Automatic Extension of Work Permits by 540 days 

People in certain employment eligibility categories who

1. timely file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, to renew their Work Permits may receive up to 540-day automatic extension of their EAD validity.

2. The renewal application must be for the same employment eligibility Category Code as the current EAD, except that for EADs with an A12 or C19 Category, the EAD renewal application can have either A12 or C19.

3. The extension begins on the “Card Expires” date on the front of the EAD and generally continues for up to 540 days, unless USCIS denies the renewal application earlier.

4. This temporary rule extends to employees in the following categories: *A03, A05, A07, A08, A10, A17, A18, C08, C09, C10, C16, C20, C22, C24, C26, C31, and A12 or C19.