FORM I-765

Eligible persons should file this form with USCIS to apply for, replace or renew an employment authorization document (EAD) or work permit.

Certain aliens who are temporarily in the United States may file Form I-765, to request an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Other aliens who are authorized to work in the United States without restrictions must also use this form to apply to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for a document that shows such authorization. Review 🔍Eligibility Categories to determine whether you should use this form.

If you are a lawful permanent resident, a conditional resident, or a nonimmigrant authorized to be employed with a specific employer under 8 CFR 274a.12(b), do not use this form.


USCIS adjudicates a request for employment authorization by determining whether an applicant has submitted the required information and documentation and whether the applicant is eligible.

People in the following categories may use Form I-765, Application For Employment Authorization: asylees/refugees and their spouses and children; foreign students; employment-based non-immigrants; and family-based non-immigrants.

You may also use this form if you have Temporary Protected Status (TPS); if you are an eligible dependent of an employee of a diplomatic mission, international organization, or NATO; if you are applying for adjustment of status; if you meet the criteria for certain nationality categories or “other categories.”

For more specific information about eligibility, see 🔍 the Instructions For Form I-765.


If you need more room to answer any question, attach an extra sheet of paper with your name and Alien Registration Number (if applicable) at the top and identify the question or part of the question you are answering. 

Be sure to sign the form and send a payment for the filing fees and supporting documents along with the application. Please see 🔍 the Instructions For Form I-765.


You must submit all required initial evidence along with all the supporting documentation with your application at the time of filing.

All applicants must provide the following along with Form I-765,

  • Form I-765WS (to show economic necessity — if applicable);
  • a copy of Form I-94, Arrival-Departure Record;
  • a copy of your last EAD (front and back) or a government-issued Photo ID if this is the first time you’re applying for an EAD.
  • 2 two identical color photographs of yourself taken within 30 days of filing your application.

Additional evidence may be required depending on your eligibility category. To learn more, please see 🔍 the Instructions For Form I-765.


Filing Fee: The filing fee for Form I-765 is $410.

Filing Fee Exceptions: See page Filing Fee Exceptions for Form I-765 Filing Fee Exceptions

Fee Waiver: You may be eligible for a fee waiver under 8 CFR 103.7(c), including if you are a TPS applicant. If you believe you are eligible for a fee waiver, complete Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver (or a written request), and submit it and any required evidence of your inability to pay the filing fee with this application. You can review the fee waiver guidance at

Where To File?  Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization

Can I work if my EAD renewal is in the process?

You will not be eligible to work when an EAD application is pending with USCIS.

Do I need an employment authorization card?

If you are a lawful permanent resident (green card holder) or a conditional resident, you do NOT require EAD to work in the US.

Can I get a Social Security number with an employment authorization card?

If USCIS approves your application, you will receive two documents by mail: 1. Employment Authorization Document (EAD), also known as the “I-766 card” or “work permit”, and 2. SSN card.

When can I get a work permit, if I apply for asylum?

Once 150 days have passed and you have applied, the government has 30 days to give you (or deny) your EAD. If you were granted asylum status, you not only gain the right to work in the U.S. but don’t need to apply for an EAD with which to do so.

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