I was hired by a hospital shortly after I graduated from college, and they ageed to sponsor me for an employment based work visa. i have a general idea of that the process looks like and the approximate length of time that it takes to process, so I thought of applying for OPT so that I could work right out of college. However, due to some unfortunate circumstances that led me to erroneously mail the application, and then missing the time window for OPT, I don’t have an EAD card. Right now I’m currently out of status because my F1 expired a few weeks ago while I was unknowingly waiting for USCIS denial response after mailing them another copy of my app but didn’t make it on time. How would not having this work authorization card affect the PERM - i140 process? I just want to know how soon can I start working without my OPT?