I am an F-1 student still awaiting arrival of my EAD (Employment Authorization Document Card) for OPT. I have told my potential employer that I can begin work starting on the date I listed in my OPT application, which is in about 3 weeks.

Can I sign an employment contract prior to arrival of the EAD card? with a work start date identical to the start date I requested on my OPT application?

The catch here is I am not sure that the EAD card will arrive on time, as USCIS does not guarantee EAD card arrival by the requested date.


You can sign whatever you want. You cannot work before your EAD.

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