All About Employment Authorization Documents: FAQs for Legal Practitioners

Last Updated

November 8, 2021

While obtaining and maintaining a valid Employment Authorization Document, or EAD, is critical to many clients, it is not always easy to determine who qualifies for an EAD, how and when to apply, and when a fee is required. These Frequently Asked Questions address the requirements for several categories of noncitizens eligible to apply for EADs, including applicants for asylum and adjustment of status, U and T nonimmigrants, TPS holders, recipients of deferred action (including DACA), VAWA self-petitioners, refugees and asylees, parolees, and others. The FAQs also explain when work authorization is automatically extended, when and how to renew an EAD, and when a fee waiver is available.