U.S work authorization - everything you need to know.


Work Authorization in the U.S

To be legally able to work in the United States, you are required to have advance permission to work either under the terms and conditions of your visa and/or status, or by obtaining a work permit. Working without authorization could lead to severe consequences

What is a work authorization or work permit?

A work permit is officially known as an Employment Authorization Document, or EAD for short. The EAD looks like a Driver’s license, and it also serves as a photo ID. It is issued by the U.S citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and can be presented as evidence that you are authorized to be employed in the United States for a specific time period.

Who does NOT need an EAD?
  1. U.S Citizens (For more info, see our post on that https://brudnerlaw.com/eligibility-criteria-for-citizenship).
  2. Green card holders (lawful permanent or conditional residents)
  3. Foreign nationals who have obtained work-based visas- for example: H-1B (for specialty workers), an L-1 visa (for intracompany transferees), an E-2 visa (treaty investor), E-1 (treaty traders) and E-3 (Australian nationals)
Who is eligible to apply for an EAD?

The following are some of the categories of foreign nationals that are eligible to apply for an Employment Authorization Document:

  • Immediate relatives of U.S citizens (spouses, parents and children under 21), if in the U.S and are filing to adjust their status.
  • Other relatives of a U.S citizens or of a Lawful permanent resident if in the U.S and are filing to adjust status.
  • Individuals admitted to the U.S as Fiancés (and/or their children)
  • Foreign nationals in the United States pursuing the final stage of permanent residence
  • Asylees and asylum seekers
  • Certain individuals with pending Asylum cases
  • Refugees
  • VAWA self-petitioners
  • Students seeking particular types of employment
  • Nationals of certain countries given Temporary Protected Status (TPS) due to conditions in their home countries
  • Dependents of foreign government officials
  • Spouses of E1, E2, E3 and L1 status
  • J-2 spouses or minor children of exchange visitors
  • Other workers depending on circumstances.

Do you want to obtain a work permit in the U.S? Discuss the Process with an Immigration Lawyer in Orange County

Brudner Law represents clients with all their immigration needs, and we work to make the process go as smoothly as possible. If you would like to discuss your options, call 714.794.9366 or contact us online to meet with an Orange County immigration lawyer!