WHO MAY FILE FORM I-765?
A. Adjustment Applicant–(c)(9). File Form I-765 with a copy of the receipt notice or other evidence that your Form I-485, Application for Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, is pending. You may file Form I-765 together with your Form I-485.
B. Adjustment Applicant Based on Continuous Residence Since January 1, 1972–(c)(16). File Form I-765 with your Form I-485, Application to Register for Permanent Residence or Adjust Status; a copy of your receipt notice; or other evidence that the Form I-485 is pending.
C. Renewal EAD for National Interest Waiver Physicians: If you are filing for a renewal EAD based on your pending adjustment status and an approved National Interest Waiver Physician petition, you must also include evidence of your meaningful progress toward completing the National Interest Waiver obligation. Such evidence includes documentation of employment in any period during the previous 12 months (e.g., copies of W-2 forms). If you did not work as a National Interest Waiver Physician during any period of the previous 12 months, you must explain and provide a statement of future intent to work in the National Interest Waiver employment program.
Refugee–(a)(3). File Form I-765 with either a copy of your Form I-590, Registration for Classification as Refugee, approval letter, or a copy of a Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition, approval notice.
Paroled as a Refugee–(a)(4). File Form I-765 with a copy of your Form I-94, Arrival-Departure Record.
Asylee (Granted Asylum)–(a)(5). File Form I-765 with a copy of the USCIS letter, or judge’s decision, granting you asylum. It is not necessary to apply for an EAD as an asylee until 90 days before the expiration of your current EAD.
Asylum Applicant (With a Pending Asylum Application) Who Filed for Asylum on or After January 4, 1995– (c)(8). For specific instructions for applicants with pending asylum claims, see the Special Filing Instructions for Those with Pending Asylum Applications ((c)(8)) section.
A. B-1 Nonimmigrant Who Is the Personal or Domestic Servant of a Nonimmigrant Employer–(c)(17)(i). File Form I-765 with:
(1) Evidence from your employer that he or she is a B, E, F, H, I, J, L, M, O, P, R, or TN nonimmigrant and you were employed for at least 1 year by the employer before the employer entered the United States, or your employer regularly employs personal and domestic servants and has done so for a period of years before coming to the United States; and (2) Evidence that you have either worked for this employer as a personal or domestic servant for at least 1 year, or evidence that you have at least 1 year experience as a personal or domestic servant; and (3) Evidence establishing that you have a residence abroad that you have no intention of abandoning.
B. B-1 Nonimmigrant Domestic Servant of a U.S. Citizen–(c)(17)(ii). File Form I-765 with:(1) Evidence from your employer that he or she is a U.S. citizen; and(2) Evidence that your employer has a permanent home abroad or is stationed outside the United States and is temporarily visiting the United States or the citizen’s current assignment in the United States will not be longer than 4 years; and(3) Evidence that he or she has employed you as a domestic servant abroad for at least 6 months prior to your admission to the United States.
C. B-1 Nonimmigrant Employed by a Foreign Airline–(c)(17)(iii). File Form I-765 with a letter from the airline fully describing your duties and stating that your position would entitle you to E nonimmigrant status except for the fact that you are not a national of the same country as the airline or because there is no treaty of commerce and navigation in effect between the United States and that country.
D. Spouse of an E-1/E-2 Treaty Trader or Investor–(a)(17) or Spouse of an E-3 Certain Specialty of Occupation Professional from Australia. File Form I-765 with evidence of your lawful status and evidence you are a spouse of a principal E-1/E-2, such as your Form I-94, and a copy of the principal’s visa, and your marriage certificate. (Other relatives or dependents of E-1/E-2 aliens who are in E status are not eligible for employment authorization and may not file under this category.)
E. Spouse of an L-1 Intracompany Transferee–(a)(18). File Form I-765 with evidence of your lawful status and evidence you are a spouse of a principal L-1, such as your Form I-94, and a copy of the principal’s visa and your marriage certificate. (Other relatives or dependents of L-1 aliens who are in L status are not eligible for employment authorization and may not file under this category.)
F. Spouse of an E-2 CNMI Investor–(c)(12). File Form I-765 with evidence of your lawful status and evidence you are a spouse of a principal E-2 CNMI Investor, and a copy of the principal E-2 CNMI Investors long-term business certificate or Foreign Investment Certificate. (Please note that spouse of a principal E-2 CNMI Investor who obtained status on the basis of a Foreign Retiree Investment Certification is not eligible for employment authorization and may not file under this category.)
