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  1. Hi everyone, I have been searching through this forum and did not find any topics that discussed EAD Expedite cases where USCIS has requested Proof. Share your experience and timeline here so we can get a better idea about how long it takes and what is the success rate. You can track mine in my signature. I requested EAD expedite review under Severe Financial Loss and I provided a letter from my employer to prove it. It has been 9 days since I faxed my letter and no change so far...
  2. Hello VJ Community! I hope you are all staying safe and well during these scary circumstances. USC Petitioner here, seeking guidance on how to go about applying for my now-husband's Social Security number. My husband arrived in Texas from the UK using a K1 visa on March 16. All Social Security offices shut their doors (as a safety precaution against COVID-19) the day after, on March 17. We got married on March 21 and are now in the process of putting together our AOS/I-944/AP/EAD packets. We saw that you can choose to apply for your SSN on the EAD application, but I assume he wouldn't get the card until after he receives the EAD five or so months down the line. We were thinking of checking "No" on the application and waiting until the offices re-open so that we can apply in-person and hopefully get the card in the mail sooner. His I-94 expires on June 12, so we are really hoping that things normalize before then. Any thoughts on going this route? Thankfully, not having an SSN hasn't caused major roadblocks for us yet. We were able to get him a phone plan, health insurance, and I was able to add him to my checking account, savings account, and credit cards. The biggest setback would be not being able to obtain his driver's license. He has a valid UK driver's license that he's eligible to use for 90 days, but he'll need to apply for a Texas license after that point and having an SSN is a requirment to obtain one. Has anyone tried checking "Yes" on the EAD, but then also going to their local office to apply in-person after submitting the application? Would that cause issues for him down the line? Thank you! Will appreciate any advice/input you can provide.
  3. Hi everyone! I filed for adjustment of status from K1 in september, also added the forms for advance parole and EAD and applied for a SSN in the same form. I got my EAD 2 weeks ago, but so far nothing on my SSN. The instructions say that it shouldn't take no longer than 7 business days to get after EAD. So, I called SSA yesterday and said I needed to file in person. I called the office in Savannah but they are closed to the public due to the coronavirus outbreak and they don't know when they will be open again. Also, the guy said the process for a SSN with the EAD can take up to 6 weeks, so I needed to way another month either way. My question is, how is my husband supposed to file taxes as married if i don't have a SSN and since I have a EAD I'm not eligible for an ITIN? I hope my SSN gets here before the deadline to file, but what can I do in case it doesn't?? Thank you!!!!
  4. Hi, I'm wondering whats taking USCIS so long to process my application for AOS along with application for EAD and also AP. We sent our application on the 12th of February through USPS, to Chicago IL. We had it tracked and it arrived at the 16th of february at their address. and so far nothing came in yet in the mail or notice though email/text with G-1145 on top of my application. I know that USCIS implemented the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule nationwide, including in Illinois, on Feb. 24, 2020. but our application came in earlier than that, ill post the note on the USCIS Website. " the rule affects postmark application starting on the 24th and after that date" Thank you for your time. Mahalo's ALERT: On Feb. 21, 2020, the Supreme Court stayed the statewide injunction issued by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois affecting Illinois filers. USCIS implemented the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule nationwide, including in Illinois, on Feb. 24, 2020. USCIS will apply the final rule to all applications for adjustment of status, and applications and petitions for extension of nonimmigrant stay or change of nonimmigrant status postmarked (or, if applicable, submitted electronically) on or after that date. For applications and petitions that are sent by commercial courier (for example, UPS, FedEx, or DHL), the postmark date is the date reflected on the courier receipt. USCIS will reject any affected application or petition that does not adhere to the final rule, including those submitted by or on behalf of aliens living in Illinois, if postmarked on or after Feb. 24, 2020. The final rule requires applicants for adjustment of status who are subject to the public charge ground of inadmissibility and certain applicants and petitioners seeking extension of stay and change of status to report certain information related to public benefits. Due to litigation-related delays in the final rule’s implementation, USCIS is applying this requirement as though it refers to Feb. 24, 2020, rather than Oct. 15, 2019. Please read all references to Oct. 15, 2019, as though they refer to Feb. 24, 2020. USCIS will not consider, and applicants for adjustment of status do not need to report, the application for, certification or approval to receive, or receipt of certain previously excluded non-cash public benefits (such as SNAP, most forms of Medicaid, and public housing) before Feb. 24, 2020. Similarly, USCIS will not consider as a heavily weighted negative factor receipt of previously included public benefits (such as SSI and TANF) before Feb. 24, 2020, in a public charge inadmissibility determination. Certain classes of aliens are exempt from the public charge ground of inadmissibility (such as refugees, asylees, certain VAWA self-petitioners, U petitioners, and T applicants) and therefore, are not subject to the final rule.
