"Employment Authorization Documents are only valid for one year, and they cost over $200 (with fingerprint fees) to renew,
so you should be aware that you are not required to renew them. Many employers are confused about asylee status,
and if you do not have a “green card” they will demand an EAD. This is improper, and you can show them the Department
of Justice Policy Memorandum explaining that, as an asylee, you are legally authorized to work without an EAD". I got this from the USCIS
The memo from CIS is correct - you do not need an EAD to work legally. But the memo is also correct that may employers are not aware of this, or do not believe it. It is up to you whether you want to risk haggling with a potential employer over this issue or not. Why do you not want to have the EAD card?
You can either present an EAD OR your asylee I-94 (which is a List C document) and a List B document such as a passport or refugee travel doc or even a state issued drivers license.
And I think you should push the issue with your uninformed employer as it could be considered a form of discrimination.
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