G. Spouse of an H-1B Nonimmigrant–(c)(26). File Form I-765 along with documentation of your current H-4 admission or extension of stay. You must also submit documentation establishing either that the H-1B principal has an approved Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker (Form I-140), or that your current H-4 admission or extension of stay was approved pursuant to the principal H-1B nonimmigrant’s admission or extension of stay based on sections 106(a) and (b) of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act (AC21). For your convenience, you may file Form I-765 with Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. However, USCIS will not process Form I-765 (except filing fees), until after USCIS has adjudicated Form I-539. You may also file Form I-765 at the same time as Form I-539 and Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. Please see the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov/I-765 for the most current information on where to file this benefit request.
- (1) Proof of Your Status. Submit a copy of your current Form I-797 approval notice for Form I-539 or Form I-94 showing your admission as an H-4 nonimmigrant or your most recent approved extension of stay; and
- (2) Proof of Relationship to the Principal H-1B. Submit a copy of the marriage certificate for you and the principal H-1B nonimmigrant. If you cannot submit a copy of your current Form I-797, Form I-94, or marriage certificate, USCIS will consider secondary evidence.
- (3) Basis for Work Authorization. Acceptable documentation includes:
(a) Approved Form I-140. Submit evidence that the H-1B principal is the beneficiary of an approved Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker (Form I-140). You may show this by submitting a copy of the H-1B principal’s Form I-797 approval notice for Form I-140; or
(b) H-1B Principal Received AC21 106(a) and (b) Extension. Submit evidence that the principal H-1B nonimmigrant has been admitted or granted an extension of stay under AC21 106(a) and (b). You may show this by submitting copies of the H-1B principal’s passports, prior Forms I-94, and current and prior Forms I-797 for Form I-129. In addition, please submit evidence to establish one of the following bases for the H-1B extension of stay:
Based on Filing of a Permanent Labor Certification Application. Submit evidence that the H-1B principal is the beneficiary of a Permanent Labor Certification Application that was filed at least 365 days prior to the date the period of admission authorized under AC21 106(a) and (b) takes effect. You may show this by submitting a copy of a printout from the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) website or other correspondence from the DOL showing the status of the H-1B principal’s Permanent Labor Certification Application. If DOL certified the Permanent Labor Certification, you must also submit a copy of Form I-797 Notice of Receipt for Form I-140 establishing that the Form I-140 was filed within 180 days of DOL certifying the Permanent Labor Certification; or
Based on a Pending Form I-140. If the preference category sought for the principal H-1B spouse does not require a Permanent Labor Certification Application with DOL, submit evidence that the H-1B principal’s Form I-140 was filed at least 365 days prior to the date the period of admission authorized under AC21 106(a) and (b) takes effect. You may show this by submitting a copy of the Form I-797 Notice of Receipt for Form I-140. (4) Secondary Evidence. If you do not have the evidence listed in 1, 2, or 3 above, you may ask USCIS to consider other evidence (“secondary evidence”) in support of your application for employment authorization as an H-4 spouse. For example, in establishing the Basis for Employment Authorization as described in 3a and 3b, you may submit the receipt number of the H-1B principal’s most current Form I-129 extension of stay or the receipt number of the H-1B principal’s approved Form I-140 petition.
H. Principal Beneficiary of an Approved Employment-based Immigrant Petition Facing Compelling Circumstances–(c)(35). File Form I-765 with documents showing that you are eligible for an initial grant or a renewal of employment authorization under the (c)(35) eligibility category.
