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waiting for EAD with job offer - can I get a TN visa in the meantime?

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OK so I was fully prepared to wait until I had the EAD to start working. It should come in about two months (I got my NOA1 Dec 5). I haven't even applied for any jobs yet but one landed in my lap through an old contact I made while working in the USA on a TN visa many years ago. I have an engineering degree and Canadian citizenship.

The economy is heating up here and there is more work than qualified applicants at this place. I am a perfect fit for the job and have all the requisite degrees. Would it be possible for the employer to sponsor my TN visa temporarily while I wait for EAD? I don't even know how that would work because I can't even leave the country to be 'admitted' under the TN. Does anyone have experience with this? I'd love to start making money again and hit the ground running with an excellent opportunity.

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It looks like you came on a k1. I don't believe that you could convert it to a TN in country. I'm not an expert but it just doesn't seem like it would make sense. TN is non immigrant intent whereas the ultimate goal of a k1 is to become an lpr and possibly citizen.

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You can try to expedite your EAD :) get a letter from employer. It sometimes work for some people


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---------------------------------- Pre I-130 ----------------------------------------

Feb- 25- 2009 - Met in Barcelona Spain thanks to a friend in common ???

11 visits in the next 5 years........ ????????????

Apr - 23 - 2014 - My last entry in the US to visit ✈️

Jul - 18 - 2014 - finally proposes and ask me to stay forever!!!! ❤️??

Jul- 20 - 2014 - I don't get in the flight back to Spain ( that means my ESTA will expire the next day )

Jul - 22 - 2014 - wedding ❤️??

---------------------------I-130, I-485, EAD, AP ----------------------------------

Sep- 12- 2014 - AOS sent to Chicago ?? ( delivered sept 15 )

Sep - 18 - 2014 - AOS texts/ emails received with case number ??

Sep- 19 - 2014 - checks cashed ?

Sep - 21 - 2014- hard copies of NOA received in the mail!!! ??

Sep - 26 - 2014- biometrics letter received!! Appointment for Oct 7

Sep - 30 - 2014 - succesful early walk in biometrics ??

Nov - 22 - 2014 - EAD/AP approved ?? ( 71 days )

Nov - 24 - 2014 - card in production

Dec - 1 - 2014 - card mailed ??

Dec - 3 - 2014 - Combo card received ??

Dec - 15 - 2014 - email received with interview date for Jan 15 2015! ??

Jan - 15 - 2015 - Approved!! ???? Here is our interview experience --> http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/531853-aos-interview-from-esta-approved/

Jan - 24 - 2015 - Green card received

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You can try to expedite your EAD :) get a letter from employer. It sometimes work for some people

I'll look into that, thanks! Are you familiar with the process?

It looks like you came on a k1. I don't believe that you could convert it to a TN in country. I'm not an expert but it just doesn't seem like it would make sense. TN is non immigrant intent whereas the ultimate goal of a k1 is to become an lpr and possibly citizen.

yeah that's my interpretation. I'd have to apply for adjustment of status to a TN when I am already in the process to adjust to permanent residency. It would muck up my permanent residency application, I assume.

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Good!!! Good luck. I was going to say I did not expedite but lots of people have done it. There is lots of info in this forum I you search "how to expedite EAD" there are tons of posts with ideas that could help you.

I hope it goes well for you. Good luck :)


y59om4.png

---------------------------------- Pre I-130 ----------------------------------------

Feb- 25- 2009 - Met in Barcelona Spain thanks to a friend in common ???

11 visits in the next 5 years........ ????????????

Apr - 23 - 2014 - My last entry in the US to visit ✈️

Jul - 18 - 2014 - finally proposes and ask me to stay forever!!!! ❤️??

Jul- 20 - 2014 - I don't get in the flight back to Spain ( that means my ESTA will expire the next day )

Jul - 22 - 2014 - wedding ❤️??

---------------------------I-130, I-485, EAD, AP ----------------------------------

Sep- 12- 2014 - AOS sent to Chicago ?? ( delivered sept 15 )

Sep - 18 - 2014 - AOS texts/ emails received with case number ??

Sep- 19 - 2014 - checks cashed ?

Sep - 21 - 2014- hard copies of NOA received in the mail!!! ??

Sep - 26 - 2014- biometrics letter received!! Appointment for Oct 7

Sep - 30 - 2014 - succesful early walk in biometrics ??

Nov - 22 - 2014 - EAD/AP approved ?? ( 71 days )

Nov - 24 - 2014 - card in production

Dec - 1 - 2014 - card mailed ??

Dec - 3 - 2014 - Combo card received ??

Dec - 15 - 2014 - email received with interview date for Jan 15 2015! ??

