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Can You Work While Applying for Asylum?

Applying for asylum in the US can take years in some cases, whether you’re accepted or not. During that time, you’re not eligible for government benefits or care. So, what can you do about your living expenses? Once you’ve applied for asylum, you will eventually be able to apply for a temporary work permit, after a certain period of time. Applying for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) The Employment Authorization Document (EAD) – often called the EAD card – is available to people applying for asylum under most circumstances. But, you won’t be eligible to get it until your application has been submitted and no final decision is made within 180 days. You may be able to apply after 150 days, to receive it after 180 days of no final decision. The 180-day wait time starts from the moment you officially file your asylum application. But, the clock can...