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Employment Authorization Document - Frequently Asked Questions


What is an Employment Authorization Document?

U.S. employers must check to make sure all employees, regardless of citizenship or national origin, are allowed to work in the U.S. If you are not a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident, you may need to apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) to prove that you are eligible to work in the U.S.


What are the categories under which an EAD is issued?

The USCIS issues an Employment Authorization Document in the following categories:

  • EAD: This document proves you are allowed to work in the U.S.
  • Renewal EAD: You should apply for an EAD renewal four months before your original EAD expires
  • Replacement EAD: This document replaces a lost, stolen, or mutilated EAD. A replacement EAD also replaces an EAD that was issued with incorrect information, such as a misspelled name
  • Interim EAD: If the USCIS does not approve or deny your EAD application within 90 days, you may request an interim EAD document

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Who is eligible to apply for Employment Authorization Document?

The specific categories that require an Employment Authorization Document include but are not limited to:

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