USCIS EAD Expedite Request, Financial Loss, Medical Reason

USCIS EAD expedite request financial loss letter has low approval chances. Congressman increases chances with medical emergency, financial loss, losing job.

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta          Updated  4 Feb, 20


USCIS Expedite Request for EAD 2020

You will need your USCIS EAD case receipt number to create an EAD expedite request.

Time needed: 15 minutes.

How to make USCIS EAD expedite request?

  1. Call USCIS or Take InfoPass Appointment

    Make EAD expedite request by calling USCIS on 1-800-375-5283.
    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.

  2. Expedite Request Sent to USCIS officer

    The USCIS sends your expedite request to the USCIS office who is processing your your EAD application. You will an email notification and a tracking number for your EAD expedite request.

  3. USCIS officer contacts you

    USCIS officer may contact you by email to submit further evidence of your situation. You should be ready with supporting documents to prove your case.

EAD Expedite Timeline

Once you raise your EAD expedite request, USCIS creates a case and sends it to the USCIS service center processing your case. You can see the case updates on case status website as:

On April 9, 2019, your request to have your case expedited, referral number xxxx, was assigned to an officer for response.

On April 12, 2019, we sent a response to your request to have your case expedited, referral number XXXX,

On April 12, 2019, your request to have your case expedited, referral number XXXX, was completed.

An email from USCIS case officer will have this text:

“Upon receipt of your request for expeditious handling, your case was reviewed and a determination was made that we need additional information to make a decision regarding your request. Please scan and e-mail documents supporting your expedite request to”

NOTE: Please include the receipt number and ATTN: xxxx in the subject line of your e-mail.
***The information must be received within 48 hours of the date of this notice. A decision in regards to expediting your request cannot be made until this documentation is received. Any documents submitted, in a foreign language, must be accompanied by a full English translation–***”

You should respond back with the evidence to the USCIS email address as early as possible.

Once your EAD expedite request is approved by USCIS case officer, you will get another email with this text:

“We***have received the requested evidence. The documentation submitted meets the requirements for expedited processing of your application. You should receive a decision or notice of further action within 45 days”***

The processing time will be mentioned as 45 days but the EAD approvals are given within 10 days of this email.

Chance of EAD Expedite Approval

  1. EAD expedite chances for financial loss, job loss is just 1%.
  2. EAD expedite chances for financial loss, job loss with Congressman letter rise to 20%.
  3. EAD expedite chances for MEDICAL emergency + financial loss + job loss are very good at 90%.

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.

On June 20, 2019, some users have reported that Congressman in Massachusetts have said that they are NOT allowed to send specifically ‘H4-EAD’ expedite requests to USCIS anymore!

Congressman in Massachusetts say they are not allowed to send H4 EAD expedite request
Congressman in Massachusetts say they are not allowed to send H4 EAD expedite request

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 faster than other pending applications. You can use one of the following reasons:

#1 Severe Financial Loss to Company or ​Person​

Top reasons for EAD expedite financial loss to mention in EAD expedite cover letter:

  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 for EAD expedite
  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 and medical conditions.

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

#2 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 i485 or other asylum EAD has very good chances of Approval faster.

#3 USCIS​ Interest

Department of defense or national interest situation or DHS cases have good chances of expedited approval. The request should be made by official U.S. government office and show that EAD approval delay will cause losses to the government.

#4 USCIS error

If USCIS made a mistake in your last EAD application, your chances of EAD expedite request are brighter with current pending work authorization request.

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.

EAD Expedite Request Financial Loss Sample Letter

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


Subject: EAD expedite Request due to Financial Loss & Medical Emergency

USCIS EAD Receipt number: EAC.........

I have filed my H4 EAD renewal request 90 days before expiry. 
The application is currently pending with USCIS for approval even after 30 days of filing. We could not file the EAD application 180 days in advance as we were waiting for H1B extension approval.

We have a special need child whose medical support cannot be paid if I lose my current job due to delay in EAD approval.

Current medical treatment costs are shared by my spouse and me equally. 
We request you to please approve my EAD as your earliest possible convenience.

Attached Documentary Proof:
1. Doctor's Letter.
2. Last 3 months Medical Receipts.
3. Job offer letter
4. Recommendation letter from Manager/Employer (Optional)

EAD Expedite Request Denial for Financial/Employment Loss

Many people have reported that they have received an expedite request denial when they raised H4 EAD through congresswoman based on financial loss due to job loss:

“Good afternoon,
This email is in response to your inquiry regarding the Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization (LIN1990xxxxxx) which Mr. Singh filed with USCIS on May 17, 2019.

