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My I-485 Application Is Still Pending, Do I Have to Renew My EAD?

Hi William,

My I-485 application of status adjustment is still pending, and my EAD will expire soon. Do I have to renew my EAD? and when should I renew it?


Aliens with pending adjustment of status I-485 applications should check the expiration dates of their EAD (Employment Authorization Document). EADs may be requested in connection with the I-485 filing. It is important to remember that the authorization to work is limited to the validity dates listed on the EAD. Working without authorization, even for those with pending I-485, can have serious consequences, including potential denial of the I-485 application.

It is important to file the EAD renewal at least 90 days in advance of the expiration date of the current EAD. Filings are permitted up to 120 days in advance. While most EADs are processed within the required 90-day timeframe, delays occur on occasion. The simple and obvious solution is to file the EAD as far in advance as permitted, namely 120 days before its expiration date to avoid a gap in employment.

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