There is no fee for the EAD when you have filed for asylum. However, in order to be granted an EAD, you must either have won your asylum case or been left waiting 150 days or more with no initial decision on your application from the asylum office (or from the immigration court, assuming your case was referred over to the IC). In addition, keep in mind that the 150-day clock often gets stopped, (sometimes even due to government error), which complicates the matter even further. You owe it to yourself to contact a lawyer, whether myself or one of my colleagues. If you appreciate the time spent preparing this answer, kindly consider marking it BEST ANSWER or HELPFUL. Also, please be sure to read my disclaimer below. Good luck to you.
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An EAD filed for after 6 months when an asylum application is pending carries no fee and is free for the applicant. Just make sure the I-765 is properly filed and contains no mistakes. USCIS will reject it for the smallest mistake or omission when asylum based.
They don't make it easy to be granted an EAD the first time when asylum- based (as am afraid you are about to find out, if filing on your own, without the help of an attorney). But the good news is that an extension to asylum-based EAD is issued much more easily once the first EAD is granted.
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