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USCIS REMINDS CUSTOMERS OF FILING CHANGE FOR EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATION
Local Offices To Stop Processing and Producing EADs
Washington, DC – In November 2004, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
(USCIS) published a notice in the Federal Register informing the public that, as
of April 1, 2005, individuals must file Applications for Employment
Authorization, (Forms I-765) at one of the four USCIS Service Centers or the
National Benefits Center (via the Chicago Lockbox). The instructions to Form
I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, with addendum, have reflected
this change since then. In the interim, some USCIS offices have continued to
accept employment authorization applications and have produced Employment
Authorization Cards (Form I-688B) using local systems.
Why Eliminate Local Filings?
USCIS is discontinuing local production of Form I-688B Employment
Authorization Card (EAC) in favor of Form I-765 Employment Authorization
Document (EAD) produced at one central location using national systems. The
locally produced I-688B lacks security features and is not well suited to
employment verification by employers.
Offices that have continued to accept applications locally may, in their
discretion, continue to accept certain employment authorization applications
until October 1, 2006. After September 1, 2006, however, such local offices will
no longer process those cases and will only forward them for Service Centers
processing. Customers seeking the fastest service should send their applications
directly to the appropriate Service Center or Chicago Lockbox as indicated on
the Form I-765 instructions. As of October 1, 2006, USCIS local offices will no
longer accept any Form I-765 filings. Local Offices will work with community,
legal and law enforcement organizations to eliminate local filings of Form
The discontinuation of locally produced EACs will not prohibit customers from
using InfoPass to schedule an appointment for an interim employment document
when USCIS hasn’t adjudicated the original Form I-765 within 90 days. Customers
should take great care to attend all appointments, including biometrics
appointments, and respond promptly to all requests for evidence sent from USCIS.
Failure to attend a biometrics appointment, or failure to provide all required
documents or information requested by USCIS will delay entitlement to an
“interim card” and may re-start or stop the 90-day period.
File 100 Days Before Expiration of Current EAD
Effective October 1, 2006, local USCIS offices will no longer produce interim
EACs. USCIS will issue all approved interim EADs from a central facility.
Accordingly, an applicant seeking to replace an expiring EAD should file Form
I-765 at least 100 days before the current card expires. Doing so will minimize
the possibility that the current EAD will expire before a decision is made on
the new application.
Arrangements for Asylum Cases
Individuals who have been granted asylum by the Executive Office for
Immigration Review should continue to schedule and attend their InfoPass
appointments for documentation in accordance with the Post Order Instructions
provided to them at the conclusion of their immigration court proceedings. The
local USCIS office will complete the individual’s processing for documentation
of asylum status and will also initiate EAD card production from the central
facility. Individuals granted asylum by a USCIS Asylum Office will, at the time
they are granted asylum, receive information about the prompt delivery of a