Obtaining an Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
The USCIS may issue you an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as proof that you are authorized to work in the United States for a particular length of time.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, you may be able to work in the United States under one of three categories:
Category 1: Depending on your immigration status, you may be able to work in the United States.
Category 2: As a result of your nonimmigrant status, you may be authorized to work for a certain employer; or
Category 3: You may fall into one of the immigration categories that requires you to apply for work authorization.
You must show documents to an employer proving that you have permission to work lawfully in the United States.
In order to work in the United States, you must be a citizen of the United States. See our Form I-9 Acceptable Documents page for more information on what documents you can show.
How to Make a File
If you’re in category 1 or 3, you’ll need to do the following:
Read the instructions for Form I-129, Nonimmigrant Worker Petition;
Fill out and sign Form I-129; pay any applicable filing fees; and provide all required evidence and supporting paperwork.
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When You’ve Filed
You will receive a: once we receive your Form I-765.
Notice of receipt indicating that we have received your application;
If relevant, a notification about biometric services;
If required, notice to attend for an interview; and notice of our decision.
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Use the USCIS Fee Calculator to help determine your fee.