Work permits do not give permission to be in the U.S.
Contrary to popular belief, a work permit, employment authorization document, or EAD, does not give its holder legal permission to be present in the U.S. A work permit simply allows a person to accept work.
There is no such thing as a stand-alone work permit
Work permits are only available in conjunction with an immigration status that you already hold, or in conjunction with an application before USCIS for an immigration status. Common immigration statuses/applications include:
- Cancellation of Removal
- Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
- Adjustment of Status to Permanent Residency
- Spouses/children of certain temporary visa holders
Applying for a Work Permit
At HILL & PIIBE , our immigration lawyers help clients get work permits by accurately completing the application form, and submitting it to USCIS with the appropriate filing fee. Our representation also includes free preparation of your first work authorization application (form I-765), which must be renewed every year.
Work permit applications take about 90 days to process at USCIS. Renewals should be sent 90 days before the expiration of your current work permit.
For more information about work permits, please see the USCIS Website.
Contact us to ask how our immigration attorneys can help with your work permit.