By: Ujwala Bagal
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently began issuing separate employment authorization documents (EAD) and advanced parole (AP) documents. Previously, the agency issued a combo card with both an EAD and AP.
In 2011 USCIS began issuing a combo card for green card applicants. If an individual was already living in the United States and filing an I-485 adjustment of status application, USCIS would issue one document to function as both an EAD and AP. This card looked like a regular EAD card, except it included an extra line at the bottom stating the card “serves as I-512 Advanced Parole.”
why stop issuing combo cards?
USCIS has returned to issuing separate EAD card and AP document to help reduce EAD backlogs and streamline the EAD process.
Green card applicants can expect to receive a regular EAD card in place of a combo card. This EAD card is not valid for re-entry into the United States. To travel, an applicant must present a separate approved AP document.
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