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USCIS to Expedite Work Permits (EADs) for Refugees Within 30 Days — Visa Lawyer Blog — March 14, 2024

USCIS to Expedite Work Permits (EADs) for Refugees Within 30 Days — Visa Lawyer Blog — March 14, 2024

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We are excited to report that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that they will begin fast tracking employment authorization documents (EADs) for eligible refugees after being admitted to the United States.

This new process will allow refugees admitted into the United States on or after December 10, 2023, to receive their EADs within just 30 days of entry. Eligible refugees will no longer be required to file Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization by mail. Instead, USCIS will automate the process by digitally creating a Form I-765 for arriving refugees and begin adjudicating the application as soon as they are admitted into the country.

This will provide enormous benefits for refugees since they will no longer need to wait several months before they can begin working in the United States, making the process much more seamless.

Under the new system, refugees can expect to receive their EADs in the mail in just one to weeks after the approval of Form I-765.

USCIS will also electronically provide the Social Security Administration with the information required to assign a Social Security number and mail Social Security cards to refugees.

According to USCIS, this new “fast track” for work permits is the result of coordination across the U.S. government to support the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program and refugee integration. The process began on December 10, 2023, and will expedite the employment authorization process to better integrate refugees into the U.S. workforce.


Who is Not Eligible


This process does not apply to following-to join refugees admitted into the United States based on an approved Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition. Additionally, refugees seeking a replacement or renewal EAD will still need to complete and submit Form I-765.

For more information about this announcement, please click here.


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