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Apply for your work permit

This application is used to apply for your work permit or an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) if you are temporarily in the United States. If you are authorized to work in the United States without restrictions you must also use this application to apply for your work permit that shows this authorization. Get started today!

Applying for your work permit with IFLA is the easiest way to complete your work permit application package. You’ll meet with a REAL PERSON who will assist you in completing your application with all supporting documents and expedite filing.

Preparing to work with IFLA is a very simple process! Just fill the form below or give us a call today, (770) 882-5822. IFLA typically receives work permit approvals within 30 days. Just check our FaceBook reviews!

Common Questions

1.What is a work permit?

A “work permit” is the commonly used name for an Employment Authorization Document, or EAD, issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to certain people who are in the United States and legally permitted to work here. It is a plastic-laminated identity card with the person’s name, photo, and an expiration date.

2. Who can apply for a work permit?

Not every immigrant in the United States can apply for a work permit. You have to have a separate visa or immigration status that allows you to work. For example, the following immigrants can apply for work permits:

  • Applicants for adjustment status with a pending I-485
  • Refugees and people granted asylum
  • People granted deferred enforced departure (DED) or temporary protected status (TPS)
  • VAWA self-petitioners
  • F-1 students (with various limitations)
  • J-2 spouses or minor children
  • M-1 students seeking practical training after completing their studies.
  • K-1 nonimmigrant fiance(e) of a U.S. citizen or K-4 children.
  • Holders of L-2, T-1, T-2, T-3, T-4, or U-1, U-2, U-3, U-4, U-5, V-1, V-2, or V-3 visas.

The above is not a complete list.

3. How long does a work permit last?

How long the work permit lasts depends on your current immigration status, or what type of visa you are here on. Most work permits (EADs) are valid for one year. No one will be issued a work permit that lasts longer than their permitted stay in the United States.

4. How long will this process take?

At IFLA we strive to send your package out no later than 72 hours from initial contact with you. On average, awaiting a USCIS decision for your work permit (EAD) will take around 6 to 8 months from the time you submit your application. Processing times may change and will vary between USCIS offices.

5. What if my case requires an attorney?

If your case goes beyond the scope of IFLA’s assistance and requires legal representation then an attorney near you will be referred to you at no additional cost from IFLA.

USCIS Filing Fees

What are the costs associated with applying for my work permit?


  • Application fee: $410
  • Biometric Exam Fee: $85*