Does a fiancé visa applicant (now spouse) waiting on a green card have the ability to travel or work before the green card is granted?
If you filed Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, and Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, along with Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, you should receive your “combo card” which is both your advance parole, and work permit after some time.
This is before you’ll receive the actual green card. Currently, the combo card is taking approximately 3-5 months to receive. The timeline for this has continued to creep up at the time of this video.
So basically, if you enter on a fiance visa, be prepared to not work or travel for 5 months (or possibly longer). This is why it’s very important to get your adjustment of status filed as soon as possible. Get the gears moving on it because it’s not speeding up anytime soon. The longer you wait, the longer it will take.