I-765, Application for Employment Authorization

Purpose of Form

Certain foreign nationals 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 foreign nationals 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.

Number of Pages

Form 7; instructions 27.

Edition Date

05/31/18. Starting 09/17/2018, we will only accept the 05/31/18 edition. Until then, you can use the 07/17/17 edition. You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the form and instructions.

Where to File

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

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

Complete all sections of the form. We will reject the form if these fields are missing:

  • Part 1 –  Reason for Applying (select only one box)
  • Part 2 – Information About You
    • Your Full Legal Name (Numbers 1.a. – 1.c.)
    • Your U.S. Mailing Address (Numbers 5.a. – 5.f.)
    • Date of Birth (Number 20.)
    • Information About Your Eligibility Category (Number 27.)

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)(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; or
  • (c)(36) A spouse or unmarried dependent child of a beneficiary of an employment-based immigrant petition who is facing compelling circumstances.

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.

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. Please note that service centers are not able to process credit card payments.

Special Instructions

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.

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: Principal U nonimmigrant petitioners are employment authorized incident to status .  After we approve the underlying petition for U nonimmigrant status, we will issue you an EAD; you will not to file Form I-765.

Derivative family members residing inside the United States are also employment authorized incident to status.  After we approve the underlying petition for derivative U nonimmigrant status, we will not issue you an EAD; 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 webpages for criteria for eligibility, including information about the calculation of the 180-day asylum EAD clock.

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