Employment Authorization Cards
The USCIS grants temporary work authorization to work with any US employer for individuals in certain categories. A partial list of those who qualify for work authorization includes:
- Students in F-1 OPT status
- Spouses of U.S. visa holders in the following categories:
- B-1 domestic servant
- Individuals who have an I-485 green card application pending.
To apply for an Employment Authorization Card or EAD, an I-765 form must be submitted. The current processing time is 90 days. Applications for renewal can be submitted up to 120 days before the expiration of a current EAD.