uscis announces expedited processing for employment authorization document for healthcare workers

On December 28, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued guidance confirming that healthcare workers with a pending Employment Authorization Document (EAD) application can now request expedited processing if their EAD will expire within thirty days or has already expired. To determine whether an individual is a “qualifying healthcare worker”, see the Department of Homeland Security’s August 2021 advisory memorandum (“Healthcare / Public Health” section, pages 7-9). Applicants will need to provide evidence of their profession or current employment as a healthcare worker in order to be considered for expedited processing.

In addition, aliens with a pending EAD application who are classified as an “essential critical infrastructure worker” may also be able to request an expedited EAD. A list of essential critical infrastructure professions can be found in the August 2021 advisory memo cited above, and includes but is not limited to some of the following fields:

  • Law enforcement, public safety, and first responders
  • Education
  • Food and agriculture
  • Energy, including Electricity Industry; Petroleum Industry; Natural Gas, Natural Gas Liquids (NGL), Propane, and Other Liquid Fuels
  • Water and Wastewater
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Communications and Information Technology
  • Other Community or Government-Based Operations and Essential Functions
  • Critical Manufacturing
  • Financial Services
  • Chemical
  • Defense Industrial Base
  • Commercial Facilities
  • Residential/Shelter Facilities, Housing and Real Estate, and Related Services

Wildes & Weinberg will continue to monitor any developments that related to updates in USCIS policy. If you have questions or would like to discuss applicability of this announcement to a pending EAD request or any other immigration matter, please contact our offices at (212) 753-3468 or

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