The EAD (work permit) is a document issued by USCIS to authorize a foreign national to work in the U.S. for a period of time, usually one, or even two years. This work authorization allows the work permit holder to legally work for any employer in the United States.
Foreign nationals who fall into one of the below categories.
An individual can apply for a work permit in the following situations:
- An adjustment of status applicant;
- Spouse of an E1, E2 or L1 visa holder in the US on a derivative visa;
- Spouse and child of a J1 visa holder;
- Optional practical training (OPT) for postgraduate F1 students;
- F1 and J1 students who suffer severe economic hardship;
- K1 and K2 dependents
- Foreign nationals under temporary protected status;
- DREAM Act applicant; and
- Approved asylee or an asylum applicant whose petition for asylum has been pending for more than 180 days.