If you live in the United States but are not a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR or “green card” holder), you need a work permit to be legally employed. Learn more about getting a work permit in the U.S.
A work permit allows non-citizens to work in the U.S.
To be eligible for a work permit, you must have a certain kind of immigration status or visa like:
DACA. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) allows people who entered the U.S. as children to stay here temporarily without risking removal. Having DACA makes you eligible for a work permit. Learn more about DACA.
TPS. Temporary Protected Status (TPS) allows foreign citizens in the U.S. to stay here if returning home becomes dangerous. Having TPS makes you eligible to get a work permit. Learn more about TPS.
Family. You may be eligible for a work permit if you are in the process of becoming a lawful permanent resident (LPR or “green card” holder) through a family relationship. Learn more about becoming an LPR.
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