Employment-based immigration

Form I-765: Employment Authorization Application Explained

Form I-765, or the Application for Employment Authorization, is an application for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), a card verifying an individual's right to work in the U.S. Employment authorization allows you to be legally employed in the US and receive your official salary and benefits without risks for your employer. 

Chelsea Spinos, Writer
Simon Craven, Manifest Immigration Lawyer

By:

Chelsea Spinos

Chelsea Spinos is a contributing writer for Manifest Law. She covers all topics related to U.S. visas and green cards. She is passionate about helping people navigate their immigration journey with clarity and confidence.

Reviewer:

Simon Craven, Esq.

Simon Craven is an immigration attorney with 11+ years of experience working on thousands of successful immigration cases. Simon is passionate about US immigration and helping people.

9 min read • June 4, 2024

Form I-765
Form I-765
Form I-765

Key takeaways

Form I-765 helps you get a work permit, or Employment Authorization Document (EAD), which you can show to potential employers as proof that you’re eligible to work.

If you fall into any of these categories, you may need to file Form I-765: nonimmigrant workers, people adjusting status, certain dependent spouses of nonimmigrant workers, and students.

The processing time for the I-765 form can be lengthy, ranging from 6 months to over 1 year

While waiting for your Employment Authorization Document (EAD), you are generally not allowed to work.

What is the I-765 form used for?

What is the I-765 form used for?

Form I-765, officially known as the “Application for Employment Authorization,” is what you need if you’re a foreign national who may be eligible to work in the U.S.


This application helps you get a work permit, or Employment Authorization Document (EAD), which you can show to potential employers as proof that you’re eligible to work.


For citizens and permanent residents (green card holders), working in the U.S. is straightforward—they’re good to go without extra permissions. However, some (not all) nonimmigrants must request employment authorization from USCIS.


If you qualify and get approved for employment authorization through the I-765 form, you'll get what's called an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), which is also known as an Employment Authorization Card or Work Permit. This is a license to work legally in the U.S.

Filing I-765 form
Filing I-765 form
Filing I-765 form

Who may file I-765 form?

Who may file I-765 form?

If you aren’t yet a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, but wish to obtain authorization to work in the U.S., you may need to complete the I-765 form. 


Let’s take a look at some of the common categories of who may file Form I-765:

Nonimmigrant Workers

People applying for asylum

Certain Dependent Spouses of Nonimmigrant Workers

Students

If you're here on a temporary visa and want to work, you might need to file this form.

If you're in the process of becoming a permanent resident (getting a green card) you may file I-765 form while your adjustment of status application is pending.

Dependent spouses of certain nonimmigrant workers, such as some H4 visa holders (spouses of H-1B visa holders) may be eligible to receive an EAD.

Certain categories of students, such as F-1 visa holders who are eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT) or M-1 visa holders engaged in practical training, may file Form I-765 to obtain employment authorization related to their studies.

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How to submit the Form I-765

How to submit the Form I-765

Getting started with the I-765 form is your first step towards gaining the right to work legally in the U.S.


Here, we'll walk you through the steps you need to follow to submit your application and receive your Employment Authorization Document (EAD).

If you have been asked to assess the work of other people in your field, this might help you qualify for one of the O1 visa criteria. Judging can be in a competitive setting, such as a contest, awards panel, or grants committee. Or, it can be an evaluation of someone’s work, like a scientific paper or presentation, or even a grant application.


The key here is that some organization thought you were the go-to person with ample expertise to assess the work of others. This shows USCIS that you are seen as someone who stands out from others in your work.


If you think you can meet the “judge of others” criteria and at least two other criteria on the list of O1 visa evidence, you could be ready to apply! Reach out to Manifest Law and we can help you put your best case forward.

Getting started with the I-765 form is your first step towards gaining the right to work legally in the U.S.


Here, we'll walk you through the steps you need to follow to submit your application and receive your Employment Authorization Document (EAD).

How to submit Form I-765
How to submit Form I-765
How to submit Form I-765

Step 1: Check your eligibility

Before starting your I-765 application form, make sure you're eligible to apply for employment authorization. 


Some examples of people eligible to file Form I-765 include:


  • Nonimmigrant Workers: Individuals on a temporary visa who want to work.

