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Work in the U.S. with a work permit (EAD)

As a nonimmigrant visa holder, you may be able to work in the U.S. temporarily with a work permit (Employment Authorization Document or EAD). Learn if you qualify and how to apply.

Learn about work permits (EADs)

The Employment Authorization Document proves to employers that you can be hired to work in the U.S. You are required to have one before you can begin working.

Learn about the work permit (EAD), including:

  • What types of nonimmigrant visas require you to have an EAD to work
  • How to renew an EAD
  • How to replace a lost or stolen EAD card

How to apply for a work permit (EAD)

To apply for your work permit (EAD), file an Application for Employment Authorization (Form 1-765), review the instructions, and pay the filing fee.

Depending on your immigration category, your EAD work permit will be good for 1 or 2 years. If the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approves your request, they may send your EAD in the mail. Or you may be required to get it in person. Find your nearest USCIS office.

LAST UPDATED: June 6, 2023


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