Did you lose the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) you received from the US government? Maybe you never received it because it was lost in the mail? Follow these instructions to get a new card mailed to you as soon as possible.

Once you follow this process, you are allowed to use the receipt notice you receive from the US government for your replacement application as an I-9 document for up to 90 days of employment. See the USCIS I-9 Receipt web page for more details. However, we advise you NOT to travel internationally while waiting for a replacement EAD card.


Get a new I-20 from the Office of Global Services.

To get a new I-20, please contact us. Be sure to also attach a completed document release form.



Gather and prepare all the items you need to send in your application to the government to replace a lost or stolen EAD. Review your entire application with an OGS advisor during advising hours.


Send your replacement application to the US government.

Send your application to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services by FedEx or UPS. USCIS must receive it within 30 days of the date your I-20 was issued.

You can use eShipGlobal to get your shipping label at a discounted rate. Learn how to use eShipGlobalRegister with eShipGlobal to get started.

If the address on your I-765 is in the New York City area, mail your application to:


2501 S. State Hwy. 121 Business, Suite 400

Lewisville, TX 75067

If you live in a different region of the US, confirm with the OGS the address you should send your OPT application to.



Confirm the US government received your application and track your application status.

Receive an electronic receipt from USCIS within 2-3 weeks and a paper receipt within 3-5 weeks.