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The only EAD for which you are eligible is OPT during your enrollment in school. So if your purpose for entering the US is to go to school and get your PhD., then you need to get a student visa, and can work for 20 hours a week on campus, or if you want to work off campus for more time than that, then you need to request OPT, which will get you an EAD.
But you can't just request EAD based on wanting to work in the US and traveling across the border. That is not possible. There is no status such as EAD. You have to have some other reason for being in the US, in order to qualify for EAD, and it is only available under limited circumstances.
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