Can I work If I Enter the United States with a K1 Visa?


If you enter the United States with a K1 fiance visa then you are eligible to apply for work authorization.  The key word here is apply.   You can apply to obtain your work authorization card.  However, you cannot work until you have obtained your work authorization aka “work permit” from USCIS.

This work authorization you receive will only be valid for 90 days.  It will likely take you about 90 days, after you apply,  to receive the card.

A better choice would be to get married to the United States Citizen who sponsored you and then apply for your permanent residence (green card).   This is done via the adjustment of status process.  At the same time you apply for adjustment of status you may apply for your work authorization card from USCIS.  It should take about 90 days to receive your work authorization card.

This work authorization card you receive from USCIS while applying for adjustment  of status will be valid for one year.  However, your green card application should be approved within this one year period (generally the green card should be approved within 4 months or so).  Once you receive your green card you can work using the green card only (i.e. there is no need for the work authorization card).  You can simply provide a copy of your green card to prospective employers.

Lawrence Gruner is a Sacramento Fiance Visa Attorney and a Sacramento Green Card Attorney with almost 20 years of experience.  He handles Immigration cases throughout California, the United States and the World.  He may be reached toll free at 888-801-6558 or at www.visa4you.info

This article is just a basic introduction to this topic.  You should seek a competent Immigration Attorney to review your specific facts and circumstances before proceeding with your case.

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