EAD expedite request with USCIS for severe financial loss

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta - Updated on  17 May, 19

EAD expedite request with USCIS
EAD expedite request with USCIS

USCIS Expedite Request for EAD 2019

You can file EAD expedite request with USCIS. The chances of EAD expedite request approval are low. You can take your local congressman help to improve odds of EAD expedite request approval with USCIS.

EAD Expedite Request with CongressMan – Good Chance

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.

USCIS EAD Expedite Request Reasons

USCIS needs a strong reason to process your H4 or L2 EAD faster than other pending application. You can use one of the following reasons:

#1 Severe Financial Loss to Company or ​Person​

Top reasons for financial loss:

  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.
  4. Mortgage payments cannot be made if you lose your job.
  5. Child support cannot be paid if you do not join the new job offer that you have got. – Good reason.
  6. Medical treatment costs cannot be paid if you do not continue your EAD job – This is the strongest reason out of all above.
Documents to prove financial loss
  1. Letter from employer stating you have to provide EAD status to continue working.
  2. Job Offer letter
  3. Employment agreement
  4. Medical documents of parents treatment and expenses (if any) – This is very important as this can be make the difference between expedite request approval and denial.
  5. Child support documents 

A user recently reported that their L2 EAD expedite request was approved based on above set of documents.

EAD expedite request chances of Approval without any medical financial reason are 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.

Your EAD can be approved faster than others if you are medically ill and can prove it. Good chances.

#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.

This is very tough to prove but if you can, your EAD has very good chances of Approval faster.

#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 should be made by official U.S. government office and show that EAD approval delay will cause losses 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.

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.


   42 Useful Questions & Answers from comments

  1. anne villanueva
    anne villanueva 3 May, 19 at 8:23 pm

    Hi Anil,
    I applied for my EAD at Nov 15, 2018. I really need to go back to my country for some emergency reason.
    But up to date I still don’t have my have combo card but last April 1st my status changed to “case is ready to be scheduled for an interview”. We lived in Chicago and my center is at NBC. Everyday I checked the USCIS site but no movement of my case.
    I’m thinking if I can go to our Congressman or Ombudsman to expedite it? Need your advice. Thank you.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 4 May, 19 at 2:33 pm

      There is no harm in trying for congressman help in your case.

  2. brarat
    brarat 25 Apr, 19 at 2:13 pm

    Hi Anil,
    Thank you for helping with all our queries. It is more than 5 months ,I applied under EB1A for AOS, EAD, AP. Just fingerprint done. When my i140 was in process last year september, my father gone through open heart surgery, so I could not go to see him. From that time I am waiting for EAD so I can visit him, but its taking so long its been more than 5 months. My visa expired and I am in H1B. Can I request to expedite AP, EAD?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Apr, 19 at 4:14 pm

      You can file the expedite request. Its free and you may get an approval.

      • brarat
        brarat 26 Apr, 19 at 12:46 pm

        Thank you so much Anil for your time, really appreciate it. What all supporting document can be provided? Surgery doc when it was done and letter by my father ? anything else ? Can you please let me know.

  3. Henrique
    Henrique 2 Apr, 19 at 1:28 pm

    Hello Anil,

    Someone told me that could expedite EAD by the end of 2018 based on a formal job offer through USCIS (no congressional involvement). Does it make any sense to you? A job offer only is not even among the reasons listed on your post about expedition through USCIS. Thanks!

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 2 Apr, 19 at 1:45 pm

      It won’t make any difference. Everyone applying for EAD has a job offer and may lose the job if EAD is not approved.
      So, USCIS does not count it a s valid reason to expedite just your EAD application.

  4. Alejandro Romero
    Alejandro Romero 27 Mar, 19 at 11:24 am

    Hi Anil,

    I hope you are doing well. I applied a couple of weeks go to a green card by AOS through marriage with a US Citizen. I included the form I-765 to get the working authorization too. I was willing to wait the 6 months that it is taking to process the EAD card and I was going to focus that time to develop skills. However my father got seriously ill and he needs money to perform a complicated surgery (we have access to doctor letters/prescriptions,etc). I am originally from Venezuela where my parents live at. Right now Venezuela is having an humanitarian crisis, with the highest inflation rate of the world, power outages, scarcity of food and medicine, and a civil war is about to explode. In your experience, do you think I could compelled a good case that I need to start working soon because of humanitarian and medical reasons related to my inmediate relative (father) illness and emergency situation in Venezuela? Let me know your thoughts and thanks in advance for all your help.



