Learn about changes to employment authorizations (EADs) based on pending asylum applications.
The Rule changes to employment authorizations based on pending asylum applications are roughly divided into five categories:
- Changes Related to the “Asylum EAD clock”
- Changes Related to Processing Times
- Changes Related to Individual Eligibility
- Changes Related to Standards for Adjudication and
- Changes Related to EAD Renewals and Termination
Employment Authorization Document (EAD): a work permit card issued by the government to certain eligible people.
“Asylum EAD clock”: The asylum EAD clock tracks how many days have elapsed since an asylum applicant filed a complete asylum application (form I-589) with the asylum office or the immigration court. It can be stopped and started depending on what happens in the course of the application period. It exists for two reasons: 1) Because asylum seekers cannot apply for a EAD until a certain amount of time has passed since they filed their asylum application and 2) Because the government cannot grant a EAD until a certain amount of time has passed since the asylum seeker filed their asylum application.
I-765: The form required to apply for an EAD (i.e. a work permit)