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What is an Employment Authorization Document (EAD)?

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My name is Matthew Peterson, and I am passionate about fighting for people’s right to remain in this country. I have many years of experience in immigration law, and I will do everything I can to make sure your case goes smoothly. My office handles immigration matters such as Adjustment of Status, also referred to as Green Card (I-485) and Naturalization and Citizenship (N-400).

What is an Employment Authorization Document (EAD)?

Regardless of your immigration status, all employers in the United States must be able to verify that you are legally able to work in the country. One way to do this is by obtaining an employment authorization document, commonly referred to as an EAD or work permit. While EADs give non permanent residents and green card holders the ability to be able to legally work in the United States, oftentimes it is only for a fixed amount of time and is not a permanent solution. Sometimes, applying for an employment authorization document is the only plausible solution at a given time, so it is a great place to start if those are the circumstances you find yourself in.

Who is Required to Obtain an Employment Authorization Document?

You will need to apply for an employment authorization document if:

  • You are authorized to work in the United States because of your immigration status or circumstances (for example, if you applied for and successfully received asylum, or U nonimmigrant) and need evidence of that employment authorization
  • You have a pending Form I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status)
  • You have a pending Form I-589 (Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal)

OR

  • You have a nonimmigrant status or circumstance that allows you to be in the United States but does not allow you to work in the United States without first seeking permission from USCIS (for example, if you’re an F-1 or M-1 student)

Who Does Not Need an Employment Authorization Document?

You are not required to apply for an employment authorization document if:

  • You are a lawful permanent resident of the United States (you have your green card)
    • You previously applied for, and successfully obtained your green card, that is evidence that you are legally able to work in the United States
  • You have a nonimmigrant status that authorizes you to work for a specific employer (for example, if you are an H-1B, L-1B, O, or P nonimmigrant)

Hiring an Immigration Attorney is Worth it

As an immigration attorney, I understand that the process of hiring a lawyer you can trust with your case can seem overwhelming. Whether you’re looking to apply for an adjustment of status, or gain citizenship, I am here to help you throughout the process. I have office locations in Boston and Salem, Massachusetts, and I can also conduct meetings via phone or Zoom. If you’re looking for an experienced, reliable immigration lawyer for your case, you can call or text me (617-295-7500) or you can leave a message for me on my website.

 

 

 

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