    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 27 Mar, 19 at 11:58 am

      You can try filing an EAD expedite request with your situation and proof of your claims. It is possible that USCIS may accept it.

  5. Vivian
    Vivian 25 Mar, 19 at 9:27 am

    Hi Anil,

    My i-485 is pending and my husband laid off (previously he was on his H1-B) and we applied i-485 based on my company and the application is pending.
    He have 60 days to transfer his H1-B and we also applied for EAD for him only. Since we already 60 days his H1-B cant be transfer anymore. But he just got a job offer. Is there possible we can expedite his EAD? We applied on March 7, 2019.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Mar, 19 at 11:11 am

      I do not think that your have a valid reason to expedite your i485 EAD with your current situation and USCIS may or may not approve it.
      You can try going through your local congressman as it has better chances of expediting your case.

  6. REW
    REW 22 Mar, 19 at 2:02 pm

    Dear Anil
    i was wondering based on your experience – i am an L2 visa depended on my husband L1 visa. i am currently employed however my EAD will expire on the 24th of March. i have applied for a renewal only in last month (as my husband L1 extension was only approved then). My employer notified me that i will be on leave and removed from payroll until i get my new card. i have contacted USCIC last week and they issued and expedition request based on financial loss and asked for supporting documents. few questions based on your experience:
    1. is there any chance for this expedition to be approved on?
    2. what documents do i need to provide to support my case? my employer will only provide a letter of employment stating i am working at their company not other official letter.
    3. does it help if i go to my local congressman? will they cooperate on such a case?
    appreciate your response.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 22 Mar, 19 at 2:14 pm

      The chances of your expedite request are low even when you submit your employer letter in support.
      I have seen many such applications and 99% of them simply are rejected as each of them has the same situation that you will lose your job.

      The chances are good for expedite approval are good if you contact your local congressman and they send your request to USCIS.
      My suggestion is to go with congressman.

      • REW
        REW 22 Mar, 19 at 2:14 pm

        Got it many thanks for your quick response

  7. Venkat
    Venkat 19 Mar, 19 at 2:30 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I applied for my L2 EAD renewal on 22nd Jan 2019. My current EAD expires on 24th Jan 2019.
    My employer HR team has sent an email saying I will be terminated from the services if I am not able to provide the work authorization proof within a month from the date of expiry.
    I tried to expedite but they declined the case. Now I have the infopass appointment on 25th March 2019.
    Please advise me on what grounds should i ask them to expedite the EAD or approve the case.

    What are the common questions they ask and what we are supposed to answer?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 19 Mar, 19 at 9:30 pm

      Infopass appointment is of no use and they cannot expedite your case. They will simply say ‘No’.

      Are you sure your EAD expired on Jan 24, 2019? You applied for renewal just 2 days before its expiry?

      You should have applied at-least 180 days in advance due to long waiting times.

      • Venkat
        Venkat 20 Mar, 19 at 11:04 am

        Hi Anil,

        My EAD expires on 24th March 2019.
        Sorry for that.

        I could not apply for EAD renewal since my extension was not done and it got extended on 18th jan 2019.
        How do I make use of the infopass appointment.

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 20 Mar, 19 at 5:35 pm

          As per my information, infopass will be of no use. You can only wait or go through your local congressman to file another EAD expedite request.

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 20 Mar, 19 at 5:35 pm

          As per my information, infopass will be of no use. You can only wait or go through your local congressman to file another EAD expedite request.

  8. dinchi navdiwala
    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.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Feb, 19 at 11:15 am

      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
        dinchi navdiwala 28 Feb, 19 at 12:42 pm

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

        • Anil Gupta
          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?

          • dinchi navdiwala
            dinchi navdiwala 28 Feb, 19 at 7:16 pm

            Well, i will not know as i have sent money order

  9. David Sanz
    David Sanz 26 Feb, 19 at 10:53 am

    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?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 26 Feb, 19 at 11:12 am

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

      • David Sanz
        David Sanz 26 Feb, 19 at 11:32 am

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

        • Anil Gupta
          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.

  10. John
    John 26 Nov, 18 at 10:06 pm

    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
      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.

      • John
        John 27 Nov, 18 at 1:19 pm

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

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

              Thanks Anil

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