Image via Wikipedia — Michael Chertoff, United States Secretary of Homeland Security.
Initially the rumors were of three years but Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff in the press release gave sweet EAD news that validity period is now two years :
I’m also pleased to announce that we will be extending the validity period of the employment authorization documents that we issue to individuals who are waiting adjustment of status to lawful permit residenture or in colloquial phrase, the green card.
Currently, adjustment applications are granted employment authorization documents with only a one year maximum validity. Beginning later this month, we’ll start issuing these documents with a two-year validity period for aliens who are waiting adjustment of status if their application is expected to be pending for more than a year.
This, again, is eliminating a persistent source of frustration for workers who are here, who have a pending adjustment application but have to go and renew their employment documents every single year. It’s going to cut the paperwork there.
USCIS will keep continuing 1-year as retrogression date in visa bulletin is close then it makes no sense for two year validities for the applicant as well as to USCIS. As recent July 2008 visa bulletin indicates “Unavailable” for EB3 employment based category. This leaves no chance until October’2008 for USCIS but renew 2-years for all those applicants.
This is good news for applicants who can save some $$ on filings in attorney fees and also the hassle of getting out of status if card is NOT issued on time. Anyway these are all temporary patches and the large issue of unknown Greencard processing times still prevails.