How to Apply for a Work Permit Explained by an Immigration Attorney
If you think that you qualify to obtain a work permit from the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), it is important that you follow the steps and procedures correctly so that your application is not rejected or denied.
First, you need to download and complete USCIS Form I-765, application for a work permit. This form asks many questions about you, including biographic information, information about your entry into the United States, and information about your passport. It also asks questions about if you want a social security card. It is very helpful to hire an immigration attorney to make sure you fill out he work permit application correctly.
One of the most important parts of the work permit application form is the section asking about the category of work permit. You have to list the citation for the category under which you think you qualify to receive a work permit. Depending on which category you cite, you will be required to submit supporting documentation to prove that you qualify for a work permit under that category.
For example, if you think that you qualify for a work permit because you have filed for adjustment of status, you must cite the correct category and then provide a receipt notice showing you have filed for adjustment status.
If you are not sure if you qualify for a work permit or which category to cite for your work permit, it is best to talk to an immigration attorney who can guide you.
Once you have filled out the I-765 work permit application form, you must submit it and any supporting documentation to USCIS. The USCIS website lists the address where you must submit your work permit application. You also need to provide two passport style photos of yourself and the appropriate filing fee. The USCIS website will also indicate what filing fee you need to pay for your work permit.
Once you submit your work permit packet, you will receive a receipt notice from USCIS within 2-4 weeks. After another 2-4 weeks, you will receive a notice to appear at a USCIS office to collect your biometric information. At this appointment, your fingerprints and photo will be taken by an USCIS officer.
After your biometrics appointment, you will wait several months for your work permit to be issued. The waiting time can vary. The USCIS website lists the current processing times on its website.
A knowledgeable and experienced immigration attorney can help you through the work permit application process. The immigration attorneys at Vanderwall Immigration have processed hundreds of work permit applications and can expertly guide you in the process to obtain a work permit. Call us today at 503-206-8414 so we can help you gain lawful employment in the United States.