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Hello all,

Going CRAZY over here, so maybe posting too much, sorry!! I got an incredible job offer through a reference from a friend this past weekend. Seriously, best of my career and it is KILLING me that I may not be able to take it. I filed AOS and I-765 etc on July 1st (accepted on the 5th) and did biometrics on July 28th, but not a single touch or status update on my file since, or ever. The job starts Sept 13th-- which would be... 70 (?) days after filing, so I am so afraid I will not have an EAD by then. My husband and I are BROKE. He lost his good job last spring and had to take a job at less than half the pay that leaves us at a large deficit each month. When I was in TN status (which I overstayed, and now cannot work) i used to supply more than half of our income.

I am not trying to be a jerk about jumping to the front of the line, but I feel like it would be TRAGIC to turn down the job, and then likely receive my EAD two weeks later. This job could give us the fresh start we need, and they do not come along often in my field. It could be months and months before I find another.

So... I first called USCIS and opened an expedite file for the EAD, claiming financial loss. Not likely to work without proof, I figure.

Then, i spent hours compiling a 24 page document of all our bills, lease, medical expenses etc and his pay stubs, showing we come nowhere near making it each month. And, I added in the job offer email. I faxed it to our local congressperson yesterday, and got a call to come in and sign a form today. I was only able to speak to the receptionist, but I wonder if they are going to forward my petition to USCIS.

(btw, also sent it to the senator, but was told they do not deal at all in these matters-- had read on here that they sometimes do)

I feel like I need to know one way or the other if there is any hope. I cannot let down my reference, so I need to decline the job with plenty of notice. Uggh. Any opinions?


07/01/2010 - I-485, I-765 and I-130 sent to Chicago lock box
07/03/2010 - package signed for in Chicago
07/12/2010 - text and email notification received
07/17/2010 - hard copy NOA1s received in mail
07/19/2010 - received biometrics letter (scheduled for August 12th)
07/22/2010 - unsuccessful walk-in biometrics in Brooklyn
07/28/2010 - successful walk-in biometrics in Brooklyn
08/24/2010 - EAD card approved (54 DAYS)
08/31/2010 - I-765 touched, post decision activity, email notification of EAD approval
09/01/2010 - I-765 touched
09/03/2010 - EAD card received
09/21/2010 - Interview Date! 9:45 am. APPROVED (83 DAYS). I-551 Stamp.
09/21/2010 - Card/ Document Production
09/29/2010 - Welcome letter received
10/01/2010 - Green Card Received!!! Exactly 3 months smile.png

08/18/2012 - ROC filed (Vermont)
09/04/2012 - NOA date
10/12/2012 - Bio appointment
05/02/2013 - RFE
07/15/2013 - ROC Interview at local (New York City) office, told we would be notified of decision by mail in 60 days
08/02/2013- Case status updated, production of new card ordered!
08/05/2013- InfoPass appointment at Holtsville Long Island, passport stamped with I-551
08/06/2013- Card mailed
08/08/2013- 10 year green card received!!! 10 days short of one year from applicationdancin5hr.gif

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Wales
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I think everybody would like their EAD expedited.

You can only try, it seems that it does occasionally happen.


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Yes, I think they were successful, which gave me hope.


07/01/2010 - I-485, I-765 and I-130 sent to Chicago lock box
07/03/2010 - package signed for in Chicago
07/12/2010 - text and email notification received
07/17/2010 - hard copy NOA1s received in mail
07/19/2010 - received biometrics letter (scheduled for August 12th)
07/22/2010 - unsuccessful walk-in biometrics in Brooklyn
07/28/2010 - successful walk-in biometrics in Brooklyn
08/24/2010 - EAD card approved (54 DAYS)
08/31/2010 - I-765 touched, post decision activity, email notification of EAD approval
09/01/2010 - I-765 touched
09/03/2010 - EAD card received
09/21/2010 - Interview Date! 9:45 am. APPROVED (83 DAYS). I-551 Stamp.
09/21/2010 - Card/ Document Production
09/29/2010 - Welcome letter received
10/01/2010 - Green Card Received!!! Exactly 3 months smile.png

