Work permits granted to immigrants are available in a wide range of categories. This can be confusing for many people who are not familiar with immigration bureaucracy. For example, many prospective clients ask us about the category C10 work permit. After all, this is one of the most common permits for Central American immigrants. Let’s take a look at it.

Employment Authorization Document Coding

Agencies that verify applicants’ eligibility for benefits usually receive an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). To help these agencies determine an applicant’s eligibility, different category codes are used. Each of these codes indicates the federal benefits and regulations that apply to the permit in question. If you have a work authorization permit that allows you to legally work in the United States, it will have a specific category that will help prospective employers research details about your hire. One of these is the category C10 work permit.

What’s the Category C10 Permit?

Under the work permit code guide, the C10 category work permit refers to those accommodated under the Nicaraguan Adaptation and Central American Aid Act. This provides assistance to applicants who, under section 203, are applying for suspension or cancellation of removal. People who are eligible to receive assistance under this law receive category C10 work authorization. Of course, because of the specifics of the Act, there are going to be very specific parameters about who can and cannot apply for these. 

Who’s Eligible for this Type of Help?

So, in order to qualify for a category C10 work permit, you must be covered under one of the following parameters:

  • A Guatemalan citizen who first entered the United States on or before October 1, 1990 (Class ABC member); registered for ABC benefits on or before December 31, 1991; applied for asylum on or before January 3, 1995; and was not detained upon entry after December 19, 1990.
  • A Salvadoran citizen who first entered the United States on or before September 19, 1990 (ABC class member); registered for ABC benefits before October 31, 1991 (either directly or by applying for Temporary Protected Status (TPS)); applied for asylum on or before February 16, 1996; and was not detained upon entry after December 19, 1990.
  • A Guatemalan or Salvadoran citizen who filed an asylum application on or before April 1, 1990, and has not received a final decision on her asylum application.

Request Your Category C10 Work Permit

Neither you nor anyone else deserves to go through an arduous immigration process alone. A good immigration lawyer not only helps you understand the difficult road ahead, but will also make this road much easier for you. Therefore, if you need help with your immigration situation, do not hesitate to contact Paniotto Law, our immigration law firm. Call us or message us to start your process with a free consultation in which we will analyze your case. Once we are clear about what to do, we will do everything possible to move your case forward. Paniotto Law has all the solutions for you.