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COVID-19: USCIS Continues Processing Applications for Employment Authorization Extension Requests Despite Closures

  1. Original Date Announced

    March 30, 2020

    COVID-19: USCIS will reuse previously submitted biometrics to process valid Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization) renewals until the Application Support Centers reopen for biometrics capture. [ID #590]

    USCIS to Continue Processing Applications for Employment Authorization Extension Requests Despite Application Support Center Closures
  2. Effective Date

    March 18, 2020

Current Status

Not in effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Expired
Trump Administration Action: Change in Practice
Agencies Affected: USCIS

Pre Trump-Era Policies

  • December 26, 2019

    As noted in the Form I-765 Instructions, USCIS may require that an applicant appear for an interview or provide biometrics (fingerprints, photograph, and/or signature) at any time to verify identity, obtain additional information, and conduct background and security checks before making a decision on an application or petition. After USCIS receives the employment authorization application and ensures it is complete, USCIS will inform the individual in writing if s/he needs to attend a biometric services appointment. If an appointment is necessary, the notice will provide you the location of the local or designated USCIS Application Support Center (ASC) and the date and time of the appointment.

    Form I-765 Instructions

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