Applicants for asylum can apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) using Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization under the (c)(8) eligibility category.

To apply for an EAD based on your pending asylum application under the (c)(8) category, you must wait 150 days after you file your asylum application. You are not eligible to receive an EAD until your asylum application has been pending for at least another 30 days, for a total of 180 days, commonly referred to as the 180-Day Asylum EAD Clock.

Delays that you request or cause while your asylum application is pending with an asylum office do not count toward the 150-day waiting period or the 180-day eligibility period.

If USCIS approves your application for employment authorization based on your pending asylum application, your EAD will be valid for up to 5 years.

If you are granted asylum, you are immediately authorized to work. (Some asylees choose to obtain EADs for convenience or identification purposes, but an EAD is not necessary to work if you are an asylee.)

If you are denied asylum, your employment authorization will terminate when your EAD expires or 60 days after your asylum application was denied, whichever is later.

APPLICATION TOOLKIT – Click the link below to download the presentation slides and collected/translated documents in English, Dari, and Pashto from IILA’s Afghan Legal Representation Project (ALRP).  Documents include overview presentations, application instructions, samples and checklists for applying for an EAD under category (c)(8).