U.S. law allows a person who was born in Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Kampuchea (also known as Cambodia), or Thailand between January 1, 1951 and October 21, 1982 and fathered by a U.S. citizen to acquire permanent residence.
You may be eligible to receive a green card as an Amerasian if the following conditions are met: 1. You were born in Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Kampuchea, or Thailand between January 1, 1951 and October 21, 1982 and were fathered by a U.S. citizen 2. You have a financial sponsor in the United States who is 21 years of age or older, of good moral character, and is either a U.S. citizen or permanent resident 3. You are admissible to the United States 4. An immigrant visa is immediately available to you
To obtain a green card, you must file, or have had filed on your behalf, Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant.
Generally, when you have a pending Form I-485, it is possible for you to apply for authorization to work in the United States. You must file Form I-765 concurrently with your Form I-485 and await the processing of your work permit.