January 10, 2022

USCIS Issues Guidance on Expedited EADs for Healthcare Workers

This email applies to healthcare workers with a pending or upcoming EAD renewal application. If this does not apply to you, you may disregard this email.

As of December 28, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will expedite certain Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) to any healthcare worker who has a pending Employment Authorization Document (EAD) renewal application (Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization) and whose EAD is expiring within 30 days or has already expired.

This DHS advisory memorandum (“Healthcare / Public Health” section, pages 7-9) defines who is a “healthcare worker.” USCIS may require evidence of the profession or current employment as a healthcare worker in order to expedite the pending EAD extension. “Expedited processing” means that USCIS will process the application faster, but there is no guaranteed timeline.

The expedited processing request is made by calling the USCIS Contact Center at 800-375-5283 (TTY 800-767-1833). USCIS will then send a request for supporting evidence via e-mail with a deadline for response.

Please contact our office if you would like us to review your case, or if you would like assistance with the expedite request.

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