  • Asylum Applicants: Individuals who have a pending asylum application.

  • Individuals Adjusting Status: Those in the process of becoming permanent residents (green card applicants) while their adjustment of status application is pending or their priority date is not current.

  • Certain Dependent Spouses of Nonimmigrant Workers: Dependent spouses of certain nonimmigrant workers, such as H4 visa holders (spouses of H-1B visa holders).

  • Students: Certain categories of students, including F-1 visa holders eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT) and M-1 visa holders engaged in practical training.


You can find more information on eligibility categories here, and a complete list in the Form I-765 instructions

If you have been asked to assess the work of other people in your field, this might help you qualify for one of the O1 visa criteria. Judging can be in a competitive setting, such as a contest, awards panel, or grants committee. Or, it can be an evaluation of someone’s work, like a scientific paper or presentation, or even a grant application.


The key here is that some organization thought you were the go-to person with ample expertise to assess the work of others. This shows USCIS that you are seen as someone who stands out from others in your work.


If you think you can meet the “judge of others” criteria and at least two other criteria on the list of O1 visa evidence, you could be ready to apply! Reach out to Manifest Law and we can help you put your best case forward.

Before starting your I-765 application form, make sure you're eligible to apply for employment authorization. 


Some examples of people eligible to file Form I-765 include:


  • Nonimmigrant Workers: Individuals on a temporary visa who want to work.

  • Asylum Applicants: Individuals who have a pending asylum application.

  • Individuals Adjusting Status: Those in the process of becoming permanent residents (green card applicants) while their adjustment of status application is pending or their priority date is not current.

  • Certain Dependent Spouses of Nonimmigrant Workers: Dependent spouses of certain nonimmigrant workers, such as H4 visa holders (spouses of H-1B visa holders).

  • Students: Certain categories of students, including F-1 visa holders eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT) and M-1 visa holders engaged in practical training.


You can find more information on eligibility categories here, and a complete list in the Form I-765 instructions

Gathering information for form I-765
Gathering information for form I-765
Gathering information for form I-765

Step 2: Gather required documents for filing

Here's what you'll need to gather for your Form I-765 application:


✓ Copy of your I-94 travel record or electronic I-94 from CBP (if applicable)

✓ Copy of your U.S. visa (if applicable)

✓ Copy of your passport photo page

✓ Copies of any previous work permits (if applicable)

✓ Two recent passport-style photos of yourself

✓ Evidence of your eligibility for employment authorization (the specific evidence will vary based on your category)

✓ If you haven't had a work permit before, include a copy of one of these IDs


  • Birth certificate and photo ID.

  • Copy of a visa issued by a non-U.S. consulate.

  • Another national ID with your photo and/or fingerprint.


Download the Form I-765 documents checklist below.

If you have been asked to assess the work of other people in your field, this might help you qualify for one of the O1 visa criteria. Judging can be in a competitive setting, such as a contest, awards panel, or grants committee. Or, it can be an evaluation of someone’s work, like a scientific paper or presentation, or even a grant application.


The key here is that some organization thought you were the go-to person with ample expertise to assess the work of others. This shows USCIS that you are seen as someone who stands out from others in your work.


If you think you can meet the “judge of others” criteria and at least two other criteria on the list of O1 visa evidence, you could be ready to apply! Reach out to Manifest Law and we can help you put your best case forward.

Here's what you'll need to gather for your Form I-765 application:


✓ Copy of your I-94 travel record or electronic I-94 from CBP (if applicable)

✓ Copy of your U.S. visa (if applicable)

✓ Copy of your passport photo page

✓ Copies of any previous work permits (if applicable)

✓ Two recent passport-style photos of yourself

✓ Evidence of your eligibility for employment authorization (the specific evidence will vary based on your category)

✓ If you haven't had a work permit before, include a copy of one of these IDs


  • Birth certificate and photo ID.

  • Copy of a visa issued by a non-U.S. consulate.

  • Another national ID with your photo and/or fingerprint.


Download the Form I-765 documents checklist below.

I-765 form checklist
I-765 form checklist
I-765 form checklist

Step 3: Complete the I-765 form

Make sure to fill out Form I-765 accurately and completely. If you’re wondering where to find form i-765, you can download it below or on the USCIS website.

