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Global Work Glossary

What is a work permit and its significance?

A work permit, also known as an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), is a vital document for foreign nationals seeking employment in a foreign country, ensuring legal work status and protection under local laws. Here's what you need to know about applying for a work permit, with a focus on the process in the United States.

Overview of Work Permit Application

The application process for a work permit varies by country. In the United States, it involves submitting Form I-765 along with required documents such as passport copies, visa details, I-94 travel record, and other specific documentation. Notably, US citizens and permanent residents are exempt from requiring a work permit.

Applying for a Work Permit in the US

In the US, a work permit, or Form I-766, is filed with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Holders of this document are eligible to legally work in the US, typically on a temporary basis as nonimmigrant workers. It provides protection against discrimination based on immigration status under federal law and grants a social security number (SSN) to foreign workers. To apply, individuals need to complete Form I-765 and submit requisite documents like passport copies, US visa, I-94 travel record, and other specific documentation. Various groups, such as students with off-campus employment and dependents of diplomatic mission employees, may also be eligible for work permits.

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