Optional Checklist for Form I-765 (c)(8) Filings

This is an optional checklist to help you file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, based on a pending Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal.  This is for asylum applicants (with a pending asylum application) who filed for asylum on or after Jan. 4, 1995. Do not submit this checklist to USCIS.

NOTE: This optional checklist does not replace or change statutory or regulatory requirements. We recommend you review these requirements, as well as the appropriate form instructions, before completing and submitting your Form I-765. Do not send original documents unless specifically requested in the form instructions. See uscis.gov/i-765 for the most recent Form I-765.

Form Checklist

  • Did you complete all sections of the application that apply to you? (See How To Fill Out Form I-765 in the General Instructions section on Page 15 of the Form I-765 Instructions.)
  • Did you sign and date your application? (See Signature and Validity of Signatures in the General Instructions section on Page 14 of the Form I-765 Instructions.)
  • Did you submit the correct filing fee, if applicable? (See the What Is the Filing Fee section on Page 22 of the Form I-765 Instructions.)

NOTE: If you previously received a (c)(8) Employment Authorization Document (EAD), you are applying to renew your permission to accept employment. You must submit a filing fee or fee waiver request.

  • Did you provide your current U.S. mailing address in Part 2., Item Numbers 5.a. - 5.f.? Do not provide the address of your attorney or accredited representative. (See the Specific Instructions section on Page 16 of the Form I-765 Instructions.)

Filing Checklist

Did you provide the following?

  • Completed Form G-28, if you are represented by an attorney or an accredited representative.

NOTE: If you want us to mail your Employment Authorization Document (EAD) to your attorney or accredited representative, please select Part 4., Item Number 1.b., on Form G-28. (See the Specific Instructions section on Page 4 of the Form G-28 Instructions.)

  • Proof you lodged or filed your Form I-589 with USCIS or EOIR. (See Special Filing Instructions for Those With Pending Asylum Applications--(c)(8) in the Required Documentation section on Page 21 of the Form I-765 Instructions.)

NOTE: If you lodged your Form I-589 at an immigration court window, submit a legible copy of the form containing the following two stamps:

  • A Received Date stamp showing the date and time your Form I-589 was lodged (but not filed) at an immigration court window.
  • A stamp which reads:

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE LODGED NOT FILED EXECUTIVE OFFICE FOR IMMIGRATION REVIEW IMMIGRATION COURT [COURT LOCATION];

or

RECEIVED DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE [DATE] EXECUTIVE OFFICE FOR IMMIGRATION REVIEW IMMIGRATION COURT [COURT LOCATION]

  • A docket number, if an immigration judge denied your Form I-589 or you have evidence of any appeal pending with a circuit court or any court outside of the Board of Immigration Appeals.
  • Certified English translations of any documents with information in a foreign language. (See Translations in the General Instructions section on Page 15 of the Form I-765 Instructions.)
  • Proof of identity. (See Item 3.B. in the Required Documentation section on Page 20 of the Form I-765 Instructions.)
  • Photographs. (See Item 3.C. in the Required Documentation section on Page 20 of the Form I-765 Instructions.)
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