Bring out your EAD!


During a stakeholders telephone call on July 13, 2015, USCIS advised that plain-clothed USCIS officers will begin conducting home visits in order to retrieve approximately 2,500 three-year employment authorization documents (EADs) that were erroneously mailed out to recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) after the February 2015 Texas v. U.S. District Court injunction, which stopped the implementation of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded DACA.

USCIS stated that they have already sent numerous letters and have begun calling affected individuals but advised that they will commence home visits in cases where individuals have still not responded to their requests. These letters have indicated that a DACA grant could even be terminated and the EAD rendered void if the affected individuals fail to comply.

Initially the home visits are planned to be concentrated in Chicago and Los Angeles and will focus on individuals that USCIS does not have a working phone number for. Once the erroneously issued card has been returned, USCIS has confirmed that the individual’s name will be removed from the home visit list.

The increased USCIS efforts to retrieve the erroneously issued EADs follows a recent July 7, 2015 order of the U.S. District Judge ordering that USCIS demonstrate that they have come into compliance with the court injunction by July 31, 2015 or else be held in contempt.

This post originally appeared on Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP. Reprinted with permission.

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Richard Yemm

Richard Yemm is admitted to practice law in both California and New York state and is certified by the California State Bar as an Immigration and Nationality Law Specialist. Having graduated with honors from the University of Exeter School of Law in the United Kingdom, he prepares and assists clients with a wide range of diverse cases including entertainment, investor, business and marriage/family-based non-immigrant and immigrant visa petitions, in addition to applications for U.S. citizenship and assisting with corporate I-9 compliance audits.

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