A work permit is the permission to take a job within a foreign country. It may also be a permit given to minors allowing them to work legally under child labor laws. Within an industry, a work permit may be required to execute certain functions within a factory outside normal operational tasks (such as maintenance tasks) — in some places they might be called Permit to Work (PTW).
- In general, the United States does not require work permits for adult citizens. However, certain aliens are required to have an Employment Authorization Document from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
- The federal government does not require work permits or proof-of-age certificates for a minor to be employed. However, the possession of an age certificate constitutes a good faith effort to comply with minimum age requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. The United States Department of Labor will issue a “certificate of age” if the minor employee’s state does not issue them, or if the minor is requested by his or her employer to provide one
- Some states such as Indiana require high school students with part-time jobs to maintain a certain grade point average. Minors who are working are usually restricted in the number of hours each day or week they are permitted to work as well as the types of jobs they may hold.
- The Online Work Permit System is the tool used by accredited schools to issue work permits for minors in the State of Indiana.
- Work permits may only be obtained through accredited schools and cannot be issued by employers, city offices or homeschooling parents.
- If a minor attends a non-accredited school and is trying to obtain a work permit, he/she should follow the guidelines found in the DOL’s Frequently Asked Questions.
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