An Employment Authorization Document (EAD), or more commonly known as simply a work permit, is a document provided to certain noncitizens to show proof to U.S. employers that they are authorized for employment in the U.S.
Certain visa holders in the U.S. will require an Employment Authorization Document, or EAD, before they are legally allowed to work in the U.S. Individuals who hold a Green Card, individuals who have employment authorization incident to their status, or those who are employed in the U.S. with a nonimmigrant visa, do not need to apply for an EAD as they are already authorized to work.
Although all applicants for an EAD will need to file form I-765, the supporting evidence required varies depending on the applicant's unique situation. Likewise, first time applicant's require different evidence than an applicant who is renewing their current EAD.
USCIS generally approves applicants for an EAD from 1-2 years, depending on the applicant's status in the U.S.
Not everyone who has legal immigration status in the U.S. can apply for an EAD. The categories of noncitizens of the U.S. who are eligible to apply for an EAD include:
- Green Card applicants waiting for USCIS to make a decision on their application;
- Spouses who hold certain dependent nonimmigrant visas, such as the L2, E3D, H4, or TD;
- F-1 students who are applying for OPT;
- Applicants who are eligible for DACA;
- Applicants for Asylum in the U.S.;
- K-1 visa holders;
- Individuals holding TPS.
The government fees for the I-765, Application for Employment Authorization is $410.00 USD.
We recommend starting the application process as early as possible, as travel restrictions and lengthy consulate wait times for nonimmigrant visa appointments may impact your travel plans.
We provide an easy to use platform to gather the necessary information for your specific situation, combined with Immigration expert guidance, preparation and review of your application.
Our team will review your eligibility submission and provide you with confirmation of your ideal immigration program prior to payment of any fees. Once you decide to proceed, our platform guides you through a series of questions and helps you gather all the necessary documents. Our immigration experts will then prepare your case and complete the necessary forms, while reviewing the application to ensure it presents the best possible case. As the applicant, you will file the final application yourself.
Your dedicated case manager will provide end-to-end review and communication throughout the life of the application, including assisting with responses to any USCIS requests, to maximize your chances of success. The SuperVisas platform tracks key dates and expirations to ensure deadlines and renewal dates are not missed.
- Attorney Representation - In addition to our preparation of your application, you will be represented by a licensed immigration lawyer throughout the entire application process. If you chose this Additional Service, your case will be submitted by a licensed immigration attorney who will also respond to any additional requests from USCIS on your behalf. You can enjoy peace of mind knowing that an attorney is handling all communications with USCIS.
How It Works
- 1Create An Account
Do an eligibility check, or pick a visa, or just sign up directly to create an account. Then you can see all the documents needed, questions you must answer, and fee payments for our services and to the government. If you have any questions, it is easy to contact our sales team or to schedule a call.
- 2Eligibility Confirmation Before Payment
First you will answer a few questions to ensure you are eligible for the visa. Only if you are eligible will the payment unlock. Making payment assigns an immigration lawyer or regulated consultant to your application. We are transparent in our process and pricing, and clearly list all the fees and processing times for your visa. Read our Transparency Pledge. We use Stripe for credit or debit card payment processing, which is secure and encrypted.
- 3Complete Your Application Online
You can complete as many of the application tasks you wish before payment. Take your time. Some visas require a lot of information, which requires answering questionnaires and uploading of documents. Our system ensures everything necessary is gathered depending on your situation - preventing errors and omissions - and saving you time.
- 4Visa Preparation and Submission
Once all the tasks are completed, our experts will review your answers and start preparing your application so that the best case is best presented. Government fees are also due once the application is completed and we can correctly calculate the government fees due. After a final review by you, and by our experts, your application will be submitted! You will have peace of mind that only comes with an accurate application.
- 5Approval and Renewals
We notify you when your visa is approved! If there are any questions or rejections from the government, we will answer them and resubmit without any further fees from us. We securely store your immigration documents for 7 years and provide alerts well before any expiry dates. Renewing or taking the next step toward citizenship is easy when all your immigration history is in one place.
Some documents you will need to provide, and some documents we may prepare for you.
- Current I-94
- Digital Photo of Visa Applicant
- EAD Evidence to submit based on Eligibility Category
- Passport Biographic Page
You might need the following documents based on your situation, or to enhance your application approval.
- Current EAD
- Current U.S. Visa Stamps
- Passport Pages with Visas, Stamps or Marks
- Past U.S. Visa Stamps
- Prior EAD