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February 8, 2023
What are all of the types of work permits?

Get to Know All Types of Work Permits | A Guide by Shepelsky Law Group

Defining Work Permit Authorization As Per The Immigration Law

The immigration law of the United States is federal and uniform across all the states; as a result, law firms can offer assistance throughout the country. The immigration codes on the work authorization are the basis of filing for a work permit in the United States for immigrants that are classified under categories of immigration status, and the permits are issued on those bases.  The legal counsel that assists with the process is worth its weight in gold, and can ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible.

In other words, immigration codes are the category individuals have to file in to get a work permit? 

There’s a big chart of different categories, so we can go over the most common ones that are used under immigration law.

To begin with, the work permit code is represented as the little code that is visible on the form between the alien number and the receipt number and defines the category applicant is placed in. The work permit code is also known as the employment authorization document numbers. The six digit numeric codes are assigned by the Department of Homeland Security and contain a letter (A-F) followed by five digits.


The first categorization can be discussed for individuals classified as a refugee, and as per US law, a Refugee is a person who is unable or unwilling to return to his or her home country because of a “well-founded fear of persecution” due to race, membership in a particular social group, political opinion, religion, or national origin. . UNHCR states that refugees are persons who have fled their homes and the limits of their country because of the persecutions faced by that particular group, such as war, ethnic cleansing, violence, or persecution. The first categorization can also be discussed for individuals classified as an internally displaced person in need of international protection. This classification is determined by whether a person’s “usual place of residence” is within the borders of their country or not. Internally displaced persons are people whose “usual place of residence” is currently within the borders but where they originally lived at another time. These people are referred to as IDPs (Internally Displaced People).

* A03 is the code for a refugee.

* A04 is for people who are paroled allowed in the USA as a refugee. So they get a special stamp on their paperwork at the border. When they enter the border, they get refugee status at the border. 

K-1 non-immigrant (fiancé of a US citizen) visa holders are entitled to enter the United States for the purpose of marrying their American fiancés and staying in the country as lawful permanent residents.

* A K-1 non-immigrant (fiancé of a US citizen) just came to the states or a K-2 child of K-1, if they apply for a work permit, they will be able to do so under the category AO6, 

* When The K-1 non-immigrant gets married right away and file for a green card, Along with the green card, they are also allowed to file for a work permit. That code will be C09, that’s for people who are waiting for pending I-85 pending a decision on the green card application.

Withholding Of Removal

The work permit authorization for immigrant code referred to as A10 is valid for withholding of removal or withholding of different stations. Sometimes when immigrants file for asylum and the court doesn’t feel like there’s enough in the case to grant asylum, but they do not deny it either by providing a step lower to the asylum with a withholding of removal from the US. 

Withholding a removal means the person was actually deported, but the court declares they’re not going to get physically deported yet. Court orders them to stay here on the deported status, but the actual deportation physically would be withheld. Thus or, therefore, it’s called withholding of removal. The valid code is A10. The immigrant can have a work permit as somebody who has a withholding of removal. But if they leave, then they will be considered self-deported. So they can’t go on advance parole.

Enforced Departure (DD)

* The enforced departure (DD) is another category called A11. The code refers to that section of the law under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as it addresses the immigrant status for this category of people who were allowed to be legally in the United States. Basically, A11, among other codes, is for people who are allowed to be legally in the United States, and they fall in these categories.

A14 is for the live act family unity beneficiary, allowing individuals to receive support and resources to continue their mission of helping those in need. With this, more people can access services that are necessary for their well-being and success.

Visa for Trafficking Victims

Victims of human trafficking have access to a special visa that allows them to stay in the U.S. and seek safety here. Learn more about this visa and how it can help survivors find help and support in their journey toward recovery and freedom. If you’re a victim of human trafficking, you have the right to apply for a U visa. Find out more about your eligibility, the application process, and how to receive help with your visa application. Get the facts and begin building a safe future. Get help with the visa process for victims of human trafficking. Our experienced team will guide you through each step, providing support and guidance along the way. Let us help you take back control of your life and secure a safe future.

* Trafficking victims get the T-1 visa, and they are given category A16. This is for people who were trafficked as slaves, or in some sexual or worker slavery or some forced labor category. If they file for a work permit and if they win, they can get the T-1 visa, and the category is A16.

Non-Immigrants And Entrepreneurs From Treaty Nation can benefit from the various immigration and business opportunities available to them, providing a wide range of benefits such as access to international markets, increased visibility in the global economy, and potential tax incentives.

* People who are non-immigrants and entrepreneurs who arrived as exchange or trader investors with a part of the treaty of trade with the US get their work permit in the category A17.

Special Class immigrants

A special immigrant is a noncitizen who qualifies for a Green Card (permanent residence) after meeting certain criteria. Depending on the classification, an employer or the noncitizen must file a petition with USCIS. To qualify, they must meet certain criteria and the proper paperwork must be filed by either an employer or the noncitizen. With the help of a special immigrant visa, these individuals can start a new life in America and pursue their dreams.

1.The L-2 spouse of the L-1 intercompany transfer gets the A18 work permit. So the category is A-18.

2. If somebody is in the United States and gets to become a witness or victim of a bad crime, and they help the police arrest the person, they can get a U visa. The U visa people are allowed to get a work permit. They get the work permit in the category A-19. Their spouse, their kids, their parents (if the main person is a minor or a sibling) get the category A-20.

3. People who arrive in the USA on the F1 student visa and their school allowed them to be, to do the practical training (OPT), They can get their permit in the C03A category, which is valid pre-completion of their OPT, and Post-completion is C03B.

4. F-1 students offered campus employment for an international organization can do a work permit under C03. 

5. Special consideration is applied for people with an F-1 student visa, and they are facing severe hardship; something is happening back home. They have to work. They can’t work. They have an extraordinary situation. Somebody at home maybe die, and there’s no breadwinner. If something terrible is happening, that’s forcing them to have to get a job in America and stay in school. So, there is a category like that. That’s C03(iii), that’s for F-1 students working off-campus in severe economic hardship situations.

6. C08 is for people who filed for asylum waited 150 days from the date they filed for asylum and then sent the I-765 form to the USDA and USCIS. Then they can get the approval; they get the C08 on their employment authorization. So C08 is for people waiting for their asylum application to be interviewed.

7. If filing for a green card through marriage, through family, through VAWA, through employment, through adjusting status through registry or of the U visa, All these applicants are allowed to work while they’re waiting for the green card interview and for the green card decision. That section will be C09. 

8. C31 is the person who was approved for VAWA, approved as someone who proved that we’re in a real marriage to a US citizen, men, and women or green card holder, but they were abused by the US citizen or the green card holder spouse. If they can prove that they want a real marriage, that they were abused, and they are a good moral person, their VAWA gets approved, and they can get the work permit in the C31 category.

9. C33 code for work permit authorization is the section of law for people who were granted approval for deferred action for childhood arrivals (or DACA for short). Such kids are the ones who are brought to the United States under the age of 16; they live here for a certain period of time that the law defines. They went to school here, or they can prove they went and got a GED, and they get a work permit and legal status through the C33 section. They cannot be deported. This is the reason for referring to this class as deferred action. Deferred actions mean they won’t be deported temporarily, at least for a few years.

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