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Dinsmore | Immigration
Jun 09, 2008

USCIS to Issue Some Employment Authorization Documents With 2-Years of Validity

On June 9, 2008 Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff and Commerce Secretary Gutierrez gave an address on the “State of Immigration.” Embedded in the statement is the announcement that USCIS will begin issuing 2-year EADs to individuals with a pending adjustment of status application. Secretary Chertoff said:

I'm also pleased to announce that we will be extending the validity period of the employment authorization documents that we issue to individuals who are waiting adjustment of status to lawful permit residenture or in colloquial phrase, the green card. 

Currently, adjustment applications are granted employment authorization documents with only a one year maximum validity. Beginning later this month, we'll start issuing these documents with a two-year validity period for aliens who are waiting adjustment of status if their application is expected to be pending for more than a year. 

This, again, is eliminating a persistent source of frustration for workers who are here, who have a pending adjustment application but have to go and renew their employment documents every single year. It's going to cut the paperwork there

To read the full State of Immigration address, please visit

To read the combined "USCIS Update" and USCIS FAQ titled, "USCIS to Issue Two-Year Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) -- New EADs Limited to Certain Individuals Who Have Applied for LPR Status," please click here.


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