Employment Authorization Document-EAD

Employment Authorization Document-EAD

Employment Authorization Document (EAD)

Employment Authorization Document Codes – To qualify for an employment authorization document (EAD Card) through USCIS Form I-765,  the applicant must first determine their eligibility. The following list contains the immigration categories that are eligible for an EAD Card:

  • A02 – A lawful temporary resident pursuant to sections 245A or 210 of the INA
  • A03 – Refugee
  • A04 – Paroled as refugee
  • A05 – Asylee (granted asylum)
  • A06 – K-1 nonimmigrant fiancé(e) of U.S. citizen (USC) –  K-2 child of K-1
  • A07 – N-8 Parent of international organization employee granted permanent residence – N-9 Dependent Child of international organization employee granted permanent residence
  • A08 – Citizen of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands or Palau admitted as a nonimmigrant
  • A09 – K-3 nonimmigrant spouse of USC – K-4 child of K-3
  • A10 – Granted Withholding of Deportation or Removal
  • A11 – Deferred Enforced Departure (DED)
  • A12 – Temporary Protected Status (TPS) granted under 8 CFR 244.12
  • A13 – IMMACT Family Unity beneficiary (Section 301 of the Immigration Act of 1990)
  • A14 – LIFE Act Family Unity beneficiary (Section 1504 of the Legal Immigrant Family Equity (LIFE) Act Amendments)
  • A15 – V-1 Spouse of Lawful Permanent Resident – V-2 Minor unmarried child of Lawful Permanent Resident – V-3 Minor unmarried child of V-1 or V-2
  • A16 – T-1 nonimmigrant (victims of severe form of trafficking)
  • A17 – Spouse of E-1/E-2 Treaty Trader/Investor – Spouse of E-3 specialty occupation professional from Australia
  • A18 – L-2 spouse of an L-1 intracompany transfer (L-1: Individuals in the U.S. who have been transferred from a subsidiary, affiliate, or branch office overseas to the U.S. to work in an executive, managerial or specialized knowledge capacity
  • A19 – U-1 nonimmigrant (victims of certain criminal activity)
  • A20 – U-2 spouse of U-1 aliens • U-3 children of U-1 aliens • U-4 parents of minor U-1 aliens (16 or under) • U-5 unmarried sibling under age 18 of U-1 alien under age 21
  • C01 – Dependent of A-1 or A-2 foreign government official
  • C02 – Dependent of TECRO (Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office) E-1 nonimmigrant
  • C03A – Pre-completion OPT F-1 students
  • C03B – Post-completion OPT F-1 students
  • C03C – 17 month extension for Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) OPT students
  • C03(ii) – F-1 student offered off-campus employment under the Sponsorship of Qualifying International Organization
  • C03(iii) – F-1 student seeking off-campus employment due to severe economic hardship
  • C04 – Spouse or unmarried dependent child of G-1, G-3 or G-4 nonimmigrant (Representative of International Organization and their dependents)
  • C05 – J-2 spouse or minor child of a J-1 exchange visitor
  • C06 – M-1 student seeking practical training after completing studies
  • C07 – Dependent of NATO-1 through NATO-7 nonimmigrant
  • C08 – Asylum applicant (w/ pending asylum application) who filed for asylum on or after January 4, 1995
  • C09 – Adjustment of status applicant
  • C10 – Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) section 203 applicants Applicant for suspension of deportation • Applicant for cancellation of removal
  • C11 – An alien paroled into the United States in the public interest or Revised: Oct. 2018 EAD Code EAD Code Definition temporarily for emergency reasons
  • C12 – Spouse of an E-2 Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) investor; eligible for employment in the CNMI only
  • C14 – Alien granted deferred action
  • C16 – Registry applicant based on continuous residence since January 1, 1972
  • C17(i) – B-1 nonimmigrant who is the personal or domestic servant of a nonimmigrant employer
  • C17(ii) – B-1 nonimmigrant domestic servant of a U.S. citizen
  • C17(iii) – B-1 nonimmigrant employed by foreign airline
  • C18 – Alien with a final order of deportation/order of supervision;
  • C19 – Temporary Protected Status applicant under 8 CFR 244.5
  • C20 – Alien who has filed a completed legalization application for special agricultural workers
  • C22 – Alien who has filed a completed legalization application under INA 245A
  • C24 – LIFE legalization applicant
  • C25 – T-2 spouse of T-1, victim of trafficking • T-3 child of T-1 • T-4 parent of T-1 (if T-1 is under age 21)
  • C31 – Principal beneficiary of an approved VAWA self-petition • Qualified child of a beneficiary of an approved VAWA self petition
  • C33 – An alien who has been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

If you have already been issued an EAD, you might qualify for automatic extensions. Click here to see if your category qualifies for an automatic EAD extension.

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