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Current Status: Working for a public university on H1B Visa. Married to an American citizen and applied for for AOS & EAD/AP. I received the initial NOA and waiting for Biometrics NOA. We both hate our jobs and the pay is mediocre but there aren't many opportunities in our small town. We are planning to move for better opportunities. But I won't be able to change my job until I get the EAD approved. 

For anyone that was in a similar situation, I have a few questions,

  1. When did you start you job search? Was it before or after you got your EAD approved?
  2. Were employers willing to wait until the EAD is approved?

       3. If I do find a job at a much higher salary, will USCIS consider it as a valid reason to expedite? 

       4. Do you have any tips on how to communicate the status during interviews?

Thank you!

 

 


1. Package sent to USCIS : 06/09/2019 
2. Package received by USCIS : 06/13/2019
3. Service Center reviewing : 
4. Text/Email notices sent : 06/20/2019
5. Physical Notices mailed : 06/19/2019
6. FingerPrint notice sent : 06/25/2019
7. FingerPrint notice scheduled : 07/11/2019

8. FingerPrint Walk-in:  07/02/2019

9. FingerPrint Review Completed:  07/02/2019 and 7/04/2019. For some reason, its listed twice. 
10. AP/EAD Text/Email approval : 
11. AP/EAD Physical cards mailed : 
12. Case was transferred to NBC
13. Interview was scheduled: 
14. I-485 approved : 
15. GC card mailed : 

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My wife at the time was looking for employment right after we filed AOS for the EAD AP card. Found a place that was really interested in her,and said the day you get your EAD, you start the next day. We received the approval letter on a Saturday, and she took it back to the office on Monday to show the card was approved. Even though it says your not supposed to work on just the letter, they had her begin orientation the next day. They said they would process all the paperwork later after orientation. The card showed up on Thursday, and she took it into the office on Friday and filled out the paperwork for payroll. And has been working there since no problems.

 

She was upfront with the employer at the interview about waiting for her work permit, but they still interviewed her, and told her they would hire her as soon as she got the EAD. It took 5-6 weeks after the interview for her to get the card, but they were legit and started her the day she had approval. I think it depends on the employer and the type of job you are applying for. Some may be willing to wait, others may not even interview you because they need someone to start right away.

 

I have seen people request an expedited card with a job offer letter, so that is a possibility also. But the expedite is a good 3-4 week process in itself.

 

Depending on what type of job you are after, you may want to start the search a little earlier, but don't be discouraged if some places won't even interview you, but it's good to get out there to see how the market is.

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29 minutes ago, BlueGatorGamer said:

3. If I do find a job at a much higher salary, will USCIS consider it as a valid reason to expedite? 

It is my understating that you can request an expedite if you have a job offer.


c9 AOS Concurrently filed I-130 & I-130A, I-485, I-131, I-765

 

2019-02-21 Package sent to Chicago Lockbox via FedEx

2019-02-27 Package received

2019-02-27 Priority Date

2019-03-04 Notice Date

2019-03-09 Notice received via USPS

2019-03-15 Biometrics Appointment Notice received

2019-03-26 Attended Biometrics Appointment

2019-04-01 Case is ready to to be scheduled for an interview

2019-04-22 Interview Notice received via USPS

2019-05-20 Interview: Approved after 82 days.

2019-05-21 Card in production

2019-05-22 Card was mailed to you (no tracking)

2019-05-23 Update that USPS picked up the card (included tracking number). Estimated arrival: May 28

2019-05-24 I-130 and I-485 Approval Letters received via USPS.

2019-05-29 Green Card in hand.

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On 6/25/2019 at 11:55 AM, BlueGatorGamer said:
  1. When did you start you job search? Was it before or after you got your EAD approved?

People do all kinds of things. You can start a job search today. 

On 6/25/2019 at 11:55 AM, BlueGatorGamer said:
  1. Were employers willing to wait until the EAD is approved?

Some are, some aren't. It depends on what they're looking for. If I were to quit my job today, I would give at least a 3-4 week notice to set up a proper transition plan. Any future employer of mine would have to wait if we were to proceed, so it's not out of ordinary for an employer to wait if they really want you to work for them. 

On 6/25/2019 at 11:55 AM, BlueGatorGamer said:

       3. If I do find a job at a much higher salary, will USCIS consider it as a valid reason to expedite? 

So far so good. An employment letter with a letter from yourself explaining the financial loss stemming from not accepting the employment is 90% of the battle. 

On 6/25/2019 at 11:55 AM, BlueGatorGamer said:

       4. Do you have any tips on how to communicate the status during interviews?

Do you have current work authorization to work for any employer? No. 

 

Do you require sponsorship? No. 

 

The answer to the first question will weed out the types of employers who just couldn't care to consider you with the wait. 

 

After your initial interview, if it goes well, mention that you are waiting for your EAD and if you both agree on the employment contract, you would be expediting the application, which could take 3-4 weeks, possibly more. 

 

If they're not OK with that either, then move on. 


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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Thank you everyone for the detailed responses!


1. Package sent to USCIS : 06/09/2019 
2. Package received by USCIS : 06/13/2019
3. Service Center reviewing : 
4. Text/Email notices sent : 06/20/2019
5. Physical Notices mailed : 06/19/2019
6. FingerPrint notice sent : 06/25/2019
7. FingerPrint notice scheduled : 07/11/2019

8. FingerPrint Walk-in:  07/02/2019

9. FingerPrint Review Completed:  07/02/2019 and 7/04/2019. For some reason, its listed twice. 
10. AP/EAD Text/Email approval : 
11. AP/EAD Physical cards mailed : 
12. Case was transferred to NBC
13. Interview was scheduled: 
14. I-485 approved : 
15. GC card mailed : 

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