Students with F1 Visas Can Now File I-765 Online


April 12, 2021.  United States Immigration and Citizenship Service (“USCIS”) declared that F-1 students applying for optional practical training can file for Application for Employment Authorization, or Form I-765, under the 3 categories mentioned in this article here. The eligibility of the student will be based on the major area of study and is allowed 12 months of employment authorization before they graduate and/or after their graduation.

Here are the steps to file for an EAD online:

  1. Gather the required documents: You will need to provide certain documents as part of your EAD application. These may include your passport, Form I-20, and evidence of your current F-1 status, such as a copy of your I-94 record.
  2. Create an account with the USCIS: To file your EAD application online, you will need to create an account with the USCIS. This will allow you to track the status of your application, receive updates, and make payments.
  3. Complete Form I-765: You will need to complete Form I-765 online. This form asks for information about your personal background, immigration history, and the reason for your request for employment authorization.
  4. Pay the filing fee: There is a fee for filing Form I-765. The current fee is $410, but it may change in the future. You can pay the fee using a credit card, debit card, or an electronic check.
  5. Submit your application: After you have completed Form I-765 and paid the filing fee, you can submit your application online. You may also need to provide biometric information, such as fingerprints, as part of the application process.

If your application is approved, you will receive an EAD card in the mail. The EAD card is proof of your authorization to work in the United States. You should carry the card with you at all times when you are working.

Any expat students, especially those with F1 visas, looked forward to being able to work. Either it’s their means to survive or just want to earn extra spending money.

F1 Visa Students’ ability to work options can be complicated. Good thing we have just a page for you. Click on the link here to know answers to frequently asked questions such as what the chances are  to be able to work or if is it possible to work on their campuses etc. Additionally, it offers other options, aside from work, that can be applied in immigration, especially for those who wish to stay in the US for a longer period.

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