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Old 02-11-2011, 07:20 PM
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Default IV announcement: USCIS to Issue Employment Authorization and Advance Parole Card

After the success of our July 2007 efforts, most of our members were able to file EAD and AP and get its benefits. However there were several problems faced due to EAD and AP being only for 1 year. Immigration voice worked hard after2007 to get 1 year EAD changed to a 2 Year EAD in 2008. After this success we have been pushing USCIS to issue a 2 year AP and if possible have a combined EAD AP document for 2 years. There have been several times USCIS has announced its intentions on moving forward with this idea. However this had been delayed all this while. We are happy that USCIS has finally made a public announcement for it. Immigrationvoice donors already know about this. But now we are making this information public.

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USCIS to Issue Employment Authorization and Advance Parole Card for Adjustment of Status Applicants

Feb. 11, 2011

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced that it is now issuing employment and travel authorization on a single card for certain applicants filing an Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, Form I-485. This new card represents a significant improvement from the current practice of issuing paper Advance Parole documents.

The card looks similar to the current Employment Authorization Document (EAD) but will include text that reads, “Serves as I-512 Advance Parole.” A card with this text will serve as both an employment authorization and Advance Parole document. The new card is also more secure and more durable than the current paper Advance Parole document.

An applicant may receive this card when he or she files an Application for Employment Authorization, Form I-765, and an Application for Travel Document, Form I-131, concurrently with or after filing Form I-485. USCIS will continue to issue separate EAD and Advance Parole documents as warranted. Employers may accept the new card as a List A document when completing the Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9.

As with the current Advance Parole document, obtaining a combined Advance Parole and employment authorization card allows an applicant for adjustment of status to travel abroad and return to the U.S. without abandoning the pending adjustment application. Upon returning to the U.S., the individual who travels with the card must present the card to request parole through the port-of-entry. The decision to parole the individual is made at the port-of-entry. Individuals who have been unlawfully present in the U.S. and subsequently depart and seek re-entry through a grant of parole may be inadmissible and ineligible to adjust their status.

For more information about the EAD and Advance Parole card, see the related Questions and Answers. For more information on USCIS and its programs, visit USCIS Home Page.
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Old 02-11-2011, 07:27 PM
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Thanks to all IV members to push this through. This will definitely help many of us.

I hope this means that dual AP/EAD have the same validity of 1 yr or 2 yr when they are issued.
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Congrats and thanks to IV team and Pappu for their giant effort!!!!!!!!!!!!
It is great help for immigration community especially EB3 folks…
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Thumbs up Thanks sunny1000

thanks sunny1000 for this good find

thx for this link. this has Q&A too..


Q7. What if I already have an EAD or an Advance Parole document?
A7. If your Advance Parole document and EAD card have different expiration dates, you may only receive this card if both documents have less than 120 days of validity left, or if the EAD has less than 120 days of validity left and the Advance Parole document is for a single entry only. If you decide to file for this card by filing Forms I-765 and I-131 simultaneously, do not apply more than 120 days before your current EAD expires. The validity period for the EAD and Advance Parole card will begin on the date of the adjudication of the Forms I-765 and I-131.


http://www.aila.org/content/default.aspx?docid=34465


i think CIS have been prepping for this for a while. they started adding machine readable unique code (similar to the one on H1 VISA stamp ) on EAD cards, coz that's a must to be used as an ID for travel

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Any relief for people who didnt get the chance to file I485?
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Any relief for people who didnt get the chance to file I485?
me too

Great work IV either way!
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Sure..as soon as all (or at least majority) of those people wake up and ask for some relief, IV-core might start the public action item to ask for I485 filing without current PD.
Mostly, what will happen is folks will keep coming back complaining how there is no filing 485 filing relief not realizing their inaction is the reason there is no relief.

Great work by IV on getting this EAD/AP fix. Such successes keep us motivated and hopeful
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Default What if you apply only AP?

I think this is great news!

However, I don't get what happens for someone who applies only for AP (and not EAD). In my case, I already have H1 for work but to avoid any risk associated with H1 B stamping, I want to apply for AP. Will I get 2 year AP as well?

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After the success of our July 2007 efforts, most of our members were able to file EAD and AP and get its benefits. However there were several problems faced due to EAD and AP being only for 1 year. Immigration voice worked hard after2007 to get 1 year EAD changed to a 2 Year EAD in 2008. After this success we have been pushing USCIS to issue a 2 year AP and if possible have a combined EAD AP document for 2 years. There have been several times USCIS has announced its intentions on moving forward with this idea. However this had been delayed all this while. We are happy that USCIS has finally made a public announcement for it. Immigrationvoice donors already know about this. But now we are making this information public.

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USCIS to Issue Employment Authorization and Advance Parole Card for Adjustment of Status Applicants

Feb. 11, 2011

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced that it is now issuing employment and travel authorization on a single card for certain applicants filing an Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, Form I-485. This new card represents a significant improvement from the current practice of issuing paper Advance Parole documents.

The card looks similar to the current Employment Authorization Document (EAD) but will include text that reads, “Serves as I-512 Advance Parole.” A card with this text will serve as both an employment authorization and Advance Parole document. The new card is also more secure and more durable than the current paper Advance Parole document.

An applicant may receive this card when he or she files an Application for Employment Authorization, Form I-765, and an Application for Travel Document, Form I-131, concurrently with or after filing Form I-485. USCIS will continue to issue separate EAD and Advance Parole documents as warranted. Employers may accept the new card as a List A document when completing the Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9.

As with the current Advance Parole document, obtaining a combined Advance Parole and employment authorization card allows an applicant for adjustment of status to travel abroad and return to the U.S. without abandoning the pending adjustment application. Upon returning to the U.S., the individual who travels with the card must present the card to request parole through the port-of-entry. The decision to parole the individual is made at the port-of-entry. Individuals who have been unlawfully present in the U.S. and subsequently depart and seek re-entry through a grant of parole may be inadmissible and ineligible to adjust their status.

For more information about the EAD and Advance Parole card, see the related Questions and Answers. For more information on USCIS and its programs, visit USCIS Home Page.
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Hi , Dunno if this the place for this question, I am quite new to IV and have donated $50 so far, but I am not able to access the donor forum. Can anybody help me with this? or what needs to be done for the same.

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However, I don't get what happens for someone who applies only for AP (and not EAD). In my case, I already have H1 for work but to avoid any risk associated with H1 B stamping, I want to apply for AP. Will I get 2 year AP as well?
Q8. Will USCIS still issue separate EAD and Advance Parole documents?
A8. Yes. USCIS will continue to issue separate EAD and Advance Parole documents as warranted....

Go to this below link for detailed Q&A (I posted this yesterday but the thread got deleted):

http://www.aila.org/content/default.aspx?docid=34465

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What is the fee structure going to look like? Fee of EAD + Fee of AP or would it be any cheaper.
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