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How to file i485 EAD myself without an attorney?
- Fill out simple EAD application form i765,
- Attach supporting documents,
- Send it to USCIS. You are done.
Green Card EAD allows people waiting for their green card approval to work legally in the US along with other benefits. You can apply for i485 only if you are filing i485 when your priority date is current or i485 is pending.
An H1B visa holder waiting for his GC approval can use the i485 EAD to work without any employer or location restrictions.
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This article will discuss:
Documents for i485 EAD Application
#1 Photo (2)
Two identical 2×2 inch photographs clicked within the last 30 days are required for the EAD application.
Do not send an old photo with the I-765 application as USCIS will send RFE to submit new photos. This will increase your EAD processing time.
You can get photos clicked at Costco, Walmart, CVS, or Walgreens as they know the US passport size photo specifications.
#2 EAD Form I-765
Download and fill USCIS i765 form yourself.
To make it easy, you can also use our app to fill out this form. The app validates and checks all form fields to make sure you do not make any mistakes or leave anything to chance.
App has been designed to make sure USCIS does not reject your form. The app picks up the correct i765 form version automatically and fills all the required fields for you.
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#3 Most Recent i94 (Optional)
If you have a valid i94, please include it.
People who are using their H1B, L, or H4 visas to keep staying and working in the USA, will have a valid i94.
- If an extension was approved recently, the new i94 would be attached to your approval (i797) notice.
#4 Government-issued Photo ID Document
Any one document from this list:
- Copy of Passport’s front (with Photo) and back pages (with address) OR
- A copy of your last i485 EAD – Both front and back (if any) OR
- A birth certificate with a photo ID. For example, an Indian (or Chinese) birth certificate will work only if it has a photograph on it. OR
- Any other national identity document with a photo. US State ID or Driving License is NOT acceptable.
#5 Relationship with Primary Applicant
If your i485 was filed based on your spouse’s employment, then including a copy of your marriage certificate in English is recommended.
If you filed i485 in the family green card queue, then we suggest adding a passport page where it shows the parent’s name.
#6 EAD Eligibility Proof
- For employment-based i485, a primary H1B spouse’s I-140 i797c approval notice is required to prove EAD eligibility. If the employer has not shared the I-140 approval copy with you, use the USCIS FOIA request to get I-140 details.
- For family-based i485, include the copy of the I-130 approval.
#7 Current EAD copy for Renewal
An existing EAD copy is required only if you already have an EAD and you are applying for renewal or extension.
#9 Form G1145 (Optional but recommended)
Use form G1145 to let USCIS send you an SMS or an email once they receive your application. Attach this form at top of the EAD application package.
Only a black color ink pen is allowed as USCIS uses computer scanning to read forms.
Do NOT staple the documents. Use a paper clip to bind them together.
At the time of writing this article, there is no fee for filing i485 EAD. It is FREE.
Biometric – Fingerprints
Every adult will receive a biometric appointment notice for their EAD application.
We suggest filing both i485 EAD and Advance parole at the same time unless the validity of each of them is separate.
If you filed both EAD and AP together, you will get one biometric appointment for both.
Apply SSN with EAD
If you do not currently have SSN, select ‘No’ on Q 13.a. and then select ‘Yes’ on Q 14 and Q 15.
You will have to fill Q 16.a., 16.b. with your (H4’s) father and mother’s name to get an SSN card.
Your SSN card will be automatically generated after your EAD is approved within 3-4 weeks and mailed by USPS.
The current EAD processing time is 7 to 12 months. It changes every month with each USCIS service center.
The i485 EAD category code is C(9).
You will receive your EAD card within 1-7 working days after New Card is Being Produced case status.
You should write your most recent i94 number Question 21a.
Choose option 1.a. for Question 1 on the EAD form if you are applying for EAD for the first time.
For EAD renewal applications, choose the renewal option as 1. c.
If you had any kind of EAD before (like L2-EAD or H4 EAD), then you can consider EAD as a new EAD.
You can apply for EAD renewal 180 days before the current EAD card expiry.
You should write the name of the Airport or border that you used to enter the US.
For some people, this airport might be a non-US airport like Abu Dhabi where they complete the US immigration process at Abu Dhabi airport itself.
I would suggest writing either the “Port of Entry/Exit” as “MAA – ABU DHABI INTL” or the name of the US airport where you landed first.
For example, if you landed at Washington Airport after completing the immigration process at Abu Dhabi airport, your i94 record will show the “MAA – ABU DHABI INTL” as the port of entry.
You can then either write “Washington Airport” or “MAA – ABU DHABI INTL”.
You can travel while EAD is pending as long as you have approved Advance parole.
There are some things that you should consider when you travel while i485 is pending.
i485 EAD cardholder can work up to 180 days if the current card has expired.
Check the USCIS address to mail the EAD application using the i485 receipt number.