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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. Greetings community, My name is Juan and I come from Brazil. I have gotten my bachelor's degree in business and I graduated on May 9th. I have sent my application for OPT on June 26th and I got a response on July 2nd that they received. Unfortunately today 07/24/2020 I got a notification from USCIS that says "due to insufficient funds my application was rejected". I just ran out of the 60 day grace period to apply for OPT. The issue is that I did have money for my application and my financial institution said that I did not have enough funds to pay for the fee even though I do. I wonder if I can reapply even though my 60 day grace period is over or if there’s anyone I should talk to about my bank’s mistake. To whom should I talk, what should I do, how can I appeal this case, how can I reapply, how can we fix this situation. Please, anything would be of huge help!!! Thanks a lot, community! Please reach me out
  3. We filed AOS a month ago with I-485, I-130, I-131, I-765, I-864, & I-944, and paid $1760. Got a rejection letter in the mail saying the I-765 form is outdated (that one's on me) and "the payment amount is incorrect, or has not been provided." But I thought if you're filing I-765 together with I-485 as part of AOS, there isn't a separate fee? I filed an I-765 a few years ago for my F-1 OPT, but since that was under a totally different category, my I-765 this time is still considered an application for an initial EAD, correct? Has anyone had the same issue?
  4. Hey, I remember recently seeing in some other threads that applicants were getting their I-765s denied because they didn't include a payment, even though the payment is included in the cost of the I-485 package and they shipped it all together. I made sure to note that there was no payment enclosed because I was filing together with I-485 in the same package. Will this suffice or should I go as far to include an entire copy of the I-485 with the I-765 as evidence? What should I do?
  5. My husband came to the US 2 years ago and was waiting on his asylum case, which is still pending. We got married in November and decided to start the process to change his status. He has his 2 children with him (mother passed away) and I of course want to include them with his application. After researching, I think that I can file his I-765, I-131 together and all for the same fee as the I-485 if I file them jointly correct? Is there anything else I can file with that or am I missing something? Any advice would be appreciated. I need a tribe to help me through this journey.
  6. While filling out forms I-485 and I-765 there is a question about " Place of Last Arrival into the United States". My wife and son both had a pre-clearance (sealed package was given to agent) in Abu Dhabi and came to Houston (final destination) via Chicago. Question: What should I put in Place of Last Arrival into the United States?
  7. Hello everyone, I applied for F1 OPT's employment authorization card and my case was received on February 26th 2020. Apparently USCIS RFE'd my application on April 1st 2020, but they never updated in their website that they are requesting additional evidence for my EAD i-765 application. The worst case happen, the RFE mail never enter into my mail-box (I called them and informed them about this, and they told me they send the RFE mail to wrong address........), so I never had any idea about this whole RFE situation (I constantly check my case status and it only says 'received' until now). Luckily I called them yesterday and only then did USCIS staff directly inform me that my application has been RFE'd. I have been requesting them to send the RFE through e-mail instead. I called them 4 times, and the last call the staff mentioned it could take from 15-days to 30 days for the RFE request to be processed, so until now I still have no clue what additional documents that USCIS wanted from me to continue processing my case I have a job offer that starts in June 8th, I have already contacted the company but this entire situation still makes me feel uneasy and I will like to expedite the case if possible. Can anyone here please share advice on expediting the process? I really need all the help I could get right now Thank you
  8. Hi, I'm currently applying for Adjustment of Status and my I-765 is highly overdue, and I have a job offer for a summer job that wants me to start filling out forms. Now I know I'm not allowed to work until I get my work authorization approved however I've been waiting since Late July of Last 2019, There was a bit of a hold up with one RFE that I sent in last month however I've heard nothing since. I was wondering if I was allowed to fill out the tax information like the W-4 without getting into trouble, I wouldn't start working until the 13th of June so I have a lot of time but I didn't know if that would make me ineligible if I give my to-be-employer my information to be ready by then. I think I'll get my I-765 approval by then but I don't want to jeopardize my application. Basically I'm asking weather if giving my would-be-employer the necessary information for them to be ready to employ me would harm or make me ineligible in my immigration process. Cheers, Hamish
