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My wife came here on a K1 visa last year. We got married within the 90 days required. We are now filing for AOS. When she gets her green card, can she work using it? Or do we need to also file for a work permit and pay the extra filing charges?

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usually, when filing for adjustment of status,

folk file the I-765 with the I-485,


fees are waived on the I-765 and

it's a great thing to have, can start working within 90 days of filing for the I-765.

sometimes the green card arrival takes over a year from filing, so having something within 90 days is a godsend.

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the work permit is free when sent with the i485, and it is used while waiting for the GC before the interview. it is not mandatory but most people file the adjustment of s status packet with the work permit included, since it's free

once she gets the GC, there is no work permit needed


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She is eligible to work as soon as she gets her green card, no need to apply for separate work permit after that.

If you apply for work permit (EAD) along with AOS(i485), there is no separate fee for EAD. If it takes a long time to get GC due to unforeseen reasons, she can start working using approved EAD which is processed way faster than GC.

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2015-06-16: I-130 Sent

2015-08-17: I-130 approved

2015-09-23: NVC received file

2015-10-05: NVC assigned Case number, Invoice ID & Beneficiary ID

2016-06-30: DS-261 completed, AOS Fee Paid, WL received

2016-07-05: Received IV invoice, IV Fee Paid

2016-07-06: DS-260 Submitted

2016-07-07: AOS and IV Package mailed

2016-07-08: NVC Scan

2016-08-08: Case Complete

2017-06-30: Interview, approved

2017-07-04: Visa in hand

2017-08-01: Entry to US






2016-05-10: N-400 Sent

2016-05-16: N-400 NOA1

2016-05-26: Biometrics

2017-01-30: Interview

2017-03-02: Oath Ceremony

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