Immigration/ Work Authorization

I have been working as a Free Lance Interpreter for the last 3 years. I was called to be the Translator for an Immigration Interview but decided not to since I did not have a Work Authorization and I was in the process of the Green Card myself. Now I am in the end of the Process, had my second Interview with the Immigration ( the first one was for the I 130 since I was in a Removal Proceedings ) and now I am waiting for the final answer from the Immigration. Now I do have the Work Authorization and I just received an Email from someone asking me if I could be his Interpreter for his Interview. Would it be weird if I work as a Interpreter at the Immigration Office since I am also waiting for my Green Card? Before I refused it because I did not have the Work Authorization but now do.Thanks!

Seattle, WA -

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Selma Taljanovic-Saracevic

Selma Taljanovic-Saracevic

Immigration Attorney - Tucson, AZ
Answered

As long as you have a valid employment authorization document, you should be fine to translate. Take the card and an ID with you to the appointment in the event you are asked to show identification.

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Alexander M. Ivakhnenko

Alexander M. Ivakhnenko

Immigration Attorney - Chicago, IL
Answered

That could create a conflict of interest since you were in removal proceedings in the same U.S. immigration case with the case pending.

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Maria J. Marty

Maria J. Marty

Immigration Attorney - Bellevue, WA
Answered

I don't see a problem with you acting as an interpreter. You are lawfully permitted to work.

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Scott Dewayne Mills

Scott Dewayne Mills

Immigration Attorney - Salt Lake City, UT
Answered

You are legally authorized to work. And the USCIS is a separate agency of the government from the Immigration Court.

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