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Filed: F-1 Visa Country: Austria

Hi there, 


I am new to this whole thing so please bare with me. 

My case is a little unique, I guess. I've been in the US on a F1 Visa for 3 years and met my now Wife. I looked through the processing times here on this homepage and the average waiting time for a EAD sits around 142 days which I exceeded by quite a bit now, sitting at 175 days. 


Long story short. I had an EAD for my OPT from the F1 Visa, which expired a month ago. 

My wife and I filed for my Family based immigration on December 13th 2018 and got NOA1 on December 20th 2018. I have the I-130, I-131, I-765, I-485 on file and the I-693 in my hands. 

Anyhow it's been 175 days since the case was received and I did my fingerprints on January 11th 2019. 


I have been trying to get a straight answer from USCIS but that didn't go so well. 

My point is that I need to get back to work not only because of financial reasons, also because of recency and currency requirements as I am in a human transportation and operation of equipment which need a special set of skills. 


Is there anybody out there who has an idea how I can accelerate this process or get a straight answer on how long it might take? 


I also have an immigration lawyer on my side but the only thing I keep hearing is that I have to wait and be patient. ;) "GREAT" 


Anyways, thank you to all of you reading through this and taking the time 





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1 hour ago, mhaidegger said:

Is there anybody out there who has an idea how I can accelerate this process

No guarantee but some applicants have been successful in getting the EAD expedited.


"You can generally request expedited processing by contacting the USCIS Contact Center at 1-800-375-5283 (TTY for the deaf, hard of hearing, or those having a speech disability: 1-800-767-1833) after you have obtained a receipt notice. The USCIS Contact Center will not be able to refer the expedite request to the appropriate office without a receipt number. When you call to request expedited processing, the USCIS Contact Center creates and forwards a service request to the office with jurisdiction over your application or petition."


After the call, you fax them documents (job offer letter, etc.) to the fax number they provide.

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