  5. Evening All! Forgive me if this is in the wrong section. If it is could someone kindly move it to the right one? Thanks! I would like to go ahead and give some background on my immigration process thus far: I moved to New York on June 14th via K1 visa. Got married to my LOVE ❤️ on July 1st (Canada Day! lol), and sent my AOS package along with the EAD and AP on July 9, 2019 to the National Benefits Center. NOA 1 dated July 15, 2019, Bio-metrics was done on August 5, 2019. My field office is Albany, New York. A few weeks back I was on indeed looking at jobs curious to see if I would find my particular job available in the area that I'm living. I was checking periodically before and never had any luck finding my particular position: Senior Property Accountant. I was worried that I was in a niche career and that I wouldn't be able to find my positions since the area I live in generally doesn't have loads of condominiums/residential buildings which means they have 0 need for Property Management Firms and that I was going to have to settle with choosing a different path for my career once I received the EAD. The thought of downgrading position and work experience was not sitting well with me (even though it was my choice, so I'd have to live with it regardless). Well it happened I found the position I had been hoping I'd find: Senior Property Accountant at a nationally recognized company. So I thought "what the heck, let me apply". After waiting a few days I received an email to come in for an Interview. Well my interview went perfect and even before she did her final interview she sent me a tentative job offer contingent on getting my EAD expedited. So here comes the rest: October 1, 2019 - called USCIS and requested the EAD expedite October 4, 2019 - received email to send in additional documents October 9, 2019 - faxed in cover letter from Company describing position and reason for wanting them to expedite the EAD, job offer, job posting from indeed, and a copy of my resume October 17, 2019 - notification that they received my documents October 24, 2019 - notification that CARD IS BEING PRODUCED!!!! I requested the expedite based on financial hardship to the company. But I'll be honest it wasn't extreme urgent need, at least it wasn't explained that way in their cover letter. I was honestly worried that I wasn't going to get it and my only opportunity to work in my same field was going to slip right past me. But it happened, I got lucky, and they approved my EAD expedite. I should receive the card soon! I just can't believe it! I'm writing this to give others hope that you can do it too, so long as you provide them with what they are looking for. I am living proof that there is no harm in asking, it's a testament to all those out there that it truly never hurts to try. You literally have nothing to lose. Okay excited rant over... lol If you have any questions on the process or anything at all please ask. I'd be more than happy to help!! If it wasn't for visajourney I wouldn't have been able to make it through this far so this a big THANK YOU to everyone out there on this beautiful forum!
  6. Hello everyone, I am new in the forum. I've tried to look for topics with my same issue but found none so far. I would like to have opinions from people/lawyers who are/were dealing with my same situation. I applied for AOS few days ago as our immigration lawyer suggested. I am married to an US citizen and crossed the border legally months ago, from Italy. The lawyer reassured us that I will eventually obtain the Green Card, since our strong historical/financial background but I am worried about work. I should receive my EAD in 6 months, hopefully, and this really gets me down. Living for lots of time without getting some honest money in the pocket really gets me down. I know people that can easily give me a fake SSN so I can start working, but I want to think twice before doing it. Is there any chance that it can come out during my AOS process? I will not use the SNN or other reasons but for work. I would be happy if someone can share experiences about this. I have not talked about this with my lawyer since she gets paid a lot only for simple questions.
  7. I got a request for initial evidence a week ago. They were asking me to send additional evidence about my husbands pay. I responded to it today. Right now I don’t care too much about how long the green card or AP takes. I have a job offer on the line - due to start end of August and the employer is kind enough to put me on hold for the position. So I need to have a general idea of how long I’d be expected to wait to receive EAD after they receive the evidence. Does anybody here know? More recent experiences would be so helpful. My case is at the National Benefits Center in MO and I already had biometrics done last month. Thanks!