If you have been asked to assess the work of other people in your field, this might help you qualify for one of the O1 visa criteria. Judging can be in a competitive setting, such as a contest, awards panel, or grants committee. Or, it can be an evaluation of someone’s work, like a scientific paper or presentation, or even a grant application.


The key here is that some organization thought you were the go-to person with ample expertise to assess the work of others. This shows USCIS that you are seen as someone who stands out from others in your work.


If you think you can meet the “judge of others” criteria and at least two other criteria on the list of O1 visa evidence, you could be ready to apply! Reach out to Manifest Law and we can help you put your best case forward.

Make sure to fill out Form I-765 accurately and completely. If you’re wondering where to find form i-765, you can download it below or on the USCIS website.

Using calculator and reviewing forms
Using calculator and reviewing forms
Using calculator and reviewing forms

Step 4: Include the I-765 filing fee

The standard filing fee for Form I-765 is $520 if you submit your application by mail, or $470 if you file online, but you should check the USCIS website for your specific application type.

If you have been asked to assess the work of other people in your field, this might help you qualify for one of the O1 visa criteria. Judging can be in a competitive setting, such as a contest, awards panel, or grants committee. Or, it can be an evaluation of someone’s work, like a scientific paper or presentation, or even a grant application.


The key here is that some organization thought you were the go-to person with ample expertise to assess the work of others. This shows USCIS that you are seen as someone who stands out from others in your work.


If you think you can meet the “judge of others” criteria and at least two other criteria on the list of O1 visa evidence, you could be ready to apply! Reach out to Manifest Law and we can help you put your best case forward.

The standard filing fee for Form I-765 is $520 if you submit your application by mail, or $470 if you file online, but you should check the USCIS website for your specific application type.

Step 5: Mail your application

Send your completed Form I-765, along with all supporting documents and the filing fee, to the appropriate USCIS mailing address. Make sure to use the correct mailing address based on your eligibility category!

If you have been asked to assess the work of other people in your field, this might help you qualify for one of the O1 visa criteria. Judging can be in a competitive setting, such as a contest, awards panel, or grants committee. Or, it can be an evaluation of someone’s work, like a scientific paper or presentation, or even a grant application.


The key here is that some organization thought you were the go-to person with ample expertise to assess the work of others. This shows USCIS that you are seen as someone who stands out from others in your work.


If you think you can meet the “judge of others” criteria and at least two other criteria on the list of O1 visa evidence, you could be ready to apply! Reach out to Manifest Law and we can help you put your best case forward.

Send your completed Form I-765, along with all supporting documents and the filing fee, to the appropriate USCIS mailing address. Make sure to use the correct mailing address based on your eligibility category!

Step 6: Attend the biometrics appointment

If USCIS requires biometrics (fingerprinting and/or a photograph), you will need to attend your scheduled appointment at the designated USCIS Application Support Center (ASC). USCIS will send you the appointment confirmation and details.

If you have been asked to assess the work of other people in your field, this might help you qualify for one of the O1 visa criteria. Judging can be in a competitive setting, such as a contest, awards panel, or grants committee. Or, it can be an evaluation of someone’s work, like a scientific paper or presentation, or even a grant application.


The key here is that some organization thought you were the go-to person with ample expertise to assess the work of others. This shows USCIS that you are seen as someone who stands out from others in your work.


If you think you can meet the “judge of others” criteria and at least two other criteria on the list of O1 visa evidence, you could be ready to apply! Reach out to Manifest Law and we can help you put your best case forward.

If USCIS requires biometrics (fingerprinting and/or a photograph), you will need to attend your scheduled appointment at the designated USCIS Application Support Center (ASC). USCIS will send you the appointment confirmation and details.

Women looking at laptop excited and smiling
Women looking at laptop excited and smiling
Women looking at laptop excited and smiling

Step 7: Wait for approval!

Once USCIS processes your application, you'll receive a decision. If approved, you'll receive your Employment Authorization Document (EAD) in the mail.

