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09-28-2012, 10:25 PM
Hi, I am on a 7th year H1B working at a non-profit. I have an approved NIW I140 and am past 180 days of my I485 filing. I have received my EAD/AP card. I have two questions:

1. I am wondering if I can take small paid jobs at a university outside of my H1B institution while being on my H1B. If not, then what is the process to go on my EAD card - i.e., what should I tell my current employer?

2. Do I have to pay for renewing EAD card? I seem to recall that there was no charge to renew EADs but I am unable to verify that now.

I will appreciate any help.


09-29-2012, 01:26 PM
1. If you use EAD for any job, even part time, you must use EAD for all jobs. So, for your primary employer, you need to file a new I-9 showing EAD

2. You do not need to pay for EAD if you applied for 485 after July 2007

09-29-2012, 10:01 PM
I did apply for I485 after 2007 so I am good there.

How can I evaluate the risks of leaving h1b to be on the EAD? BTW, once on EAD, can I be unemployed? I am guessing yes because my I485 is tied to my I140 which is not employer based b/c it is NIW. Sorry, it has been so long waiting for the green card that my brain is rusty with this stuff.

09-30-2012, 11:05 PM
Also, does filing I9 with my employer itself constitute abandoning my H1B?