NCI was pleased to get work authorization for a client from Guatemala who had to flee violence in his native country and protect his family by seeking asylum in the United States.  Prior to August 25, 2020, an asylum seeker was eligible to apply for employment authorization when the “asylum clock” show that his asylum application had been pending for 150 days, minus any delays attributed to the applicant.  After August 25th, 2020 the rule changed and now Asylum seekers are eligible to apply for an EAD once their asylum applications have been pending for 365 days, with a few exceptions.  Keep in mind that bars from EAD eligibility can included those convicted of aggravated felonies, serious crimes after August 25th, 2020.  Bars from getting an EAD can also include those who waited over one year to file their asylum applications after their date of entry.