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I am a K3 visa holder about to apply for EAD, and I'm in a time crunch because I have a job offer that requires me to start in about 3 months under the condition that I will have this EAD. I really need this job badly, and so I'm racing against time here. Could someone help me answer a couple of questions?

1. How soon can a person start employment after the EAD application gets approved? Is the physical card necessary before one can start employment? And how long does it actually take to get the physical card after the EAD application gets approved? It seems like it takes approximately 90 days to get the EAD approved, is that correct?

2. The note on the webpage that has the link to the I-765 application says, for (a)(9), LIFE K3/K4 category, the application must be filed at

Box 805887

Chicago, IL


But the application itself says, that "If your response to Question 16 is (a)(9), mail your application to":


P.O. Box 7218

Chicago, IL


Which is the correct address?

3. Is it true that if you apply for AOS and EAD together, you may get the EAD sooner? Is there any advantage or difference to filing it together as opposed to separately?

Thanks in advance.

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I don't know nuthin about an EAD, but I do know that your local congresspeople have expidited routes for those with a pressing financial (business related) need. Might be worth contacting them about.

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