What Is a Combo Card?
Here is the definition of a Combo Card: In 2011, USCIS announced that they would begin issuing employment and travel authorization on a single “combo” card for those green card applicants already living lawfully in the United States and filing an adjustment of status (AOS) application. By combining the documents, USCIS enabled applicants to carry a single document that was more durable and secure than the previous AP document.
The Combo Card and Regular EAD card look similar.
- Combo Card states at the bottom: Serves as I-512 Advance Parole.
- Regular EAD Card states: Not valid for Reentry to US.
USCIS stopped issuing combo cards in an effort to reduce growing EAD backlogs that created employment interruptions for applicants. EAD cards may arrive before AP document does. It is important to understand that the EAD card alone will not permit travel and re-entry into the US. You must carry both AP document and EAD card issued by USCIS to travel.