Permission to Work before Greencard

  1. Hello everyone! I have a question to all those who experienced or know something about the length of waiting time for greencard processing.

    Work permit can now be issued to those applicants with pending greencards so they can work while waiting for their greencard.

    I just did the fingerprinting yesterday and my question is--- how long would it take for me to receive the work permit after the fingerprinting?..

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  2. 19 Comments

  3. by   suzanne4
    Nothing will be issued until an I-765 has been filed and approved. If you are going thru Vermont, very quick, if you are going through California, quite a few months.
  4. by   MambutzRN
    thanks suzanne! i applied for the I 765 together with the I 140 complete with all the requirements including the visascreen and hospital employment letter last april 24.
    received a confirmation about two weeks after. I 765 ! thats what im talking about!!:chuckle it is stated in uscis.gov that it takes 60-90 days only.. any experience how long it takes after fingerprinting? with due respect, the few months that you are referring to might be the greencard. thanks.
  5. by   suzanne4
    Have you received anything stating that theI-765 was approved and accepted? That is what you are waiting on, and California is backed up on processing those. If you go to www.visapro.com you can check the date that the office is working on now.
    Go to the lower left side of that screen and you will see it for time references.
    Then you will know what I am talking about. California offic eis months behind the others.
  6. by   MambutzRN
    thanks suzanne. i checked the site and my application for employment permit was received after april 26. i guess i just have to wait and see.
    see you around. thanks again.
  7. by   suzanne4
    Quote from MambutzRN
    thanks suzanne! i applied for the I 765 together with the I 140 complete with all the requirements including the visascreen and hospital employment letter last april 24.
    received a confirmation about two weeks after. I 765 ! thats what im talking about!!:chuckle it is stated in uscis.gov that it takes 60-90 days only.. any experience how long it takes after fingerprinting? with due respect, the few months that you are referring to might be the greencard. thanks.
    Did you get a chance to see the dates of the applications that they are working on now? The 60-90 day time is average, for other offices, but they aren't processing anything right now that was even submitted this year. That is why I tell everyone that for California processing they need to allow about 16 months minimum until they can actually begin work. Especially when they are still over in the Philippines.
  8. by   ione
    oopps, sorry had to edit this post.. anyway, there is also another link to check the processing for applications and petitions. you may want to save this for future reference

    https://egov.immigration.gov/cris/jsps/ptimes.jsp?
    Last edit by ione on Jun 11, '04
  9. by   Meladee
    Quote from MambutzRN
    thanks suzanne! i applied for the I 765 together with the I 140 complete with all the requirements including the visascreen and hospital employment letter last april 24.
    received a confirmation about two weeks after. I 765 ! thats what im talking about!!:chuckle it is stated in uscis.gov that it takes 60-90 days only.. any experience how long it takes after fingerprinting? with due respect, the few months that you are referring to might be the greencard. thanks.
    When the I-140 is filed concurrently with the Adjustment of Status and EAD ( work authorization) the EAD will be received by the nurse in about 60 days at a maximum 90 days. The green card will indeed take about 2 years, and the I-140 approvals are currently estimated at plus 400 days when processed out of the CA Service Center. However, the nurse is able to work with a valid social security card after the receipt of the EAD and is earning US dollars while awaiting the immigration processing and the adjustment.
  10. by   suzanne4
    Adjustment of status is only available for nurses who qualify for a tourist or student visa. Not every nurse can do this.

    Processing for New York is less than one month.....................

    You have to have all exams completed, as well as English exams, and Visa Screen completed, so this is still not a quick fix for everyone. California is taking 6 months for issuing of an ATT just to sit for NCLEX.
  11. by   Meladee
    Quote from suzanne4
    Adjustment of status is only available for nurses who qualify for a tourist or student visa. Not every nurse can do this.

    Processing for New York is less than one month.....................

    You have to have all exams completed, as well as English exams, and Visa Screen completed, so this is still not a quick fix for everyone. California is taking 6 months for issuing of an ATT just to sit for NCLEX.
    It is true that the adjustment of status is available only to those nurses who are here in US on a non-work visa such as student, tourist, spouse or family member of another visa holder such as L, H-1B or student. The problem with New York or that geographical area is the employer/sponsor must have an address within the geographical area covered by the Vermont service center. If the employer/sponsor is in California for example, the Vermont Service Center is not an option.
    The current back logs at the other service center, Texas, Nebraska and CA....is terrible. As for the back log with the CA BRN..it is true that they are very slow. This Board was mandated last year by Governor Davis to return about 8 million dollars in funds from RN licnese fee to the CA General Fund...due to their budget cuts. The CA BRN then was forced to have some reduction of personnel and services and hours of doing business. Given all that....they are backlogged.

    I do not recommend that the foreign nurse graduate apply to CA BRN as the initial state for licensure by examination, regardless of the nurses interest in working in that state. Not only are they slow, and about 40% of all first time foriegn nurses graduates who apply for NCLEX do so through CA....but they will not issue a license to most of those same nurses. The nurse without a social security card will get a passing letter. Although the passing letter can be used for the filing of the I-140 petition....if the employer is in CA, the nurse may infact find themselves getting the job offer and sponsorship in another state. Now this foreign nurse cannot endorse into another state....as the are not licensed. Also, CA BRN will not acknowledge in writing that they have evaluated the nurses transcripts to another state board.

    Why do so many foreign nurse graduates apply through CA BRN initially? Low fees and no requirement for the CGFNS CES or exam. CA has now extended the time frame from 1 year to 2 years for the foreign nurse graduate who has passed the NCLEX and has the passing letter, to submit the social security number and get the full and unrestricted license. The foreign nurse graduate can also submit a TIN.

    There are foreign nurse graduates who have passed the NCLEX in states like Hawaii, Florida, Nevada and CA....who have no license due to no social security number and are stuck without the ability to endorse into other states and the clock is ticking and they will be out of time to produce the social security number. There is a way out of this delimma...but it takes the skill of a Houdini and a lot of letter writing and phone calls and negotiation with the state boards.

    It is just one more example of some of the artificial barriers created by these US licensing boards with restrictive policies toward the foreign nurse graduate applicant.
  12. by   MambutzRN
    I submitted the application last april 24, and it was confirmed through a letter. Does the 30-90 days waiting period starts after the confirmation date or after the fingerprinting?

    too bad i didnt make it to the 30 days waiting date. by the way, i took the nclex here in nevada and also got hired here.
    i have all the exams (cgfns, toefl, twe, ielts, nclex) passed and submitted copies together with the aplication. i am confident that i met all the requirements.

    the hospital's nurse recruiter have been calling me asking me when i could start. is it realistic to say late june or early july?


    thanks meladee and suzanna!
  13. by   MambutzRN
    i almost forgot, thanks also ione for the site!
  14. by   phwl
    If you wait 90 days, you can go in person to the local CIS office and have the EAD issued to you that same day.

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