Even in a straightforward case of EAD renewal, the centralization of I-765 processing and the possible shift to a more distant location means the turnaround time may well lengthen. USCIS recommends filing at least 100 days before the current EAD expires.
An internal USCIS memo, which it distributed to the immigration law community, indicates that the immigration service is very much aware of the recordkeeping burden the new, strict centralization has placed on the service centers. For example, the national centers have begun conducting daily records sweeps to identify all Form I-765s which have reached 60 days past receipt. This functions as a ten-day warning, since adjudication must occur by day 70 for USCIS to meet the 90-day deadline.
According to the USCIS memo, the change is a response to both technology and security issues. Equipment at local offices was older, and data reporting from local offices lacked consistency and timeliness.
For assistance with timely and accurate EAD filings, or to resolve problems related to an EAD filing, call Immigration Law Associates at (847) 763-8500.
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