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What is I-765 application for Employment Authorization?

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What is the I-765 application for Employment Authorization and how do I file for one?

The I-765 employment authorization application refers to the documentation you may submit into USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) to file for employment authorization to work in the United States. The employment authorization application is applicable to individuals that are not already a United States citizen.

You can find the application easily accessible directly on the USCIS website*; where there are detailed instructions on how to complete and file the application. Of course, it is always a smart idea to consult with an experienced immigration attorney first, should you have any questions.

How long does it take for I-765 Employment Authorization to get approved?

Processing times vary based on the service center you submit the application to and how you’ve submitted the application. For example, you may qualify to submit the employment authorization if you have an approved or a pending asylum, a pending adjustment of status petition, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), parole, and more.

Of course, while your application is processing there is nothing to do but wait. Once a USCIS officer has reviewed your application they will issue their decision, informing you of a victorious approval or a regrettable denial.

Can I start work with an I-765 approval notice?

The simple answer is, yes. Once you receive an official letter from USCIS informing you of the approval of your I-765 employment authorization application, all you need to do is wait for your Employment Authorization Document (EAD) to come in the mail.

Theoretically, you can work, however it would be up to an employer’s discretion to decide whether they want to hire with only an I-765 approval letter, without the physical EAD. Some employers will prefer the EAD directly, and others will accept only the approval notice.

What is the next step after receiving the I-765 Employment Authorization Document?

If you have received your I-765 Employment Authorization Document (EAD) you are ready to legally become a part of the workforce in the United States. The next step is to begin applying for jobs, and secure work.

As always, for the most up-to-date information on the I-765 Employment Authorization we suggest you visit the USCIS website directly - you can find some helpful links and resources below!

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Disclaimer: This blog post is for educational and informational purposes only and is not to be taken as legal advice in any capacity. Reading this blog does not constitute or establish an attorney-client relationship.

“I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.” USCIS, 30 Jan 2024,

“Employment Authorization Document.” USCIS, 11 Feb 2022,