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.