Navigating Work Permits: Your Gateway to Legitimate Employment
In the United States, not everyone can seamlessly secure employment. Legal authorization is a must, and that’s where work permits step in. It’s important to note that a work permit differs from an employment visa. Even individuals entering the U.S. through non-employment routes—like a K-1 fiancé visa—require a work permit for lawful employment. Our Oregon work permit attorneys unravel the nuances of this process in this comprehensive guide.
Deciphering Work Permits: A Primer
Termed as an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), a work permit is a formal legal document that grants foreign nationals the right to work in the United States, irrespective of their citizenship or permanent residency status. Green card holders, however, don’t need a separate permit. To secure a U.S. work permit, individuals often need to complete and submit Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.
- Note: A work permit obtained through Form I-765 isn’t tied to any specific employer. Holders of valid work permits can explore job opportunities in various domains, including simultaneous part-time roles.
Eligibility for U.S. Work Permits: A Prerequisite
Eligibility for a U.S. work permit isn’t universal. Applicants must demonstrate alignment with qualifying immigration categories. Examples include:
- Asylum seekers (refugees)
- DACA recipients
- Spouses of specific visa holders, such as H-1B visa holders
- K-1 visa holders (pre-green card status)
- Applicants awaiting adjustment of status
Unveiling the Work Permit Application Process
Form I-765 takes center stage as the primary application form for U.S. work permits. Completion of this form necessitates proof of fitting into a qualifying immigration category. Alongside documentation of immigration status, applicants usually need to submit two passport-sized photos, pay the application fee, and provide any relevant biometric information. In many instances, USCIS may require fingerprinting. The work permit application process generally takes a few months, though timelines can vary.
Work Permits and Green Card Pathways
It’s important to understand that possessing an Employment Authorization Document (work permit) doesn’t confer permanent residency or a direct route to citizenship. It’s essentially an authorization for legal work. However, many EAD holders, particularly those awaiting green card processing, are on the path to permanent residency. A work permit offers vital authorization to work and earn income while the permanent residency process unfolds.
Connect with Our Portland Work Permit Attorney Today
At Vanderwall Immigration, our Portland immigration attorney possesses a wealth of experience in navigating work permit matters. If you’re seeking clarity on work permits, our expertise is at your disposal. Get in touch today to schedule your confidential consultation. With offices in Salem and Beaverton, we extend our assistance to clients seeking work permits in Oregon and Washington State.