Initial Application: If this is your first application for compelling circumstances employment authorization under the (c)(35) eligibility category, and an immigrant visa number is not yet available to you, you may be eligible if:
(1) You have a Form I-140 approved on your behalf;
(2) You are in the United States in a valid E-3, H-1B, H-1B1, O-1, or L-1 nonimmigrant status; and
(3) You face compelling circumstances. See the Supporting Evidence by Principal section for more information regarding what documents to submit with your application, including additional requirements where you have been convicted of certain crimes. Renewal Application: If you already have employment authorization under the (c)(35) eligibility category, you may be eligible for renewal if:
(1) You have a Form I-140 approved on your behalf;
(2) You face compelling circumstances and an immigrant visa is not authorized for issuance based on your priority date according to the relevant Final Action Date in the Department of State Visa Bulletin in effect on the date the application for a renewal of employment authorization is filed; OR
The difference between your priority date and the Final Action Date for your preference category and country of chargeability is one year or less according to the Department of State Visa Bulletin in effect on the date your renewal application is filed. This means that your priority date cannot be more than 1 year earlier or 1 year later than the Department of State cut-off date in the Visa Bulletin applicable to your preference category and country of chargeability in effect on the date your renewal application is filed. If this is the basis for your renewal application, you are not required to show compelling circumstances; AND
(3) You file your renewal application on Form I-765 with USCIS before your current employment authorization expires.You are not required to be in a valid nonimmigrant status when you file your renewal application.
K-1 Nonimmigrant Fiance(e) of U.S. Citizen or K-2 Dependent–(a)(6). File Form I-765 if you are filing within 90 days from the date of entry. This EAD cannot be renewed. Any EAD application other than for a replacement must be based on your pending application for adjustment under (c)(9).
K-3 Nonimmigrant Spouse of U.S. Citizen or K-4 Dependent–(a)(9). File Form I-765 along with evidence of your admission such as copies of your Form I-94, passport, and K visa.
Family Unity Program–(a)(13). If you are filing for initial or extension of Family Unity benefits, complete and submit Form I-817, Application for Family Unity Benefits, according to the filing instructions on Form I-817. An EAD will be issued if your Form I-817 is approved; you do not need to submit Form I-765. If your non-expired Family Unity EAD is lost or stolen, file Form I-765 with proper fee(s), along with a copy of your approval notice for Family Unity benefits, to request a replacement.
LIFE Family Unity–(a)(14). If you are applying for initial employment authorization under Family Unity provisions of section 1504 of the LIFE Act Amendments, or an extension of such authorization, you should not use this form. Obtain and complete Form I-817, Application for Family Unity Benefits. If you are applying for a replacement EAD that was issued under LIFE Act Amendments Family Unity provisions, file Form I-765 with the required evidence listed in the Required Documentation section of these Instructions.
V-1, V-2, or V-3 Nonimmigrant–(a)(15). If you have been inspected and admitted to the United States with a valid V visa, file this application along with evidence of your admission, such as copies of your Form I-94, passport, and K visa. If you have been granted V status while in the United States, file this application along with evidence of your V status, such as an approval notice. If you are in the United States but you have not yet filed an application for V status, you may file this application at the same time as you file your application for V status. USCIS will adjudicate this application after adjudicating your application for V status.
A. N-8 or N-9 Nonimmigrant–(a)(7). File Form I-765 with the required evidence.
B. Granted Withholding of Deportation or Removal–(a)(10). File Form I-765 with a copy of the Immigration Judge’s order. It is not necessary to apply for a new EAD until 90 days before the expiration of your current EAD.
C. Applicant for Suspension of Deportation–(c)(10). File Form I-765 with evidence that your Form I-881, Application for Suspension of Deportation or Special Rule Cancellation of Removal (Pursuant to Section 203 of Public Law 105-100 (NACARA)), or Form EOIR-40, is pending.
D. Paroled in the Public Interest–(c)(11). File Form I-765 if you were paroled into the United States for emergent reasons or reasons strictly in the public interest.
E. Deferred Action–(c)(14). File Form I-765 with a copy of the order, notice, or document reflecting the exercise of deferred action. To determine your eligibility for work authorization, you must establish economic necessity. USCIS will consider whether you have an economic need to work by reviewing your current annual income, your current annual expenses, and the total current value of your assets. Provide this financial information on Form I-765WS, Form I-765 Worksheet. If you would like to provide an explanation, complete Part 3. Explanation, of the worksheet. It is not necessary to submit supporting documentation, though it will be accepted and reviewed if you choose to submit it.
F. Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals–(c)(33). (1) You must file Form I-765 with Form I-821D if you meet the guidelines described in the Form I-821D Filing Instructions. Enter (c)(33) in Item Number 20. as the letter and number of the category for which you are applying.
