Effective October 5, 2016, USCIS has increased the validity period for initial or renewal Employment Authorization Documents for asylum applicants from one year to two years. Applicants with pending asylum claims file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, under category (c)(8). This change applies to all (c)(8)-based applications that are pending as of October 5, 2016 and all such applications filed on or after October 5, 2016.
On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of new Executive Action laws he plans to execute for undocumented individuals in 2015. The new U.S Immigration laws are set to take effect within one hundred and eighty days of this Whitehouse announcement. However, it is important to understand that effective immediately, the announcement provides relief for undocumented foreign nationals currently in U.S. Immigration Court Proceedings.