  9. Hi there, I’m filing for a spouse-based green card and I have some questions regarding some of the forms. Some of the questions might seem redundant, but since my husband (a U.S. citizen) and I are planning to file with no lawyer assistance, I want to make sure we’re doing this right. I currently reside in the U.S. Here it goes. I-130, “Petition for Alien Relative:” 1) Is it ok to submit uncertified photocopies of our marriage certificate and birth certificates? 2) As a proof of U.S. citizenship, multiple websites list examples of acceptable documents, such as the U.S. birth certificate, Valid U.S. passport, Naturalization Certificate, Certificate of Citizenship, and Consular Report of Birth Abroad. Should my husband submit all of these docs, or is one or two from the list enough? 3) Regarding our join joint bank account statements, statements for what period should we consider to submit? We have had two joint bank account for almost three years and submitting all the statements seems a lot. 4) What are good proofs for our bona fide marriage, aside bank statements, photos, and proofs of traveling together? 5) What is the best proof that we live together now? (We’ve been living together for two years) I-485, “Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status:” 6) Can I use an uncertified photocopy of my foreign birth certificate and translate it on my own, or do I need to turn to a certified translator? 7) As a proof of lawful U.S. entry and status, is it ok if I send an uncertified photocopy of my visa in my passport? 8) I do not have any previous interactions with law enforcement, do I still need police records testifying that I do not have any records? 9) Do I duplicate documents that are asked for in multiple multiple forms, e.g. I-94 travel record, valid U.S. visa, passport, images, or is one of each good? I-765, “Work Permit Application Form:” 10) I’m currently on my student visa (F-1). Based on my F-1 visa, I have been allowed to work on campus. Does this count towards previous work permit, i.e. do I need to count my F-1 status and submit proof of previous authorization to work in the United States? If so, how does this proof look like? 11) Do I need to include an additional 2-inch-by-2-inch passport-style photo with I-765, or the one asked for the I-130 enough? Many thanks! Wish me luck.
  10. Hi there! I am currently applying for Aoj along with I-765 for work Authorization. on my I-485, currently have a Request for information however my I-765 is currently overdue processing time and it is still "active." I'm not sure if my RFE stops the I-765 from processing as I'm trying to get the documents together to send it off ASAP. so if anyone could let me know if my I-765 is being held up by the RFE on my I--485 that'd be great! Cheers!
  11. Hi all, I wanted to start a thread with general questions about my AOS process and to learn from everyone who has gone through a similar scenario. Here are a few questions as I am gathering all my documents: Q: Should I file form I-693 along with all of my initial documents? A: There is no need. Schedule an examination after the interview date is set. Q: Do I need to translate my vaccination record etc.? If so, can I translate everything myself? A: Q: My husband is filing form I-130 online. Should I also print everything and file form I-130 along with form I-485? A: Q: In Part 1 of form I-765, do I choose 1.a Initial permission to accept employment or 1.c renewal of my permission, since I have used an EAD twice before (once after undergraduate and again after graduate degree) A: Q: In Part 2 of form I-765, #12, do I select "yes" even though my employer "filed" Form i-765 for me previously? A: Q: We have a joint lease for an apartment in Raleigh, NC but I commute to work in VA and have another apartment in VA what address should I use for all my forms? A: Background information on us: I am a resident alien working under my H1B visa (since June 2019) I moved to the states 8 years ago (F1 - undergrad, OPT, F1 - graduate, OPT, H1B) I married a US citizen on Jan. 31, 2020 We are planning on submitting everything as soon as possible since we have been doing long distance for over a year and would like to live in the same place! I greatly appreciate any help on this. If you are going through the same thing, please feel free to ask your questions and I hope to be able to help out as well. Thank you so much in advance!
