If you receive an EAD (Employment Authorization Document) which contains an error (e.g., typo in name or incorrect birthdate) that was caused by USCIS, you must correct the error to avoid having any problems in the future.

To correct an error that USCIS has made on your EAD, follow the instructions listed below (after first providing the card to your employer during the hiring process, SSN application, or driver’s license renewal).

Please know that if the card error is determined not due to USCIS error, you will need to request a Replacement EAD and repay the USCIS I-765 filing fee.

In your letter, include:

  • The date;
  • The address of the USCIS office as indicated on your approval notice;
  • Full name as indicated on your I-20,
  • Date of birth,
  • SEVIS ID number,
  • USCIS Receipt Number for the OPT EAD with the error;
  • A detailed explanation of your situation (example: that the EAD was issued with incorrect dates);
  • A statement indicating that you have enclosed supporting documentation that provides the correct information (for example, your incorrect EAD card and the dates that should instead have been on your EAD card, a copy of your previous Post-Completion OPT I-20 and previous Pre-Completion OPT EAD card);
  • A statement requesting USCIS to mail the new corrected EAD card to you;
  • The U.S. address that you would like the new EAD card to be mailed to;
  • Your signature
  • Go to the USCIS e-request page
  • Fill out and submit the “Typographic Error” e-form
  • You will need your receipt number, EAD card, Date when filed, and email address
  • You will receive an email with instructions. Follow the instructions to mail your EAD back to USCIS.
  • Make a photocopy of the original incorrect EAD card and your letter for your records before mailing to USCIS.
  • Send your letter, EAD card with the error, and other supporting documents to the USCIS service center address listed on your OPT I-797 approval notice.
  • It is strongly recommended to send via FedEx or UPS so that you can track the package. Keep a copy of the shipment tracking information for your records.

Once you have submitted your request, you should contact USCIS directly with any questions. You can contact USCIS to provide you with assistance regarding your online account, online tools, information, live assistance, and in-person services.

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