On Feb 15 2011

USCIS To Deploy a New Combined EAD and Advance Parole Card to Adjustment Applicants

USCIS has announced that it will begin issuing employment authorization documents (EAD cards) and advance parole travel documents on a single card to applicants for adjustment of status (green card applicants).

Previously, USCIS issued separate documents to evidence a foreign national’s ability to work in the U.S. and travel internationally while his or her green card application was pending. Applicants received an EAD card to evidence their ability to work in the U.S. and they received a separate paper document on Form I-512, or Advance Parole, for the applicant to travel internationally.

USCIS stated that the new card will look similar to the old EAD cards but they also will state “Serves as I-512 Advance Parole.” The new card is more secure and durable than the paper advance parole documents the Service used to issue. Applicants who apply concurrently for an EAD card on Form I-765 and Advance Parole on Form I-131 along with or after filing Form I-485 will be issued the new card.