How to Obtain a Work Permit in the United States

It’s pretty easy to get a U.S. work permit, which is also called an employment authorization document or EAD. There’s a short form you need to fill out., and send it to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services with the fee, photos, and documents that prove you are eligible (USCIS).

Who Can Get a Work Permit (EAD) to Work in the U.S.?

Foreigners with employment permits are few. These are usually those asking for a green card or with temporary U.S. rights.

EADs are available to people with a K-1 fiancé visa, asylees, spouses of people with different visas, people with TPS or DED, F-1 students who need money or want OPT, etc. Who Can Get a U.S. Work Permit?

Don’t confuse a work permit with an H-1B visa. This makes applying much harder. Learn more about H-1B visas in this article. A work permit is different from a green card, which shows permanent U.S. residency.

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How can I apply for a work visa from USCIS using Form I-765?

USCIS Form I-765 is free to download. This is version 07/26/22.

Formal. Name, contact info needed. Question 22 asks for your most recent U.S. arrival, even if you’re already here. Visa is requested under “Entry method.”

Question 27 is difficult. USCIS’s website has I-765 instructions. Common categories include (a)(5) for asylum, (a)(12) for TPS, (c)(3)(C) for post-completion OPT, (c)(5) for J-2 spouses of J-1 exchange visitors, and (c)(9) for anyone with a pending green card application.

Don’t use three spaces if your category has only two characters or digits (like (c)(9)) (formed by the parentheses). Simply parenthesize “c” and “9.”

What other proof do I need to show that I can get a work permit?

Copy your Question 29 status to show that you are eligible for a work permit. If you asked for asylum, you should send a letter or a judge’s order. The instructions for Form I-765 list the documents that are needed.

If you are applying for TPS or adjustment of status at the same time as a work permit, you do not need to show proof of eligibility. Your application will tell us if you can join.

How do I pay for my EAD?

Late 2022: $410 charge. Check the USCIS website to see what the current fees are. You must also pay a $85 biometrics fee if you are asking for deferred action, applying for CNMI long-term resident status, or applying as a worker whose employment-based immigrant petition was approved but you face compelling circumstances (or are that person’s spouse or unmarried dependent child) (for fingerprinting and such).

Some applicants don’t have to pay the I-765 application fee, like those who want to change their status to get a green card (their I-485 fee covers it). Check the Form I-765 instructions to see if you’re one of them.

Money order, personal check, cashier’s check, or credit card using Form G-1450, Credit Card Authorization.

How do I submit EAD to USCIS?

Most candidates have to send in Form I-765 to USCIS. Check the address of the site. It depends on what kind of person you are and how you qualify, and it is different for U.S. mail and package/courier services.

Creating a USCIS account allows online filing in a few areas.

Copy everything, including the checks, before you send your submission package. Then, watch how USCIS makes decisions; it will take longer than you think.