Can I work while I am applying for an employment-based immigration green card?
When will I be able to start working after applying for an employment-based immigration green card?
Employment-based immigration generally takes 3 steps.
1st step: LC approval (Labor Certification) through PERM
2nd step: Apply for I-140
3rd step: Apply for I-485
You must get a work permit, which you can apply for at the 3rd step, in order to begin working at your corresponding company unless you don’t have EAD or work permit based on your immigration status.
LC is not a work permit although It says Labor Certification Process.
Prior to getting issued your work permit, we highly recommend consulting a lawyer in regards to your residency status.