According to USCIS records, your constituent’s application is pending assignment to an adjudications officer at the Nebraska Service Center (NSC). Currently, the NSC is processing most forms of this type within approximately 5.5 months from the receipt date.

While we recognize the concerns of your constituent, we are informed that expedited processing requests based on loss of employment or future employment will not be granted in cases of this type. Expedited processing requests in these cases will only be considered if the request is based on an extraordinary circumstance (e.g., a natural disaster, a medical emergency with an extended hospital stay, or there is a national interest in the applicant). If there are other or additional circumstances which relate to these types of circumstances, your constituent may submit another request with supporting documentation.


Congressional Liaison Specialist
Congressional Unit
USCIS – Nebraska Service Center
Telephone: █████████
FAX: █████████
E-mail Address: █████████”

EAD Expedite FAQs

Can we request EAD expedite approval if losing job?

You can request for EAD expedite approval with financial loss as the reason but chances of its acceptance are very low unless you have any medical emergency along with financial loss.
USCIS rejects the requests even if you have job offer that might expire if you do not get EAD approval.

EAD expedite request processing time?

USCIS can take up-to 45 days to approve your EAD once they have accepted your EAD expedite request. Practically, we have seen approvals within 10 days.

Chances of EAD expedite request Approval with Congressman?

The chances of EAD expedite approval with Congressman help are very good.

Chances of EAD Expedite Approval?

USCIS does not approve EAD expedite request unless you have a real emergency other than job loss. You will have to provide documents to prove your claim. The final decision to expedite the request rests with USCIS.

Reference: USCIS


Recent discussion on forum

  1. venki_k22

    Hi Anil,
    I have applied H4 ead ext for my spouse on May 16th and had biometric appoint on June 3rd. So far there is no update from USCIS.

    My question
    We blessed with baby boy in the month of May. my wife have to pay hospital bill of around $10,000. can my wife request USCIS to expedite here H4 Ead approval? Because she is the primary insurance owner ,She has to pay the bills and if she lost job. It’s hard for her to pay the bill and lost the insurance as well.

  2. sanjaykarna

    Thanks Anil.

    It was mentioned in the email.

    “You should receive a decision or notice of other action within 30 days of the date of this letter.”

    By August 20 thirty days will be over.

    Is it suggestive timeline or mandatory timeline to finish the case?

  3. Anil.Gupta

    Hi @lalita_jain

    Anything is possible. USCIS may or may not accept the expedite request again.

    I have given the list of documents for EAD expedite request here.

  4. lalita_jain

    Since we applied for I539 on July 7th and the processing time for california shows 2.5 months in the website.
    Assuming its already past 2 months and 10 days, keeping my fingers crossed that it arrives.
    Earlier L1 and L2 used to be approved together if applied together.
    Thanks for your input

  5. Ronny

    Hi @Anil.Gupta,

    First and foremost thank you for hosting this and helping the Indian community through this forum. God bless you and your family!!

    My situation

    1. Filed H1B + H4 + EAD through my employer and the received date for all applications is 11/22/2019 - California center
    2. Bio-metrics completed on 12/18/2019
    3. Upgraded to premium on 1/6/2020, H1B approved 1/10/2020
    4. No change in H4 or EAD status as of today (1/23/2020)
    5. Our visas are valid till 2/16/2020

    My wife needs to go to India in March 2020 as her father had passed away last year and their is a one year ceremony / pooja she needs to attend. This is extremely important to her as her mother is in India and needs her support. Her mother requires some medical attention as well. If she travels before her extension comes in she will recieve an rfe and visa processing will take more time.

    Can this be used as an expedite reason to write to USCIS under humanitarian category or nay other category?

    1. Secondly if she looses her job that would impact our daily lives and have severe financial problems for us…
      a. We have mortgage going on for our home in US
      b. we both studied here so we have student loans
      c. we have 2 boys - their expenses
      d. home expenses
      e. my wife’s insurance is through her employer so loss of insurance
      f. mortgage for a property in india

    My salary alone cant handle all these expenses. I can send them a breakdown with my credit card bills, expenses etc and it clearly shows that all these expenses my salary cant handle.

    Do you think all of the above concerns / issues can help me expedite my wife’s case?

    Please advise me on this and how to proceed with all this.


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  1. Titto
    Titto 15 Jan, 20 at 9:29 am

    Hi Anil, i have applied for both H4 COS and H4 EAD on oct 30 2019 and did not received approval yet so planning to apply for expedite request. Could you please help me to know if i need to expedite H4 Cos or H4 ead applicationOr mention both petition numbers?