Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Automatic Extension Calculator

Disclaimer: This calculator is intended to assist employers in calculating the new EAD expiration date for employees eligible for an automatic extension of their expiring employment authorization and/or EADs based on a temporary final rule that temporarily increases the extension period for employment authorization and/or Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) from up to 180 days to up to 540 days for applicants within certain employment eligible categories who have a pending Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, requesting a renewal of their employment authorization and/or EAD. The automatic extension of up to 540 days applies to qualifying EAD renewal applicants whose Forms I-797C, Notices of Action, have a “Received Date” on or before Oct. 26, 2023. The calculator does not replace an employer’s responsibility to determine the eligibility of their employees for the automatic extension. Employers determining automatic extensions for Category Codes A17, A18, and C26, should not use this calculator, but rather use the guidance in the Handbook for Employers, Section 5.0, Automatic Extensions of Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) in Certain Circumstances, including information under the heading “For Category Codes A17, A18, and C26”

Noncitizens in certain employment eligibility categories who timely file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, to renew their employment authorization and/or EADs may receive an up to 540-day automatic extension of their employment authorization and/or EAD validity. The renewal application must be for the same employment eligibility Category Code as the current EAD, except that for EADs with an A12 or C19 Category, the EAD renewal application can have either A12 or C19.

The extension begins on the “Card Expires” date on the front of the EAD and generally continues for up to 540 days, unless USCIS denies the renewal application earlier. To help employers calculate the maximum up to 540-day period, USCIS has developed the EAD Automatic Extension Calculator, which can be accessed below.

The temporary rule extends to employees in the following categories: A03, A05, A07, A08, A10, A17, A18, C08, C09, C10, C16, C20, C22, C24, C26, C31, and A12 or C19. For complete guidance on qualifying employees, visit the Handbook for Employers, Section 5.0, Automatic Extensions of Employment Authorization and/or Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) in Certain Circumstances.

If your employee meets the eligibility requirements for the employment authorization and/or EAD automatic extension, use the calculator below to determine their new EAD expiration date, unless their employment authorization category code is A17, A18, or C26.

Calculate the New EAD Expiration Date

Does your employee's Form I-9 already include the 180-day EAD automatic extension? (This may be located in the Section 2 document expiration date field or Additional Information box).