By CMusillo

USCIS has started issuing advance parole (AP) documents with a five year validity period to applicants who are eligible for five year employment authorization documents (EADs). USCIS recently announced that certain initial and renewal EADs, including those filed by I-485 adjustment of status (green card) applicants, can now be approved for a maximum validity period of five years.

The five year AP have been issued both combined on the EAD card and as a separate AP document. The extended validity period for AP will reduce the number of times that applicants need to file form I-131 while waiting for the green card to be issued.