Work Permit / Employment Authorization – Marriage Green Card

As part of your marriage green card application you may apply for a work permit with USCIS Form I-765 (“Application for Employment Authorization”). 

You normally file this form along with your marriage green card application (Form I-485) or at any time after you’ve gotten a notice that USCIS has received your green card application. 

If you apply for a work permit in the same package with your green card application, you simply need to include a completed Form I-765 and two passport-sized photos. 


There is no fee for filing a work permit application if it is included in the same package as your green card application.

Processing Time:

It currently takes about 150–210 days (5–7 months) for USCIS to process work permit applications. 

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