What is EAD?

EAD is an Employment authorization document ( Form I-765) which is also called work permit. EAD Card is issued by the United States immigration department (USCIS) that provides impermanent employment authorization to noncitizens in the United States.

Nowadays, EAD is issued in the form of a standard credit card-size plastic card upgraded with multiple security highlights. It contains some basic information about the alien: name, birth date, sex, immigrant classification, the nation of birth, photograph, alien registration number (additionally called “A-number”),  Card number, restrictive terms and conditions, and dates of validity. This report, be that as it may, ought not to be mistaken for the green card.

Employment Authorization Document

Procedure to get EAD

According to USCIS, you should file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. You can apply for an EAD Card  if :

You are authorized to work in the United States as a result of your immigration status and need evidence of that employment authorization.

Or then again you are required to apply for permission to work; as it were, you have to ask for employment authorization itself. For instance:

You have a pending Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.

You have a pending Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal.

You have a nonimmigrant status that enables you to be in the United States yet does not enable you to work in the United States without first seeking permission from USCIS, (for example, an F-1 or M-1 understudy).

You don’t have to apply for an EAD

You can’t apply for EAD Card If you are a legitimate changeless resident. Your Green Card (Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card) is evidence of your employment authorization. You likewise don’t have to apply for an EAD if you have an immigrant visa that authorizes you to work for a specific boss (for instance, you have an H-1B, L-1B, O, or P visa).

Employment Authorization Document Renewal

EAD  Renewal process takes the indistinguishable measure of time from a first-time application so the noncitizens may need to prepare and ask for the renewal 3 to 4 months before the expiration date.

Replacement of EAD

You can replace a lost, stolen, or mutilated EAD Card.  A substitution Employment Authorization Document likewise replaces an Employment Authorization Document that was issued with incorrect information, for example, a misspelled name.

For employment-based green card applicants, the priority date should be present to apply for Adjustment of Status (I-485) at which time an Employment Authorization Document can be applied for. Typically, it is prescribed to apply for Advance Parole in the meantime with the goal that visa stamping is not required when reappearing the US from a foreign nation.

If Your EAD Contains Incorrect Information

If your EAD contains incorrect information that is not because of a USCIS mistake, you should submit:

Another Form I-765,

The filing charge, if required (or a demand for an expense waiver),

Any records specified in the form instructions, and

The card containing the blunder.

EAD containing incorrect information:

If your ead contains incorrect info in light of a USCIS blunder, the division will make the appropriate correction at no additional cost to you. In these cases, you don’t have to submit another Form I-765 or a filing charge. Instead, you should submit:

The original card containing the blunder,

A detailed explanation of the card blunder, and

Supporting documentation on the right information.

Submit this information to the service focus or National Benefit Center that affirmed your most recent Form I-765.

In either case, if we receive your application or demand for a substitution EAD and you never again have any basis for applying for an EAD or employment authorization, we will not restore the card and will notify you that you don’t have a present basis for applying for an EAD or employment authorization.

Interim EAD

Interim EAD Card is issued when U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has failed to adjudicate an application within 90 long periods of receipt of an appropriately filed Employment Authorization Document application or within 30 long stretches of a legitimately filed initial Employment Authorization Document application in light of a haven application filed on or after January 4, 1995.

The interim EAD Card will be allowed for a period not to surpass 240 days and is liable to the conditions noted on the record. It is never again issued by neighborhood service focuses. One can anyway make an INFOPASS appointment and place a service ask for at nearby focuses, explicitly asking for it if the application surpasses 90 days and 30 days for haven applicants without an adjudication. Visa-free countries

Comparison of EAD and Green Card

In spite of the fact that employment authorization archives and the green card share similar physical characteristics yet they are vastly different in practice. You can state, a green card is an ultimate objective while an EAD card is a way to achieve that objective. The main motivation behind the Green card is to identify a foreign individual as a man who has legitimate lasting resident status. By law, managers in the U.S. are required to ensure the greater part of their representatives has the best possible authorization to work in the nation.

Showing a valid EAD card fulfills that requirement, despite the fact that U.S. citizens and green card holders needn’t bother with this report to demonstrate work eligibility since it is an inherent benefit of the green card or citizenship. Another favorable position that green card holders have is the ability to movement uninhibitedly in and out of the nation, file petitions for unmarried children and companions to live in the U.S., and the sky is the limit from there.

Green card holders are permitted to movement uninhibitedly in and out of the nation, file petitions for unmarried children and companions to live in the U.S., and that’s just the beginning. The EAD card does not permit these benefits. To move in and out of the U.S., you should file for a movement record with the I-131 form. To file immigrant petitions for family individuals, you should be a green card holder or U.S. citizen.


