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I'm gonna apply again for an expedite AP because of a family loss. My previous one was canceled because my applications were rejected due to a bouncing check.

 

I want to return to France for Christmas period with my wife to have a ceremony with my family, but I looked at the the tickets price and it's really expensive. Does anyone knows if I can also apply for an expedite EAD, justifying I'll need to work when back to the US, to compensate de cost of the travel?


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05-16-2018: Interview (Approved)

05-23-2018: Visa Issued

08-02-2018: P.O.E Austin

 

08-24-2018: Married :)

 

AOS/EAD/AP:

 

09-05-2018: Package sent.                                                                 10-29-2018: New application sent.

09-11-2018: AOS/EAD/AP NOA-1                                                      11-05-2018: Reception text messages

09-12-2018: Request expedite AP                                                     11-06-2018: Fees cashed

09-12-2018: Expedite AP USCIS answer (request evidence).       11-07-2018: Expedite AP requested

09-13-2018: Evidence Fax sent                                                          11-08-2018: Expedite AP denied

09-14-2018: Notice for biometrics                                                    11-09-2018: NOA1 Hard copies

10-03-2018: Biometrics appointment

10-20-2018: Rejected for insufficient funds! 😢

 

 

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Expedites are granted based on need, with guidelines noted here: https://www.uscis.gov/forms/expedite-criteria

A vacation is not a basis for an expedite. The financial loss of taking the vacation is an avoidable cost (by not taking the vacation), so this almost certainly not qualify under the "severe financial loss" guideline.


Timelines:

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AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/17/18: Approved

10/24/18: Green card produced

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

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I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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1 hour ago, geowrian said:

Expedites are granted based on need, with guidelines noted here: https://www.uscis.gov/forms/expedite-criteria

A vacation is not a basis for an expedite. The financial loss of taking the vacation is an avoidable cost (by not taking the vacation), so this almost certainly not qualify under the "severe financial loss" guideline.

It is not for a "vacation", it's to have a ceremony for a close family member who passed away, since I couldn't be there for the funerals. My wife want to be present too, so we want to go during her Christmas vacation, but the tickets are gonna be very expensive. So I'm considering maybe to also ask for an expedite EAD, because our finances are gonna be affected with tickets at more than 1700$ for that period.


K-1 Visa

05-16-2018: Interview (Approved)

05-23-2018: Visa Issued

08-02-2018: P.O.E Austin

 

08-24-2018: Married :)

 

AOS/EAD/AP:

 

09-05-2018: Package sent.                                                                 10-29-2018: New application sent.

09-11-2018: AOS/EAD/AP NOA-1                                                      11-05-2018: Reception text messages

09-12-2018: Request expedite AP                                                     11-06-2018: Fees cashed

09-12-2018: Expedite AP USCIS answer (request evidence).       11-07-2018: Expedite AP requested

09-13-2018: Evidence Fax sent                                                          11-08-2018: Expedite AP denied

09-14-2018: Notice for biometrics                                                    11-09-2018: NOA1 Hard copies

10-03-2018: Biometrics appointment

10-20-2018: Rejected for insufficient funds! 😢

 

 

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10 minutes ago, Gibus said:

It is not for a "vacation", it's to have a ceremony for a close family member who passed away, since I couldn't be there for the funerals. My wife want to be present too, so we want to go during her Christmas vacation, but the tickets are gonna be very expensive. So I'm considering maybe to also ask for an expedite EAD, because our finances are gonna be affected with tickets at more than 1700$ for that period.

Ah, okay...funerals (and similar events) are another story. All you said was a ceremony for the family, which sounded like a marriage ceremony (very common for K-1 applicants to have another celebration abroad after getting AP).

I personally wouldn't try on the financial criteria...the cost is still something optional and the cost of normal functions regardless of immigration considerations. I would go for the emergency or humanitarian criteria instead personally.


Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/17/18: Approved

10/24/18: Green card produced

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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38 minutes ago, geowrian said:

Ah, okay...funerals (and similar events) are another story. All you said was a ceremony for the family, which sounded like a marriage ceremony (very common for K-1 applicants to have another celebration abroad after getting AP).

I personally wouldn't try on the financial criteria...the cost is still something optional and the cost of normal functions regardless of immigration considerations. I would go for the emergency or humanitarian criteria instead personally.

Thanks, yes that's what I planned to do originally, but seeing the prices at this period scared me a little. It's another frustration on top of everything happening, but the main thing is to be able to be with my family. But since it's usually a combo card, I thought maybe I could avoid some financial difficulties and keep my mind busy by being able to work a soon as can once back to the US. I guess I'll just apply for the expedite AP first and I'll see later if an expedite EAP is needed.


K-1 Visa

05-16-2018: Interview (Approved)

05-23-2018: Visa Issued

08-02-2018: P.O.E Austin

 

08-24-2018: Married :)

 

AOS/EAD/AP:

 

09-05-2018: Package sent.                                                                 10-29-2018: New application sent.

09-11-2018: AOS/EAD/AP NOA-1                                                      11-05-2018: Reception text messages

09-12-2018: Request expedite AP                                                     11-06-2018: Fees cashed

09-12-2018: Expedite AP USCIS answer (request evidence).       11-07-2018: Expedite AP requested

09-13-2018: Evidence Fax sent                                                          11-08-2018: Expedite AP denied

09-14-2018: Notice for biometrics                                                    11-09-2018: NOA1 Hard copies

10-03-2018: Biometrics appointment

10-20-2018: Rejected for insufficient funds! 😢

 

 

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