Immigration Issues/Green card and EAD

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Ajay,

You had told me earlier that if I file for green card via marriage I will receive an EAD card within 90 days so that I can work for any employer. I wanted to know what is the expiration of such an EAD card? Do they give it to you for a year, and I have to apply for a new card every year or do they keep it valid until you receive your green card in hand, since it takes several years. What is written under expiration date?

Thanks,
Jay

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Hi,

The EAD application can be filed concurrently with the immigrant petition and adjustment of status only if the spouse is a U.S. citizen: www.h1b1.com/Uscitizen.htm

You will be issued the EAD by the USCIS in either one or two year increment. However, you will receive either conditional or permanent resident status prior to expiration of the EAD, and with resident status you do not have to bother with the EAD.

If you are marrying a permanent resident (instead of a U.S. citizen), the wait can take several years in the F2A category, and you will not receive EAD in the interim: www.h1b1.com/sponsor.htm  

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I can answer your questions on employment and family-based U.S. Immigration Law. Expertise in various immigration categories includes the following: H-1B, L-1, O-1, PERM (labor certification), EB-1 to EB-3 I-140 employment-based immigrant petitions, family or fiance(e) or spousal sponsorship, visa extension or change of status, adjustment of status, naturalization (citizenship), etc.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) full member since 1995.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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