The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) just announced that it will start issuing a new combined employment authorization document (EAD) and advanced parole document (AP) to certain individuals who have a pending employment or family based I-485 application to adjust status. This new combined EAD/AP card will look similar to the current EAD card, but will contain language on the face of the card that states ?Serves as I-512 Advanced Parole.? The new card will be issued to individuals who concurrently apply for their EAD and AP documents with their I-485 application. The card will also be issued to applicants who file for extensions of their EAD and AP documents concurrently, so long as their EAD and AP documents expire within 120 days of each other.
The new card will be issued for one to two years at the discretion of USCIS. This new card will allow individuals to carry only a single document for work and travel authorization while the I-485 applications are pending.
Employers will be able to treat this document as a List A document for purposes of I-9 verification.
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