USCIS Issuing EADs Separately from APs

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun issuing employment authorization documents (EADs) separately from advance parole (AP) documents. This is being done in an effort to clear backlogs in EAD applications.

Background on “Combo Cards”

When a foreign national files an I-485 adjustment of status application, the applicant typically has the option to also apply for an EAD and/or AP. In cases where the individual has applied for both an EAD and AP, the USCIS normally waits for both applications to be adjudicated before issuing a single combination card (or “combo card”). Now, however, the USCIS is prioritizing EAD applications, and will issue the AP documents separately – and later, presumably.


Delays in EAD applications have been an ongoing problem with the USCIS. We urge the USCIS to make premium processing available for all EAD categories. We also expect the USCIS will find a way to ensure AP applications are processed in a timely manner.



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