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