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  1. We will have to pay the fee for each separately to renew the EAD/AP even if we filed before this final rule takes effect? From the final rule in the exemptions section (page 161 onwards) it makes it seem as though the regulations in effect at the time of filing is what we go off of, which would make the renewals free if filed before October 2. Or am I misinterpreting this?
  2. Hi one more thing - on the other thread - You and others were saying we do have to pay for renewals. I'm a bit confused
  3. Hi all, i filed in January obviously way before the new fees for USCIS applications go into effect (which is October 2). However I will likely have to apply to renew my ead before I get an interview for I485. will I have to pay the new fee for EAD renewal or it stays free for me because my initial filing was before the new fees?
  4. https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10107.pdf It states: "Do I need to have my number before I start working? We don’t require you to have a Social Security number before you start work. However, the Internal Revenue Service requires employers to use your Social Security number to report your wages. While you wait for your Social Security number, your employer can use a letter from us stating you applied for a number, and your immigration documents can prove your authorization to work in the United States." So basically, you can definitely start work. They give you a receipt that you applied for an SSN so if the employer is being finicky you can provide them with the above pdf, and the receipt that you applied. My question is why weren't you able to apply at the SSA office? Why did they turn you away? As long as you have the application form filled out they should be able to take the information and put it in the system for you - especially with a EAD? We were able to do it with just the marriage certificate, unexpired I-94 and the passport. Since SSA is federal I would assume they follow the same protocols?
  5. Hello! I might not be the best person to answer this as I live in WA where we got the SSN a month after marriage and the DL even before my husband had an SSN (they are super lenient here). Are you sure they need SSN if you have proof of residency (docs in your name with marriage cert) and EAD? However, I would definitely not take the risk of mailing off my EAD. You have no idea when (Or if) you will get it back and it is way too precious to take a risk with - especially because that is the only hard proof of our status here (besides AOS noa1). can you call them back and ask if a copy of both sides of it will work? also, since many states seem to be on the path to reopening I won’t be surprised if the offices open up really soon. I would wait if I were you (I know it’s frustrating without an SSN) but that’s my two cents.
  6. Congrats! The next update will be “Card was picked up by USPS” and it will include a tracking number. if you have informed delivery it might even show up earlier
  7. Got my EAD/AP today!! I was approved June 10, and was worried too but it was mailed 8 days later on June 18th. I am sure it will update some time this week!
  8. Thanks so much!! I hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy! Hooray for Phase 2 (although I barely go out anyways haha!) I am bracing for another 14-15 month wait from now, and if it’s earlier I’ll just be pleasantly surprised. It took us exactly 5 months to get the EAD so to be safe I’ll send it in with 5.5 months left, and then use the NOA1 for extension (hopefully that still applies the way you said!)
  9. Thanks so much for your help and advice my friend!
  10. That’s what I was thinking! So with about 6 months to spare for a seamless transition. How to get the fee waived? I guess when they see “Renewal” they waive it?
  11. Hi everyone, just thinking ahead here. When do you usually file for renewal of EAD based on a pending AOS? 6 months before expiration? 3 months?USCIS says no more than 180 days before but I just wanted to ask. also, it is free of cost for a renewal right? The fee calculator said $0, but I wanted to know from those who have been through it. Are processing times the same for a renewal as an initial EAD?
  12. Although I am so so so happy to have the EAD/AP does anyone else think this is a horrible time to have it because 1) job markets are insane and 2) we can’t even travel anywhere and the card only has a 1-year expiration? maybe I just feel that way because its almost guaranteed I will have to renew it before getting the GC due to backlogs at my local office
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