Work Authorization (EAD)
Work Authorization, also known as a work permit, applications generally take about 90 days to be approved. They are crucial to many immigrants because once employment authorization is approved, the immigrant can obtain a social security card, and then a driver’s license. The ability to work, and a driver’s license are two things that are known to change an immigrant’s life, and help them assimilate easier into society. However, it is crucial to note this is temporary work authorization, and not permanent.
Employment Authorization has several qualifying categories including:
- Asylee/Refugee and their children
- Nationality Categories
- Foreign Students
- Eligible Dependents of Employees of Diplomatic Missions, International Organization, or NATO
- Employment-based non-immigrants
- Family-based non-immigrants
- Adjustment of Status categories
If you are a United States citizen, lawful permanent resident (green card holder) or conditional resident, you do not require employment authorization to work in the United States.
At Shupe-Dhawan when we file Adjustment of Status Applications, we generally also request Advanced Parole, as well as Employment Authorization Card simultaneously. This ensures permission to work and permission for re-entry generally within 90 days.