Please note: A common-law partner will not be able to obtain an EAD as this is not a recognized marital status in the U.S.

Employment Authorization Document (EAD) How to obtain and renew

FAQ: Getting Your EAD - To learn about getting your first EAD

FAQ: Renewing Your EAD - To learn about renewing your EAD

In order to work in the United States you need to have an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). You also need the EAD to be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI), as you need to show proof that you are able and willing to work in the U.S. 

We highly recommend that you check out the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Website for the most up to date forms and instructions.

All of the forms and accompanying documentation should be submitted to the Sponsoring Canadian Command Clerk in your location; or if you do not have a clerk, submit to whomever your Sponsoring Canadian Command Contact person is – either CDLS(W) or CFSU(SCS).  They will review, endorse, and forward to the Office of the Legal Advisor who will then submit to Citizenship and Immigrations Services.

Should your spouse’s post be more than three years you will be required to renew your EAD.