To apply for an Employment Authorization Document, you must file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization Document (EAD). To file online, visit the USCIS page found here: https://www.uscis.gov/i-765
If you are applying as a person who has been granted humanitarian parole (including through the Uniting for Ukraine program), enter your category as (c)(11) in box 27 of the application. Attach the following documents to your application:
- 2 passport-type photos
- a copy of the first page of your passport and the page with the stamp showing entry in the U.S., if any
- a copy of your I-94 (front and back). If you did not receive an I-94 at the border, print it from this website: https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/recent-search
Each person who wishes to work must file Form I-765 separately.
Check boxes 14 and 15 in Form I-765 to receive a new Social Security Card, even if you previously received a non-working Social Security Number (SSN) or card.
On November 21, 2022, USCIS announced that Ukrainians with humanitarian parole will not need to pay a filing fee for their initial Application for Employment Authorization (EAD) if their Form I-765 is mailed and postmarked on or after November 21, 2022 or is filed online starting December 5, 2022.
To obtain a fee exemption when mailing an initial paper application for an Employment Authorization Document, enter the following information on Form I-765:
Select “Initial permission to accept employment” (Part 1, Item 1.a.) ;
Enter “Ukraine” in:
Country of Citizenship (Part 2, Items 18.a. and 18.b.), and/or
Country of Birth (Part 2, Item 19.c.);
Enter “C11” in the Eligibility Category (Part 2, Item 27.); and
Submit no payment.
To obtain the fee exemption when filing an initial application for an Employment Authorization Document online, enter the following information on Form I-765 online:
In the basis of eligibility section, provide your “eligibility category”;
For the category under which you are applying, select “c(11) Ukraine Parole” from the drop-down;
Select your reason for applying as “Initial permission to accept employment”; and
Review and submit the application to receive a $0 fee.
For individuals who file an application by mail prior to November 21 or online prior to December 5, the application fee is $410.
Applicants who need to file Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization (EAD) by mail before November 21 or online before December 5 who cannot afford to pay their application fee (for themselves or their family members) may request a fee waiver by mail. Only a mailed paper Form I-765 (no online applications) may be filed when requesting a fee waiver. A fee waiver request must be filed by mail using Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, which can be found here: https://www.uscis.gov/i-912.
Form I-912 Request for Fee Waiver and Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization (EAD) should be mailed to one of the following addresses, along with the required documentation:
If sending through the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), mail to:
P.O. Box 805887
Chicago, IL 60680
If using FedEx, UPS, or DHL delivery, send to:
Attn: AOS (Box 805887)
131 South Dearborn-3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517
Only one fee waiver application needs to be filed for a family when multiple family members are applying for a work permit. If you are applying for a fee waiver for your family, you must also include with your work permit application a certified translation of the marriage certificate and children’s birth certificates.