The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is now allowing some parolees to file the Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765) online. Certain noncitizens can use this application to acquire documentation to prove their eligibility for employment in the United States and complete the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9).
Individuals with temporary legal authorization to live in the United States for humanitarian reasons may request employment authorization using the Public Interest parolee category. Those applicants seeking employment authorization under this category can file their Form I-765 online, though there are some exceptions.
Applicants who wish to file online can do so at my.uscis.gov. However, applicants who want to obtain a filing fee waiver or qualify for a fee exemption, including Afghan nationals paroled under Operation Allies Welcome, must submit their application by mail. Form I-765 can be found online on the USCIS website to be completed and mailed in. Though perhaps not quite as convenient, the USCIS is trying to reduce processing times through technology, whether an application is submitted online or through the mail.
Applicants who want to file Form I-765 online should go to my.uscis.gov and create a USCIS account. You can create an account for free, and in addition to being able to file your Form I-765, you will be able to send secure messages to the USCIS and get answers to your questions through a secured inbox attached to your account.
Only specific categories of I-765 applicants can file online, which now includes parolees. Therefore, it is necessary for anyone filing an I-765 online to make sure they are eligible before doing so. If an ineligible applicant files online, the USCIS may deny the application and retain the fee. You can visit the Forms Available to File Online Page to find out if you are eligible to file online.
For employers attempting to hire non citizen workers, remember that the documentation requirements can be more challenging. One of the best ways to simplify this process is to invest in an electronic I-9 management system. This system can help guarantee uniform completion of the I-9 process and secure storage of forms and documentation for future review and updates.
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