USCIS Increases Automatic Extension of Certain Employment Authorization Documents to Improve Access to Work Permits


The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced a temporary final rule (TFR) to increase the automatic extension period for certain employment authorization documents (EADs) from up to 180 days to up to 540 days. The temporary measure announced will prevent already work-authorized noncitizens from having their employment authorization and documentation lapse while waiting for USCIS to adjudicate their pending EAD renewal applications and better ensure continuity of operations for US employers.  
This temporary measure will apply to eligible applicants who timely and properly filed an EAD renewal application on or after Oct. 27, 2023, if the application is still pending on the date of publication in the Federal Register. The TFR will also apply to eligible EAD renewal applicants who timely and properly file their Form I-765 application during a 540-day period that begins with the rule’s publication in the Federal Register. 
As part of this TFR, USCIS is soliciting feedback from the public that would inform potential future regulatory action. For more information, visit Automatic Employment Authorization Document Extension page​.