Electronic Communication about Work Permit Sent to Certain Asylum Applicants

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the initiation of a nationwide campaign for noncitizens who are eligible to work but have not yet applied for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). DHS states that the purpose of the communication is to remind individuals to apply for a work authorization document.  

As of September 1, the U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has sent hundreds of thousands of email and text notifications in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole, with plans to extend notifications in Ukrainian and Russian in the near future.  

As of September 13, 2023, DHS has reached out to individuals who have been granted parole through the new Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela (CHNV) parole processes or the Uniting for Ukraine (U4U) parole process, after having received a CBP One App appointment and presenting at a Port of Entry, or have a pending Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal. 

Asylum applicants may apply for a work authorization document when their asylum application has been pending for 150 days, but their application may not be approved until their asylum application has been pending for 180 days. 

In May 2022, the USCIS had implemented a temporary final rule, which automatically extends EADs for certain renewal applicants for 540 days to address processing delays. Most noncitizens with a pending asylum application, whose EADs have expired within the last six months, have been granted an automatic 540-day extension. However, this extension ends on October 26, 2023. Please see the relevant news published on our website. 

Eligible noncitizens who have not already started the EAD application process can reach our office at 216.566-9908 or visit the USCIS website. 

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