Jan - 15 - 2015 - Approved!! ???? Here is our interview experience --> http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/531853-aos-interview-from-esta-approved/

Jan - 24 - 2015 - Green card received

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Did it work out? I am in the same situation...


09/30/2014 - Point of Entry 'Vancouver International Airport'

10/09/2014 - Married

10/18/2014 - Filed for AOS/EAD/AP

10/23/2014 - 3x NOA1 text/emails received

11/18/2014 - Case Suspended (RFE is on its way :()

11/25/2014 - Biometrics

12/02/2014 - Response on initial request for evidence was received (case status should be updated before 01/31/2015)

01/27/2015 - EAD/AP card in production and should be mailed to given address.

01/31/2015 - Received EAD/AP Combo card by mail :D

02/18/2015 - Received Notice of Potential Interview Waiver Case :ranting:

06/22/2015 - Received Welcome Letter & AOS approved :goofy:

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I haven't heard from the employer. I interviewed successfully and they know they need to get me a written offer. The alternative is I wait until about mid-February, which is when my EAD is expected to arrive un-expedited. So a matter of weeks either way.

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Hi Liverlover,

I expedited by EAD successfully without cover letter + evidence of decline in joint savings account.

I recently learned that my card is in production (after 95 days waiting). Unfortunately, by time it will arrive it might be to late.

I wish I filed for an expedite earlier.

Good luck!


09/30/2014 - Point of Entry 'Vancouver International Airport'

10/09/2014 - Married

10/18/2014 - Filed for AOS/EAD/AP

10/23/2014 - 3x NOA1 text/emails received

11/18/2014 - Case Suspended (RFE is on its way :()

11/25/2014 - Biometrics

12/02/2014 - Response on initial request for evidence was received (case status should be updated before 01/31/2015)

01/27/2015 - EAD/AP card in production and should be mailed to given address.

01/31/2015 - Received EAD/AP Combo card by mail :D

02/18/2015 - Received Notice of Potential Interview Waiver Case :ranting:

06/22/2015 - Received Welcome Letter & AOS approved :goofy:

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Hi Liverlover,

I expedited by EAD successfully without cover letter + evidence of decline in joint savings account.

I recently learned that my card is in production (after 95 days waiting). Unfortunately, by time it will arrive it might be to late.

I wish I filed for an expedite earlier.

Good luck!

Your EAD was approved in 95 days...which is basically the normal processing,

so I'm not sure if expedite saved you much time.

I've read people getting expedited EAD, but the time saved doesn't seem to

be that drastic (if any) from the normal processing.

It would be interesting to hear from others that have successfully expedited

very quickly...


10-04-2013 We met online
11-21-2013 We met in person in Shanghai for 2 weeks

12-13-2013 I-129F packet sent via express

12-19-2013 USCIS NOA #1 (text and email) received

12-24-2013 USCIS assigns Alien Registration Number
12-31-2013 USCIS NOA #1 hard copy received
06-02-2014 USCIS web site shows NOA #2 approval
06-06-2014 USCIS web site shows case sent to NVC

06-xx-2014 Fiancee acquired birth, marriage, and police certificates from local police station (wrong)

06-16-2014 NVC creates case with GUZ### number

06-19-2014 NVC sends case sent to Guangzhou, China
06-24-2014 Received packet 3 express mail from embassy
06-25-2014 Completed DS-160 and paid K1 visa fee

06-26-2014 Mailed packet 3 response back to Embassy

06-26-2014 Requested police certificate from Russian embassy

07-08-2014 Received packet 4 email from Embassy

07-17-2014 Picked up Russian police certificate

07-25-2014 Fiancee medical exam (received MMR & Varicella, but they missed required TD shot)

07-31-2014 Picked up medical exam reports

08-01-2014 Request (correct) birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service (GongZhengChu)

08-06-2014 Picked up birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service