If you have been asked to assess the work of other people in your field, this might help you qualify for one of the O1 visa criteria. Judging can be in a competitive setting, such as a contest, awards panel, or grants committee. Or, it can be an evaluation of someone’s work, like a scientific paper or presentation, or even a grant application.


The key here is that some organization thought you were the go-to person with ample expertise to assess the work of others. This shows USCIS that you are seen as someone who stands out from others in your work.


If you think you can meet the “judge of others” criteria and at least two other criteria on the list of O1 visa evidence, you could be ready to apply! Reach out to Manifest Law and we can help you put your best case forward.

Once USCIS processes your application, you'll receive a decision. If approved, you'll receive your Employment Authorization Document (EAD) in the mail.

Form I-765 instructions

Form I-765 instructions

Part 1: Reason for Applying

  • Say whether you're applying for the first time, replacing a lost card, or renewing an old one.

  • Even if you've had a work permit before, it's considered new if you're changing your eligibility category.

If you have been asked to assess the work of other people in your field, this might help you qualify for one of the O1 visa criteria. Judging can be in a competitive setting, such as a contest, awards panel, or grants committee. Or, it can be an evaluation of someone’s work, like a scientific paper or presentation, or even a grant application.


The key here is that some organization thought you were the go-to person with ample expertise to assess the work of others. This shows USCIS that you are seen as someone who stands out from others in your work.


If you think you can meet the “judge of others” criteria and at least two other criteria on the list of O1 visa evidence, you could be ready to apply! Reach out to Manifest Law and we can help you put your best case forward.

  • Say whether you're applying for the first time, replacing a lost card, or renewing an old one.

  • Even if you've had a work permit before, it's considered new if you're changing your eligibility category.

Part 2: Names and Mailing Address

  • Use your current legal name and any past names.

  • Give an address where you can get your mail safely.

If you have been asked to assess the work of other people in your field, this might help you qualify for one of the O1 visa criteria. Judging can be in a competitive setting, such as a contest, awards panel, or grants committee. Or, it can be an evaluation of someone’s work, like a scientific paper or presentation, or even a grant application.


The key here is that some organization thought you were the go-to person with ample expertise to assess the work of others. This shows USCIS that you are seen as someone who stands out from others in your work.


If you think you can meet the “judge of others” criteria and at least two other criteria on the list of O1 visa evidence, you could be ready to apply! Reach out to Manifest Law and we can help you put your best case forward.

Part 2:  Other Information

  • Don't list any ID numbers, such as an Alien Registration Number, unless USCIS gave you one.

  • Mention if you've ever had a Social Security Number.

If you have been asked to assess the work of other people in your field, this might help you qualify for one of the O1 visa criteria. Judging can be in a competitive setting, such as a contest, awards panel, or grants committee. Or, it can be an evaluation of someone’s work, like a scientific paper or presentation, or even a grant application.


The key here is that some organization thought you were the go-to person with ample expertise to assess the work of others. This shows USCIS that you are seen as someone who stands out from others in your work.


If you think you can meet the “judge of others” criteria and at least two other criteria on the list of O1 visa evidence, you could be ready to apply! Reach out to Manifest Law and we can help you put your best case forward.

Part 2:  Information About Your Last Arrival in the United States

  • Include details about your most recent entry to the U.S., including the visa category held at the time of entry.

If you have been asked to assess the work of other people in your field, this might help you qualify for one of the O1 visa criteria. Judging can be in a competitive setting, such as a contest, awards panel, or grants committee. Or, it can be an evaluation of someone’s work, like a scientific paper or presentation, or even a grant application.


The key here is that some organization thought you were the go-to person with ample expertise to assess the work of others. This shows USCIS that you are seen as someone who stands out from others in your work.


If you think you can meet the “judge of others” criteria and at least two other criteria on the list of O1 visa evidence, you could be ready to apply! Reach out to Manifest Law and we can help you put your best case forward.

Part 2: Information About Your Eligibility Category

  • Say which category you're applying under and answer any questions that apply to you.

If you have been asked to assess the work of other people in your field, this might help you qualify for one of the O1 visa criteria. Judging can be in a competitive setting, such as a contest, awards panel, or grants committee. Or, it can be an evaluation of someone’s work, like a scientific paper or presentation, or even a grant application.


