How Do You Apply for a Work Permit?


To apply for a U.S. work permit, fill out a Form I-765, attach documents that prove eligibility for the permit and include payment for the required fee. Submit the application online, or send it by mail to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The first step to obtaining a work permit is to visit the USCIS website to download Form I-765. Enter all essential information, and include information on the type of visa used for your most recent entry into the country. The form also requires you to select an eligibility category.

Attach copies that prove your eligibility based on the eligibility category you chose. However, there’s no need to send proof of eligibility if you are also applying for adjustment of status, because the USCIS can check your submitted application to determine if you qualify for a work permit. Go to the USCIS website to find out the current amount of fee required for the application. Read the details for Form I-765 to find out if you have to pay the fee, as some eligibility categories exempt applicants from paying the fee.

Finally, photocopy everything you’re about to submit before sending your work permit application. Check the delivery address carefully when sending the form and supporting documents by mail, as the address varies depending on your eligibility category.