(a) To determine your eligibility for work authorization, you must establish economic necessity. USCIS will consider whether you have an economic need to work by reviewing your current annual income, your current annual expenses, and the total current value of your assets. Provide this financial information on Form I-765WS, Form I-765 Worksheet. If you would like to provide an explanation, complete Part 3. Explanation, of the worksheet. It is not necessary to submit supporting documentation, though it will be accepted and reviewed if you choose to submit it. You do not need to include other household member’s financial information to establish your own economic necessity.
(b) USCIS will not begin adjudicating Form I-765 if filed together with Form I-821D until USCIS has decided whether to defer action in your case.
(c) The fee for Form I-765 filed based on the Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals category cannot be waived. Biometric collection and the biometric services fee for Form I-765 based on the Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals category is also required and cannot be waived. (2) If U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deferred action on your case, file a stand-alone Form I-765 with a copy of the order, notice, or document reflecting the exercise of deferred action. To determine your eligibility for work authorization, you must establish economic necessity. USCIS will consider whether you have an economic need to work by reviewing your current annual income, your current annual expenses, and the total current value of your assets. Provide this financial information on Form I-765WS, Form I-765 Worksheet. If you would like to provide an explanation, complete Part 3. Explanation, of the worksheet. It is not necessary to submit supporting documentation, though it will be accepted and reviewed if you choose to submit it. You do not need to include other household member’s financial information to establish your own economic necessity. When completing the Form I-765:
(a) Enter “Unlawful Status: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals by ICE” for Item Number 19.
(b) Enter (c)(33) in Item Number 20. as the letter and number of the category for which you are applying.
G. Final Order of Deportation–(c)(18). File Form I-765 with a copy of the order of supervision and a request for employment authorization that may be based on but not limited to the following:
(1) Existence of a dependent spouse and/or children in the United States who rely on you for support; (2) Existence of economic necessity to be employed; and (3) Anticipated length of time before you can be removed from the United States.
H. LIFE Legalization Applicant–(c)(24). File Form I-765 together with your Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, to facilitate processing. However, you may file Form I-765 at a later date with evidence that you were a CSS, LULAC, or Zambrano class member applicant before October 1, 2000, and with a copy of the receipt notice or other evidence that your Form I-485 is pending.
I. T-1 Nonimmigrant–(a)(16). If you are applying for initial employment authorization as a T-1 nonimmigrant, file Form I-765 only if you did not request an employment authorization document when you applied for T nonimmigrant status. If you have been granted T nonimmigrant status and this is a request for a renewal or replacement of an employment authorization document, file Form I-765 along with evidence of your T nonimmigrant status, such as an approval notice.
J. T-2, T-3, or T-4 Nonimmigrant–(c)(25). File Form I-765 with a copy of your T-1 (principal alien’s) approval notice and proof of your relationship to the T-1 principal.
K. U-1 Nonimmigrant–(a)(19). If you are applying for initial employment authorization as a U-1 nonimmigrant, file Form I-765 only if you did not request an employment authorization document when you applied for U nonimmigrant status. If you have been granted U nonimmigrant status and this is a request for a renewal or replacement of an employment authorization document, file Form I-765 along with evidence of your U nonimmigrant status, such as an approval notice.
L. U-2, U-3, U-4, or U-5–(a)(20). If you obtained U nonimmigrant status while in the United States, you must submit a copy of the approval notice for your U nonimmigrant status. If you were admitted to the United States as a U nonimmigrant, you must submit a copy of your passport with your U nonimmigrant visa.
M. VAWA Self-Petitioners–(c)(31). If you are the principal beneficiary or qualified child of an approved VAWA self-petition, you are eligible for work authorization. File Form I-765 with evidence of your status, such as a copy of Form I-360 approval notice. Additionally, you may file Form I-765 together with your initial VAWA self- petition.
A. F-1 Student Seeking Optional Practical Training (OPT) in an Occupation Directly Related to Studies: (c)(3)(A)–Pre-completion Optional Practical Training; (c)(3)(B)–Post-completion Optional Practical Training; (c)(3)(C)–24-month Extension for STEM (Students With a Degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) Optional Practical Training. File Form I-765 with a Certificate of Eligibility of Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status (Form I-20 A-B/I-20 ID) timely endorsed by a Designated School Official (DSO) (DSO’s recommendation within the past 30 days for Post-Completion OPT and 60 days for the 24-month STEM OPT extension). If you are requesting a 24-month STEM OPT extension under the eligibility code (c)(3)(C), you must submit a copy of your degree and the employer’s name as listed in E-Verify, along with the E-Verify Company Identification Number, or a valid E-Verify Client Company Identification Number for the employer with whom you are seeking the 24-month OPT extension. You must provide this information in Item Number 21. of the form.