The key here is that some organization thought you were the go-to person with ample expertise to assess the work of others. This shows USCIS that you are seen as someone who stands out from others in your work.


If you think you can meet the “judge of others” criteria and at least two other criteria on the list of O1 visa evidence, you could be ready to apply! Reach out to Manifest Law and we can help you put your best case forward.

Parts 3, 4, 5, and 6 - Applicant's Statement, Interpreter and Preparer, Additional Information

  • Fill in your info, like your contact details.

  • If someone helped you fill out the form, they need to sign it too.

  • If there's anything extra you want to say, you can write it here.

If you have been asked to assess the work of other people in your field, this might help you qualify for one of the O1 visa criteria. Judging can be in a competitive setting, such as a contest, awards panel, or grants committee. Or, it can be an evaluation of someone’s work, like a scientific paper or presentation, or even a grant application.


The key here is that some organization thought you were the go-to person with ample expertise to assess the work of others. This shows USCIS that you are seen as someone who stands out from others in your work.


If you think you can meet the “judge of others” criteria and at least two other criteria on the list of O1 visa evidence, you could be ready to apply! Reach out to Manifest Law and we can help you put your best case forward.

For more comprehensive Form I-765 instructions, you can download them from the USCIS website here. If you need assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to an immigration lawyer from Manifest law. They can help prepare your Form I-765 application accurately to help avoid any delays or a denial. 

If you have been asked to assess the work of other people in your field, this might help you qualify for one of the O1 visa criteria. Judging can be in a competitive setting, such as a contest, awards panel, or grants committee. Or, it can be an evaluation of someone’s work, like a scientific paper or presentation, or even a grant application.


The key here is that some organization thought you were the go-to person with ample expertise to assess the work of others. This shows USCIS that you are seen as someone who stands out from others in your work.


If you think you can meet the “judge of others” criteria and at least two other criteria on the list of O1 visa evidence, you could be ready to apply! Reach out to Manifest Law and we can help you put your best case forward.

Man completing form i-765
Man completing form i-765
Man completing form i-765

Where to file form I-765? 

Where to file form I-765? 

To submit your Form I-765 application, USCIS offers two options: electronic filing (e-file) and mailing.


They don't accept in-person submissions at USCIS offices.

If you have been asked to assess the work of other people in your field, this might help you qualify for one of the O1 visa criteria. Judging can be in a competitive setting, such as a contest, awards panel, or grants committee. Or, it can be an evaluation of someone’s work, like a scientific paper or presentation, or even a grant application.


The key here is that some organization thought you were the go-to person with ample expertise to assess the work of others. This shows USCIS that you are seen as someone who stands out from others in your work.


If you think you can meet the “judge of others” criteria and at least two other criteria on the list of O1 visa evidence, you could be ready to apply! Reach out to Manifest Law and we can help you put your best case forward.

Form I-765 mailing address

Form I-765 mailing address

Because eligibility categories vary, there are multiple filing addresses for Form I-765. These addresses are determined by factors such as your basis of eligibility (like family, employment, or asylum) and your state of residence. For the most accurate Form I-765 mailing address, consult the USCIS I-765 direct filing addresses online.

If you have been asked to assess the work of other people in your field, this might help you qualify for one of the O1 visa criteria. Judging can be in a competitive setting, such as a contest, awards panel, or grants committee. Or, it can be an evaluation of someone’s work, like a scientific paper or presentation, or even a grant application.


The key here is that some organization thought you were the go-to person with ample expertise to assess the work of others. This shows USCIS that you are seen as someone who stands out from others in your work.


If you think you can meet the “judge of others” criteria and at least two other criteria on the list of O1 visa evidence, you could be ready to apply! Reach out to Manifest Law and we can help you put your best case forward.

USCIS website
USCIS website
USCIS website

Can you file form I-765 online?

Can you file form I-765 online?

Yes, you can file Form I-765, online if you’re filing from within the U.S. To file the I-765 form, follow these steps:

Step 1: Create an account with USCIS

  • Visit the USCIS website

  • Click on "Sign In" or "Create Account" to set up a USCIS online account.

Step 2: Log in and select the I-765 form

  • After logging in, select "File a Form Online" and choose "Form I-765" from the list of available forms.


