USCIS EAD Expedite Request Questions & Answers

Hi @Anil.Gupta,

First and foremost thank you for hosting this and helping the Indian community through this forum. God bless you and your family!!

My situation

  1. Filed H1B + H4 + EAD through my employer and the received date for all applications is 11/22/2019 - California center
  2. Bio-metrics completed on 12/18/2019
  3. Upgraded to premium on 1/6/2020, H1B approved 1/10/2020
  4. No change in H4 or EAD status as of today (1/23/2020)
  5. Our visas are valid till 2/16/2020

My wife needs to go to India in March 2020 as her father had passed away last year and their is a one year ceremony / pooja she needs to attend. This is extremely important to her as her mother is in India and needs her support. Her mother requires some medical attention as well. If she travels before her extension comes in she will recieve an rfe and visa processing will take more time.

Can this be used as an expedite reason to write to USCIS under humanitarian category or nay other category?

  1. Secondly if she looses her job that would impact our daily lives and have severe financial problems for us…
    a. We have mortgage going on for our home in US
    b. we both studied here so we have student loans
    c. we have 2 boys - their expenses
    d. home expenses
    e. my wife’s insurance is through her employer so loss of insurance
    f. mortgage for a property in india

My salary alone cant handle all these expenses. I can send them a breakdown with my credit card bills, expenses etc and it clearly shows that all these expenses my salary cant handle.

Do you think all of the above concerns / issues can help me expedite my wife’s case?

Please advise me on this and how to proceed with all this.

Thanks
Ronny

Hi @Ronny

You can try but i don’t think your case is any different than other people waiting for their EAD.

It depends on USCIS case officer. If you van melt their heart with your story, they may approve your expedite request.

Hi @Anil.Gupta,

This is really a very helpful shared information. Regarding EAD expedite request, I searched but there is no option for Infopass Appointment , rather it says - use online tools instead. I have been going through medical treatment for almost an year, based on my husband’s L1 extenstion, my L2 status and EAD renewal was filed.

I wanted to submit a expedite request for Financial Loss and Medical Condition. How I do that ?

Is there anyway I can meet USCIS official in person ? If yes, how to approach that ? I am based out of Houston.

Hi @soumyav

The only way to raise expedite request is to do it online. You cannot meet any USCIS officer in person.

How to do that Online ? You also mentioned to take support from Congressmen ? Can you help me understand to approach this route as well ? Thanks in advance

Hi Anil, I got reply from congressman saying my expedite is approved on Jan 22th, but so far still no update… it’s been 16days. Do you know if there’s any other way to check or expedite again?

Hi @shihtzubomb

If your expedite request has already been approved, then you just need to wait. It can take up to 30 days for approval.

Is that possible they forgot to put the cases in the expedite queue :frowning: I’m out of normal processing time next Tue… very frustrated…

haha…I am not sure if they forgot it or how USCIS tracks it internally.

You can call USCIS call center again and see if they can send a ping to the USCIS officer working on your case.

did you hear something

Hi Anil,
I submitted the expedite request, reeceived the email to submit the supporting documents.
I sent the documents via email a month ago, after that there is no reply yet.
I contacted helpdesk twice but they replied that when the decision for expedite request is made then I will be notified.
It`s been a month since I submitted the documents.
Can you plase suggest.
Thank you,
Regards,
MK

Hi @slogun4u

What is your specific question?

Hi Anil,
I submitted the expedite request for H4EAD (filed h1,h4,h4ead in premium, h1 approved on 17th Jan), reeceived the email to submit the supporting documents.
I sent the documents via email a month ago, after that there is no reply yet.
I contacted helpdesk twice but they replied that when the decision for expedite request is made then I will be notified.
It`s been a month since I submitted the documents.
Can you plase suggest.
Thank you,
Regards,
MK

Hi Anil,

I really appreciate if you can please advise.

Let me explain my case,

  • I applied H1+H4+H4EAD in premium in Jan 2020.
  • H1 approved on 17th Jan 2020.
  • H4 Biometric completed on 8th Feb 2020.
  • Submitted H4EAD expedite request to USCIS on 18th Feb.
  • Received the reply from USCIS to submit the documents on 25th Feb.
  • Submitted the documents via email on 26th Feb.
  • Since then there is no update or email. I contacted USCIS helpdesk 3 times, but they replied that once the decision is made I will be contacted.
  • I did not receive the confirmation that they received the email which I sent (documents), so I am not sure if they received it and will reply that whether my request is approved.

Any help/suggestion would be greately appreciated.

Thank you,
Regards,
MK

Unfortunately, there is no fixed time frame for these kind of requests. You can only wait.

Thank you Anil,

Can I try Congressmen request, ?

Regards,
MK

You can try congressman request but chances are low for any positive response from USCIS.

Hello @Anil.Gupta.

Seeking your take on the following:

I submitted a one-step family-based application to register as a permanent resident from marriage to US citizen (485,130,131,765) on June 3rd, 2019, received an RFE around August which I responded to in September, got notice of 765/131 combo card approval 2/7/20 & notice of interview scheduled on Feb 13 (New Orleans office) for March 24, which has since been canceled.

The combo card was lost by USPS. I’ve been through a ton of back and forth with both USCIS customer service & USPS for an elevated search inquiry.

The item is conclusively lost & USCIS suggested I submit a replacement 765/131 application + a copy of my 485 receipt and to call to raise an expedite request once I had a new receipt number.

Submitting a new packet puts a big risk on my current employment, as my current OPT EAD expires this June 14.

Under regular processing times, the card will not get to me in time to keep my job. Understanding that having expedited processing requests approved is unlikely, I read this article.

To which I concluded I can evidence a letter from my current employer arguing financial loss, I have a congressional contact who could help & my husband is studying anesthesia, for which he will begin hospital rotations around Louisiana in June and is required to have health insurance coverage that I provide to him through my job.

Even more so now that we’re in a pandemic. I was wondering what your thoughts are on how I should go about presenting a case for expedited processing & if any of the arguments above seem plausible to you. Thank you!

Hi @Vanessa_Murillo

Sorry to hear about this USCIS and USPS goof up.

I don’t have anything else to add at this time except what has already been mentioned on the article page.

It has a sample letter that you can use and add your own situation to make it more authentic.

You should be able to get approval soon.