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Employment Authorization Category Codes

How To Find Out What your employment authorization category code is


USCIS EAD Category Code EAD Category Eligibility Description180 Days Automatic Extension Eligibility
A02A lawful temporary resident pursuant to sections 245A or 210 of the INANo
A04Paroled as refugeeNo
A05Asylee (granted asylum)Yes
A06K1 non-immigrant fiancé(e) of US CitizenK2 child of K1No
A07N-8 Parent of international organization employee granted permanent residenceN-9 Dependent Child of international organization employee granted permanent residenceYes
A08Citizen of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands or Palau admitted as a nonimmigrantYes
A09K-3 nonimmigrant spouse of USCK-4 child of K-3No
A10Granted Withholding of Deportation or RemovalYes
A11Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) 
A12Temporary Protected Status (TPS) granted under 8 CFR 244.12Yes
A13IMMACT Family Unity beneficiary(Section 301 of the Immigration Act of 1990)No
A14LIFE Act Family Unity beneficiary(Section 1504 of the Legal Immigrant Family Equity (LIFE) Act Amendments)No
A15V-1 Spouse of Lawful Permanent ResidentV-2 Minor unmarried child of Lawful Permanent ResidentV-3 Minor unmarried child of V-1 or V-2No
A16T-1 nonimmigrant (victims of severe forms of trafficking)No
A17Spouse of E-1/E-2 Treaty Trader/InvestorSpouse of E-3 specialty occupation professional from AustraliaYes*(*timely filing before I-94 expiry )
A18L2 spouse of an L1 visa intracompany transferYes*(*timely filing before I-94 expiry )
A19U1 nonimmigrant (victims of certain criminal activity)No
A20U-2 spouse of U-1 aliensU-3 children of U-1 aliensU-4 parents of minor U-1 aliens (16 or under)U-5 unmarried sibling under age 18 of U-1 alien under age 21No
C01Dependent of A-1 or A-2 foreign government officialNo
C02Dependent of TECRO (Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office) E-1 Non-immigrantNo
C03APre-completion OPT F1 visa studentsNo
C03BPost-completion OPT F1 visa studentsNo
C03C24-month extension for Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) OPT studentsNo
C03(ii)F-1 student offered off-campus employment under the Sponsorship of Qualifying International OrganizationNo
C03(iii)F-1 student seeking off-campus employment due to severe economic hardshipNo
C04Spouse or unmarried dependent child of G-1, G-3 or G-4 nonimmigrant (Representative of International Organization and their dependents)No
C05J-2 spouse or minor child of a J-1 exchange visitorNo
C06M-1 student seeking practical training after completing studiesNo
C07Dependent of NATO-1 through NATO-7 nonimmigrantNo
C08Asylum applicant (w/ pending asylum application) who filed for asylum on or after January 4, 1995Yes
C09Adjustment of status applicantYes
C10Suspension of deportation applicants (filed before April 1, 1997)Cancellation of Removal applicantsCancellation applicants under NACARAYes
C11An alien paroled into the United States in the public interest or temporarily for emergency reasonsNo
C12Spouse of an E-2 Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) investor; eligible for employment in the CNMI onlyNo
C14Alien granted deferred actionNo
C16Registry applicant based on continuous residence since January 1, 1972Yes
C17(i)B1 nonimmigrant who is the personal or domestic servant of a nonimmigrant employerNo
C17(ii)B1 nonimmigrant domestic servant of a U.S. citizenNo
C17(iii)B1 nonimmigrant employed by foreign airlineNo
C18Alien with a final order of deportation/order of supervision;No
C19Temporary Protected Status applicant under 8 CFR 244.5Yes
C20Alien who has filed a completed legalization application for special agricultural workersYes
C21 S visa non-immigrantNo
C22Alien who has filed a completed legalization application under INA 245AYes
C23Irish peace process (Q-2) 
C24LIFE legalization applicantYes
C25T-2 spouse of T-1, victim of traffickingT-3 child of T-1T-4 parent of T-1 (if T-1 is under age 21)No
C26 Certain H4 Visa spouses of H1B holders, qualify for it. Check Apply H4 EAD Guide Yes*(*timely filing before I-94 expiry )
C27Abused spouse of an A nonimmigrantNo
C28Abused spouse of an E-3 nonimmigrantNo
C29Abused spouse of a G nonimmigrantNo
C30Abused spouse of an H nonimmigrantNo
C31The principal beneficiary of an approved VAWA self-petitionQualified child of a beneficiary of an approved VAWA self-petitionYes
C33An alien who has been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)No
C35The principal beneficiary of an approved employment-based immigrant petition facing compelling circumstancesNo
C36Spouse or unmarried child of a principal beneficiary of an approved employment-based immigrant petition facing compelling circumstancesNo