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COVID-19 Update: USCIS to Continue to Process EAD Extension Requests Despite Application Support Center Closures

According to USCIS announcement dated March 30, 2020, USCIS will continue to process EAD (employment authorization)  extension requests despite application support center closures and will reuse previously submitted bio-metrics in order to process valid Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, extension requests due to the temporary closure of Application Support Centers (ASC) to the public in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This announcement is consistent with existing USCIS authorities regarding the agency’s ability to reuse previously submitted bio-metrics.

Applicants who had an appointment scheduled with an ASC on or after the March 18 closure or has filed an I-765 extension will have their application processed using previously submitted bio-metrics.  This will remain in effect until ASCs are open for appointments to the public.

Please refer to our previous articles on COVID-19. We will regularly update the blog as soon as any new information is available on COVID-19.

Previous Articles on COVID-19:

  1. http://www.ahluwalialaw.com/covid-19-treatment-or-preventive-services-not-to-negatively-impact-the-aliens-seeking-extension-of-stay-change-of-status-or-adjustment-of-status/ (Date of Publication: March 16, 2020)
  2. http://www.ahluwalialaw.com/covid-19-update-uscis-suspension-of-in-person-services-and-services-available-only-in-emergency-situations/ (Date of Publication: March 18, 2020)
  3. http://www.ahluwalialaw.com/covid-19-update-uscis-suspends-premium-processing-for-all-i-129-and-i-140-petitions-and-dos-suspends-routine-visa-services-at-all-u-s-embassies-and-consulates/ (Date of Publication: March 20, 2020)
  4. http://www.ahluwalialaw.com/covid-19-update-uscis-announces-flexibility-in-submitting-required-signatures-during-covid-19-national-emergency/ (Date of Publication: March 20, 2020)
  5. http://www.ahluwalialaw.com/covid-19-update-temporary-closure-of-uscis-international-offices/ (Date of Publication: March 25, 2020)
  6. http://www.ahluwalialaw.com/covid-19-update-uscis-temporary-office-closure-extended-until-at-least-april-7-2020/ (Date of Publication: March 25, 2020)
  7. http://www.ahluwalialaw.com/covid-19-update-uscis-announces-flexibility-in-submission-of-response-for-requests-for-evidence-rfe-and-notices-of-intent-to-deny-noid/ (Date of Publication: March 27, 2020)
  8. http://www.ahluwalialaw.com/covid-19-update-uscis-temporary-office-closure-extended-until-at-least-may-3-2020-expands-flexibility-for-responding-to-uscis-requests/ (Date of Publication: April 01, 2020)



This article aims to provide new information concerning COVID-19 and its effect on the Aliens. This article, under no circumstances, acts as legal advice; therefore, for any further case-specific question, please contact your Attorney or the Ahluwalia Law Offices, P.C. (Team ALO).

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