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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada

I am almost through the process of my IR-1 but am wondering about an employment issue that may arise once approved. I currently work for a Canadian organization that has US C6 status in the US as well. We have field offices in the US and a head office in Canada. If my employer will allow it I am planning to continue working for them but from the US. Obviously I can't work in the US until my green card arrives but do I have to quit my job here just so that I can work from the US once the green card arrives?. I am going to the US on a IR-1 Visa, married to a US Citizen who is currently living in the US. Or can I continue to work for the Canadian office until my green card arrives and then the company just makes me a US employee instead of Canadian. I don't want to be denied entry because I already have a job.

Anyone with any info on this?



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Once you enter the US you will trigger your LPR status and you will get a stamp in your passport which serves as a temporary GC. To work, you will need a SSN and that might take a few weeks, but you don't need to wait for your physical GC to arrive.

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For something like this I could consult an attorney. Better to pay a $100 fee and be safe than to chance it. My gut would say no problem because you are working as a Canadian citizen for a Canadian company in the US but who knows how USCIS will view it? They rarely do what is logical. I would consult an attorney.

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you will get a stamp in your passport which serves as a temporary GC.

OP, to expand on this; the stamp will be nothing more than a standard CBP entry stamp; however, it will be placed on the page next to the visa itself and it is this combination that serves as a temporary green card.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada

I would contact HR for your company and find out what suggestions they have. If they have offices in Canada and the States they are probably familiar of what process is best for transitioning.

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