Hello, my name is Judith. Thank you for this opportunity to answer your questions.
You need to send a letter to the address on your I-765 receipt and request that they expedite clearance and production of your EAD.
Generally the EAD card is produced within 90 days of filing or 30-45 days of having your bioimetrics done.
You are in a period of stay authorized by the attorney general from the time you filed the I-485. Therefore, you may lawfully remain in the US while awaiting your adjustment of status, even after termination of your TN employment status.
I cannot tell you it is "OK" to work without your EAD. I can tell you that doing so will n make you ineligible to adjust status.
Hi, your last sentence read: "I cannot tell you it is "OK" to work without your EAD. I can tell you that doing so will n make you ineligible to adjust status.", did you mean to say " will NOT ".
also, since I would be potentially working as an independent contractor, how would USCIS figure out my employment? will it be asked during my green card interview?
My apologies, Yes "will NOT"
No, USCIS wouldn't figure out you were working as an independent contractor but they may ask at the interview if you are still with the TN employer and that may lead to a question about where you are working currently. You should not lie because as I said, marriage to a US citizen is an exception that does not make you ineligible to adjust for violating the law and working unlawfully. I have clients who have been here unlawfully for 20 years working without authorization who marry US citizens and adjust.
That is an exception built into the law.
i have read online that I can get in touch with the immigration services ombudsman, do you think that will help to expedite my EAD?
That office is the biggest joke in the immigration service. I have found them to be totally useless since inception!
You have been the first straight to the point and honest lawyer I have worked with. The reality is that Im going to have to take this new job offer mid october whether my EAD has arrived or not. I know as a lawyer you cannot advise me to do such thing, I just wanted to know how likely it is for USCIS to find out, and if they do, what the consequences would be.
No consequences as I said above.
USCIS would only find out through you. If you are asked at the interview if you are working you must tell the truth. But there are no consequences for the unlawful employment. If you lie and get caught, then it is huge consequences - you could be inadmissible for life.
And thank you for the compliment. After 34 years of doing this, I can only be honest.
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