What happens to your Employment Authorization Document (EAD) if your I-485 is denied?

Having your I-485 application denied can be a stressful experience, especially when it comes to your Employment Authorization Document (EAD). What should you know about the status of your EAD in this situation?


If your I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status) is denied, the status of your Employment Authorization Document (EAD) will be directly affected. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Immediate Impact: The denial of your I-485 typically results in the automatic termination of your EAD. This is because your eligibility for an EAD is tied to your pending I-485 application.
  2. Notification: You will receive a formal notice from USCIS indicating the denial of your I-485 application. This notice may also specify that your EAD is no longer valid.
  3. Cease Employment: Upon receiving notice of the I-485 denial, you must cease employment immediately if your EAD is invalidated. Continuing to work without authorization can have serious legal consequences.
  4. Appeal or Motion to Reopen: If you believe the denial was in error, you have the option to file an appeal or a motion to reopen/reconsider the decision. An experienced immigration attorney can assist in this process, potentially reinstating your EAD if the appeal is successful.
  5. Alternative Status: If you hold another valid non-immigrant status (such as an H-1B or L-1 visa), you may still be authorized to work under that status. Ensure that your employer is aware of your current status and that you comply with all immigration laws.
  6. Reapplication: In some cases, you may be eligible to reapply for adjustment of status. This would involve submitting a new I-485 application, along with the necessary fees and supporting documentation. If you reapply, you can also apply for a new EAD.
  7. Legal Guidance: Navigating the complexities of an I-485 denial and its impact on your EAD requires professional legal advice. Consulting an immigration attorney can help you understand your options and take appropriate steps to address your situation.

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