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USCIS Increases Employment Authorization Document Validity Period to Five Years for Noncitizens Admitted or Paroled as Refugees or Granted Asylum

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced an update to its Policy Manual to increase the validity period from two years to five years for initial and renewal Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) for noncitizens who are employment authorized, including those admitted as refugees, paroled as refugees and granted asylum, and recipients of withholding of removal. USCIS notes that increasing the maximum EAD validity period to five years is intended to significantly reduce the number of new Forms I-765, Application for Employment Authorization the agency receives over the next several years and help USCIS reduce processing times and backlogs for EADs.

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