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Noncitizens in certain employment eligibility categories who timely file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, to renew their employment authorization and/or EADs may receive an up to 540-day automatic extension of their employment authorization and/or EAD validity. The renewal application must be for the same employment eligibility Category Code as the current EAD, except that for EADs with an A12 or C19 Category, the EAD renewal application can have either A12 or C19.

The extension begins on the “Card Expires” date on the front of the EAD and generally continues for up to 540 days, unless USCIS denies the renewal application earlier. To help employers calculate the maximum up to 540-day period, USCIS has developed the EAD Automatic Extension Calculator, which can be accessed below.

The temporary rule extends to employees in the following categories: A03, A05, A07, A08, A10, A17, A18, C08, C09, C10, C16, C20, C22, C24, C26, C31, and A12 or C19. For complete guidance on qualifying employees, visit the Handbook for Employers, Section 4.4, Automatic Extensions of Employment Authorization and/or Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) in Certain Circumstances.

If your employee meets the eligibility requirements for the employment authorization and/or EAD automatic extension, use the calculator below to determine their new EAD expiration date, unless their employment authorization category code is A17, A18, or C26.

Please access the link below to calculate the EAD expiration date.

Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Automatic Extension Calculator


This article, under no circumstances, acts as legal advice; therefore, for any immigration questions, please contact your Attorney or the Ahluwalia Law Offices, P.C. (Team ALO).

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