B. F-1 Student Offered Off-Campus Employment Under the Sponsorship of a Qualifying International Organization–(c)(3)(ii). File Form I-765 with the international organization’s letter of certification that the proposed employment is within the scope of its sponsorship, and a Certificate of Eligibility of Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status — For Academic and Language Students (Form I-20 A-B/I-20 ID) endorsed by the Designated School Official within the past 30 days
C. F-1 Student Seeking Off-Campus Employment Due to Severe Economic Hardship–(c)(3)(iii). File Form I-765 with Form I-20 A-B/I-20 ID, Certificate of Eligibility of Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status — For Academic and Language Students, and any evidence you wish to submit, such as affidavits, that detail the unforeseen economic circumstances that cause your request, and evidence that you have tried to find off-campus employment with an employer who has filed a labor and wage attestation.
D. J-2 Spouse or Minor Child of an Exchange Visitor–(c)(5). File Form I-765 with a copy of your J-1 (principal alien’s) Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status (Form IAP-66). You must submit a written statement with any supporting evidence showing that your employment is not necessary to support the J-1 but is for other purposes.
E. M-1 Student Seeking Practical Training After Completing Studies–(c)(6). File Form I-765 with a completed Form I-539, Application to Change/Extend Nonimmigrant Status, according to the filing instructions for Form I-539. You must also include Form I-20 M-N, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (M-1) Student Status — For Vocational Students endorsed by the Designated School Official within the past 30 days, with your application.
A. Citizen of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, or Palau–(a)(8). File Form I-765 if you were admitted to the United States as a citizen of the Federated States of Micronesia (CFA/FSM), the Marshall Islands (CFA/MIS), or Palau under agreements between the United States and the former trust territories.
B. Deferred Enforced Departure (DED)/Extended Voluntary Departure–(a)(11). File Form I-765 with evidence of your identity and nationality.
C. Temporary Protected Status (TPS)–(a)(12) and (c)(19). A category (a)(12) EAD is issued to an individual granted TPS under 8 CFR 244. A category (c)(19) EAD is a temporary treatment benefit under TPS pursuant to 8 CFR 244.5. To request an EAD based on TPS, file Form I-765 with Form I-821, or with evidence that your initial Form I-821 was accepted or approved. Include evidence of nationality and identity as required by the Form I-821 instructions. If you are requesting extension of TPS status, also include a copy (front and back) of your last available TPS document: EAD, Form I-94, or approval notice. To register for TPS, you must file a Form I-765 with Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, for each applicant, regardless of age, even if you are not requesting employment authorization. No fee is required for Form I-765 filed as part of TPS registration. (Form I-821 has separate fee requirements.) If you have been granted TPS by an immigration judge (IJ) or the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and are requesting your first EAD, you must submit evidence of your IJ or BIA grant of TPS with your application for an EAD along with a copy of your Form I-821 application that the IJ or BIA approved. You must also follow the instructions for filing your application as described in the most recent TPS Federal Register notice regarding a TPS designation or extension for your country. As further instructed in those notices, once you receive your Form I-797 application receipt notice, you must also send an email to email@example.com with the following information: Your name; your A number; your date of birth; the receipt number for your application; and the date you were granted TPS.
D. NACARA Section 203 Applicants Who Are Eligible to Apply for NACARA Relief With USCIS–(c)(10). See the instructions to Form I-881, Application for Suspension of Deportation or Special Rule Cancellation of Removal, to determine if you are eligible to apply to USCIS for NACARA 203 relief. If you are eligible, you may file a Form I-765 with the Form I-881. See Instructions to Form I-881 for filing location. If you file the Form I-765 separately from the Form I-881, see the Where to File section of these Instructions. Your response to Item Number 20. on the Form I-765 must be “(c)(10).”
E. Dependent of TECRO E-1 Nonimmigrant–(c)(2). File Form I-765 with the required certification from the American Institute in Taiwan if you are the spouse or unmarried dependent son or daughter of an E-1 employee of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office.