  8. Hi everyone, I just received my EAD and will be resuming work on Monday. In Dallas there’s little to no public transport and my wife’s job is opposite from mine. Please does anyone know the cheapest weekly car rental possible? Thanks
  9. Hi everyone! Here's a new group for anyone who has just applied for AOS from K1 in July 2018! Fingers crossed for everyone!
  10. Hi all - we had our AOS interview yesterday, thought I would add info if it helps anyone: - They were primarily concerned with tax returns and paystubs, all of which we had and presented. - We were only asked where we got married (and half-way through explaining, agent said he had had enough info). - All of our photos/albums were reviewed, but not questions asked. They did keep a few photos from our wedding (which we have duplicates of). Overall it was very simple and painless; we hope to get the Green Card within the next few weeks! Hope this helps!
  11. Hi Everyone, I'm becoming very impatient! I have a job offer and I need to start working from 22nd January. Can you guys help me to get an idea when my EAD should be approved by? Case is with National Benefit Center (MSC). 08/30/17 -- Filed I-765 and I-485 09/25/17 -- BIO Completed // 11/15/17 -- Called USCIS, got a referral number, no feedback received 12/05/17 -- Called USCIS, got a referral number, no feedback received 01/08/18 -- Called USCIS, escalated case to Tier 2, then escalated to Tier 2 Supervisor who told me she would call back in a few days, still waiting... On the USCIS tracker it only shows "Fingerprint Fee was received" since 09/12/17 for I-485; and "Case was received" since 09/07/17 for I-765. Its been 134 days!
  12. I am a F1 student. I was doing my opt after i graduate on December 2018. My ead card expired on January 01 2020. I got married on September 2019 with my husband which he is a citizen of the US. We sent I-130, I-1485, I-765, I-131 all the forms to USCIS. USCIS sent us mails to notice us they received our forms on December. already finished the finger print on January 2020 and USCIS updated about that on my account too. My manager told me my ead card expired so I called USCUS to explain the situation if there is a way I can still legally working. They told me I am on c9: “adjustments of status”, which I can extend my card 180 days. They told me tell my manager about that and then it should be fine. However, my manager asked me to see if USCIS can give me a official letter to prove it. So, I called them again and they said they will not give me anything to show that. Everything I need is on the website.I asked if I can have a chance to expedited my ead card then I can still keep my position. They told me it’s just two months now so it’s not necessary to do that. I want to keep my job because I love that job so much. What I can do now? Should I apply expedited the ead card still? Thank you
  13. Hi! I think I have a pretty straight forward question, but I am not really sure about the steps that I should follow. I am currently on a F1 student visa working on EAD that you get for one year after completing my studies. I am getting married to a US citizen in January and planning to change my last name to my spouse's last name. I am trying to understand when I should/can change my last name on my SSN and drivers license. I am applying for the new EAD along with our application for my Green Card (Adjustment of Status and Petition). Do I need to wait for my new EAD (with my new last name) to arrive in the mail first or do I have to go to the SSN office as soon as I have my marriage certificate? I believe that I can't change my drivers license before my new EAD comes because they request that as a proof of identity at the DMV, but I am also not 100% sure. Thanks!
  14. Hi All, This community is incredibly helpful. We have a number of questions that we'd love to get people's thoughts on. Quick backround: + We are an engaged couple that is planning on moving to the U.S. in september because one of us (the U.S. citizen) is starting grad school. + My fiancée is an Argentine citizen. She currently has a long-term tourist visa We've decided to go with the K-1 process. We know it's not an ideal from a work perspective for my fiancée, but we understand it gives us the best shot at being together in the U.S. as soon as possible (our primary goal). Here go the questions. 1) We understand that even though we have both been living outside the U.S. for the last 3.5 years, we can go through the K-1 process. I understand that I need to be "domiciled" in the U.S. Currently in the U.S. I have: - A bank account (registered to my parents' address) - An investment account (registered to my parents' address) - Credit cards I use regularly (registered to my parents' address) - Have paid taxes the last 3 years - I have voted in the U.S. in the 2016 election and will do so again for 2020 Do I qualify as being "domiciled" in the U.S.? At what point do we have to send proof of being "domiciled" (when sending the I-129F or later on?) Anything else I need to be aware of since I'm applying from abroad? 2) For the application, do we have to translate proof documents such as bank statements, bills or plane tickets in Spanish? If so, do they have to be done by an "official" translator? 3) If the K1 is not approved by September, can my fiancée go to US with tourist visa to visit me at least periodically? Or would that be a problem? 4) Once we get the K1, get married and start the EAD process, could my fiancée still work remote for her Argentine employer being paid in Argentina? This while waiting for the EAD process. Thanks so much. This community is everything!