08/18/2012 - ROC filed (Vermont)
09/04/2012 - NOA date
10/12/2012 - Bio appointment
05/02/2013 - RFE
07/15/2013 - ROC Interview at local (New York City) office, told we would be notified of decision by mail in 60 days
08/02/2013- Case status updated, production of new card ordered!
08/05/2013- InfoPass appointment at Holtsville Long Island, passport stamped with I-551
08/06/2013- Card mailed
08/08/2013- 10 year green card received!!! 10 days short of one year from applicationdancin5hr.gif

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Brazil
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Yes, I think they were successful, which gave me hope.

i did expedite my EAD i call USCIS and got an e-mail saying that the case was under review and a decision was going to be made in a week after 10 days my EAD was approved and in 2 weeks i got the card on the mail.

good luck

Edited by Felipe23

04/30/10 First medical appointment

05/03/10 Medical done

05/04/10 Send AOS to Chicago

05/05/10 Delivered at Chicago 10:25AM (day 1)

05/10/10 Receipt e-mail and text MSG :) 3:44PM (day 6)

05/11/10 Checks cash (day 7)

05/13/10 Hard copies of 3 NOA on the mail (day 9)

05/13/10 All forms "touch"(day 9)

05/24/10 biometrics appt letter, dated 05/14 appt 06/03 :) ( day 20)

05/26/10 Biometrics done via walk in 10:30AM (day 22)

05/27/10 Update on I-485 and I-765 (day 23)

06/11/10 Call USCIS for expedite EAD(day 38)

06/11/10 Update on I-765(day 38)

06/21/10 Update on I-765 Card production ordered (day 48)

06/25/10 Update on I-765 2nd Card production ordered (day 52)

06/29/10 Update on I-765 approval send (day 56)

07/02/10 EAD card received (day 59)

07/06/10 Interview letter on the mail!! (day 63)

08/10/10 Interview day APPROVED No USCIS until 2020!!(day 98)

07/10/10 SS card received

08/10/10 Update on I-485 Card production Ordered (day 98)

08/13/10 Update on I-485 2nd Card production ordered (day 101)

08/14/10 Welcome letter and approval notice received (day 102)

08/23/10 Green card received (day 111)

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In the end my congress office would not send my petition. :( I did get my interview notice today though-- for a week after the job would have started. A bit frustrating!


07/01/2010 - I-485, I-765 and I-130 sent to Chicago lock box
07/03/2010 - package signed for in Chicago
07/12/2010 - text and email notification received
07/17/2010 - hard copy NOA1s received in mail
07/19/2010 - received biometrics letter (scheduled for August 12th)
07/22/2010 - unsuccessful walk-in biometrics in Brooklyn
07/28/2010 - successful walk-in biometrics in Brooklyn
08/24/2010 - EAD card approved (54 DAYS)
08/31/2010 - I-765 touched, post decision activity, email notification of EAD approval
09/01/2010 - I-765 touched
09/03/2010 - EAD card received
09/21/2010 - Interview Date! 9:45 am. APPROVED (83 DAYS). I-551 Stamp.
09/21/2010 - Card/ Document Production
09/29/2010 - Welcome letter received
10/01/2010 - Green Card Received!!! Exactly 3 months smile.png

08/18/2012 - ROC filed (Vermont)
09/04/2012 - NOA date
10/12/2012 - Bio appointment
05/02/2013 - RFE
07/15/2013 - ROC Interview at local (New York City) office, told we would be notified of decision by mail in 60 days
08/02/2013- Case status updated, production of new card ordered!
08/05/2013- InfoPass appointment at Holtsville Long Island, passport stamped with I-551
08/06/2013- Card mailed
08/08/2013- 10 year green card received!!! 10 days short of one year from applicationdancin5hr.gif

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Australia
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** moved from "AOS(Other)" to " Working & Traveling During US Immigration" as this is relating to an EAD**

Edited by Vanessa&Tony

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Netherlands
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There are more congressmen and senators you can send it to. You will at least have one more senator, and depending on the state you can have 50 more congressmen. The only difficulty with the congressmen is that they will probably want you in their district. But you can always use you in-laws address, or friend's addresses when petitioning. In my case they didn't check my name and address with USCIS, they just needed my A# and receipt number.

