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Just started an expedite request but asked about "Severe financial loss"??

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USCIS received my application for a work permit (EAD) about 4 months ago. Due to my own ignorance (but hey, we all make mistakes), I thought it would only take ~90 days to get a work permit, but if I'm reading the site correctly it now says as long as 8 months....!!! So today I decided to raise an expedite request. 

 

I'm a self-employed freelancer and have been starting to get work requests from some clients, but not sure if this will count as "Severe financial loss" (as quoted to me by the customer service rep I spoke to on the phone). I can show that I've had offers of work but only in so far as text messages from colleagues at the company asking for my availability etc. Do you think this will be enough to warrant an expedite? We also have some unexpected medical bills but I didn't mention these - might this have helped my case?

 

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Agree no harm.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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2 hours ago, peanutismint said:

We also have some unexpected medical bills but I didn't mention these - might this have helped my case?

"Good news about this whole nightmare is that I had no problem getting the EAD card expedited with a 60 thousand dollar medical bill. So, for the record this will qualify you for Financial Hardship in the eyes of USCIS."

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All you can do is send what you have and hope it's enough. Every expedite decision is discretionary.


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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1 hour ago, HRQX said:

"Good news about this whole nightmare is that I had no problem getting the EAD card expedited with a 60 thousand dollar medical bill. So, for the record this will qualify you for Financial Hardship in the eyes of USCIS."

You were able to post the link before I could. Definitely helped I think. Funny thing is the card was approved a few days before I faxed all the information into them. It takes about 2-3 weeks to get the letter with where to fax everything to, and I faxed everything on a Friday morning, then Saturday morning ( The next day) all the approval letters for the EAD/AP showed up in the mailbox. I don't know if the expedite really helped or not. The cards had to have been approved before I faxed everything in, because it takes 4-5 days based on the postmark for me to get the letters. I don't know, but as others have said, it is worth a try. I wasn't even going to try for an expedite until the hospital visit. You can check my timeline for all the exact dates and information.

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Posted (edited)

Thanks, I will try, but I just get the impression (from what others have said) that "I need to work so I don't starve" isn't considered a 'valid' reason for expedition...! Which is essentially what I'd be asking. Just seems silly, seeing as I've already completed my biometrics/paid all my fees etc. that there'd be any further wait for such simple/necessary things as 'work authorisation' and the ability to leave the country.... 

 

But like everyone is saying, can't hurt to try. 

Edited by peanutismint

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Posted (edited)
7 hours ago, peanutismint said:

Thanks, I will try, but I just get the impression (from what others have said) that "I need to work so I don't starve" isn't considered a 'valid' reason for expedition...! Which is essentially what I'd be asking. Just seems silly, seeing as I've already completed my biometrics/paid all my fees etc. that there'd be any further wait for such simple/necessary things as 'work authorisation' and the ability to leave the country.... 

 

But like everyone is saying, can't hurt to try. 

The counterpoint is that the petitioner should be able to support you until you can work. :P

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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Posted (edited)

You must have a Sponsor and maybe a Joint Sponsor.

Edited by Boiler

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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