  15. Hi everyone! Does anyone know what should I pick on number 14? I already got my SSN so should I choose "No" or leave it blank?
  16. Hey everyone, I just received my EAD/AP Combo Card on Monday January 13. My card shows validity period from 01/07/2019 to 01/06/2020. Am I right in understanding that my card is already expired? My AP letter shows validity from 01/07/2020 – 01/06/2021. My I-797 NOAs for both EAD and AP were dated 01/07/2020. Has anyone had this experience? I assume it is an USCIS error. I have a callback with them tomorrow. Thanks!
  17. Alright folks, brand new month right here, you all have made to the AOS phase. Congrats and happy new life together. This thread will be for AOS discussions for those who sent their AOS package in August 2018..... Good luck everyone and couple things, EAD/AP taking around 4 to 6 months Expedite Criteria : https://www.uscis.gov/forms/expedite-criteria AOS Checklist: http://www.visajourney.com/content/k1k3aos USCIS Processing Times Page: https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times/ USCIS Inquiry about your case: https://egov.uscis.gov/e-request/displayONPTForm.do?entryPoint=init&sroPageType=onpt Enjoy
  18. Today at the airport, my EAD card was lost while checking into my flight to Paris. I have a flight in the morning from Paris to the US and no longer have my EAD card. After multiple attempts to find it and file a police report I haven't been able to locate it. I have photocopies of my ead card, my advance parole approval notice, pending AOS receipt notice, marriage license and original K-1 visa on me. What can I do? Can I still board my plane to the US and what are my options if not? My wife is in the US and can go to our local uscis office or anything that can help. Anyone have any ideas how to solve this??
  19. Hello, I have a pending case for I485 for more than 6 months. I have been issued the EAD/advanced parole combo card. My questions are: Can I work for multiple employers? Means I will continue to work for my company who has filed for my GC but also start doing another job? This is because of financial constraints. Can this affect my I485 interview in any way? When the second company executes I9 verification, will it pop up during my interview? Can this be a concerning issue? Thank you
  20. Hi, me and my husband just got married yesterday so we are about to apply for AOS, SSN and EAD and all that fun stuff. He met up with a potential employer who might be interested in hiring me, they have a 4 star lodge up in the woods and apparently have had people from Canada and from other countries work for them before and they told him they can hire me as soon as I apply for my work permit, I just need to have a proof I applied for it. I have never heard about that before and I'm wondering if this is legit? Because obviously I don't want to start working and get into trouble if this is not the case. But the sooner I can start to work the better. I know about the 90 day temporary work permit. How long does it take to issue that? Because waiting maybe 4-6 months for the permanent EAD is gonna be very hard for me, never been unemployed before.
