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I-765, Application for Employment Authorization

Purpose of Form

Certain aliens who are temporarily in the United States may file this form to request an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Other aliens who are authorized to work in the United States without restrictions must also use this form to apply for a document that shows such authorization.

Number of Pages

Form 1; Instructions 10.

Edition Date

04/01/2013. (Previous editions, dated 05/27/08 or later, also accepted.)

Where to File

E-File Your Application: Applicants in certain eligibility categories may be eligible to file this form online.

Mail a Paper Application: The filing address depends on the eligibility category you entered in Question 16. Please check the Filing Addresses for Form I-765 for a list of mailing addresses

Filing Fee

The filing fee for Form I-765 is $380. If you request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals, category (c)(33), you must also pay an $85 biometric services fee for a total of $465. There is no biometric services fee for any other employment category. Some filing types are fee exempt. See the form instructions for more information.

Special Instructions

If you are filing your application at a USCIS Lockbox facility:

Notes: To be considered for deferred action for childhood arrivals, you must file Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals; Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization; and Form I-765WS, Form I-765 Worksheet, with the correct fee or your request will be rejected and returned to you. You may not e-file your form I-765 if you are requesting consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals. The 90-day period for reviewing Form I-765 filed together with Form I-821D begins if and when USCIS decides whether to defer action in your case.

If you are an asylum applicant, you may be a member of a class action lawsuit (known as the ABT class action lawsuit) that addresses how USCIS and the Department of Justice calculate time credited to asylum applicants for eligibility to work in the United States. A settlement has been reached in this lawsuit. Please read the Class Notice regarding the settlement and the asylum web pages on for more information.

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