  12. Hi! I was contacting a friend who gave me an offer for A summer job. Right now I'm currently going through the process of applying for a I-765 (which I should receive within the month) and a I-485 and I was wondering if I could legally apply for the job. My thought process is that, if I'm just being offered and I accept the job, is not the same as working and by this summer I should have the Work Authorization to start earning money. Though I can understand it being against applying for jobs. If anyone could help me out that'd be great!
  13. 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!
  14. 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
  15. Hello, please redirect if it has already been asked. I am on H1B visa and is applying for I-765 EAD based on spouse of US citizen. I am currently in US. What do I fill in Eligibility criteria?
  16. Me and my husband filed for my AOS a little over two weeks ago. Yesterday we FINALLY received the text saying our case was received and that we will get I-797 in our mail soon. However, when I put our receipt number into myUSCIS it only shows that I’ve filed the I-765 (employment authorization). It doesn’t show the actual AOS not the AP. Has anyone had the same experience? I’ve checked back every couple of hours or so but it doesn’t change. I’ve also tried calling USCIS but it’s just an endless loop of recorded messages. I’ll submit a picture of what it looks like:
  17. Hi there. Just recently (end of September, 2019) got married to my now husband 💛and after weighing all our options and resources, we have decided to do this without an attorney. We knew it was gonna be difficult but we didn't know it was going to be so meticulous in detail (in reference to my case and specific situation). So I am the beneficiary and I am currently on an OPT and I have an EAD (expires 02/18/2020) and was on an F1 VISA (expired 07/06/19) when I arrived in the US and my husband is the US citizen. So, again, my husband and I are assembling the whole package (concurrent I-130 + I-485) without an attorney and we are running into a couple of issues while completing the forms we have to fill out for this packet. We would love some help on how to do this properly (we really want to avoid even the slightest possibility of receiving RFE, lol who doesn't)... All our questions: FORM I-131: - Part 3. Page 2. Item 1 and 2: Date of Intended Departure and Expected Length of Trip (in days): I don't know the date of when I'm planning to travel outside of the US yet so therefor also don't know the length of the trip. Do I leave this blank/N/A? What do I put here? - Part 7. Page 4: On a separate sheet of paper, explain how you qualify for an Advance Parole Document, and what circumstances warrant issuance of advance parole. Include copies of any documents you wish considered. (See instructions): Do you guys have any advice on how to "explain how one qualifies for Advance Parole"? lol. FORM I-765: - Part 1. Page 1. Item 1.a: I am applying for (select only one box): √ Initial permission to accept employment. - Replacement of lost, stolen, or damaged employment authorization document or correction my employment authorization document NOT DUE to US Citizenship and Immigration Services error. - Renewal of my permission to accept employment. Attach a copy of your previous employment authorization document. I selected the "initial permission to accept employment" because I thought that this is a different case (Adjustment of Status through spouse) than me applying for a renewal of my EAD that I got through being an F1 student. Did I interpret this correctly? - Part 2. Page 3. Item 25: "Your current Immigration Status or Category (for examples, B-2 visitor, F-1 student, parolee, deferred action, or no status or category)": I put "F-1 STUDENT ON OPT. Should I put something different? - Part 2. Page 3. Item 27: Eligibility Category: Would it be (c)(9)? FORM I-485: - Part 1. Page 2. Item 19: "Nonimmigrant Visa Number from this Passport": So I have two passports from my foreign country (one is expired and one is current). The one that has my expired VISA in it is the expired passport. The one I used at my last arrival is my current passport that doesn't contain the VISA number in it. Should I include the Nonimmigrant Visa Number in the answer of item 19 even though it isn't in reference to "this Passport"? - Part 1. Page 3. Item 24: "What is your current immigration status (if it has changed since your arrival?": At my arrival I was still in school and hadn't graduated yet. It was F1 at the time, but is it now F1 on OPT? Now that I am on an OPT but my VISA has expired.. what is my current immigration status? - Part 2. Page 3. Item NOTE: "Attach a copy of the Form I-797 receipt or approval notice for the underlying petition or application, as appropriate.": Isn't this only applicable in the case of when someone files just an I-130 instead of a concurrent I-130 and I-485? - Part 5. Page 7. Item 10: "Is your current spouse applying with you?": Thats a no right? Because he is a US Citizen and doesn't "need" to apply for a permanent residence? FORM I-130/FORM I-130A/I-485: - Mailing Address: Me and my husband are a little worried about having our mailing address be the same as our physical