Issuance of a work permit (Employment Authorization Document EAD)
An Employment Authorization Document (EAD) allows you to work legally in the United States of America. Obtaining a work permit in the United States begins with submitting an application to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services. If approved, you will be issued a plastic card with your data and expiration date. The document will be valid for one year.
Who is Eligible for an EAD?
People wanting to obtain a work permit must have a personal social security number - Social Security number (SSN). This is an analogue of the Tax Identification Number in Ukraine. If you do not have such a number, then before submitting an application for a work permit, you must request an SSN. https://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/ .
What categories of people have the right to receive EAD in 2022:
- Refugees, as well as their close relatives;
- United for Ukraine beneficiaries;
- Persons who have asylum in America;
- People who have been issued temporary refugee status;
- Citizens who wish to apply for residency in America;
- Representatives of some nations, for example, are citizens of the Marshall Islands;
- Close relatives of persons working in US diplomatic institutions.
- People who want to get a job in the USA;
- Close relatives of American citizens who have the right to permanent residence there.
Do the Ukrainians who Arrive Under the United for Ukraine Program Need to Apply for I-765?
Effective November 21, 2022, USCIS has announced that all Ukrainians admitted to the USA under the U4U or other humanitarian parole are granted employment authorization incidental to their parole status. This means that if you are paroled into the United States under U4U, you are not required to apply for and obtain Work Authorization (I-765) before you can legally work in the USA.
However, if an individual seeks to continue employment with a company for more than 90 days, USCIS will require proof of an unexpired EAD to continue employment. That said, as soon as one arrives under U4U, they should file an I-765 EAD application to avoid a lapse in work authorization in the future.
How to Apply?
You can contact the Ukrainian American House and schedule an appointment with us. Contact us at +1(916) 201-0101 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our guide will provide you with the necessary assistance free of charge.
Also, you can fill out form I-765 online (https://www.uscis.gov/i-765), or print the pdf and fill it out and send by mail to USCIS.
What Documents are Required to Apply for EAD (I-765)?
- 2 photos for each person in the family (including children) - on the other side of each photo, sign the name and surname of the person depicted in the photo (in English);
- Passport (copy);
- I-94 Migration card;
- Maiden name (if changed);
- Permanent address;
- Your place of birth (city, region, country);
- First and Last Name of your parents;
- Your phone number;
- Your email;
- If you have already received any government assistance, submit a proof of receiving any benefits (with your I-912 form).