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How to Get a Work Permit

How to Get a Work Permit PhotoDo you want to earn a living in the United States, but don’t know where to start? Do you want to make your stay more meaningful by joining the workforce and earning a few bucks? One of the important steps in securing a job is to obtain a work permit. A work permit, or an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), enables you to work in the United States legally. Not every person who visits the United States is eligible to work here.

Who can apply?

The following foreigners can apply for an EAD:

  • foreigners seeking asylum
  • refugees
  • students
  • foreign nationals in the U.S. on their final stages of permanent residency
  • foreigners whose conditions in their country of origin has earned them Temporary Protected Status or TPS by the U.S. government
  • fiancées or spouses of U.S. citizens
  • foreign government officials’ dependents
  • dependents of exchange visitors

Which form do I need to fill out?

You need to fill out a form called the I-765. This form is used to file a request for an EAD, regardless if you are authorized to work in the United States or not. Even if you are authorized to work here without restrictions, you still need to file the form I-765 to request for a document proving that you are indeed authorized to work in the United States.

You can file this form online, or you can mail a hardcopy of the application. Please take note that the latest edition of this form is as of August 15, 2012.

What are the fees involved in securing a work permit?

A filing fee of $380 is charged to the applicant. If you would like to request to defer the action, you will be charged an additional $85 for the Biometric fee.

How long do I have to wait to be notified?

It depends on the outcome of your application. If there will be no problems with your application, the typical review period for your EAD is 90 days. You may have to wait a little longer if you decide to not be notified electronically. To get an e-notification, you need to file Form G-1145 (E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance). You need to place this in front of your application package.

Applying for a work permit is quick and easy to do. It makes sure that you do not jeopardize your job, as well as your stay in the United States. It shows that you are respectful of its laws and jurisdictions. This page is just a guideline for you to have an idea on how to obtain a work permit. Be sure to check the United States Citizenship and Immigration Website for the latest updates on obtaining an EAD.