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I-765, Application for Employment Authorization

Purpose of Form

Certain foreign nationals, who are eligible to work in the United States, use Form I-765 to request an employment authorization document (EAD).

Number of Pages

Form 1; Instructions 12.

Edition Date

02/13/15. (Previous editions, dated 05/27/08 or later, also accepted.)

Where to File

E-File Your Application: Applicants in certain eligibility categories may be eligible to file this form online.

Mail a Paper Application: The filing address depends on the eligibility category you entered in Question 16. Please check the filing locations for Form I-765 for a list of mailing addresses.

Filing Fee

The filing fee for Form I-765 is $380. If you are requesting consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), you must also pay an $85 biometric services fee for a total of $465. There is no biometric services fee for any other eligibility category. Some individuals may be exempt from paying fees. See the form instructions for more information.

Special Instructions

If you are filing your application at a USCIS Lockbox facility:

Notes: To be considered for DACA, you must file:

  • Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals;
  • Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization;
  • Form I-765 Worksheet; and
  • The correct fee.

If you do not submit all of the above, we will reject your request and return it to you. You may not e-file your Form I-765 if you are requesting DACA. The 90-day period for reviewing Form I-765 filed together with Form I-821D begins if and when USCIS decides whether to defer action in your case.

If you are an asylum applicant, please refer to the asylum web pages for criteria for eligibility, including information about the calculation of the 180-day Asylum EAD Clock. 

This page can be found at http://www.uscis.gov/i-765

Last Reviewed/Updated: 05/22/2015