This guide reviews the process for getting employment authorization when you've applied for a green card.
How Do I Apply for an Employment Authorization Card?
If you have filed an application for adjustment of status, you may apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) while the green card application is pending. This is done with a Form I-765. It requires no additional fee when filed along with an application to adjust status.
When you apply for an employment authorization card, you can also choose to apply for a social security number and card. However, your social security information generally comes later.
There are other circumstances where you may apply for an employment authorization document, but you should consult with an immigration attorney if you think you may qualify.
How Long Does It Take to Get Employment Authorization?
Generally, you should receive your employment authorization document prior to your green card. However, the processing time for the I-765 has increased significantly.
It usually takes around 8-10 months for your application for an employment authorization card to be processed. Depending on how you filed it, your EAD should arrive at your immigration attorney's office.
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