USCIS Proposing to Cancel Interim Employment Authorization (EAD) Cards
Under current regulations, if an initial applicant for work authorization does not receive a decision within 90 days of filing, USCIS must issue an interim work card. However, USCIS recently proposed a rule that will eliminate that obligation. If accepted, the result of this new rule would affect employment-based visas dependent on the EAD card, family-based green card applicants, foreign students, U visa recipients, asylum applicants, and individuals in removal proceedings. In the context of adjustment of status, work authorization and advance parole travel authorization are adjudicated together, thus the new rule could have a negative effect on the issuance of combo cards. The proposal does provide for automatic extensions for applicants who apply to renew their previously granted EADs. Comments to the proposed regulation were due in late February. It is unclear when final rules will be promulgated.