On June 12, 2008, USCIS announced that beginning on June 30, 2008, it will issue EAD valid for two years.
The new 2-year EAD, however, is only available to individuals who have filed I-485 green card application, but are unable to become a permanent resident because an immigrant visa number is not currently available. USCIS will decide whether to renew an EAD for one or two-year validity period based on the most recent Visa Bulletin released by the Department of State.
For people who have an available immigrant visa number, USCIS will continue to grant EADs that are valid for one-year. USCIS may issue a two-year renewal EAD if the applicant’s immigrant visa availability date retrogresses after the I-485 is filed.
If an individual requests to replace an EAD that has not expired, USCIS will issue a replacement EAD that is valid through the same date as the previously issued EAD. However, if the previous EAD has expired, USCIS will process the request for a renewal EAD and determine the appropriate validity period based on the applicant’s priority date and the Visa Bulletin.