Is it common to get your work permit approval and not receive your actual physical EAD? Historically no, however during unprecedented times, it can happen. There may be delays in card production due to COVID-19. For more information on work permit delays, go here. Related articles What is my eligibility category when renewing my EAD? How long will it take to receive my green card once it's approved? Can I (the beneficiary) apply for public benefits? How will it impact my application? What happens if I abandon my green card application? Are educational documents required?