We receive many questions regarding the work authorization of students presenting an expired Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and how to record their documentation on the Form I-9, if they are work authorized. This article addresses the specific situation of when a student has an expired EAD and NO receipt notice yet. For guidance regarding an expired EAD with receipt notice, see our previous article on automatic extensions of EADs.
Example: Student presents an Expired EAD and an endorsed Form I-20 recommending a STEM extension, but no receipt notice for the new EAD yet.
Employer’s HR should update Form I-9. Enter the following information under List A in Section 2:
EAD document title
EAD document number
Date the EAD expired in the expiration date space, and
“180-day ext.” in the Additional Information field.
ONCE EAD IS APPROVED:
The expired EAD with an endorsed Form I-20 is acceptable until USCIS makes a decision on the student’s application, but for not more than180 days from the date the student’s initial OPT EAD expires. Employment authorization must be re-verified after 180 days from the date the EAD expires to continue employment authorization.
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