Days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States, the United States eased norms by issuing policy guidance on eligibility criteria for those awaiting green cards to work and reside in the United States. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released new guidance on eligibility criteria for Employment Authorization Document (EAD) initial and renewal applications, aimed at assisting Indian skilled professionals seeking green cards or permanent residency.
Green cards are issued to people immigrating to the United States as evidence that the holder has obtained permanent residency. The USCIS guidance details specific requirements that applicants must meet to be eligible for an initial EAD based on compelling circumstances, which include being the primary beneficiary of an approved Form I-140, being in valid nonimmigrant status, or authorized relief deadline, did not file an adjustment of status application, and meet certain biometric and criminal background requirements.
USCIS will also exercise discretion to determine whether the applicant demonstrates compelling circumstances to justify issuance of employment authorization.
“These measures are an important step in supporting individuals facing challenges and ensuring they can work legally in the United States,” said Ajay Bhutoria.
The non-exhaustive list of eligibility offers individuals the opportunity to provide evidence in support of their case, he said, “For example, individuals with approved immigrant visa applications in the oversubscribed category or fee field may submit school or higher education enrollment records, mortgage Evidence of loans, etc. Records or long-term lease records to prove a convincing case.”
At the invitation of US President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Modi will visit the US from June 21 to 24. The visit also included an address to a joint session of the US Congress on June 22.