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Expedite EAD Failed, what should I do next?

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Hello everyone, 

I really wish I could get some help from you, so here is my case:

 

I came to the US with K1 visa and got married in March, then I applied Green Card/EAD/AP at the end of March, I have my SSN card now and I have done my Biomatrics at the end of April.

So we recently bought a house, and we did the math, a big part of my husband's salary will pay for the house loan and his student loan, then minus other monthly expenses, we won't have much money left in the end of the month.

That's why I called USCIS to expedite my EAD so I can be able to work ASAP to support ourselves. The officer that answered my call ask me what reason I choose to expedite my EAD and I said Financial Loss, Here is the reply I got from USCIS :

 

Type of service requested:
 -- Expedite
The status of this service request is:
Due to the high volume of expedite requests for this case type, we are strictly enforcing the criteria that has been set for these expedite requests. While your situation appears serious, you have not provided evidence of an extreme emergent need. 

 

I think my request got denied.

I wish I can get some ideas from here about what I should do next to help me get my EAD expedite.

I wish I could make it right on the second time I call USCIS...

 

Thank you very much!

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Thank you for your reply Roel and geowrian, so maybe I should try to get a job offer then call USCIS to expedite again?

Should I mention about our financial hardship about the house again? Or I should just focus on expedite my EAD based on a job offer?

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2 minutes ago, Sophie & TJ said:

Thank you for your reply Roel and geowrian, so maybe I should try to get a job offer then call USCIS to expedite again?

Should I mention about our financial hardship about the house again? Or I should just focus on expedite my EAD based on a job offer?

I would focus on the job offer.

Edit: Note this is still the "financial hardship" criteria - the hardship being losing out on the income.

Edited by geowrian

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

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

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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4 minutes ago, geowrian said:

I would focus on the job offer.

Edit: Note this is still the "financial hardship" criteria - the hardship being losing out on the income.

I see, thank you very much for your help geowrian!

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3 hours ago, Sophie & TJ said:

Thank you for your reply Roel and geowrian, so maybe I should try to get a job offer then call USCIS to expedite again?

Should I mention about our financial hardship about the house again? Or I should just focus on expedite my EAD based on a job offer?

Check the EAD expedite thread: 

I don't think I've seen anyone who got an expedite approved without a job offer ready to go. From USCIS perspective, you don't need an EAD to look for work, you need it when you actually have an offer and want to start. 

 

An expedite request consists of two parts:

 

- a letter from you, explaining why not accepting this job offer will cause you severe financial loss. Here is where you can include your mortgage payments. 

 

- a job offer, ie a solution to your financial loss issues. 


Adjusting from TN to GC as spouse of USC

2015-11-23: Last TN received at CBP

2017-06-12: Married

2018-06-25: Mailed I-485, I-864, I-130/I-130A, and I-765 to USCIS

2018-07-24: Biometrics appointment

2018-08-28: Expedite request submitted for EAD via USCIS support line

2018-09-21: EAD and SSN received in the mail

2018-10-11: Case is ready to be scheduled for interview

2018-10-31: Interview is scheduled

2018-11-21: TN expired

2018-12-11: AOS Interview - approved 

2018-12-18: Green Card received

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2020-12-11: Conditional green card expires 

 

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4 hours ago, Sophie & TJ said:

Thank you for your reply Roel and geowrian, so maybe I should try to get a job offer then call USCIS to expedite again?

Should I mention about our financial hardship about the house again? Or I should just focus on expedite my EAD based on a job offer?

Hi there,

I just recently requested to expedite my EAD under "severe financial loss" like you. However, the reason I gave to the agent when I called to expedite was a pending job offer, after being passed over for another two because of not having the EAD. They emailed me back very quickly asking to fax over the job offer so I would suggest you start looking for one now as it seems like a more legitimate excuse (-to them). I am compiling my files now, and I plan to mention our financial difficulties (outstanding loans, insurance coverage, etc.) as well in the cover letter, in addition to the job offer letter. 