Try it again, you have a complete package done.


AOS (from F-1) Timeline:

06/30/2010 - (XX) - Sent AOS package (130, 485, and 765) to Chicago lockbox per USPS express.

07/02/2010 - (00) - Received in Chicago, signed by L. Box (Clever Mr. Postman!)

07/09/2010 - (07) - All checks cashed by Uncle Sam

07/09/2010 - (07) - 3 NOAs sent out

07/12/2010 - (10) - 3 Hard copies for NOAs received by snail mail

07/12/2010 - (10) - Touched all three applications

07/14/2010 - (12) - Touched all three applications

07/22/2010 - (20) - Biometrics appointment dated

07/26/2010 - (24) - Biometrics appointment received for 08/19/2010

07/28/2010 - (26) - Successful biometrics appointment walk-in done in Phoenix, AZ (22 days prior to appointment date)

08/02/2010 - (31) - EAD Approved!!!

08/04/2010 - (33) - EAD Card production ordered

08/05/2010 - (34) - EAD Touched

08/09/2010 - (38) - EAD Approval notice sent

08/10/2010 - (39) - EAD Touched

08/11/2010 - (40) - EAD Received!!!!

09/23/2010 - (83) - Interview!!! APPROVED!!!

09/23/2010 - (83) - I-130 and I-485 Touched

09/24/2010 - (84) - I-130 and I-485 Touched

09/27/2010 - (87) - Approval notice received in snail mail (stamped 9/24/10)

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There are more congressmen and senators you can send it to. You will at least have one more senator, and depending on the state you can have 50 more congressmen. The only difficulty with the congressmen is that they will probably want you in their district. But you can always use you in-laws address, or friend's addresses when petitioning. In my case they didn't check my name and address with USCIS, they just needed my A# and receipt number.

Try it again, you have a complete package done.

Thanks Robert. I tried the senate and they said they do not deal on a federal level. My congress person was actually willing to send in my package (I shouldn't have made her out badly!), but when she contacted the USCIS they said they needed an official offer letter, on letterhead, with a date saying when I had to accept the job by. The job I was offered was full-time freelance, through an agency, which is the case for almost all jobs in my field these days. Agencies (that I have dealt with) do not do offer letters. I did have an offer email and my acceptance email printed out, but USCIS said it had to be on letterhead. I was unable to get that, so my congress person would not send the package in the end. It has been my experience that many companies scare at "letters for immigration.. etc."

Congrats on your speedy EAD though! My interview is only 8 days after the job would have started. A little frustrating, but oh well.

Edited by leash5

07/01/2010 - I-485, I-765 and I-130 sent to Chicago lock box
07/03/2010 - package signed for in Chicago
07/12/2010 - text and email notification received
07/17/2010 - hard copy NOA1s received in mail
07/19/2010 - received biometrics letter (scheduled for August 12th)
07/22/2010 - unsuccessful walk-in biometrics in Brooklyn
07/28/2010 - successful walk-in biometrics in Brooklyn
08/24/2010 - EAD card approved (54 DAYS)
08/31/2010 - I-765 touched, post decision activity, email notification of EAD approval
09/01/2010 - I-765 touched
09/03/2010 - EAD card received
09/21/2010 - Interview Date! 9:45 am. APPROVED (83 DAYS). I-551 Stamp.
09/21/2010 - Card/ Document Production
09/29/2010 - Welcome letter received
10/01/2010 - Green Card Received!!! Exactly 3 months smile.png

08/18/2012 - ROC filed (Vermont)
09/04/2012 - NOA date
10/12/2012 - Bio appointment
05/02/2013 - RFE
07/15/2013 - ROC Interview at local (New York City) office, told we would be notified of decision by mail in 60 days
08/02/2013- Case status updated, production of new card ordered!
08/05/2013- InfoPass appointment at Holtsville Long Island, passport stamped with I-551
08/06/2013- Card mailed
08/08/2013- 10 year green card received!!! 10 days short of one year from applicationdancin5hr.gif

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