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Expediting EAD / I-765 for part-time employment?

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom



My husband immigrated to the U.S. on a K-1 visa in late April 2019. We submitted for his adjustment of status (I-485) along with his EAD (I-765) and Advance Parole (I-131) at the same time. We submitted in early June and received receipt from the USCIS of all three forms.


My question is related to expediting the EAD. My husband teaches martial arts and is well known for his expertise on this topic in the UK and Europe. In his time here, he has made some martial arts connections where we live (in Michigan). While said instructors cannot afford to employ him full time, they did offer to write a letter confirming they will pay him to host karate seminars because of his knowledge on the topic. This would be a fixed rate (e.g. $200 per seminar). The seminars vary in frequency and could be anywhere from 2-15 a month. It just depends on the demand and scheduling.


Since this isn't full time employment (or even a guaranteed number of "hours of work" per week like your traditional part-time job), would this still be grounds to request expedition of the EAD? We are trying weigh options, but his passion and career is really in the martial arts field and there aren't many other job opportunities in that field where we live beyond this one.


Thank you for any comments or feedback.

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The USCIS may consider an expedite if it meets at least one of the following criteria:

Severe financial loss to company or person;

Emergency situation;

Humanitarian reasons;

Nonprofit organization whose request is in furtherance of the cultural and social interests of the United States;

Department of Defense or national interest situation;

USCIS error; or

Compelling interest of USCIS.

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It is free to ask for an expedite.

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