Certain foreign nationals who are in the United States may file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, to request employment authorization and an Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
Form I-765, or officially Application for Employment Authorization, is a Department of Homeland Security — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) form that foreign nationals who are in the U.S. and temporarily working use to request employment authorization and obtain an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) or work permit.
Foreign nationals in the U.S. whose immigration status allows them to work without restrictions may also use Form I-765 to apply for a Social Security number (SSN) and card.
The EAD is the document, in the form of a card, issued to an individual as proof that he or she is authorized to work in the U.S. These are the categories of an EAD:
You may file Form I-765 if you meet one of any eligibility categories:
Form I-765 is a seven-page document that requires important information about you, including your personal information and the reason for your application. Answer all questions fully and accurately. For questions that do not apply to you, you may write “NA” unless otherwise directed. If your answer to a question is zero or none, you may write “None” unless otherwise directed.
Part 1. Reason for Applying
Items 1a to 1c
Select the box that describes your application.
Part 2. Information About You
Items 1a to 1c
Provide your full legal name.
Items 2a to 4c
Provide all the names you have ever used.
Items 5a to 6
Provide your U.S. mailing address and answer if your mailing address is the same as your physical address.
Items 7a to 7d
If your answer to Item 6 is “No,” provide your U.S. physical address.
Provide your Alien Registration Number (A-Number) if applicable.
Provide your USCIS Online Account Number, if applicable.
Select your gender.
Select your marital status.
Select “Yes” if you have previously filed Form I-765; “No” if otherwise.
Select “Yes” if the Social Security Administration (SSA) ever officially issued a Social Security card to you; “No” if otherwise.
Provide your SSN, if known.
Select “Yes” if you want the SSA to issue you a Social Security card; “No” if otherwise.
Authorize the disclosure of information from this application to the SSA as required for the purpose of assigning you an SSN and issuing you a Social Security card by selecting “Yes.” Select “No” if you do not want to authorize the disclosure of your information.
Items 16a to 17b
Provide the name of your parents.
Items 18a to 18b
Provide your country or countries of citizenship or nationality.
Items 19a to 20
Provide your place of birth.
Items 21a to 26
Provide information about your last arrival in the United States.
Items 27 to 31b
Provide information about your eligibility category.
Part 3. Applicant’s Statement, Contact Information, Declaration, Certification, and Signature
Indicate whether you read the information on the application yourself or if another individual interpreted it for you.
Part 4. Interpreter’s Contact Information, Certification, and Signature
Answer the items in this section if you used an interpreter.
Part 5. Contact Information, Declaration, and Signature of the Person Preparing this Application, If Other Than the Applicant
Answer the items in this section if you used a preparer.
Part 6. Additional Information
Use this section if you need extra space to provide any additional information.