Pending Asylum Applications and Employment Authorization Document (EAD)

Pending Asylum Applications and Employment Authorization Document (EAD)

On June 26, 2020, DHS issued regulations that will take effect on August 25, 2020, that will make it much more difficult for those with pending asylum applications to obtain an Employment Authorization Document (EAD).

The new rules will:

Increase the waiting time from 150 days to 365 days for an asylum applicant to be eligible to apply for an initial EAD. This will apply to any asylum seeker who has not accrued 150 days on their “clock” before August 25. The new rule will therefore affect