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Old 10-28-2009, 02:10 PM
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Default SPECIAL EAD and Advance Parole Renewal

The required documents for filing an EAD renewal are as follows:
1. copy of current EAD card (front and back)
2. copy of I-485 receipt notice
3. copy of I-765 approval notices
4. two (2) colored passport style photographs for each applicant
5. application fee $340 each (Check made payable to U.S. Department of Homeland Security- DO NOT ABBREVIATE)

The required documents for filing an AP renewal are as follows:
1. copy of current Advance Parole approval
2. copy of current status for each applicant; (For example, if on H1B, a copy of current H1B approval notice, etc.)
3. copy of I-485 receipt notice
4. two (2) colored passport style photographs for each applicant
5. application fee $305 (Check made payable to U.S. Department of Homeland Security DO NOT ABBREVIATE)


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Question: How soon can I renew my EAD and Advance Parole (AP)?
Answer: You can file the renewal 120 days prior to the expiration date. However, AP applicants are advised to reapply within 30 days or less remaining on their current I-131 document.

Question: I have a valid H-1B. Do I need to renew EAD and AP?
Answer: No. You do not have to renew your EAD or AP. According to the new USCIS guidance issued last November, People on L1 or H-1B status can travel without AP. However, it is advisable to renew the EAD and AP as a precautionary measure if you plan to travel. For instance, if you travel outside the U.S. and you are not allowed back into the U.S. by customs on H-1B for any given reason, you can always come back in with AP and ensure that your adjustment of status proceeding continues.

Question: My spouse has H4 and is currently not working; do I need to renew EAD? Can I renew later when I need it?
Answer: You do not need to renew EAD. You can reapply for EAD anytime while your I-485 is pending.

Question: How long does it take to get a new EAD and AP?
Answer: Current processing times can be viewed on the USCIS website.

Question: My H-1B is expiring, should I extend H-1B or be on EAD?
Answer: You can work on EAD while your adjustment of status application (I-485) is pending. However, in the unforeseen event that your adjustment of status application is denied by the USCIS, you would fall out of status. Therefore, it is a good idea to maintain H-1B status as long as you can. However, this is decision that you have to make.

Question: Can I renew AP while I am outside the U.S.?
Answer: No

Question: What happens if my EAD expires and Im still waiting for an approval of 485 while I am working?
Answer: If not on valid H-1B/L status, you cannot work until you get an approval.

Question: If I am currently on O1 status, and would like to travel, should I apply for AP and EAD, or just AP?
Answer: If you are on a nonimmigrant status other than H-1B, H-4, L-1, or L-2, you should obtain an AP, but EAD is not needed. Problems could occur while traveling, especially when attempting to reenter the U.S. Therefore, it is recommended that if you are not on H-1B/L status, that you should obtain both an EAD and AP if you wish to travel outside the U.S. while your I-485 is pending.

Question: What is the validity period for the EAD card?
Answer: As of June 30, 2008, USCIS will issue EAD valid for two years for individuals who qualify. The new two-year EAD is only available to individuals who have filed Adjustment of status I-485 and are unable to become a lawful permanent resident because an immigrant visa number is not currently available.





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Old 10-28-2009, 03:11 PM
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what would be the filing fees when we apply for EAD or AP? I heard that since the filing fee increase, we do not need to send the fees each time we renew. Is this correct?
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Old 10-29-2009, 01:00 PM
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it is a dumb question, is it another attorney firm offers the services.
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Soon they'll tell you processing time is 6 mnths and so you need to apply twice a year.
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Old 10-29-2009, 02:52 PM
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Default EAD recieved only for 1 year

I applied for EAD in June 2009 (485 filed in August 2007) but I received the EAD only for 1 year. I called USCIS Customer Care, they were not able to give a clear pic of why they gave only 1 year EAD.

They came up with weird explanation, like may be my case is expected to get a VISA number soon, that could be why I got only 1 year EAD. how ever if I need more info I was advised to get a infopass.


Anybody have similar experience ?
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They might have thought that it is EB2

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I applied for EAD in June 2009 (485 filed in August 2007) but I received the EAD only for 1 year. I called USCIS Customer Care, they were not able to give a clear pic of why they gave only 1 year EAD.

They came up with weird explanation, like may be my case is expected to get a VISA number soon, that could be why I got only 1 year EAD. how ever if I need more info I was advised to get a infopass.


Anybody have similar experience ?
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I returned an EAD card with 1 yr and requested for another. It came through.
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