address just because we don't know if we will be living at our place for longer than the next 3 months. We were thinking that the USCIS would send all the documents to our mailing address only right? Therefore we were planning on putting my husband's parent's address (in Texas) on the forms instead of our physical address. Would this be the safe option? Has anyone done that before? - Employment History: item #: 42. - 49.b: Like I said, I'm on an OPT but because I am a freelance video artist, I have had multiple gigs (+7) over the course of this year since I have gotten my OPT but I have NEVER worked anywhere as a Full Time or Part Time employee. Should I list all the gigs I have done titling the Employer: "Self Employed" and Address: my home address and Occupation: OPT Freelance Video for _____(company) ? or should I title the Employer: the employer I did the gig for and state the Occupation as: OPT Freelance Video? I have also worked at my school as a teacher assistant multiple times for multiple teachers, so I am guessing I should include all those as well? Someone recommended me to fill out Employer 1 as OPT-F1-STUDENT-ACADEMIC and state the Date to: time that my OPT started and Date from: PRESENT and then just start at Employer 2 on the most recent gig I did, but I'm really not sure about that suggestion.. - Additional Information: So on almost every form there is a section to include additional information for Previous Employers or Previous Home Addresses. The thing that confuses me is what item number to refer to (together with the page number and part number). How did you guys gather what item number to put in? Any answer to any question would be more than appreciated. I know it's a lot of info and we have many doubts but we would be very grateful for any help or input!
  18. Hello everyone, im a k1 visa holder, married to a us citizen and i am filing for an Adjustment of Status along with I-765 and I-131. I need a cover letter, simple and neat. I cant find an accurate and recent cover letter samples in some forums and it seems not active so i decided to create a topic. If you know a sample please feel free to link it in. Its better if you can share and post yours. Thank you so much in advance!
  19. Hi All, I really hope someone could help me here. Yes, there are attorneys out there, who could answer my questions, but I don't have the financial means to pay for one. I've also tried to seek free legal advice, but no one in New York City seems to have availability until January, 2020. I simply can't wait that long. To make a long story short, here are some basic facts about my situation: 1) Entered the US (last entry) on an O1 Visa (Feb. 2019) 2) My job was terminated in July, 2019 3) Got married in July and applied for I-485, I-130, and I-765 4) I accidentally applied under the wrong category, C35, the first few times. It wasn't until a USCIS officer told me the category might be wrong. I had my biometrics taken in September, so everything seems to be on track with the I-485 and I-130. The I-765, however, has been denied a handful of times, and while it may be my own fault, I'm starting to questioning every single part on the form. I simply don't know what to put in certain boxes. It's getting frustrating because we're living off of my husbands salary, and I really want/need to go back to work asap. My questions are as follow: 1) I had EAD before back in 2017, but under a different category. My request for employment should be "initial," correct? 2) I entered the US on an O1 visa, but lost that status immediately followed by my termination. What is my current status, then? 3) Should I still attach my old EAD card even though it isn't relevant for this category? 4) The category I'm filing under is C9, correct? Thank you, and have a wonderful day! Best, Daniel
  20. Hi there, I am a new member. Nice to meet you all I have just refiled the whole I-485 package after the interview denial (I-130 approved) on September 6. I had to stop working because USCIS also revoked my current EAD. My employer is willing to wait and help with the supporting documents. I told them the minimum processing time could take 90 days. Right now, they hired someone to fill in my position temporarily. However, they have already cut me out of the payroll and place me on leave of absence. Worst case scenario, they will have to terminate me and rehire once I get new EAD. My I-765 received date was Sept 17, 2019. I submitted the expedite requested with USCIS due to financial loss to a company and person via phone but got rejected on Sept 30, 2019 (They didn't ask to see further evidences. I think it was probably because I haven't completed the biometric at that time.) I wonder how soon you can request to expedite again after the first one got denied? (I had the biometric appointment yesterday and now the status is 'Fingerprint Review Was Completed'.) I contacted the congressman for assistance but they said USCIS suggested to wait another 45 days. It seems they prefer to follow USCIS procedure and advise me to come back after 90 days. I am not sure if my employer can wait that long and I am at risk to lose my job. Should I wait for the congressman or resubmit the request by myself in a month later? Thank you very much.
