Automatic Work Authorization Extensions for EAD Holders

By Sierra November 23, 2021 (Updated December 29, 2021) 2 min. read

Many foreign nationals working in the United States with an EAD (Employment Authorization Document) were running into roadblocks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For the past two years, US immigration has been in limbo due to processing delays, application backlogs, and travel restrictions. Many foreign nationals already in the US were also being affected by these processing delays causing many immigrants, mostly women to lose their jobs. To prevent gaps in employment authorization and documentation, the USCIS will now grant up to 180 days of automatic work authorization extension for EAD holders.

Why This Policy Changed

Before this policy change, EAD holders in the United States would need to apply for work authorization extension and wait. Because of processing delays, people weren’t getting their work authorization extension in time, they would lose their job, ultimately affecting these families, US businesses, and the economy. This immigration update came about after a lawsuit defending numerous individuals in the United States on these visas who lost their jobs due to US Immigration processing delays.

Who Is Eligible for Automatic EAD Extensions?

Certain applicants who have filed a Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization) qualify for automatic extensions of their expiring employment authorization and/or EADs for up to 180 days if they:

Eligible Categories for Automatic EAD Extension

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