USCIS Publishes New Form I-765


Yesterday USCIS announced an update to the Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, which includes additional questions that allow applicants to apply for a Social Security card without visiting a Social Security office. Previously, applicants needed to submit a Form I-765 to USCIS to obtain their Employment Authorization Document ("EAD") cards and then submit additional paperwork in person at a local Social Security office to obtain a Social Security number.

The new Social Security-related questions on the updated I-765 are optional. To apply for a Social Security number using Form I-765, however, the applicant must provide consent for USCIS to disclose information from the form to the Social Security Administration and provide the names of his or her parents. According to USCIS, applicants who receive their approved EADs from USCIS should receive their Social Security card from the Social Security Administration within the following two weeks.

The new edition of Form I-765 is dated 07/17/2017. Starting December 4, 2017, USCIS will only accept the new edition of the form. Until then, applicants can continue to use the existing 01/17/2017 edition.