A. Dependent of A-1 or A-2 Foreign Government Officials–(c)(1). Submit Form I-765 with Form I-566, Interagency Record of Request-A, G, or NATO Dependent Employment Authorization or Change/Adjustment to/from A, G, or NATO Status, Dependent Employment Authorization, through your diplomatic mission to the Department of State (DOS). The DOS will forward all favorably endorsed applications directly to the Nebraska Service Center for adjudication.
B. Dependent of G-1, G-3 or G-4 Nonimmigrant–(c)(4). Submit Form I-765 with Form I-566, Interagency Record of Request-A, G, or NATO Dependent Employment Authorization or Change/Adjustment to/from A, G, or NATO Status, Dependent Employment Authorization, through your international organization to the Department of State (DOS). (In New York City, the United Nations (UN) and UN missions should submit such applications to the United States Mission to the UN (USUN)). The DOS or USUN will forward all favorably endorsed applications directly to the Nebraska Service Center for adjudication.
C. Dependent of NATO-1 Through NATO-6–(c)(7). If you are a dependent of a NATO nonimmigrant who is stationed at Supreme Allied Command Transformation (SACT), NATO/HQ, submit Form I-765 with Form I-566, Interagency Record of Request-A, G, or NATO Dependent Employment Authorization or Change/Adjustment to/ from A, G, or NATO Status, Dependent Employment Authorization, to: USLO to NATO/HQ SACT 7857 Blandy Road, Suite 200, Norfolk, VA 23551-2491 If you are a dependent of a NATO nonimmigrant who is stationed outside of NATO/HQ SACT, submit Form I-765 with Form I-566, to the Defense Attaché’s Office at the embassy of the NATO member that employs the principal alien. For more details on NATO member embassy contacts and on documents required, visit the DOS website www.state.gov/ofm under the topic “Dependent Work Authorization.” If you have questions regarding the process or document requirements, email OFM-EAD@state.gov.
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FILLING OUT THE FORM
Allow yourself plenty of time to read and answer all the questions. You should print your answers neatly on the form with black ink. Avoid crossing out answers or making any extra marks. If you make too many mistakes, it is recommended that you get a new form to fill out. Form I-765 consists of 2 pages. If your answer to any question is none or the question is not applicable to you, USCIS wants you to write “none” or “N/A” in the appropriate blank.
Some parts of this form, have limited space for you to write answers. If you need extra space to provide any additional information within this application, attach a separate sheet of paper. Type or print your name and A-Number (if any) at the top of each sheet; indicate the Question Number to which your answer refers and sign and date each sheet.
Select your application type: “I am applying for”
Check “Permission to accept employment.”If this is your first work permit. Check the box “Renewal of my permission to accept employment” If you’ve applied for a previous work permit. Check “Replacement” If Your EAD is Lost or Stolen
Question 1-2: Full Name / Other Names Used
Write your full legal name as it appears on your passport, birth certificate, or identification card. If your name has changed, i.e., marriage or divorce, you must submit documents proving the name change. In Question 2 indicate prior names.
Question 3: U.S. Mailing Address
Enter your current mailing address. You must be able to receive USCIS’s notices so make sure this information is correct. Remember: Your address determines the Lockbox to which you send the I-765 application. This address must be valid from the time you send the I-765 until the time you receive the EAD. Mail from USCIS cannot be forwarded.
Questions 4-7: Country of Citizenship or Nationality / Place of Birth / Date of Birth / Gender
Country of Citizenship: Fill in your citizenship or nationality (usually the country where you were born or that issued you a passport). If you are a dual citizen, write the country noted on your I-94, which should match the passport you use. Date of Birth: Use the U.S. style – month/day/year Gender: This asks whether you are male or female. Check the relevant box.
Question 8: Marital Status
Question 9: Has the SSA ever officially issued a Social Security card to you?
If you have a valid Social Security Number (SSN) from the Social Security Administration (SSA), check “yes” in 9a and then enter the number itself in 9B. Otherwise, check “no.”
Questions 10-13: Social Security
Here, if you still need an SSN, you have an opportunity to avoid making a personal visit to an SSA office. By checking “yes” to question 10 and the request for disclosure in question 11, and providing some personal information about your parents, the SSA will give you a number and send you your card soon after you receive your work permit.
