March 31, 2020

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On March 30, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that due to the temporary closure of Application Support Centers (ASC) to the public in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it would continue processing Application for Employment Authorization Extension Requests (Form I-765) by reusing previously submitted biometrics. 

The move by USCIS will alleviate much stress for individuals whose EADs are to expire soon.

For applicants who have filed an I-765 extension or had an appointment scheduled with an ASC on or after the March 18 closure, their applications will be processed using the biometrics on file. This policy will remain in effect until ASCs are open for appointments to the public.

About the author 

Jon Velie

About the author: Jon Velie has practiced immigration law since 1993. He is CEO of, the Intelligent Immigration Platform. Jon is an Amazon number one best-selling author of H-1B Visa: Application & Approval that is regularly covered by major media and has won a number of international awards. Jon can be contacted at or 405-310-4333 office or 405-821-5959 mobile.

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