Charlotte, NC Field Office 

Texas Service Center

 

AOS from Student F-1 Status 

Package Sent (overnight via UPS): 04/04/2019

(day1) Delivered to USCIS: 04/05/2019 

(day5) Texts & Emails Received: 04/09/2019 (Checks Cashed Out: 04/10)

(day5) NOA: 04/09/2019

(day9) NOA Mails Received: 04/13/2019

(day43) 2nd Biometrics Appointment Notice (missed the 1st one on May 7 due to undeliverable mail): 05/17/2019

(day 49) Biometrics Notice Mail Received: 05/23/2019

(day50) Walk-in Biometrics Done: 05/24/2019

(day54) "Fingerprint Review Was Completed" status update on I-485 & I-765: 05/28/2019

(day57) "Case is Ready to Be Scheduled for An Interview": 05/31/2019

 

 

Expedite EAD Timeline

(day49) Expedite EAD requested: 05/23/2019

(day55) USCIS emailed asking for additional info: 05/29/2019

(day62) Faxed USCIS additional info: 06/05/2019

(day64) USCIS emailed back confirming they have received docs: 06/07/2019

(day74) Status changed to "New Card Is Being Produced"!!!: 06/17/2019

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1 hour ago, eckoin said:

Check the EAD expedite thread: 

I don't think I've seen anyone who got an expedite approved without a job offer ready to go. From USCIS perspective, you don't need an EAD to look for work, you need it when you actually have an offer and want to start. 

 

An expedite request consists of two parts:

 

- a letter from you, explaining why not accepting this job offer will cause you severe financial loss. Here is where you can include your mortgage payments. 

 

- a job offer, ie a solution to your financial loss issues. 

That's really helpful~ Thank you so much for your help~ I will work on getting a job offer~💪

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23 minutes ago, my&aaron said:

Hi there,

I just recently requested to expedite my EAD under "severe financial loss" like you. However, the reason I gave to the agent when I called to expedite was a pending job offer, after being passed over for another two because of not having the EAD. They emailed me back very quickly asking to fax over the job offer so I would suggest you start looking for one now as it seems like a more legitimate excuse (-to them). I am compiling my files now, and I plan to mention our financial difficulties (outstanding loans, insurance coverage, etc.) as well in the cover letter, in addition to the job offer letter. 

Thank you so much for sharing your story, it's really helpful~ I will work on getting a job offer~💪

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21 minutes ago, Sophie & TJ said:

Thank you so much for sharing your story, it's really helpful~ I will work on getting a job offer~💪

No problem at all. I have gathered some good info from reading through all 73 pages of this thread haha so. Best of luck to you!

haha 


Charlotte, NC Field Office 

Texas Service Center

 

AOS from Student F-1 Status 

Package Sent (overnight via UPS): 04/04/2019

(day1) Delivered to USCIS: 04/05/2019 

(day5) Texts & Emails Received: 04/09/2019 (Checks Cashed Out: 04/10)

(day5) NOA: 04/09/2019

(day9) NOA Mails Received: 04/13/2019

(day43) 2nd Biometrics Appointment Notice (missed the 1st one on May 7 due to undeliverable mail): 05/17/2019

(day 49) Biometrics Notice Mail Received: 05/23/2019

(day50) Walk-in Biometrics Done: 05/24/2019

(day54) "Fingerprint Review Was Completed" status update on I-485 & I-765: 05/28/2019

(day57) "Case is Ready to Be Scheduled for An Interview": 05/31/2019

 

 

Expedite EAD Timeline

(day49) Expedite EAD requested: 05/23/2019

(day55) USCIS emailed asking for additional info: 05/29/2019

(day62) Faxed USCIS additional info: 06/05/2019

(day64) USCIS emailed back confirming they have received docs: 06/07/2019

(day74) Status changed to "New Card Is Being Produced"!!!: 06/17/2019

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On 6/3/2019 at 10:41 AM, Sophie & TJ said:

Thank you for your reply Roel and geowrian, so maybe I should try to get a job offer then call USCIS to expedite again?

Should I mention about our financial hardship about the house again? Or I should just focus on expedite my EAD based on a job offer?

Try get a job. Some times these come faster than the EAD! Then you can expedite again.

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without a concrete job offer, it is unlikely to be expedited.

 

you and your husband overextending yourselves before you could work is not an emergency in the eyes if USCIS (and very irresponsible, in my personal opinion)


i 485, 131, EAD and AP

04/09/2019    NOA1 received/check cashed i 485 and 131

04/19/2019    Rec'd appointment letter for biometrics

05/02/2019    Biometrics

05/15/2019    Submitted initial request for EAD expedite

05/22/2019    Rec'd RFE for job offer letter for expedited EAD. Sent. Also submitted to Senator's Office for their assistance.

06/05/2019    EAD APPROVAL!!!!!!!!!!  06/06/2019    AP Approval

06/13/2019    Combo Card Received in Mail

 

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