Step 3: Complete the I-765 form

  • Follow the instructions to fill out Form I-765. 

  • Remember to also upload any required supporting documents, such as proof of your immigration status, photos, and other evidence.

Step 4: Review and submit!

  • Double check the I-765 form and ensure all information is complete and correct.

  • Pay the Form I-765 filing fee using an online payment method.

If you have been asked to assess the work of other people in your field, this might help you qualify for one of the O1 visa criteria. Judging can be in a competitive setting, such as a contest, awards panel, or grants committee. Or, it can be an evaluation of someone’s work, like a scientific paper or presentation, or even a grant application.


The key here is that some organization thought you were the go-to person with ample expertise to assess the work of others. This shows USCIS that you are seen as someone who stands out from others in your work.


If you think you can meet the “judge of others” criteria and at least two other criteria on the list of O1 visa evidence, you could be ready to apply! Reach out to Manifest Law and we can help you put your best case forward.

Remember: Filing the I-765 form online is quick and easy, but it won't make USCIS process your application any faster.

Man holding hour glass
Man holding hour glass
Man holding hour glass

I-765 form processing time

I-765 form processing time

The processing time for the I-765 form can be lengthy, ranging from 6 months to over 1 year. The actual processing time varies widely depending on factors such as the specific eligibility category and the USCIS service center handling the application.


It's important to note that USCIS reports processing times only for successfully filed forms. If an application is not properly prepared or fails to meet eligibility requirements, USCIS may reject or deny it. 


You can review the most recent processing time for the I-765 form at the office handling your case on the USCIS website.

If you have been asked to assess the work of other people in your field, this might help you qualify for one of the O1 visa criteria. Judging can be in a competitive setting, such as a contest, awards panel, or grants committee. Or, it can be an evaluation of someone’s work, like a scientific paper or presentation, or even a grant application.


The key here is that some organization thought you were the go-to person with ample expertise to assess the work of others. This shows USCIS that you are seen as someone who stands out from others in your work.


If you think you can meet the “judge of others” criteria and at least two other criteria on the list of O1 visa evidence, you could be ready to apply! Reach out to Manifest Law and we can help you put your best case forward.

Application for employment authorization
Application for employment authorization
Application for employment authorization

How to expedite your I-765 form

How to expedite your I-765 form

USCIS considers expedite requests on a case-by-case basis, usually for situations involving severe financial loss, emergencies, humanitarian reasons, nonprofit activities, USCIS errors, or certain government interests. 

If you need to expedite your I-765 application for any of these reasons, here's what you can do. 

Step 1: Prepare your request

  • Gather all supporting documents that justify your request for expedited processing, such as medical records, financial statements, or job offers.

  • Write a cover letter explaining your urgent need for expedited processing. 


Step 2: Contact USCIS

  • Call the USCIS Contact Center at 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833). Explain your situation and request expedited processing.

  • If you filed online, you can submit an expedite request online through your USCIS account.


Step 3: Submit your request

  • Fax or mail your request to the USCIS office handling your application


Step 4: Check your case status

  • Monitor your case status through your USCIS account or by calling the USCIS Contact Center.

If you have been asked to assess the work of other people in your field, this might help you qualify for one of the O1 visa criteria. Judging can be in a competitive setting, such as a contest, awards panel, or grants committee. Or, it can be an evaluation of someone’s work, like a scientific paper or presentation, or even a grant application.


The key here is that some organization thought you were the go-to person with ample expertise to assess the work of others. This shows USCIS that you are seen as someone who stands out from others in your work.


If you think you can meet the “judge of others” criteria and at least two other criteria on the list of O1 visa evidence, you could be ready to apply! Reach out to Manifest Law and we can help you put your best case forward.

Filing form I-765
Filing form I-765
Filing form I-765

Form I-765 fee

Form I-765 fee

The standard filing fee for Form I-765 is $520 if you submit your application by mail, or $470 if you file online.


However, the filing fee may vary slightly depending on specific circumstances, including:

If you have been asked to assess the work of other people in your field, this might help you qualify for one of the O1 visa criteria. Judging can be in a competitive setting, such as a contest, awards panel, or grants committee. Or, it can be an evaluation of someone’s work, like a scientific paper or presentation, or even a grant application.


