If you or your spouse is attempting to obtain permanent resident or “green card” status in the United States, be prepared for a relatively extensive procedure of answering preliminary forms, being needed to interview with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and waiting for months to discover if your application has been approved. Throughout this waiting period, the non-citizen applicant can lawfully work in the United States. This provides the couple assurance that both spouses can work to generate a reliable and livable income. Because the procedure of applying for adjustment of status based on marriage is difficult, it is essential to seek the advice of a qualified immigration lawyer if you have any questions.
How Do I Apply for Work Authorization?
When you fill out the required forms to adjust your status based on marriage, you may also fill out form I-765. This form is an application for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). This form is filled out at the same time you fill out the application to adjust status. If your Form I-765 is approved, then the EAD will enable you to work legally in the United States while your application to adjust status is pending approval by USCIS. If you have not received a response from USCIS within ninety days of applying for adjustment of status based on marriage, then your I-765 will automatically be approved, and you can work using your EAD card. The EAD card will look similar to what a green card will look like, however, once you receive your green card, surrender the EAD card.
After you receive your EAD card from USCIS, obtain a social security card, as you will need a social security number to lawfully work in the United States. You need to go to the nearest social security office, bring your USCIS documents with you, and apply for a work only social security card. Once you receive the social security card, you will be provided with a social security number and there will be a note on the card that says valid for work only. Therefore, you can only use your social security card to obtain employment. Once your application to adjust status based on marriage has been processed and approved, you can obtain a new social security card that has the same social security number, however, there will be no limitation on the use, and you will have a social security card just like any other United States citizen.
What Should I Do if I Have Questions About Work Authorization?
If you have general questions about how to submit an I-765 application, visit the USCIS website and/or call the provided USCIS customer service number. If you still want clarification and guidance on how to proceed with your application to adjust status based on marriage, you may contact an immigration attorney who can walk you through the process.
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Applying for adjustment of status based on marriage entails filling out what seems to be an endless amount of paperwork. It is very important to ensure you are filling out the forms correctly the first time you apply for adjustment of status based on marriage. Part of the process for obtaining adjustment of status is seeking to work while your application is pending. At Geygan & Geygan, Ltd., our skilled immigration attorneys will provide you with one-on-one attention and explain to you how the adjustment of status process works. Our office will review your case with a free consultation and answer questions you may have. To schedule your free consultation, contact Geygan & Geygan, Ltd. today by calling 513-791-1673.