Will working without authorization affect my green card application?


Independent attorneys in the Boundless network answer common U.S. immigration questions

May 19, 2021


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Will working without authorization affect my green card application?

Working in the United States without a work permit (Form I-765) can put an individual’s green card application in jeopardy. Penalties for working without authorization include being banned from entering the United States for anywhere between three and ten years. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) forgives unauthorized work only in very specific situations — for instance, a spouse of a U.S. citizen who worked without a work permit will not be barred from receiving a green card. Learn more here about the consequences of working without authorization.

Can I come to the U.S. on a tourist visa to marry a U.S. citizen or green card holder?

Entering the United States on a temporary visa, such as a tourist visa, with either of the following intentions is a misrepresentation of one’s intentions and therefore illegal:

– Marrying a U.S. citizen or green card holder and living permanently in the United States

– Applying for a marriage-based green card

Those who do so face deportation or visa revocation.

IMPORTANT: Please note that Boundless does not help those who express explicit intent to violate the terms of their tourist visa in order to apply for a marriage-based green card.

The situation is different, however, for those who arrived in the United States on a tourist visa — fully intending to return to their home country before their tourist visa expired — but who fell in love with a U.S. citizen or green card holder while visiting the United States. It’s important for those in this situation to be aware of the “90-day rule.”

Learn more here about the 90-day rule.


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