The key here is that some organization thought you were the go-to person with ample expertise to assess the work of others. This shows USCIS that you are seen as someone who stands out from others in your work.


If you think you can meet the “judge of others” criteria and at least two other criteria on the list of O1 visa evidence, you could be ready to apply! Reach out to Manifest Law and we can help you put your best case forward.

If you filed Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, with a fee on or after April 1, 2024, and your Form I-485 is still pending.  

If you are filing under the special ABC procedures for an initial Employment Authorization Document (EAD) for category (c)(8) as an asylum applicant with a pending Form I-589.

If you are requesting an EAD under category (a)(12) or (c)(19) as a Temporary Protected Status (TPS) applicant.

Paper filing fee

$260

$520

$520

$520

Online filing fee

$260

$470

$470

$470

Who is exempt from paying the Form I-765 fee?

Who is exempt from paying the Form I-765 fee?

Some categories are exempt from paying a filing fee for Form I-765. The Form I-765 instructions has a full list of who else is exempt from paying the fee.

If you have been asked to assess the work of other people in your field, this might help you qualify for one of the O1 visa criteria. Judging can be in a competitive setting, such as a contest, awards panel, or grants committee. Or, it can be an evaluation of someone’s work, like a scientific paper or presentation, or even a grant application.


The key here is that some organization thought you were the go-to person with ample expertise to assess the work of others. This shows USCIS that you are seen as someone who stands out from others in your work.


If you think you can meet the “judge of others” criteria and at least two other criteria on the list of O1 visa evidence, you could be ready to apply! Reach out to Manifest Law and we can help you put your best case forward.

Who is required to pay a biometrics fee when applying for a work permit?

If you fall into any of the categories listed below, you may need to pay an additional $85 biometrics fee:


  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

  • Principal Beneficiary of an Approved Employment-based Immigrant Petition Facing Compelling Circumstances

  • Spouse or Unmarried Child of a Principal Beneficiary of an Approved Employment-based Immigrant Petition

If you have been asked to assess the work of other people in your field, this might help you qualify for one of the O1 visa criteria. Judging can be in a competitive setting, such as a contest, awards panel, or grants committee. Or, it can be an evaluation of someone’s work, like a scientific paper or presentation, or even a grant application.


The key here is that some organization thought you were the go-to person with ample expertise to assess the work of others. This shows USCIS that you are seen as someone who stands out from others in your work.


If you think you can meet the “judge of others” criteria and at least two other criteria on the list of O1 visa evidence, you could be ready to apply! Reach out to Manifest Law and we can help you put your best case forward.

What if I can’t afford the I-765 fee?

If you're unable to cover the filing fee, you can seek a fee waiver by submitting Form I-912 (Request for Fee Waiver) with your Form I-765 and all supporting documents. If approved, both the filing and biometrics fees will be waived, and you won't owe anything.


We recommend consulting the USCIS website for comprehensive information on all filing categories and associated fees, as well as for the latest updates.

If you have been asked to assess the work of other people in your field, this might help you qualify for one of the O1 visa criteria. Judging can be in a competitive setting, such as a contest, awards panel, or grants committee. Or, it can be an evaluation of someone’s work, like a scientific paper or presentation, or even a grant application.


The key here is that some organization thought you were the go-to person with ample expertise to assess the work of others. This shows USCIS that you are seen as someone who stands out from others in your work.


If you think you can meet the “judge of others” criteria and at least two other criteria on the list of O1 visa evidence, you could be ready to apply! Reach out to Manifest Law and we can help you put your best case forward.

Track I-765 form status
Track I-765 form status
Track I-765 form status

How to track your I-765 form status

How to track your I-765 form status

To track the status of your Form I-765, you can use the USCIS online case status tool. Here's how:


  1. Visit the USCIS Website: Go to the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov.

  2. Navigate to Case Status: Find the "Check Your Case Status" tool on the USCIS homepage.

  3. Enter Your Receipt Number: You'll need the receipt number provided to you after you submitted your Form I-765 application. Enter this number into the designated field on the USCIS website.

  4. Submit Your Inquiry: Once you've entered your receipt number, click on the "Check Status" or "Submit" button to proceed.

