Many people want to access work opportunities in the United States. But in order to do so, they must first obtain a work card to get permission to live and seek employment in the country. There are specific eligibility requirements that come with a U.S. work card.

Ways to Qualify for a U.S. Work Card

A work card is not just given away liberally. Immigration requires that there is a reason for it that makes a person eligible to receive a work card. A person can qualify for it by getting a green card, if they are dependents of workers, or in removal proceedings.

Get a Green Card

A person who is in the process of applying for a U.S. green card is eligible to receive a work card that they can use while their case is being adjudicated. That way, they are able to work during the pendency of their I-485 adjustment of status petition.

An individual can obtain a U.S. green card through the following means:

  • Sponsorship by a family member
  • Sponsorship by an employer
  • Diversity visa lottery

Dependents of Workers

A dependent of a U.S. worker may be eligible to receive a work card. These include people who have an L2 status, J2 visa, or certain other non-immigrant visas.

Removal Proceedings

A person undergoing a removal proceeding can receive a work card. However, being in a removal proceeding means that the immigration case has gone wrong. In this instance, it’s important to engage a removal defense attorney who can provide guidance throughout the process.

Where to Check if You are Eligible for a Work Card

To qualify for a U.S. work card, there needs to be an underlying reason or connection to the United States. A person can check if they are eligible through the I-765 instructions list that outlines all the different categories of individuals who may be able to apply for a work card.