On June 21, 2018, USCIS will begin recalling approximately 800 Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) that were issued in conjunction with Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal, which were granted by USCIS asylum officers. USCIS informed that the cards contain a production error that transposed the first and last names of the individuals receiving the EADs. These cards were mailed to recipients during the period April and May 2018.
USCIS also informed that it will send notices to individuals who received the incorrect EADs, as well as to their attorneys or accredited representatives, if a G-28 was submitted with the corresponding Form I-589.
The affected individuals are required to return their incorrect EADs to USCIS in the provided pre-paid envelope within 20 days of receiving the notice. Recipients may also avail the option to return their EADs to a USCIS field office. USCIS stated that the Replacement EADs will be sent to respective individuals within 15 days from the date of receipt of the incorrect card.
USCIS also informed that the recall does not affect the respective individuals’ employment authorization since they are authorized for employment without needing an EAD. Affected recipients’ Form I-94 that show that they were granted asylum is also evidence that they are authorized to be employed. If affected individuals need proof of their employment authorization, they may reach out to the USCIS Contact Center.
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