The USCIS recently clarified its policy about when applicants can file for extensions of their Employment Authorization Documents (EAD). Because the USCIS normally takes approximately 90 days to issue EAD cards, the USCIS always encourages applicants to file for renewed EAD cards at least 90 days prior to the expiration of the applicant’s current card. Previously, if an applicant applied for a renewed EAD card more than 120 days prior to the expiration of the current card, the USCIS would process the application, accept the filing fee and then deny the application. However, the USCIS has now indicated that instead of accepting an EAD application for processing if it is filed more than 120 days prior to the expiration of the current EAD card, it should reject the application and indicate that the applicant cannot file for a renewed EAD card more than 120 days prior to the expiration of his/her current card. There is no similar restriction for renewing Advanced Parole travel documents. However, in the past, some of the USCIS Service Centers have treated requests for Advance Parole documents filed more than five months prior to the expiration of the current document to be a replacement document request and have only issued the new Advance Parole document to the expiration of the current document.