Online employment authorization filing now available to some asylum applicants

23 Jan 23


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that certain asylum applicants can now file applications for employment authorization online.

Key Points:

  • Applicants under category (c)(8) Pending Asylum and Withholding of Removal Applicants and Applicants for Pending Asylum under the ABC Settlement agreement may now file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, online.
  • Eligible applicants may file Form I-765 150 days after filing an asylum application.
  • Due to delays in issuing receipts for asylum applications, USCIS said pending asylum applicants may use their Form I-589 filing date for the purposes of Employment Authorization Document eligibility.

Additional Information: USCIS said it made this change in order to improve processing efficiency and reduce wait times. Only certain categories of applicants are eligible to file Form I-765 online. USCIS may deny applications without refunding fees for individuals who submit Form I-765 online under an ineligible category. More information about filing Form I-765 is available here.

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