Obtaining a work permit is one of the most pressing issues facing many of the more than 5 million undocumented aliens who are presently living in the U.S. A work permit is the common term used to describe what the government usually refers to as an EAD or employment authorization document. Without a work permit or EAD you’re not able to join the regular workforce in the U.S. – your only option is to work off the books as part of the underground economy.
You really have to be careful how you go about getting a work permit. There are many people out there who prey on the immigrant community and make promises about what they can deliver or provide. They will take your money and not deliver or else they will deliver you something without explaining the legal risks that are involved. That’s why we always caution people about why it’s important to speak with a licensed attorney who can provide you with a clear understanding about the way the U.S. immigration system works, and help you make good choices for yourself based on the facts and circumstances faced by you and your family.
One of the most common misconceptions in the immigrant community is that you can just apply for a work permit or EAD in and of itself. That’s not the way the system works in the U.S. A work permit or EAD is issued by the government as an interim document when a person submits an application for some other kind of legal status to remain in the U.S. Basically this means that in order to get a work permit you first need to apply either for asylum or a Greed Card. Once you submit an application for asylum or a Green Card, it usually it takes about 180 until you will receive your interim work permit or EAD.
The problem is that you have to carefully consider what the best course of action is for you to take. Once you submit an application for asylum or a Green Card, it starts a formal government process to review your situation to see if you qualify for permanent resident status.
Typically we start by conducting a thorough interview with every new client, to hear your personal and family history. We need that information in order to figure out the best approach for you to take – whether there is any realistic basis on which to base a claim for either a Green Card or asylum. You need to be careful about how you proceed with any application in order to avoid a bad outcome.
So please be careful about the advice that you hear out on the street corner. If you are looking for a work permit, you really should speak with a qualified lawyer who can help you make the right choice. Please contact us if you would like to speak with one of our lawyers to learn more about your rights and options.
If you entered the United States without visa and are working here without legal documentation, your employer may be able to help you. But it’s important to understand that just because your employer wants to help doesn’t mean you will be able to obtain a green card. The process for obtaining a green card is complicated and depends on many factors, including your prior history (and your family’s prior history) in the United States. So it’s good that your employer wants to help but the first step is to call us for an interview so we can understand more about your situation.
A work permit is a common way of referring to an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), which is issued by the Immigration Service (which is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security). Under U.S. law, you need a work permit or EAD in order to become a legal employee of a U.S. company. Many lawyers will promise to get you a work permit, but you have to be careful about this. The catch is that you can’t simply apply for a work permit or EAD in itself. In order to apply for a work permit you have to make an application for legal status in this country on some other basis. Don’t believe any other lawyer or person who tells you it’s an easy thing to get a work permit. Call us for an interview and we can explain to you how the process and immigration laws in the United States really work.
As a result of the injunction issued by the District Court in Texas, applications for the expanded DACA program and DAPA are currently on hold. The Department of Homeland Security is not currently accepting requests for the expansion of DACA, as originally planned. Until further notice, it has suspended the plan to accept requests for DAPA.
The Court’s order does not affect the existing DACA. Individuals may continue to come forward and request initial grant of DACA or renewal of DACA pursuant to the guidelines established in 2012. This ruling only delays the start of DAPA and the expansion of DACA.
It’s important that you speak with a qualified attorney who can explain all the options and issues relating to your immigration status. Do not take advice about your immigration case from a notary public or an immigration consultant. The U.S. immigration laws and rules are very complicated and many people take advantage of undocumented immigrants, making promises and charging money without providing honest advice. Contact only a qualified immigration lawyer for legal advice about your case. If you encounter 'notarios' who offer legal advice without a license, report it.
You can begin preparing now! Even though DHS is not currently accepting applications under DAPA or the expanded DACA programs, individuals who are potentially eligible for Deferred Action status should begin preparing their applications now. It is very likely that the Texas decision will be overturned and there will probably be a rush of applicants when that happens. Individuals should be ready with their applications and start now by gathering the necessary documentation and seeking good counsel to give themselves the best chance for success and to avoid potential problems.
If you are a U.S. citizen or have a Green Card, then yes, you can apply for a visa for your family members. But the process can take a long of time, depending on your own status. If you’re a U.S. citizen, it might take 8 months to a year to process the application. The waiting time will be much longer if you’re a Green Card holder. Generally, the sooner you start the process the better, so contact one of our attorneys now to get started or browse our site to learn more about the different types of visas available for family members.
Whether you can travel abroad depends on your immigration status. If you have been granted DACA or if you have a Green Card in hand – you still must ask for advanced permission in order to leave the country. This is called advanced parole. Obtaining advance parole is relatively inexpensive. But it is not without risk, because there is really no way to guarantee that you will be able to return. Your return is ultimately within the discretion of the authorities at the point of your reentry to the U.S.
If one of your employees entered the United States without visa and is working here without legal documentation, you may be able to help this person obtain legal immigration status. This doesn’t necessarily mean they will be able to obtain a green card. The process for obtaining a green card is complicated and depends on many factors, including a person’s prior history (and their family’s prior history) in the United States. It’s definitely helpful to their case if you, as their employer, are willing to help, but the first step is to have the employee call us for an interview so we can understand more about their situation.
A work permit is a common way of referring to an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), which is issued by the Immigration Service (which is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security). Under U.S. law, an employee needs a work permit or EAD in order to become a legal employee of a U.S. company. Many lawyers will promise to get undocumented immigrants work permit. But you have to be careful about this. The catch is that you can’t simply apply for a work permit or EAD in itself. In order to apply for a work permit a person must make an application for legal status in this country on some other basis. So don’t let your employees get gulled into believing that it’s easy to get a work permit by some lawyer or hustler on the street corner. Call us for an interview and so we can explain to your employees how the process and the immigration laws in the United States really work.