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Expedited Employment Authorization Documents

How can you receive expedited employment authorization documents (EAD)?
The top of a U.S. Employment Authorization Card inbetween American flags.

Five years ago, USCIS routinely took three months to issue employment authorization documents (EADs) and advance parole (AP) travel documents. Now, 9 months or longer is not unusual. Begin planning 180 days prior to the expiration of your EAD and AP.

Requesting Expedited Processing

It is difficult to expedite first-time applications, especially if you must be fingerprinted. Your processing my be expedited if:

  • Severe financial loss to a company or person, provided that the need for urgent action is not the result of the applicant’s failure:
    • to timely file the benefit request;
    • to timely respond to any requests for additional evidence.
  • Emergencies and urgent humanitarian reasons.
  • Nonprofit organization (as designated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) whose request is in furtherance of the cultural and social interests of the United States.
  • U.S. government interests (including urgent cases for federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Labor, DHS or other public safety or national security interests).
  • Clear USCIS error.
  • Healthcare worker with a pending EAD renewal.

Review the details for each of these items on a document from AILA by clicking here.

As always, if we can be of assistance, please call our office to schedule an appointment.