The United States Department of Homeland Security, DHS, has removed the requirement to adjudicate initial Application for Employment Authorization, EAD, applications for pending asylum applicants within 30 days. This rule took effect on August 20, 2020.

The rule removes a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulatory provision stating that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has 30 days from the date an asylum applicant files the initial Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, (EAD application) to grant or deny that initial employment authorization application.

This rule also removes the provision requiring that the application for renewal must be received by USCIS 90 days prior to the expiration of the employment authorization.

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