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I-765, Application for Employment Authorization

ALERT: On Aug. 3, we announced a final rule, published in the Federal Register, that adjusts the fees required for most immigration applications and petitions.  The new fees will be effective Oct. 2, 2020. Applications and petitions postmarked on or after Oct. 2, 2020, must include the new fees or we will not accept them.

On or after Oct. 2, 2020, to apply for employment authorization, you must use the updated edition of Forms I-765 and I-765WS.

What to Know About Sending Us Your Forms I-765 and I-765WS
 
If you send the 12/26/19 edition (which is the old edition):

  • We will not accept this edition if it is postmarked on or after Aug. 25, 2020.

If you send the 08/25/20 edition (which is the current edition):

  • We will accept this edition if it is postmarked on or after Aug. 25, 2020.

If you send the 10/02/20 edition (which is the new edition):

  • This form has not yet published and is available in preview mode only, so you have an opportunity to see what it looks like.
  • We will not accept this edition if it is postmarked before Oct. 2, 2020.
  • This edition will be the only acceptable edition for forms postmarked on or after Oct. 2, 2020.

ALERT: Applicants for Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Long-Term Resident Status: You must submit Form I-955 with your Form I-765. You may only apply for CNMI long-term resident status until Aug. 17, 2020. 

USCIS has updated the Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, for eligibility category (a)(19) U-1 nonimmigrant (a)(20) U-2, U-3, U-4 or U-5 nonimmigrant and (c)(14) Deferred Action granted to U nonimmigrant waitlist placement.

Please refer to the “Where to File” section for information on where to file applications.

Please note, USCIS will allow a 30-day grace period in which affected applicants may file Form I-765 and all related forms at the previously designated service center. The grace period will run through Oct. 15, 2020. After that date, USCIS may reject those applications sent to the incorrect service center.

Certain aliens who are in the United States may file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, to request employment authorization and an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Other aliens whose immigration status authorizes them to work in the United States without restrictions may also use Form I-765 to apply to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for an EAD that shows such authorization.

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Form Details

Edition Date

08/25/20. Starting August 25, 2020, we will only accept the 08/25/20 edition. You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the form and instructions.

Dates are listed in mm/dd/yy format.

Where to File

The filing address depends on your reason for applying and the eligibility category you entered in Question 27. Please check the filing locations for Form I-765 for a list of addresses. If you file at a Lockbox, read our filing tips

Filing Tips for Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization 

Complete all sections of the form. 

Don’t forget to sign your form! We will reject and return any unsigned form.

Filing Fee
$410.

You must also pay an $85 biometric services fee, for a total of $495, if you are filing with one of the following eligibility categories:  

  • (c)(8) Applicants with pending asylum applications requesting initial and renewal EADs;
  • (c)(33) Requesting consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA);
  • (c)(35) A beneficiary of an approved employment-based immigrant petition and you are facing compelling circumstances;
  • (c)(36) A spouse or unmarried dependent child of a beneficiary of an employment-based immigrant petition who is facing compelling circumstances; or
  • (c)(37) Applicant for Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) long-term resident status.

Note to (c)(33) and (c)(37) filers: There is no fee waiver for your Form I-765 base fee ($410) or biometric fee ($85). 

There is no biometric services fee for any other eligibility category. 

You may be exempt from paying fees. See the form instructions for more information. 

You may pay the fee with a money order, personal check, or cashier’s check.  When filing at a USCIS Lockbox facility, you may also pay by credit card using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions. If you pay by check, you must make your check payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Service centers are not able to process credit card payments. 

When you send a payment, you agree to pay for a government service. Filing and biometric service fees are final and non-refundable, regardless of any action we take on your application, petition, or request, or if you withdraw your request. Use our Fee Calculator to help determine your fee.

Checklist of Required Initial Evidence (for informational purposes only)

View the checklist of required initial evidence.

Special Instructions

Replacing a Card That Has Incorrect Information

  • If the card we issued to you contains incorrect information that is not due to our error, you must use the filing locations for Form I-765 associated with your eligibility category. 
  • If the card we issued to you contains incorrect information that is due to our error, you must submit a letter explaining the error and evidence to show what the correct information should be, along with the card containing the error, to the service center or National Benefits Center that approved your most recent Form I-765. Your I-765 approval notice will indicate which location approved your application.

Note to LRIF Applicants: If you are filing Form I-765 as an adjustment of status applicant based on Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF), you should write “(c)(9)” as your eligibility category in Part 2, Item Number 27 on your Form I-765. See the LRIF page for more information on adjustment of status based on LRIF.

Note: 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.

Note to U Petitioners: If you are a principal U nonimmigrant petitioner, you are authorized to work based on your status. After we approve the underlying petition for U nonimmigrant status, we will issue you an EAD. This means you will not to file Form I-765.

If you are a derivative family member residing inside the United States, you are also authorized to work based on your status. After we approve the underlying petition for derivative U nonimmigrant status, we will not issue you an EAD. This means you will need to file Form I-765.

We can only issue EADs for principals and derivatives after we approve the underlying U nonimmigrant status petition, regardless of when you file Form I-765.

If the statutory cap is reached in a fiscal year and we use the waiting list process described at 8 CFR 214.14(d)(2), petitioners for U nonimmigrant status and derivatives in the United States can apply for employment authorization using Form I-765 based on deferred action. We can only approve an application for employment authorization based on deferred action after DHS has deferred action in your case, regardless of when you file Form I-765.

Note to Asylum Applicants: If you are an asylum applicant, please refer to the Asylum webpage for background, including information about the effect of applicant-caused delays on your Form I-765 adjudication.

E-Notification: To receive a text message and/or email when we accept your Form I-765, complete Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance, and attach it to the front of the first application in the package.

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