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Employment While Awaiting Your Green Card: Understanding Adjustment of Status Work Permits

Are you in the process of obtaining a green card and wondering about your employment options in the meantime? If so, you’re not alone. Many individuals applying for permanent resident status through adjustment of status find themselves in a similar situation. Let’s delve into the details of how you can obtain a work permit while waiting for your green card approval.

Work Permit Eligibility for Adjustment Applicants

For those applying for a green card from within the United States, there’s a significant advantage: eligibility for employment authorization, commonly known as a work permit. While individuals going through consular processing must wait until they arrive in the U.S. as permanent residents, adjustment of status applicants can apply for an employment authorization document (EAD) concurrently with their green card application. This allows them to legally work in the U.S. while awaiting USCIS approval of their green card application.

Understanding Work Restrictions

Unlike certain work visas that come with restrictions on the type of employment or employer, an EAD obtained through adjustment of status has no such limitations. As long as the work is lawful, adjustment applicants can accept any job, whether part-time or full-time, and work for any employer. This flexibility provides applicants with the freedom to pursue employment opportunities that align with their career goals.

Wait Time for Work Permit Issuance

While USCIS aims to process EAD applications within 90 days, the actual wait time can vary. Applicants should anticipate a processing time of at least four months, with some cases taking up to eight months. Unfortunately, individuals must wait until they receive their EAD before commencing employment in the U.S.


Navigating employment while waiting for your green card doesn’t have to be daunting. With an adjustment of status work permit, applicants can pursue employment opportunities and continue their careers while awaiting USCIS approval. By understanding the process and requirements for obtaining a work permit, individuals can make informed decisions and take advantage of the benefits available to them during the green card application journey. Contact Jeelani Law Firm today to begin your immigration process!

Jeelani Law Firm, PLC

JEELANI LAW FIRM, PLC is regarded as one of the top immigration law firms in the industry. We handle all immigration matters including family based adjustment of status/green card cases, citizenship filings, representation of businesses and employees when filing L1A/B Petitions, H1B petitions, and Permanent Labor petitions. Our firm also litigates immigration cases dealing with delayed adjudications as well as appellate matters before the U.S. Federal Courts, U.S. Immigration Courts, USCIS and the BIA. Given the complex nature of immigration law, inexperience can lead to many mistakes which may result in delays, denials, and loss of filing fees and valuable time. Contact our office and we will take care of the rest.