- Approved VAWA Code c31
This temporary increase in the extension will be in effect until October 26, 2023. It is provided to certain renewal applicants to help avoid employment authorization and documentation gaps. If you filed your renewal application and your 180 days have already expired, you can start working again now for the additional time.
The time to apply for a renewal of your employment authorization is today! Call the Law Office of Jessica Piedra at (816) 895-6363 to schedule a consultation and start your renewal process now.