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Changes to EAD Processing Time and Validity Period

On September 20, 2023, the Biden Administration announced the changes to Employment Authorization Document (EAD) processing time and validity period. As per the announcement, beginning October 1, 2023, USCIS will:

  • Accelerate processing for EAD applications filed by parolees who scheduled an appointment through CBP One;
  • Dedicate additional personnel and implement improvements to decrease the median processing time for EAD applications from 90 days to 30 days;
  • Work to decrease median processing times for EAD applications associated with the Cuban, Haitian, Nicaraguan, and Venezuelan parole processes to 30 days; and
  • Increase the maximum validity period of initial and renewal EADs to 5 years for certain noncitizens.[1]

The Biden Administration also states that it is taking steps to expedite employment authorization processing. The Administration is sending email and SMS notification to certain parolees to inform them of their eligibility to apply for employment authorization.

For the original White House announcement, please visit here.


[1] Such noncitizens include those admitted as refugees or granted asylum; recipients of withholding of removal; and applicants for asylum, adjustment of status, or cancellation of removal.

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