Then again, employment authorization card is substantially more limited in what you can do, despite the fact that it is available to a wide scope of non-immigrant categories and also those waiting for pending applications with USCIS. In addition, unlike green cards, EAD cards can run in their validity period depending on the status of the cardholder.

EAD to Green Card Processing Time

USCIS is permitted up to 90 days to process your EAD application. Having an EAD that is pending does not authorize you to work; the EAD card should really be affirmed. Likewise, there is no premium processing option for employment authorization records. Consequently, planning ahead of time is emphatically prescribed to avoid any holes in employment time. Counsel one of our immigration lawyers to take in more about renewals and processing time.

Qualifying EAD categories

The classification includes the people who either are given an Employment Authorization Document incident to their status or must apply for an Employment Authorization Document with a specific end goal to acknowledge the employment.

Asylee/Refugee, their mates, and their children

Citizens or nationals of countries falling in certain categories

Foreign understudies with active

F-1 status who wish to seek after

Pre-or Post-Optional Practical Training, either paid or unpaid, which must be directly identified with the understudy’ major of study

Optional Practical Training for designated science, innovation, engineering, and mathematics degree holders, where the beneficiary must be utilized for paid positions directly identified with the beneficiary’s major of study, and the business must utilize E-Verify

The internship, either paid or unpaid, with authorized International Organization

The off-grounds employment during the undersides’ academic advancement because of significant economic hardship, pay ing little mind to the understudies’ major of study


M-1 status who wish to seek after practical training which is directly identified with the understudies’ vocational training from the school

J-1 Summer Work/Travel visa holders

Life partners of trade visitors with a certain regulation

Eligible wards of representatives of diplomatic missions, International Organization, or NATO

Certain employment-based nonimmigrants; limits may apply

Certain family-based nonimmigrants

People within the modification of-status categories

Other eligible categories

People who don’t qualify for an Employment Authorization Document

The following people don’t qualify for an Employment Authorization Document, nor would they be able to acknowledge any employment in the United States, except if the incident of status may permit.

Visa waived people for delight

B-2 visitors for delight

Transiting travelers via U.S. port-of-section

The following people don’t qualify for an Employment Authorization Document, regardless of whether they are authorized to work in certain conditions, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service regulations (8 CFR Part 274a).[4] Some statuses might be authorized to work just for a certain business, under the term of ‘alien authorized to work for the specific manager incident to the status’, as a rule, who has petitioned or supported the people’s employment. For this situation, except if otherwise expressed by the U.S. Division of Homeland Security, no endorsement from either the U.S. Division of Homeland Security or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is required.

Impermanent non-immigrant specialists utilized by sponsoring organizations holding the following status:

H (Dependents of H immigrants may qualify if they have been allowed an extension past six years or in view of an affirmed I-140 perm filing)


L-1 (Dependents of L-1 visa are qualified to apply for an Employment Authorization Document immediately)


Foreign understudy holding F-1 nonimmigrant understudy status, with certain working-hour limitations, who is pursuing:

on-campus employment, regardless of the students’ field of study
curricular practical training for paid (can be unpaid) alternative study, pre-approved by the school, which must be an integral part of the students’ study
Exchange visitor employed by sponsoring organizations; limits may apply
Crew members, only for the carrier who has employed the persons
Background: immigration control and employment regulations.

Undocumented immigrants have been considered a source of low-wage labor, both in the formal and informal sectors of the economy. However, in the late 1980s with an increasing influx of unregulated immigration, many worried about how this would impact the economy and, at the same time, citizens. Consequently, in 1986, Congress enacted the Immigration Reform and Control Act “in order to control and deter illegal immigration to the United States” resulting in increasing patrolling of U.S. borders.

Additionally, the Immigration Reform and Control Act implemented new employment regulations that imposed employer sanctions, criminal and civil penalties “against employers who knowingly [hired] illegal workers”. Prior to this reform, employers were not required to verify the identity and employment authorization of their employees; for the very first time, this reform “made it a crime for undocumented immigrants to work” in the United States.

The Employment Eligibility Verification document (I-9) was required to be used by employers to “verify the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States”. While this form is not to be submitted unless requested by government officials, it is required that all employers have an I-9 form from each of their employees, which they must be retained for three years after the day of hire or one year after employment is terminated.

Note: We are thankful to USCIS  and Wikipedia  for using a part of their content about EAD, as references.



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