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Employment Authorization Document card for 2 years. Is that normal?

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I have a I-485 and I-30 pending for 2 years. During these 2 years I had 2 Employment Authorization Document cards good for one year each, and just renewed it for the third time and this one came for a two year period. Does it mean anything?

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  1. Best answer

    USCIS's press release informed the stakeholders that the Service will start issuing 2 year cards sometime this year. No clear policy in which cases they would do that and in which not. Clearly, they found your case warranting such extended validity card.

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  2. Yes. It is normal. Just because the EAD is good for two years does not mean you are going to be waiting another two years.

  3. USCIS is issuing 2-yer EADs now.

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  4. Nothing special. Its just a policy change.

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  5. USCIS just recently changed their process to issue two year EADs. They did this because many applications were taking longer than one year to complete.

    The answer provided here is general in nature and does not take into account other factors that may need to be reviewed for a more precise answer. You should consult with an immigration attorney before taking any action. The answer here is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship.

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