Unraveling the Mystery of the Automatic Employment Authorization Extension

The value of an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) for the millions of individuals living in the United States without permanent status cannot be overstated. With a valid EAD comes a social security number, greater work opportunities, and the ability to obtain a driver’s license.  USCIS issues EADs under nearly sixty categories, so when it comes time to renew, it can be difficult to untangle which rules apply to each category. Because of USCIS’s ever-increasing processing times, the most common concerns among renewal applicants are whether the automatic extension applies, what...