USCIS reminds employers on new visa regulation

On Jan. 17, 2017, a new rule, “Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers” amending Department of Homeland Security regulations went into effect. The regulatory amendments provide for the automatic extension of the validity periods of certain Employment Authorization Documents (Form I-766) for up to 180 days if the employee:

• timely filed to renew Form I-776, Employment Authorization Document (EAD);
• is applying to renew such EAD in the same category as the previous EAD (A12 and C19 are considered the same category for this extension); and
• is in a category that is eligible for the extension.

For more information, please see the Auto-Extended EAD Fact Sheet (PDF, 499 KB) Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers Rule. The full text of the fact sheet is reproduced in this Report in the New Developments at ¶9526. (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) communication, February 1, 2017.)

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