08-14-2014 Passed Interview Guangzhou embassy

09-01-2014 Received passport, visa, & sealed envelope

09-13-2014 POE

09-17-2014 Went to CBP office to get (US entry) I-94 updated correctly

09-18-2014 Applied for Social Security Card
09-19-2014 Applied for Marriage License (via online)
09-25-2014 Received Social Security Card
09-30-2014 Picked up Marriage License
10-09-2014 Marriage by Justice of Peace
10-09-2014 Got Certified Marriage Certificate Copies
10-17-2014 Received a letter from SS office that they need the marriage license
10-09-2014 Applied to change the social security card name
10-24-2014 Went back to SS office to provide the marriage certificate documents again!!!
12-09-2014 Submitted AOS, EAD, and AP
12-16-2014 Received 16 emails and 16 text NOA messages
01-05-2015 Received Biometrics appointment letter for (01-12-2015)
01-12-2015 Had Biometrics (fingerprint & picture) - Required Marriage Certificate!!!
02-17-2015 EAD and AP is approved
02-23-2015 Received AP is approval letter
02-25-2015 Received EAD/AP combo card (expires 02/16/2016)
02-27-2015 Applied for SS card name change (they took her SS card)
02-27-2015 Driver's learner permit test was denied since the SS card was given to SS office for name change
03-17-2015 Received SS card with married name
03-17-2015 Started to change all her accounts to married name
03-23-2015 Received potential interview waiver letter
03-27-2015 DMV rejects learner's permit due to "legal status=pending" and vision test failure
04-05-2015 Vision test for learner's permit
04-06-2015 DPS sent us letter that DHS cleared my wife's status to acquire driver's license.
04-10-2015 Passed Driver Learner's Permit
04-22-2015 Received Driver Learner's Permit ID card (expires 02/16/2016)
08-27-2015 Green Card approved
08-31-2015 Received Green Card "Welcome Notice Was Mailed" letter
09-05-2015 Received Green card
10-26-2015 Passed Driver's License Road Test (on 3rd attempt)
11-03-2015 Received Driver's License (expires 02/16/2022)
11-06-2015 Applied to remove conditional work remark on SS card
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Hi Liverlover,

I expedited by EAD successfully without cover letter + evidence of decline in joint savings account.

I recently learned that my card is in production (after 95 days waiting). Unfortunately, by time it will arrive it might be to late.

I wish I filed for an expedite earlier.

Good luck!

Did you just call the USCIS 1-800 number? I need my EAD to change my name for SSN and ultimately get a California DL also. With California issuing DLs to undocumented immigrants its damn near impossible to get an appointment to start the process for a DL.

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Hi LiverLover,

I know, its very frustrating. Illegal immigrant can already apply for a DL whereas legal immigrants have to wait until at least their EAD arrives and then queuing up in line again for DL.

I called the USCIS 1-800 number. I chose 'emergency situation' option since I had a job offer.

Received an email. Explained in the email that our joint savings account was declined with 30% due to car repairs etc, and that I had a conditional job offer. On Monday, my case status changed to 'New Card Ordered for Production'. Hence, I hope to receive the EAD this week since I don't want to loose the opportunity.

I hope this helps for you. Anyway, I believe you also can walk in for doing your written DL exam at a few DMV offices. Good luck though! Let me know if it worked out!


09/30/2014 - Point of Entry 'Vancouver International Airport'

10/09/2014 - Married

10/18/2014 - Filed for AOS/EAD/AP

10/23/2014 - 3x NOA1 text/emails received

11/18/2014 - Case Suspended (RFE is on its way :()

11/25/2014 - Biometrics

12/02/2014 - Response on initial request for evidence was received (case status should be updated before 01/31/2015)

01/27/2015 - EAD/AP card in production and should be mailed to given address.

01/31/2015 - Received EAD/AP Combo card by mail :D

02/18/2015 - Received Notice of Potential Interview Waiver Case :ranting:

06/22/2015 - Received Welcome Letter & AOS approved :goofy:

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Hi LiverLover,

I know, its very frustrating. Illegal immigrant can already apply for a DL whereas legal immigrants have to wait until at least their EAD arrives and then queuing up in line again for DL.

I called the USCIS 1-800 number. I chose 'emergency situation' option since I had a job offer.

Received an email. Explained in the email that our joint savings account was declined with 30% due to car repairs etc, and that I had a conditional job offer. On Monday, my case status changed to 'New Card Ordered for Production'. Hence, I hope to receive the EAD this week since I don't want to loose the opportunity.

I hope this helps for you. Anyway, I believe you also can walk in for doing your written DL exam at a few DMV offices. Good luck though! Let me know if it worked out!

Fantastic! I will call the 1-800 number tomorrow morning to get the ball rolling. Thanks for sharing.

The DMV website says one needs an appointment for new licenses but I figure if I have a few hours free time I can roll the dice and get in line.

Congrats on getting your EAD card!

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Update: I called USCIS 1-800 number on Feb 5 and requested my EAD be expedited based on severe financial loss. They sent me an email on Feb 9 requesting evidence of financial loss, such as a job offer. My employer emailed me a job offer on Feb 11 and I forwarded that on to USCIS. My EAD and AP was approved Feb 12. They will mail me my notice.

So, if all goes as planned I start work on Feb 23. Still need to do the drug test but not worried about that.

The moral of the story is: don't wait for the EAD to go job hunting. Just explain to the potential employers that once you receive a job offer you can get the EAD expedited.

My job is part time and considered temporary but I still got the EAD expedited.

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