Question 14: Alien Registration Number (A-Number) or Form I-94 Number
You may or may not have an Alien Registration Number (A-number) and/or an I-94 number. You were given an A-number if you applied for any immigration benefit once you arrived in the United States or if you were put into removal (deportation) proceedings. Look for your A-number (the letter A followed by 8 or 9 digits) on any correspondence you got from a U.S. immigration agency. If you don’t have an A-number, list your I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record) number if you have one. Your Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record Number was issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) when you entered the United States if you did so legally (except if you are a Canadian who came by car). If you came before April 30, 2013, you will probably find a white I-94 card stapled in your passport. If you came after April 30, 2013, by sea or by air, you were most likely not given an I-94 card. You’ll have to get your I-94 number online at CBP’s I-94 retrieval website.
Question 15: Have you ever before applied for employment authorization from USCIS?
If you previously applied for a U.S. work permit, you are asked “Which USCIS office?” Find the name of the USCIS office that approved or denied your application—it should be on the Form I-797 notice you received. For “Date,” use the date USCIS received your application (also on the I-797). Submit all I-797 forms with the I-765.
Question 16: Date of Your Last Arrival or Entry Into the U.S.
Date of Last Arrival into the United States refers to your most recent U.S. entry from abroad. You might find that date stamped in your passport.
Question 17: Place of Your Last Arrival or Entry Into the U.S
For the Place of Last Arrival into the United States, USCIS is looking for the place where you spoke to the CBP officer. (This would be the airport where you first landed if you came by plane.) If you can’t remember, this information can be found by clicking the Get Travel History button on the I-94 website.
Question 18: Status at Last Entry
If you know the visa category letters and numbers, you can use those. Otherwise, describe your category (such as “visitor” or “student”). If you are not in the U.S. legally, write “no legal status.”
Question 19: Current Immigration Status
(18) If you have an arrival/departure record, you can locate your status at the last entry on Form I-94. If you entered without inspection, you did not enter with legal status. Therefore, your status at the last entry was “No Status.” (19)Your Current Immigration Status, which is generally identified by a visa category, describes the basis of your lawful immigration status in the United States.
Questions 20-23: Eligibility Category
You will only get work authorization in the U.S. if there is a legal basis for it.
Example above: EAD application as an asylum applicant (category (c)(8))
Complete the list of the reasons to apply for and receive work authorization above in the section “WHO MAY FILE FORM I-765”
If you need help determining your category, consult with an immigration lawyer. Certain categories of applicants will also need to provide additional information in questions 21-23.
Signature of Person Preparing Form, If Other Than Applicant
If you filled out Form I-765 yourself, leave this part blank. Otherwise, this is where the lawyer or other person who filled out the form for you signs and provides his or her information including signature and date.
If your I-765 was prepared by anyone other than yourself, you will provide information about that person. USCIS will want to know this person’s name, address, and contact information. The preparer must make a statement and certification about their qualifications and intent in filling out the form for you. The preparer will need to sign and date in the space provided.
I-765 FORMS ARE FILED*
EACH YEAR AN AVERAGE OF
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I-765 FORMS ARE DENIED*
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- 2(two) Passport photos, 2″x2″ full face color;
Government-Issued Identity Document with Photograph
- Copy of your Passport biometric page
Inspection and Admission or Inspection and Parole
- All I-94 Arrival/Departure Records used to enter the US;
Documentation of Your Immigrant Category
- A photocopy of Form I-797, Receipt Notice, for your immigrant or nonimmigrant petition.
Evidence of Continuously Maintaining a Lawful Status
- Must submit evidence to show they have continuously maintained lawful immigration status while in the United States and are therefore not barred from adjustment status
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MAKING YOUR PAYMENT
When you have completed Form I-765, enclose it with your supporting documents and payment of is $410
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 www.uscis.gov/feewaiver.
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Where you file your Form I-765 depends on your eligibility category. Please visit Direct Filing Addresses to see where you should file your application.
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For how long is this card valid?
Based on the availability of an immigrant visa, USCIS will issue this card for a period of one or two years. USCIS may also in its discretion issue the card for a longer or shorter validity period, depending on the particulars of the case.
If I lose or damage this card, how do I get another one?
To obtain a replacement card, you must file the Application for Employment Authorization, Form I-765, with the appropriate fee of $380 for the I-765
How do I check my EAD status?
- Go to my USCIS Case Status Search Case Status Online.
- Enter your 13-digit receipt number in the box below “Enter your receipt number”.
- Click on the “Check Status” button.
- You will see information about your case.
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