How to E-file EAD

An EAD, or Employment Authorization Document, issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is required by aliens who wish to work in the United States and who meet certain eligibility criteria (for example, those whose I-485--application for adjustment of status--is pending, or those who have been granted refugee status by the United States). Details of who is eligible for an EAD are listed on the form I-765, the Application for Employment Authorization. An EAD is issued by the USCIS to eligible aliens on filing form I-765. You can choose to paper-file or e-file EAD.

Things You'll Need

  • Relevant receipt notices (I-485 or other documents) Social security number Passport Alien registration number (A #)


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      Visit This is the official website of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Click on the "File Online" link from the menu. It takes you to the login page.

    • 2

      Sign into your account or create an online account on the USCIS website with a username and password. You also need to provide your name, address, password reminder questions and supply a few other personal information details.

    • 3

      Have your A# (Alien Registration Number issued by the USCIS during one of the stages of the Green Card application process), SSN and any records of previous filing handy. Start by selecting the form I 765 from the menu of applications. Specify whether you are filing for yourself or for someone else by selecting the appropriate answer.

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      Click "Continue" at the bottom of each page when you have completed filling out the information on that page and verfied it. Fill out your personal information on Screen 2 and click "Continue."

    • 5

      On the third screen, you will need to provide most of the information related specifically to E-filing your EAD, such as your legal status in the United States (parolee, adjustment of status), dates of previous EAD filings, date, place and manner of last entry into the country and other details. Refer to the entry dates and other vital information as they appear on your passport or USCIS receipts and double-check to ensure the information you provide is accurate.

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      Once you finish entering all the information, you will be prompted to pay the application fee and receive a confirmation receipt. Print it out. Make a note of the service center that will be processing your application, mentioned on the receipt.

    • 7

      Prepare to send the supporting documentation by mail. The list of documents is mentioned on the I 765 form. Make a copy of your I 94, your current EAD, your EAD e-filing confirmation receipt and your I 485 receipt notice. Send these to the specified Service Center by US Mail.

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      You will receive a receipt and finger printing notice by mail providing you the details of the center, date and time when you need to go in for finger printing. In some cases, such as if you are renewing your EAD, you may not be required to go in for finger printing and will receive your EAD card within the specified time.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep all relevant documentation and information handy before you start out--passport, USCIS receipt notices, A #, Social Security Number, previous filing dates and EAD card. Send the supporting dicumentation by mail as soon as you can after e-filing EAD, preferably within the next couple of days. Update your case status for each type of application, including EAD E-filing, in your USCIS account.
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