  5. View Your Case Status: The USCIS online case status tool will provide you with the latest information about the status of your Form I-765 application. 

  6. Check for Updates: Check the USCIS website regularly for any updates on your case status. USCIS may also send you notifications via mail or email if there are any significant changes or requests for additional information.

If you have been asked to assess the work of other people in your field, this might help you qualify for one of the O1 visa criteria. Judging can be in a competitive setting, such as a contest, awards panel, or grants committee. Or, it can be an evaluation of someone’s work, like a scientific paper or presentation, or even a grant application.


The key here is that some organization thought you were the go-to person with ample expertise to assess the work of others. This shows USCIS that you are seen as someone who stands out from others in your work.


If you think you can meet the “judge of others” criteria and at least two other criteria on the list of O1 visa evidence, you could be ready to apply! Reach out to Manifest Law and we can help you put your best case forward.

Frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

What happens if my I-765 form is denied?

If your application is denied, USCIS will provide a written explanation. You may be able to reapply, file a motion to reopen or reconsider, or appeal the decision, depending on your specific circumstances.


If your I-765 form is denied, seeking guidance from an immigration attorney is recommended. Our team at Manifest Law is here to help you understand why your application was denied and assist you in taking the right steps forward. 


Beyond the denial, there could be other ways to secure employment authorization or legal status in the U.S. Our immigration attorneys at Manifest Law can explore alternative options tailored to your situation and provide expert guidance along the way.

If you have been asked to assess the work of other people in your field, this might help you qualify for one of the O1 visa criteria. Judging can be in a competitive setting, such as a contest, awards panel, or grants committee. Or, it can be an evaluation of someone’s work, like a scientific paper or presentation, or even a grant application.


The key here is that some organization thought you were the go-to person with ample expertise to assess the work of others. This shows USCIS that you are seen as someone who stands out from others in your work.


If you think you can meet the “judge of others” criteria and at least two other criteria on the list of O1 visa evidence, you could be ready to apply! Reach out to Manifest Law and we can help you put your best case forward.

Can I work while my I-765 form is pending?

While waiting for your Employment Authorization Document (EAD), you are generally not allowed to work. However, there are some exceptions:


If you already have authorization to work in the U.S. under a different immigration status, like an H-1B visa, you can continue working under that status even while your Form I-765 is pending.


Additionally, if you're eligible for employment authorization through another category or visa status, you can apply for a separate Employment Authorization Document (EAD) based on that eligibility. For example, students might qualify for Optional Practical Training (OPT), which allows them to work in their field of study for a specific period. You may also be able to work while filing for an extension of an existing EAD.

If you have been asked to assess the work of other people in your field, this might help you qualify for one of the O1 visa criteria. Judging can be in a competitive setting, such as a contest, awards panel, or grants committee. Or, it can be an evaluation of someone’s work, like a scientific paper or presentation, or even a grant application.


The key here is that some organization thought you were the go-to person with ample expertise to assess the work of others. This shows USCIS that you are seen as someone who stands out from others in your work.


If you think you can meet the “judge of others” criteria and at least two other criteria on the list of O1 visa evidence, you could be ready to apply! Reach out to Manifest Law and we can help you put your best case forward.

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 Manifest Law lawyers
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How Manifest Law can help

How Manifest Law can help

At Manifest Law, we can file your I-485 or I-765 form for a fixed fee and help you avoid mistakes and delays. In certain instances, our experienced immigration lawyers can expedite the I-765 applications by explaining the urgency of your case.


Book a free consultation today to learn how we can assist you.

If you have been asked to assess the work of other people in your field, this might help you qualify for one of the O1 visa criteria. Judging can be in a competitive setting, such as a contest, awards panel, or grants committee. Or, it can be an evaluation of someone’s work, like a scientific paper or presentation, or even a grant application.


The key here is that some organization thought you were the go-to person with ample expertise to assess the work of others. This shows USCIS that you are seen as someone who stands out from others in your work.


If you think you can meet the “judge of others” criteria and at least two other criteria on the list of O1 visa evidence, you could be ready to apply! Reach out to Manifest Law and we can help you put your best case forward.

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