Usually, the validity of a U.S. work permit, also known as an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), is not always the same. It depends on the applicant’s current legal status in the U.S., whether this is the first time the applicant is applying for a work permit, or if it is only being renewed…
Usually, if a person has obtained a work permit while applying for Adjustment of Status (AOS) for the first time, usually, their work permit is valid for one year, unless is specified otherwise by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
When an applicant, along with their work permit application, files also for a travel document application after or at the same time as they filed for Adjustment of Status, Form I-485, then, they may potentially receive their one year benefit for both cases on one card! This case is also known as an EAD-Advance Parole card.
An applicant can also get a work permit when applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA. If he/she was granted a work permit along with DACA, this work permit will be valid for 2 years!
Fortunately, there are still many other possibilities to obtain a work permit in the United States. They are as follows:
- Asylee Applicant/Granted Asylum
- Temporary Protected Status
- NACARA (Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act)
- F-1/M-1, Student Visa
- U-Nonimmigrant Visa, Victims of Criminal Activity
- T-Nonimmigrant Visa, Victims of Human Trafficking
- Granted Withholding of deportation/removal | Final order of deportation
- I-140, Immigrant Petition for An Alien Worker
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