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    It has been 89 days since I applied for an employment authorization card, but seems like the INS CA center is going to take another month to process it. I am an international student who graduated on 10/16 this year. I heard that I can go to my local INS office and get an "interim EAD" 90 days after applying, but my friend who is also waiting for an EAD, called the CA center and they told her that she cannot get an interim EAD until they process & APPROVE her application which will take another month.

    I also heard from an INS officer that we are allowed to wait only 120 days for the EAD to come (after application). But the INS homepage says it is taking 120 - 140 days to process. There are different people saying different things and I'm confused! I have no clue about when I can actually start working, and how long I am allowed to wait for the EAD here in the US. Can someone please give me some advice?

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    It has been 89 days since I applied for an employment authorization card, but seems like the INS CA center is going to take another month to process it. I am an international student who graduated on 10/16 this year. I heard that I can go to my local INS office and get an "interim EAD" 90 days after applying, but my friend who is also waiting for an EAD, called the CA center and they told her that she cannot get an interim EAD until they process & APPROVE her application which will take another month.

    I also heard from an INS officer that we are allowed to wait only 120 days for the EAD to come (after application). But the INS homepage says it is taking 120 - 140 days to process. There are different people saying different things and I'm confused! I have no clue about when I can actually start working, and how long I am allowed to wait for the EAD here in the US. Can someone please give me some advice?

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      I know someone who was in your situation. He wanted to go home and come back for OPT, but, OPT EAD is not valid for re-entry. IF you leave the states and your OPT EAD is approved, then you will have a problem because, OPT EAD does not guarantee that your port of entry will let you back in the states to pursue OPT. Thus, as long as you applied while in F-1 status, I recommend that you hold your horses and just wait for your documents to arrive. Meanwhile, I suggest that you look for an OPT site that will be willing to sponsor you for H1 in case you change you're interested in enhancing your work experience

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