View Full Version : Replacement EAD - Different Validity

01-07-2009, 10:58 PM

My priority date is Sep 2003 (EB3).

My previous EAD was expiring on 14-Oct-08. I applied for renewal and approved at the end of Sep 08.
But I never received them because of address change and even they didn't even reach USCIS.

I went to locak uscis office, they told me that the card id two year valid and since it didn't return to USCIS, I have to apply again.

So I applied again and got the EAD. I asked for replacement card.But today I got card for only one year validity but this valid from Dec 30 2008.
I am working on EAD no visa.

1) Can I ask them to give me the card with old validity for 2 years.

2) How about my work during oct, 14 to Dec 30.

Iam working for desi commpany.


01-07-2009, 11:15 PM
Its illegal to work without EAD in hand even though it is approved unless you have other alternative (like H-1, L-1 etc.). Try not getting paid for that period and request if your employer can adjust your pay later on.

01-07-2009, 11:22 PM
But I-9 gives you 90days grace period to provide documentation. I realy thought the card is going to be returned to USCIS and I will get them to new address.

Also When I ask for replacement card, they should give me the card with same validity as the old one.I already got my paychecks for this period.

01-07-2009, 11:41 PM
Oh really. Hmm. Keep the receipt and print out of the online approval status for your records and hope for the best.

01-08-2009, 08:52 AM

Pls give ur views.


01-10-2009, 09:12 PM

I have receipt and took online status printout also. My second EAD was approved atleast 25 days before my first EAD expiration date.I was never without EAD while I was working.But for some time I don't have physical card.

Do I need to give two I9 forms to my employer.

Is there any issue that I need to take care here.Does anyone ask me in future about this.

Can I ask USCIS to give me duplicate approval notice?

Thanks in Advance.

01-11-2009, 09:25 AM

I am in the same boat. Looks like my EAD is lost in the mail too.

1. How much time did it take to get a replacement EAD ?

2. Do you have to go for fingerprinting again ?

01-11-2009, 02:44 PM

It took 15 days for me. I sent on 18th Dec and I got card on 6th. It was approved on 30th Dec.Checks cashed on 22nd Dec.

I appplied paper based.So no finger printing.I also added cover letter and asked the IO to expediate.

Apply paper based with covering letter asking the IO to expediate, in this way there will be no waiting for finger printing Etc...

Best of Luck.


01-11-2009, 08:54 PM
Thanks very much for reply. I will do that.