If you are waiting for your green card, and you want to work in the U.S., you need an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). The EAD is a work permit that you will need to apply for a job. Form I-765 is the “Application for Employment Authorization”. Form I-765 is what you must file to receive the EAD.
If you are applying for a family based green card, from another country through consular processing, you cannot receive an EAD before arriving in the U.S. You will be eligible for employment only when you arrive in the U.S. and receive your green card.
No person should do paid work before they receive an EAD. It is illegal to be paid for work without an EAD unless you have another work visa such as aH-1B, H-2A, I-Visa, etc…
Fortunately, Form I-765 is usually processed quickly.
In this guide we will answer several questions about Form I-765:
The processing time for Form I-765 is between 1-10 months, but it’s usually faster. The most common timeline is between 4-7 months according to USCIS processing times.
According to USCIS, if you submit a document with information in a foreign language, you must also submit an English translation.To guarantee that your I-765 is processed as quickly as possible, it helps to use a certified translator.
You can order a certified translation of these documents from our online store:
If you cannot afford the filing fee for Form I-765, you may be eligible for a fee waiver. To request a fee waiver, submit Form I-912 along with Form I-765. You will also need to submit evidence showing why you cannot pay the fee.
Who Can File Form I-765?
If you meet the eligibility requirements for a family based green card, then you are eligible to file Form I-765 and receive an Employment Authorization Document. You should form Form I-485 before or at the same time you file Form I-765.
There is a wide variety of other people who are eligible to file Form I-765. USCIS has included a complete list in the instructions for Form I-765, in the section titled “Who May File Form I-765?”
When Should I File Form I-765?
You can file Form I-765 at the same time that you file Form I-485. You should include two identical color passport-style photographs of yourself that were taken recently.
If you have already filed Form I-485, you should wait until USCIS notifies you that they have received your application. Then, you can file Form I-765. You should include a copy of the notice from USCIS that they received your green card application.
Where Should I File Form I-765?
USCIS provides specific instructions about where and how you should file Form I-765 depending on your situation. However, if you are filing Form I-765 with another form, such as Form I-485, both forms should be filed at the location specified by the other form.
What Documents Do I Need To Provide With Form I-765?
A national ID document with photo and/or fingerprint.
Should My Documents Be Translated Into English?
Yes, according to USCIS, if you submit a document with information in a foreign language, you must also submit an English translation. To guarantee that your I-765 is processed as quickly as possible, it helps to use a certified translator.
The documents and forms mentioned above may not be a complete list. Other documents that commonly need to be translated for immigration purposes include:
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All our certified translations are issued in accordance with the regulations established by the USCIS, the institution that most frequently requires this type of document. A certified translation includes a certificate issued on our corporate letterhead signed by the translator and a U.S. Language Services representative in PDF format.
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