What is the purpose of Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization?

Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765) is aimed to request an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), i.e. a work permit for certain categories of foreigners. EAD proves the right for legal work in the USA and serves as a government-issued photo ID. Form I-765 can be used not only to request EAD, but also to replace or renew it.

Aliens who are temporarily living in the USA and eligible to work there include:

  • employment-based non-immigrants;
  • family-based non-immigrants;
  • foreign students;
  • asylees/refugees, their spouses and kids;
  • adjustment-of-status categories;
  • nationality categories;
  • eligible dependents of employees of diplomatic missions, international organizations, or NATO.

Who does not need to file Form I-765?

If you are a lawful permanent resident or a conditional resident, there is no need to file Form I-765 as green card holders can work without any special permission. EAD is issued automatically to principal U non-immigrant petitioners, without submitting Form I-765, after the petition underlying their status is approved.

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Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765) is aimed to request an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), i.e. a work permit for certain categories of foreigners. EAD proves the right for legal work in the USA and serves as a government-issued photo ID. Form I-765 can be used not only to request EAD, but also to replace or renew it.

Aliens who are temporarily living in the USA and eligible to work there include:

  • employment-based non-immigrants;
  • family-based non-immigrants;
  • foreign students;
  • asylees/refugees, their spouses and kids;
  • adjustment-of-status categories;
  • nationality categories;
  • eligible dependents of employees of diplomatic missions, international organizations, or NATO.

Who does not need to file Form I-765?

If you are a lawful permanent resident or a conditional resident, there is no need to file Form I-765 as green card holders can work without any special permission. EAD is issued automatically to principal U non-immigrant petitioners, without submitting Form I-765, after the petition underlying their status is approved.

February 5, 2019


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