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It’s Time to Work: Apply for Employment Authorization with Form I-765

Form I-765: Employment Authorization Document

Being a US resident can give you a lot of ordinary yet essential advantages, such as the right to work in the USA. Legal aliens face different problems with employment though. Even if a US company has made you a job offer, you must provide an Employment Authorization Document to your employer. For getting this work permission, you have to complete Form I-765 and file it with the US Citizenship and Immigration Service. The two-paged application is not difficult to fill out but it has some peculiarities. We’ll discuss them in details.

Who needs Form I-765?

This form can be used by variety of eligible non-residents. To determine the eligibility, the applicant has to check the category of immigrant status in a specific section of the form. Usually this form is used by refugees, foreign students, employees of diplomatic missions and members of their family, etc.

What is the purpose of Form I-765?

The main purpose of application is to send a request to the US Citizenship and Immigration Service for work permission. USCI checks the information and evidence provided in the form and make a decision on the individual’s case. Form I-765 is also used if the current work permission has expired or lost. The application contains personal information about the applicant, immigration status and eligibility category.
If you have all the required documents and permissions, the application is easy to fill out and submit.

When is Form I-765 due?

There is not strict due date for the submission of application. The eligible foreigner may submit it when there is a need. The estimated time for completing the form is one hour.

What other documents and forms accompany Form I-765?

The applicant must provide additional documents supporting the form. Depending on the immigration status, it can be other immigration forms, beneficiary’s forms, marriage license, and others. The USCIS can ask the applicant to come to the office for the interview or biometric collection.

What information should be provided in Form I-765?

The application is divided into two parts. The first part is connected with applicant’s personal information and immigration status and the second part is a certification.
The applicant has to add the following details:

  • Reason for application
  • Personal details: full name, other names used, mailing address, country of citizenship or nationality, place and date of birth, gender, marital status
  • Information about the citizenship: Social Security Number, alien registration number, previous applications to USCIS, date, place and status of last entry into US
  • Immigration details: current immigration status and eligibility category (choose one of the listed categories and provide the required details)
  • Certification: this part requires the applicant’s signature (and the signature of the prepare), telephone number and address.

What do I do with the form after its completion?

The application is to be filed with the USCIS. You can find the required address at USCIS website or calling the Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283.