  21. Hi all, I am currently on F-1 on STEM OPT extension with EAD expiring on Feb 24 2020. I filed for AOS (and a new EAD) thru marriage to a USC spouse in August last year, and still waiting for a new EAD (151 days as of today). Since my current STEM OPT extension EAD expires in a month or so, I am starting to freak out. I have not told my supervisor at work just yet since I do not want to cause any panic. Here is my timeline: Concurrent filing of I-485/I-130/I-131/I-765 received 8/6/19 Biometrics done 9/10/19 I-765 status changed to "case was updated to show finger prints were taken" 9/10/19 I-485 status changed to "case is ready to be scheduled for an interview" 12/13/19 Is there anything I can do to prepare for a scenario where my current EAD expires before the new EAD comes? From the EAD approval timeline on VJ, USCIS website and Trackitt, the processing time seems pretty variable so I feel it is hard to predict what's going to happen. Is it worth it to apply for an Expedite Request??? Or should I continue to sit tight hoping for the new EAD approval soon? Thanks for all the input & help in advance! Mai
  22. I just checked my EAD case status earlier this morning, and it turns out my request to expedite was approved and my card is in production! Just wanted to give a huge thanks to the VisaJourney community and everyone who has ever shared their timelines (I probably read every single timeline out there while in nervous anticipation...). Below is my detailed timeline and process notes in case anyone is / will be in the same boat as I was. Timeline: 05/16: Married to USC 05/24: Submitted I-130, I-485, I-765 and I-131 applications 05/25: Priority date 06/01: Received job offer to start August 6, 2018 06/07: Received NOA1 in mail (notice date of 05/31); application being processed by National Benefits Center 06/09: Received Biometrics appointment notice in mail (notice date of 06/01) 06/19: Biometrics appointment completed (could have done early walk-in, but wanted to get expedite supporting documents ready first) 06/19: Called USCIS and submitted service request to expedite EAD on the basis of Severe Financial Loss (end of current employment on 6/29 plus pending job offer to start 8/6) 06/20: Walked in to Congresswoman's office and hand-delivered case form, cover letter, and supporting documents (see list below) to Constituent Services Representative 06/22: Email response from USCIS asking for supporting documents for request to expedite: "Upon receipt of your request for expeditious processing, your case was reviewed and a determination was made that we need additional information to make a decision regarding your request. Please fax proof of a pending job offer to ###-###-####, Attn: AA####, Div #, Team #." 06/22: Forwarded USCIS email response to Constituent Services Representative, who confirmed that an expedite request has been submitted on his end as well 06/22: Faxed over supporting documents to USCIS fax number provided in email response Cover Letter; USCIS Email Response Above (they request you include in your fax); Pending Job Offer, with 8/6 start date; and Statement from Current Employer (at the time) on Termination of Employment 6/29 06/22: Submitted case to Ombudsman (https://www.dhs.gov/case-assistance) with cover letter and supporting documents 06/26: Email response from USCIS: "We received your request to expedite the decision on your application. Your case is currently under review. You will receive a decision or notice of further action shortly." 06/29: End of current employment (at the time); effectively unemployed 07/06: Ombudsman responded saying my case is within normal processing times, but to respond if I believe I qualify for expedited processing. I responded and reattached cover letter and supporting documents 07/06: Constituent Services Representative from Congresswoman's office followed up with USCIS 07/06: Case status online changed to "Card in Production"! Notes on a couple factors (real / intangible) that may have affected my expedited processing: I am a Canadian citizen marrying a USC. I have been in the U.S. three years under the TN work visa, and four years prior to that as a student and working in the U.S. every summer. Seems like a fairly vanilla case Just a pending job offer is rarely enough anymore, but my current employment at the time was ending as well. Furthermore, when I applied, my wife was in between jobs, so our application paperwork has her down as unemployed as well. Having both of us unemployed may have pushed my situation towards the "severe" side Since these things are always subjective, I believe a good cover letter can really make the difference. In mine, I emphasized how, more important than the money, I am a young college graduate about to lose a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, which would be a major setback to my dreams My birthday is today (07/07), which may or may not have affected anything haha Happy to answer any questions / clarifications. Best, George
  23. Hello, I am having EAD with F-1 OPT now and it will be expired on 02/2020. I just got married to my husband who is US citizen. So we are trying to apply the green card with I-765 asap. Just wondering If i can work between the gap from my current ead expired to getting new one from I-765 with I-485. also, do I need to I-693 when I send all of the documents to USCIS? Or can wait till the interview day? Thank you
  24. Local Office- Chicago, IL but case at NBC. Anyone with PD in beginning/middle of September 2019 got approved for their EAD/AP yet?
  25. Hey guys, Was anyone here able to join the USAF or any other branch with their Conditional Green card? My husband serves and I would like to make it a career as well. I have a bachelors degree but since I’m not a US citizen I would have to join enlisted first and then switch over to be an officer. I will go and talk to a recruiter as well but I was just curious if anyone here joined the military. Thanks in advance.
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