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Employment Authorization Document -- What Is It?
What is an Employment Authorization Document?
Employment Authorization Document (EAD) is a document that authorizes an foreign national to work in the U.S. for a period of time, usually one year. It is also called a work permit.
How do I apply for Employment Authorization?
You must file a Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization) by mail with the USCIS Service Center or District Office that serves the area where you live. You must also submit other supporting documents, photos, and fee.
Do I need an EAD Card?
Maybe. Some types of visas allow a person to work in the U.S. without first obtaining an employment authorization card. If you are in the U.S. on an H-1B visa, for example, you do not need to obtain an EAD card since you are in the U.S. on a work visa.
How long should I wait for the EAD?
It usually takes three to six months to process the EAD application. Processing times, however, are always changing, so it may take more or less depending on how backlogged Immigration Services is.
What should I do if my EAD application is denied?
If your application for an EAD is denied, you will receive a letter that will tell you why the application was denied. You will not be allowed to appeal a negative decision, but you may submit a motion to reopen or a motion to reconsider with the office that denied your application. If that is denied, you will either have to reapply or forego employment authorization in the United States.
What should I do if my EAD card gets lost or stolen?
You may apply for a replacement EAD card. Contact USCIS Customer Service at 1-800-375-5283 and an Immigration Services Customer Representative will be able to help you.
For more information about immigration news, immigration laws, immigration policies, proposed immigration laws, border enforcement, green cards, citizenship, employment visas, family visas, naturalization, and other immigration subjects, please visit Immigration Law Answers and DFW Immigration Law Blog.
From Immigration-Law-Answers-Blog posted 2007-03-13.