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Hi my husband's EAD card was ordered July 9th. Can her go ahead and start applying for work now?

Married in Bosnia 05/26/2007

Sent I-130: August 15, 2007

Received NOA1: October 3, 2007

Sent I-129F: October 4, 2007

I-129F NOA2: April 3, 2008

NVC Received: April 22, 2008

Left NVC: May 15, 2008

Interview: June 18, 2008

U.S. Entry: August 11, 2008


Sent AOS package VIA Certfied Priority USPS: May 28, 2009

Arrived at lockbox: May 31, 2009

Signed by R. Mercedo May 31, 2009 10:23 p.m.

Received AOS & EAD NOA1 June 8, 2009: NOA Date June 4, 2009

Received Biometrics Appointment Letter June 13, 2009 Appt date June 24, 2009

I-485 & I-765 Touched June 25, 2009

EAD Card Production ordered 07/10/2009

EAD Received in mail 07/20/2009

Received Interview letter 8/1/09 Interview 09/15/09


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Hi my husband's EAD card was ordered July 9th. Can her go ahead and start applying for work now?

I think he can but he should give himself at least 10 days before he can get the card in the mail. if he gets a job offer before then, he should explain to his employer that he is getting his card soon.

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There is no harm in applying and sending resumes/CVs out. My fiance has been networking since the day she got here. Everyone she talks to understands they can't hire her until she receives her EAD. It would be nice to have a job offer lined up though :)

The only reason I would suggest maybe waiting is if you are applying for a minimum wage type job, where they will just pass on you, rather than wait for you to get the EAD. Any professional job should be willing to wait a few days/weeks to hire you, if you are the right person for the role.

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