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Hi all,

I would like to share my experience with a local Congressman successfully expediting EAD for me. I basically read a lot of useful tips from this forum.

My journey:

05/22 USCIS received my I485, I765, I130, I131

05/27 Checks cashed

05/29 Bio date set for 06/15 and mailed

05/30 NOA received

06/09 Walk-in Bio done

06/25 Contact Congressman office to urge USCIS to Expedite for me

06/29 USCIS open my case, responding to wait 3 weeks

07/02 On MyUSCIS, "Case approved", into Post Decision Activity

07/10 Approval Letter received.

07/10 On MyUSCIS, "Card mailed out to me", now waiting to receive it.

It is on 42nd day that my EAD approved. My local Congressman's office was very efficient. I think also because I have a solid case with job offer letter, Initial job contract specifying to present EAD to complete the hiring, some mortgage payments and bills. I scanned all documents in one PDF to avoid REF so it was just the fourth day after USCIS gave my case to the expedite team that it was approved.

During those in-between wait times, I was anxious and uncertain, mostly because so many bad experiences online that seemed anything unfortunate could happen. Even now I have to wait for the card to show up in my mailbox to say it has really come through. But I am grateful for the system and my local Congressman. They gave me great service and I only spoke to one representative briefly on the phone. My overall experience is this really works. Thanks to all of you who have shared here.

Best of luck for all!


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My husband is doing the spousal visa. I am actually overseas with him, but our sponsor contacted our congressman on Tuesday & they (someone who works for them), has been helpful so far. Our case was approved for expedite on June 23, but we still have heard nothing from the embassy. We know our case is there & I have emailed them & so has the congressman. Hoping things begin to speed up for us & so glad your congressman was able to help you!

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Thanks for sharing and yes, I have to say my doubts all turned out just paranoia when I got the updated text and email from USCIS yesterday...it is good after all to be local to have the support. Best luck to you and hope things soon come through for you...

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Welcome to the forum. Thanks for the positive story.

06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Welcome to the forum.

Completed: K1/K2 (271 days) - AOS/EAD/AP (134 days) - ROC (279 days)

> Almost 2 years of our lives involved with the USCIS/DOS "shuffle" & worth every second of it ! <

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This is by far the most informative site to be inspired and encouraged, to get through those uncertain moments.

If it wasn't for those who shared here before, I would not have got in touch with Congressman for help. I would probably let the new job offer pass because 90-day EAD processing time was just impossible...now I had it approved in less than half the time, and Congressman's office just mailed me a letter (paper one) asking if I need any further assistance! I called and said that I want to send flowers to their office...they laughed and said a thank-you email would suffice.

Again, thank you all for your sharing here that have helped so many!! :goofy:

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