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DHS Might Revise Employment Authorization Request

By Susan Lackey  5/6/2008

The form some non-immigrant aliens currently file requesting employment authorization in the United States might be revised, says the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which is seeking comments on whether to change the form.

DHS has filed a Federal Register notice—Agency Information Collection Activities: Form I-765, Extension of an Existing Information Collection; Comment Request—seeking comment on whether to revise Form I-765, which is an application used by some aliens already in the United States requesting “employment authorization documentation” (EAD).

In addition to non-immigrant aliens, other aliens who are authorized to work in the United States without restrictions can use Form I-765 to apply for a document evidencing such authorization. The fee for filling Form I-765 is $340, but that can be waived if the applicant has filed a petition seeking permanent residence, or for an adjustment in status, and has paid the corresponding fees for those applications, DHS says.

While DHS will accept comments on possible revisions to Form I-765 through June 10, 2008, the department will not accept the existing Form I-765 after July 8, 2008, the agency says.

Written comments and suggestions should be sent to the DHS, USCIS, Chief Regulatory Management Division, Clearance Office, 111 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 3008, Washington D.C. 20529 or faxed to (202) 272-8352. Submissions can be sent via e-mail to with the OMB Control Number 1615-0040 as the subject line.

Susan Lackey is an intern in the SHRM Editorial Department.

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