The EAD will only be issued after the U visa has been approved as it is based on valid U Visa status. USCIS does not process EAD applications for pending U Visa cases. The approval notices will be sent to the address listed on the application. If you are outside the US, you need to indicate that on the applications, as you will need to consular process into the US.
The EAD will not be issued unless your U visa is approved,
(213) 394-4554 x0 Mr. Shusterman is a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 35 years of immigration experience. His response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.
First the U is approved ... only after that is the EAD issued ... then you're going to have to deal with travel permits.
Talk to a lawyer.
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