¿Se puede trabajar mientras se tramita la tarjeta de residencia?

If you presently reside in the United States and desire to be employed by a US employer during the processing of your green card application (Form I-485), you will have to acquire a work authorization initially. It is not possible to request a work authorization if you are residing overseas.

Hay otros factores que se deben considerar después de obtener un permiso de trabajo. Lea las siguientes preguntas para resolver algunas dudas.

Can you work while your residency card is being processed? And I live in the United States. I am married to a US citizen or a green card holder.

In America, it is possible to maintain employment during the processing of your residency application if you possess a valid work visa, such as an H-1B visa or an L-1 visa. If you do not have a valid work visa, you will be required to acquire a work permit (referred to as an “Employment Authorization Document” or EAD) prior to initiating an employment agreement in the United States.

Our guide on reviewing the US residence card for spouses of US citizens living in the United States is revised to provide more information. It is usually presented as part of the initial application package for the residence card, which also includes the application for work permit, for the family members of US citizens.

Prior to submitting an application for a work permit, the partners of individuals possessing a green card must wait until they meet the requirements to request a green card. (For additional information, refer to our Green Card Guide for partners of green card holders residing in the United States).

How long should I wait for my work permit?

The updated process once a month on the USCIS website can review the process times. Additional delays have caused a growing delay, but a work permit application took 90 days until recently. After the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) receives your work permit application, your work permit will arrive in approximately five months, or up to seven months in some cases.

The I-485 must be filed prior to requesting a work authorization. Spouses of permanent resident card holders are required to await allocation of a visa number prior to submitting the I-485, consequently resulting in an additional waiting period of 19 to 25 months. Conversely, spouses of U.S. Citizens are exempt from the visa number requirement and can include their work permit applications in the initial application package alongside the I-485.

Can my relative, who is a citizen of the United States, submit a work permit application on my behalf?

Your family member will not be able to present a work permit application on your behalf. Only you, the person who wants to obtain a residence card, should sign the work permit application (form I-765).

What documents do I need to provide with my work permit application?

Our comprehensive work permit guide includes a complete list of the required documents. Additionally, identification documents are required if you have not previously had a work permit. The most important ones are your I-94 travel history (if available) and previous work permits (if you have had any). Several documents are needed to apply for a work permit.

How much does it cost to apply for a work permit?

It is free to obtain the I-485 (marriage form) before or after submitting your residency card application, regardless of whether you submit your work permit application.

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