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All workers employed in the United States must be able to present proper documents evidencing their identity and work authorization for purposes of completing the Form I-9. One such document is the Employment Authorization Document (EAD), which is issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to certain non-immigrants.

Due to a recent surge in applications for EAD renewals by beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative, USCIS could experience delays in the issuance of certain EADs. An application for an EAD renewal may not be filed more than 120 days before the previous EAD expires and USCIS sometimes takes even longer than the 90-day statutory period it is given to issue the document.

Read more about how to best handle the EAD delays on our Immigration Blog.