Given that your wife does not have a legal status, I would strongly recommend that you talk to an immigration lawyer to see if it is even prudent to apply. A good attorney should be able to talk with you about the process and whether you need help or not.
If she is legally eligible to apply for adjustment, the work permit is based on having that application pending. It does not reference her prior or current (lack of) status. In most cases, the appropriate box is (C)(c)(9).
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Generally you should put c (9) since she is filing her green card pursuant to her marriage to a US citizen. It is best to consult an attorney before filling all the paperwork to avoid delays.
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An I-765 can only be filed if an adjustment of status application is being filed with it or is pending.
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