As an asylee I understand I've authorization to work without an EAD.What can I do if my foreign passport is expired?

I'm applying with my asylee status in form I-94 but the passport is expired.Can I still get employed if I show my form I-94 approving my asylee status with my passport expired? Can I ask for 90 days to renew my passport or anything similar? Thank You

Larkspur, CA -

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Carl Michael Shusterman

Carl Michael Shusterman

Immigration Attorney - Los Angeles, CA

Yes, there is no need to renew your passport. After all, this is the passport of the country where you would be persecuted if you returned.

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Stephen D. Berman

Stephen D. Berman

Immigration Attorney - Chicago, IL

You already have the required documents to be employed, however having a valid, current, government issued identification such as an EAD is a very good idea. It is often a bad idea for an asylee to renew their passport, since you are filing that request with the government which you contend, intends to persecute you.

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Philip Alan Eichorn

Philip Alan Eichorn

Immigration Attorney - Cleveland, OH

Here's a cut and paste regarding completing the I-9.

neither refugees nor asylees are required to present an
Employment Authorization Document (Form I-766) to
meet Form I-9 requirements. Both refugees and asylees
may also present other documents that are acceptable for
Form I-9, such as Form I-94/I-94A indicating refugee
or asylee status. List B and List C combinations, such as
a State-issued driver’s license and an unrestricted Social
Security card, may also be presented by both.

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