Work Permits

Every U.S. employer must ensure that all employees, regardless of citizenship or national origin, are allowed to work in the United States. Individuals who are neither United States citizens nor lawful permanent residents of the U.S. and wish to work in the United States must obtain work permits to do so or otherwise face fines and/or criminal prosecution. There are three categories of persons who are eligible for employment authorization:

  • Authorization to work in the United States based on an individual’s non-immigrant status
  • Individuals who belong to a category which requires filing for permission to work
  • Authorization to work for a specific employer based on an individual’s nonimmigrant status

Individuals in the first and second categories are required to apply for work authorization and an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) before they seek work in the United States. EADs are mainly granted for a 1 year period. If the individual is in the third category and is authorized to work for a specific employer he or she may not need an EAD.
When an EAD has expired but the individual is still eligible for work authorization, he or she should is required to file for a renewal EAD.


While the above requirements may seem straightforward, there are many intricacies involved in the application process and often times an applicant may get denied despite meeting the above requirements if any parts of the application are filled out incorrectly.  This may set applicants back months if not completely ruin their chances of a second application. Since the process is complex and the outcome is vitally important, it is recommended to hire an experienced immigration attorney to navigate this complex process for you.  We are a full service immigration law-firm that practices exclusively in immigration matters and will be happy to discuss the specifics of your case with you.  Contact us by phone or email today to schedule a consultation with Shirley Reginiano, Esq.


  • Avoid costly mistakes and delays in dealing with the USCIS
  • Experienced immigration attorney who deals exclusively in immigration matters prepares and file your case, not a Notorio or Paralegal.
  • Access to legal advice from the comfort of your home or office
  • Low, Flat Fee with no hidden costs.


  • Full Review of your particular circumstances
  • Confirmation that a Work Permit filing is appropriate for you
  • Checklist of documents that you need for your Work Permit Application
  • Complete & Accurate preparation of your Work Permit application
  • Submission of your Work Permit application to the appropriate government agencies
  • Timely correspondence with government agencies handling your application
  • Coordination with your prospective employer