Dear Sophie Do employees have to stop working until they get their EAD?

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  • Here’s another edition of “Dear Sophie,” the advice column that answers immigration-related questions about working at technology companies.“Your questions are vital to the spread of knowledge that allows people all over the world to rise above borders and pursue their dreams,” says Sophie Alcorn, a Silicon Valley immigration attorney.
  • These visa holders can have their EADs extended for up to 540 days if the individual had a renewal application pending with USCIS on or after May 4 2022, or had filed a renewal application on or after that date.
  • Because it’s taking so long to get EAD cards, we’re worried about another of our employees, who has an L-2 visa with an EAD scheduled to expire early next year.
  • In addition, the H-4 visa employee wants to visit his family in India because it’s been more than three years since he last went.
  • Will he and his family be able to return to the U.S. after four weeks?— Mindful ManagerDear Mindful,Thanks for reaching out to me with all your questions about Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), otherwise known as work permits.
  • It’s been five months since he filed to renew his EAD, which will expire next month.
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