Can I Work While Waiting For My Green Card?

Mario A. Godoy
Can I Work While Waiting For My Green Card?

If you have a valid work visa such as an H-1B or L-1 visa, immigrants can work in the United States while you are applying for a U.S. Green Card or you are waiting for your Green Card to be approved. If you have applied to become a legal permanent resident but haven’t yet received a Green Card and do not have a work permit, you are not allowed to work in the United States.

To work in the U.S. while your permanent resident application is pending if you do not have a valid work visa, you need to obtain an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) work permit.

What Is An Employment Authorization Document?

An Employment Authorization Document (EAD) work permit that authorizes a foreign national to work in the United States, typically for one year. Employers are required to prove that all employees are legally authorized to work in the U.S. A Form I-766 Employment Authorization Document looks like a credit card and has many security features. The EAD card has some basic identification information about the immigrant including:

• name
• birth date
• sex
• immigrant category
• country of birth
• photo, immigrant registration number (also called “A-number”)
• card number
• restrictive terms and conditions
• dates of validity

Green Card holders do not need an EAD because their Green Card is government-issued proof that they are authorized to work in the U.S.

Learn More: How To Apply For An EAD

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