Immigration Newsletter

Monday, October 2, 2017

Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and SSN in one application

WASHINGTON – Based on a new information-sharing partnership between U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA), foreign nationals in certain categories or classifications can now apply for work authorization and a social security number using a single form – the updated Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.
To lawfully work in the United States, foreign workers in some categories and classifications need both an employment authorization document (EAD) from USCIS, and a Social Security number (SSN) from the SSA. Previously, applicants needed to submit a Form I-765 to USCIS for an EAD, and then submit additional paperwork in-person at their local Social Security office to obtain an SSN.
The revised USCIS form includes additional questions that allow applicants to apply for an SSN or replacement card without visiting a Social Security office. Starting today, USCIS will transmit the additional data collected on the form to the SSA for processing. Moving forward, applicants who receive their approved EADs from USCIS should receive their Social Security card from SSA within the following two weeks.
EADs serve as documentation to show employers that an individual is authorized to work in the U.S. for a specific time period. SSNs are used to report wages to the government, and to determine an individual’s eligibility for certain benefits. USCIS encourages all U.S. employers to verify the employment eligibility of all new hires through E-Verify.
For additional information on applying for employment authorization, visit USCIS’ EAD page or call the USCIS National Customer Service Center.
For more information on applying for a Social Security card, see this fact sheet.
For more information about USCIS and its programs, please visit uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis), Instagram (@uscis), and Facebook (/uscis).

Drew Law Office, PLLC -- Immigration Attorneys, Manchester Metro, NH (603) 644-3739 or www.drewpllc.com

Friday, August 18, 2017

Automatic Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Extension | USCIS

Automatic Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Extension | USCIS



from USCIS.gov



Automatic Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Extension

Starting Jan. 17, 2017, USCIS is automatically extending certain expiring EADs for up to 180 days for applicants who:
  • Properly filed for a renewal EAD before their current  EAD expired, and
  • Are otherwise eligible for a renewal, which means that:
    • Your EAD renewal is under a category that is eligible for an automatic 180-day extension (see the list of categories below); and
    • The Category on your current EAD matches the “Class Requested” listed on this Notice of Action.  (Note:  If you are a TPS beneficiary or pending applicant, your EAD and this Notice must contain either the A12 or C19 category, but the categories do not need to match each other).
We are doing so to help prevent gaps in employment authorization and documentation. This extension applies to Form I-765 renewal applications that are still pending on January 17, 2017, and to Form I-765 renewal applications filed on or after Jan. 17, 2017.
The following categories of EADs will be eligible for an automatic extension of up to 180 days:
The eligibility category you listed on your Form I-765 renewal application 
Description
(a)(3) 
Refugee
(a)(5) 
Asylee
(a)(7) 
N-8 or N-9
(a)(8) 
Citizen of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, or Palau
(a)(10) 
Withholding of Deportation or Removal Granted
(a)(12) 
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Granted
(c)(8) 
Asylum Application Pending
(c)(9) 
Pending Adjustment of Status under Section 245 of the Act
(c)(10) 
Suspension of Deportation Applicants (filed before April 1, 1997)
Cancellation of Removal Applicants
Special Rule Cancellation of Removal Applicants Under NACARA
(c)(16) 
Creation of Record (Adjustment Based on Continuous Residence Since January 1, 1972)
(c)(19) 
Pending  initial application for TPS where USCIS determines applicant  is  prima facie eligible for TPS and can receive an EAD as a “temporary treatment benefit”. 
(c)(20) 
Section 210 Legalization (pending I-700)
(c)(22) 
Section 245A Legalization (pending I-687)
(c)(24) 
LIFE Legalization
(c)(31)
VAWA Self-Petitioners

NOTE:  TPS individuals may receive an automatic extension of their employment authorization:
  1. Through publication of a Federal Register notice extending the TPS designation of the individual’s country, provided that the Federal Register notice also authorizes an automatic extension of covered individuals’ existing EADs; and/or
  2. Through this 180-day automatic extension. 
 Drew Law Office, PLLC -- Immigration Attorneys, Manchester Metro, NH (603) 644-3739 or www.drewpllc.com