What is an Employment Authorization Document?
7.13.2021

In the United States you may be allowed to work regardless of your citizenship or immigration status thanks to your Employment Authorization Document (EAD), so long as you fulfill the legal requirements of obtaining such a card. This document is obtained through filing with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. The EAD is legally necessary to work if you are in the United States if you have not yet acquired a resident status in the U.S. You may be eligible to apply to renew your EAD beyond its expiration date. Note that it may take couple of months for USCIS to process renewal applications. However, you may be able to use your expired EAD along with the receipt notice of a timely filed I-765 renewal application. Timely filing of the EAD renewal application comes with an automatic 180-day extension beyond the expiration of an existing card.

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EADs and Green Card Marriages

Applicants who filed Form I-485 to become Permanent Residents wait around 10 – 20 months for their application process. However, during this period the individual may also file the I-765 Application for their EAD card to begin employment, receive a Social Security Number, etc. However, this EAD document is no longer necessary for employment once the individual has obtained their green card, regardless of whether it is a two-year conditional green card or a permanent green card.

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