EAD expedite request with USCIS for severe financial loss

Anil Gupta  28 Feb, 19      16  USA

USCIS Expedite Request for EAD 2019

USCIS allows you to request for expedited processing of your EAD application, if your circumstances fall in one of the below mentioned scenarios and you cannot wait for regular EAD processing times.

EAD Expedite Request with CongressMan – Good Chance

The approval rate of EAD Expedite request is higher if your local congressman can send a request to USCIS.

You can find your congress man based on your address and request them to send this ‘expedite request’ to USCIS on your behalf.

You will still need the supporting documents for the expedite reason you give. Some people have successfully got their L2 and H4 EAD expedited within a day with congressman help.

There has to be a good reason for USCIS to consider your EAD expedite request which can be any one of them:

#1 Severe Financial Loss to Company or ​Person​

You can use any one of the reason for your Financial loss if your EAD is not renewed or approved early than normal USCIS EAD processing time.

  1. You will loose your job if your H4 EAD renewal is not approved before current EAD’s expiry.
  2. Your job offer will expire if new L2 EAD is not approved before a certain date.
  3. You are joining a start-up company who is investing in a new project that needs immediate resources and you are one of them. Company will suffer huge losses if the project is delayed if they do not start by certain date.

EAD expedite request CHANCES of Approval – VERY LOW

#2 Emergency Situation

You can file EAD expedite request with USCIS with the reason that you are extremely ill with a disease. You will be required to submit the proof of illness with Doctor’s opinion letter.

Expedite Request CHANCES of Approval – GOOD

#3 Humanitarian reasons

If there is an Outbreak of war in your home country, you may be given a US work permit faster than others.


#4 Nonprofit organization – social interests of the United States​​

Nonprofit organization whose request is in furtherance of the cultural and social interests of the United States​​ can file for EAD expedite request.

An organization broadcasting in regional areas to promote democratic interests is an example.


#5 Department of Defense or ​n​ational ​i​nterest ​s​ituation

The request must come from an official U.S. government entity and state that EAD approval delay will be detrimental to the government.


#6 USCIS error

If USCIS made a mistake in your last EAD application, your chances of EAD expedite request are brighter.

CHANCES of Approval – GOOD

#7 Compelling interest of USCIS​


With unusually high current EAD processing time and no automatic temporary EAD extension of 180 days available, this expedite request is the only option for H4 and L2 EAD workers.

Overall Chances of EAD Expedite Request approval – VERY LOW

USCIS is pretty strict about extending expedite benefit to people and reserves it for extremely NEEDY people even when you have one of the valid reasons mentioned above.

You will have to provide documents to prove your claim. The final decision to expedite the request rests with USCIS.

Many people give it a try even though they may be denied. If USCIS denies your expedite request, your next action plan should be to contact congressman, which has a higher success rate for approval.

Documents required for USCIS EAD expedite request

There is no official list of documents by USCIS. It is entirely based on what expedite reason you claim in your expedite request.

The most common reason chosen by H4 EAD holders to expedite their request is “Severe financial loss to company or ​person” and claim that they are bound to loose their JOB if EAD renewal is not approved before certain date.

For new EAD applications, they can claim that the job offer may expire and the company may hire someone else if H4-EAD is not approved timely.

  1. Job offer letter
  2. Letter from the employer on their official letter head, stating how important it is for them to hire you for their business (e.g.: training resources, setting up a team, market value of the project etc.).This letter can also mention the amount of substantial loss to the project that may happen if you do not join the employer before a certain date.
EAD expedite request with USCIS
EAD expedite request with USCIS

How to make USCIS EAD expedite request

Make EAD expedite request by calling USCIS (1-800-375-5283). The Service Request is then sent to the USCIS office with jurisdiction over your EAD application. Officer may contact you to submit further evidence of your situation.
You can also visit a USCIS local office with an InfoPass appointment or writing a letter to the field office or service center.

If you are outside the United States, you should submit your requests to USCIS office in your country.

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  1. dinchi navdiwala   28 Feb, 19 at 9:47 am

    Hi Anil,

    My L2 EAD (i765) application reached on 13th Feb, 2019 to the Dallas mail box. It’s been more than 15 days and I haven’t received an acknowdlgement from USCIS. Please suggest.

    • It can take upto 21 days for the receipt number notification to arrive by USPS mail.
      Did you file form G1145 with your application to get notification on SMS or email?

      • dinchi navdiwala   28 Feb, 19 at 12:42 pm

        Yes i did.. but still no sms or no email confirmation.

        • Anil Gupta   28 Feb, 19 at 4:12 pm

          May be USCIS is taking time to enter the details in their system. It happens sometimes. No need to worry.

          Has the EAD fees check been en-cashed by USCIS?

  2. This is a fantastic article Anil!! 🙂 Thank you so much!!!
    When we ask our congressman to expedite the application,
    Should we ask it before we send it and have confirmation of this to add to our initial application?
    Can we write in the application please expedite and add the congressman letter as evidence?
    What would you suggest is the best procedure?

    • It is better if congressman sends the expedite request on your behalf. That has more weight attached to it.

      • Is it possible that I can ask my congressman before I send my application? Thanks!!

        • Anil Gupta   26 Feb, 19 at 2:02 pm

          Off-course it is possible. You should contact congressman to see if they will be able to help you.

  3. Is it possible to expedite H4 EAD which is filed along with H1/H4 extension.
    Note: Due to job duty change, could not file in premium.

    • Anil Gupta   27 Nov, 18 at 6:57 am

      The only way to expedite is mentioned above. Try your luck and your case may be expedited.

      USCIS is very strict though with expedite requests.

      • Thanks Anil.
        Will USCIS expedite H4 EAD alone when H1/H4 extension is in progress?

        • Anil Gupta   27 Nov, 18 at 2:22 pm

          Nope. H4 EAD can only be approved if H1B and H4 has been approved. So, USCIS have to wait for a decision on H1B and H4 first.

          • Namrata Rawat   17 Dec, 18 at 6:18 pm

            Hi Anil,

            I have applied for my EAD renewal (L2 dependent) at california center and it is almost 90 days now . Based on your tracking process in my receipt the number of days is 90 but still it is in pending state.Also the california center is taking longer to renew?

            Is it possible to request uscis to expedite using a congressman letter before first asking uscis ?


            • Anil Gupta   17 Dec, 18 at 8:15 pm

              You can try the congressman to help with your expedite request but chances are low that it will be accepted.

              At this time, the EAD approval times are indeed more than 3 months.

            • Namrata Rawat   18 Dec, 18 at 5:53 pm

              Thanks Anil