USCIS Offers Online Filing for Form I-765 Applicants Eligible Under the Public Interest Parolee Category

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

Effective July 28,2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is permitting certain categories of applicants for Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, to file applications online.  


Individuals who have been granted temporary legal authorization to reside in the U.S. in relation to humanitarian reasons can seek employment authorization under the Public Interest parolee category.   

Applicants who seek employment authorization under this category, defined as (c)(11), can now file Form I-765 online, with some exceptions. Online filing can be completed through an applicant’s account. 

Applicants who are seeking a filing fee waiver or who are eligible for a fee exemption must still submit their Form I-765 application by mail.    

Looking Ahead  

Individuals should note that USCIS may deny an application and retain the fee if an applicant submits Form I-765 online requesting employment authorization in an ineligible category. USCIS maintains a list of eligible forms available for online filing on its website.  


Envoy is pleased to provide you this information, which was prepared in collaboration with Susannah Nichols, who is a Partner at Global Immigration Associates (GIA), one of the two independent U.S. law firms Envoy exclusively works with on the Envoy Platform (the "U.S. Law Firms").       

Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.