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Baltimore Work Permit & Travel Document Lawyers

Helping Noncitizens Protect Their Freedom & Futures in MD

Navigating the complexities of U.S. immigration law can be overwhelming, especially when your ability to work, travel, and care for your family hangs in the balance. While navigating the endless paperwork and requirements of USCIS applications can make anyone feel like a walking case number, our firm understands the hope and resilience behind every application. We know how hard you and your loved ones fought to be here today, which is why our Baltimore lawyers are committed to helping you pursue a better life in the U.S. 

The ever-evolving landscape of USCIS forms, documentation, and eligibility requirements can be confusing and time-consuming to navigate on your own. Seeking sound counsel from an employment and travel authorization lawyer is imperative to obtain a successful outcome. Fortunately, our compassionate lawyers are here to help. With over two decades of experience, our work permit and travel document attorneys at Griffith Immigration Law are well-versed in U.S. immigration law to represent your best interests effectively. 

If you’re preparing to apply for work or travel authorization as a U.S. immigrant, call (410) 883-9157 to schedule a consultation with a knowledgeable Baltimore lawyer. 

What Is Employment Authorization? 

If you’re a noncitizen awaiting your green card approval, you may be wondering how you can support yourself and your family in the meantime. Fortunately, eligible noncitizens can apply for employment authorization by filing Form I-765 (“Application for Employment Authorization”) with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). 

A work permit, also known as an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), permits noncitizens to work lawfully in the U.S. and demonstrate their eligibility to U.S. employers, even if their green card has yet to arrive. If you're applying for a family-based green card from outside the U.S., you aren't obligated to apply for a separate work permit, as your employment authorization will automatically begin upon your arrival in the U.S.

However, you may need to apply for an EAD if: 

  • You have a pending Form I-485 (“Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status”); or 
  • You have a pending Form I-589 (“Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal”). 

Filing Costs for Employment Authorization Document (EAD)

To apply for employment authorization in the U.S., you need to file Form I-765. While the exact filing fee can vary based on your unique circumstances, applicants can generally expect to pay an approximate charge of $410 to file their application. Depending on your situation, you may also need to pay a biometrics fee (approximately $85) for fingerprinting. If you’re unable to pay the required fees to obtain your EAD, you may be eligible to request a fee waiver by submitting Form I-912

Keep in mind that under the new 2024 rule set forth by USCIS, new fees will take effect on April 1, 2024. 

Who Is Eligible for a Work Permit?

Applicants can file Form I-765 with their green card application or at any time after receiving a notice that USCIS has received their green card application. You don't have to be a lawful permanent resident (LPR) with your green card to apply for a work permit. Eligible applicants include noncitizens who: 

  1. Were recently paroled into the U.S., and their parole remains valid; or
  2. Have applied for asylum with a pending application lasting at least 150 days. 
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Dependable Advocacy for Baltimore Immigrants 

With a proven track record of success and nearly 25 years of hard-earned experience, you can trust our firm to prioritize the safety and well-being of noncitizens and their families. Our highly skilled attorneys at Griffith Immigration Law are familiar with the common pitfalls and hurdles involved in USCIS processes and procedures, allowing us to guide your legal steps with wisdom and care. From removal defense to applying for naturalization, our team is well-versed in U.S. immigration law to pursue a favorable outcome on your behalf.

Navigating the complexities of U.S. immigration can be confusing. Contact us online to secure sound counsel from our seasoned immigration lawyers. 

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