U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a temporary final rule to increase the automatic extension period for certain employment authorization document (EAD) holders from 180 days to 540 days.  This temporary measure, which took effect April 8, applies to eligible applicants who timely filed an EAD renewal application on or after October 27, 2023, if the application is pending on the date of publication in the Federal Register, as well as those renewal applicants who timely file their applications during the 540-day period after the rule’s publication. The aim is to prevent nearly 800,000 EAD renewal applicants, including asylum applications, Temporary Protected Status applicants and green card applicants, from suffering a lapse in their employment authorization.

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