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AoS pending at NBC. Can I speed up EAD due to a new job offer I have?

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This is a follow up to my other question (Question Here

My AoS application was received at National Benefits Center on 09/24/19. I saw their EAD processing timelines are currently between 4.5 months to 6.5 months. I have a few questions in that regard:


  • Does that mean a minimum of 4.5 months for everyone who is being processed there? Are there cases where they have processed it sooner than the minimum estimate?
  • I have a job offer, my wife doesn't work, and I would like to speed up the EAD processing by placing it on high priority. What is the average timeline of getting that done at NBC?
  • Does Christmas break cause any unnecessary delays?

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1. Yes I think there probably cases where it was processed faster than that, but those are the exceptions not the norm. Why are those faster? No idea. USCIS works in mysterious ways. Your guess is as good as mine. I would just assume 4.5 mo is the minimum before they even touch your case.


2. I don’t think there is any stats on that. All I can say is, if they agree to expedite, it would be “faster” but not “fast” as in, it’s probably weeks, not days.


3. Not “unnecessary” but USCIS employees are people too, and they take Christmas and Thanksgiving off to be with their families. Nobody wants to sit at a desk reading immigration files on Christmas’s Eve. Plus the holiday season is when people tend to take times off, to travel, shopping, .... They’re civil employees and it’s like any office. So processing can be slower and it’s expected.

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