  21. Hello! My fiancé arrived in the United States on a K1 Visa on September 10, 2019. We got married on September 12, 2019. Is it worth it to apply for the I-765 and pay the fee or should we just wait on the greencard? What is the timeline on getting the work permit vs waiting for green card? Can we apply for his social security card right away? I need to add him onto my health benefits, but they need a social security number. Please advise.
  22. I'm on an F-1 Visa, and have applied for an EAD on Post-OPT. My application was received on June 27th and on August 13th I submitted an Expedite Request. I received a denial e-mail on the very next day, without even having the chance to argue about it. My question here is, now that my expedite request got denied, while I was about 40 days into the process, does that mean my application got sent to the bottom of the pile and I went back to the equivalent of day 1? I keep hearing rumors about it and it gets me very worried. It has now been 67 days since it was first received. P.S. If you're on an F-1 Visa, in the same situation; don't even bother requesting an expedite. You will be denied right away. If someone could help me figure this out, I'd be very thankful.
  23. Hi everybody, It took me more than a month to get my concurrent filing i-130 and i-485 package ready. I did it entirely by myself and had my husband read everything before sending it. I sent it on 8/26/19. It arrived on 8/29/19. Today is 9/17/19, and I haven't been notified that the package is being processed and they haven't taken the money either. Something that was not clear for me was the fee. Since I'm submitting the i-130 and 1-485 together (including i-864, i-765, etc), I thought there was only one fee that I needed to submit for the amount of $1,225. Well... yesterday when I'm doing some research about how long it takes for them to process the package, I heard a lady on YouTube say that there is one payment for $1,225 and one for $535. I think the package is perfect and it is not missing anything else besides the $535 payment for form i-130. However, now I am very anxious and Idk what to expect. I would like to hear from you guys what do you think will happen. Will they contact me and ask me to submit the other payment? Will they send the entire package back? Do you think there hasn't been enough time yet for them to process my package? Attached is my table of content. I appreciate if you guys can confirm that I am not missing anything beside the $535 payment. Table of Content.pdf
  24. I filed for AoS in March, got expedited EAD a few days ago in August due to a job offer. A couple of days before my EAD showed up, another unexpected card came in the mail - my social security number card!! Is that normal? I was under the impression the SSN card came 5-6 weeks after the EAD was printed/granted.... And then as if that's not enough, my green card status changed to 'ready for interview' yesterday! It's all go, all of a sudden.... I'm just glad I can finally work. The only thing I don't have is my advance parole travel pass because USCIS made a mistake with my form so it's delayed like a month behind the rest of my process.... Anyway, is that normal? To get an SSN days before getting my EAD??
  25. I petitioned to get a work permit expedited via my congressman as I have an impending job offer, which was successful, but due to a USCIS error (they thought I hadn't paid my fees) my i-131 application is about a month behind my i-765. I finally received my EAD card today but it says "not valid for reentry to U.S." on the bottom. I'm guessing that getting the work permit expedited doesn't also expedite the Advance Parole application, even though they seem to come together on a 'combo card' nowadays... From the brief reading I've done it looks like I might get the 'advance parole' on a separate paper letter, which is kind of annoying to have to carry around every time I travel abroad (which will be quite often for work reasons), but is there any point me contacting USCIS to ask if this is a mistake or if they can cancel my current EAD card and re-issue a 'combo card' once the AP is granted??
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