The process for applying to get a work permit under the Obama Plan to allow foreigners who came to the United States as children is no different than getting any other immigration approval.  Some initial information on applying for work permit is here.  I strongly recommend that you use an attorney for the paperwork if you have no experience doing this in the past.

  1. Prepare all the documents required.
  2. Complete a simple application.  It has three parts: Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, and a Form I-765WS, Worksheet, establishing your economic need for employment.  If you are the savvy type and like emails and texts, consider submitting a Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance and USCIS will send you an email or text message.  Take a look at a completed sample I-765 WS, example of completed I-765, and completed sample I-821 D form.
  3. Submit application, $ 465 fee, and supporting documentation to the USCIS.
  4. Track application status online and/or by phone.  USCIS will send you a receipt number when your application has been accepted by the agency for completeness and this number is very useful in tracking your application and for using as a reference number in communicating with the agency.
  5. You will be notified by USCIS if more action is needed or if something is missing.
  6. Expect to receive a notice to visit an Application Support Center (ASC) for biometric services like fingerprinting. 
  7. The Agency may send you a request for evidence (RFE) if it needs even more evidence.  You may also be asked to appear at a nearby office in person for an interview with an officer.  The letter will typically contain all the details.
  8. Approval will be sent.
  9. Take the EAD to apply for a social security number at the local office.
  10. With the social security card and employment authorization card, apply for work, or if you are already working, provide it to the human resources department.

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