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A work permit allows immigrants to be employed in the U.S. To apply for a work permit, Form I-765 must be submitted. Work permits are issued to those who hold valid visas or are DACA, TPS recipients. Immigrants and those from other countries who are planning to work in the United States cannot do so legally without permission from the U.S. authorities. If caught working in the U.S. without a work permit, you may be subject to serious consequences, including deportation.

   

What Is a Work Permit?

A work permit, or “Employment Authorization Document,” allows you to legally work and earn a living while in the United States. The permit itself looks similar to an identification card. A work permit authorizes you to work for any employer in the United States legally and can typically be renewed.

   

How To Get a Work Permit

To apply for a work permit, you must file Form I-765. To submit the Form, it must be filled out thoroughly and correctly, along with the required supporting documentation.

   

Who Is Eligible for a Work Permit?

Many types of immigrants are eligible for a work permit, including:

  • DACA recipients
  • Fiancés with K-1 visas (while their adjustment application is pending)
  • Immigrants granted asylum status
  • Immigrants who have a pending Green Card application
  • Spouses of visa holders of some types
  • TPS (Temporary Protected Status) or DED (Deferred Enforced Departure) immigrants
  • Temporary workers
  • Students holding F-1 visas
  • Some exchange visitors to the U.S.

Please note that those holding tourist visas and those without legal status in the U.S. are not eligible for a work permit. If you work in the U.S. without gaining the legal right, it could hinder your hopes of ever gaining a Green Card or any legal status as an immigrant.

   

Your I-765 Application

Once you have submitted your I-765 application, with required documentation, you can expect to wait several months before you receive your work permit. Some types of I-765 applications are processed more swiftly by the agency, such as for those who have been granted asylum. USCIS will inform you they have received your application within about two to three weeks after you file. Your application can be tracked as it moves through the system. Many people take the step of hiring an attorney to manage the entire process. A work permit is a valuable document, and any failure or omission can lead to a denial, and or delay for months or longer to attempt to sort out any problems.

   

When a Work Permit Expires

Your work permit has an expiration date. You should apply for renewal with plenty of time, as USCIS is slow to process these requests. You can apply for renewal 180 days before your work permit expires. Take note that if a work permit expires and you do not have a new permit, you cannot work legally in the United States, which can cause disruptions in your employment and problems with your employer.

   

When Are Requests for a Work Permit Denied?

A decision to deny your work permit application I-765 is possible if you made an error, or did not submit the required documents or because the agency did not believe you were eligible. When USCIS denies or rejects an application wrongly, it is vital that you get help from an immigration attorney.

   

Legal Representation to Apply for a Work Permit

Contact Aratta Law Firm at (818) 550-1111 today for assistance applying for a work permit.