While having this work authorization can be positive, the issuance of the EAD does not mean that the USCIS has reviewed the I-485 case in detail.
The EAD issuance is largely a routine administrative matter, based on a proper filing and the existence of a pending I-485 application.
The restriction for the primary applicant does not stem from any EAD rules. Any restrictions simply relate to the need to have a qualifying job offer as the basis for the final approval of the employment-based green card.
It should be noted that the EAD allows for full-time or part-time employment, or any combination of full- and part-time work.
The EAD may be renewed by filing the I-765 with the USCIS.
This must be accompanied by the applicable filing fee (if any), and supporting documents.
If an individual is in H1B, H-4, or another nonimmigrant status, his/her status remains intact, as long as the terms of that status are adhered to, even if there is an EAD.
Many individuals get very excited by the approval of their EADs and read too much into this approval.
Even if the USCIS has granted several EAD approvals, they may very well issue a request for evidence (RFE) or even a denial of the I-485, if there are underlying problems with the case.
If an EAD is denied, the applicant is notified in writing of the decision and the reasons for the denial.
Many Murthy Dot Com and Murthy Bulletin readers are interested in obtaining the employment authorization document (EAD). As mentioned, there are a number of categories of foreign nationals who are eligible to request an EAD.
Although many classes of foreign nationals are eligible to apply for the EAD, this article is dedicated to clarifying many of the issues pertaining to EADs that are granted to individuals with pending applications for adjustment of status (I-485s).
Individuals with I-485s filed after August 17, 2007 do not need to pay an EAD filing fee for EAD renewals.