How to file USCIS EAD Expedite Request (Job 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 AM22Tech Team
  By AM22Tech Team    Updated  9 Apr, 21

You can and should raise an expedite request if your EAD is pending and you are on the verge of losing your job.

  • H4/L2 extension pending biometric, EAD pending: EAD expedite request will not work if your biometrics have not been taken. Your EAD cannot be approved until the H4 extension is approved, which is again dependent on biometrics. USCIS is reusing biometrics only if you ever gave it in the USA for application i539.
  • Biometric Completed/Reused, EAD pending: You should try and raise an expedite request if EAD is pending for more than 90 days. You have a good chance of approval.

Many people reported that USCIS is approving their EAD expedite request if the job is in the medical field or your employer has healthcare-related business.


H4 EAD expedite request was approved by USCIS swiftly in coronavirus emergency even though the first two expedite requests were denied earlier. This person’s US employer supplies medical equipment to hospitals.

EAD expedite approved in Coronavirus by USCIS
EAD expedite approved in Coronavirus by USCIS

It’s all about demand and supply. The State Department has also requested medical professionals around the world to apply for US work visas if they can help with treating COVID-19 patients.

How to Raise Expedite Request?

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 (recommended).

    The dialing code to speak directly with a Customer Representative is 1-2-6-1-1. They keep changing the options and hence you should keep trying.

  2. Have on hand the following information: Receipt Notice/Receipt Number, DOB, Mailing Address & Physical Address, attorney’s name & address (if applicable).

    You can also visit a USCIS local office with an InfoPass appointment or write a letter to the field office or service center (not recommended).

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

  3. Expedite Request Sent to USCIS officer

    The USCIS sends your expedite request to the USCIS office who is processing your EAD application.

    You will an email notification and a tracking number for your EAD expedite request.

  4. 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.

Expedite Timeline

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

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

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

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

Your case will then be reviewed by USCIS case officer and he will decide if more documentary proof is required or not.

If officer wants more information, you will receive an email from USCIS case officer. This email 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 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%.

CongressMan – Good Chance

You can find your congressman 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 needs a strong reason to process your faster than other pending applications. You can use one of the following reasons:

Reasons for EAD Expedite

#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 lose your job if your H4 EAD renewal is not approved before the 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 that is investing in a new project that needs immediate resources and you are one of them. The company will suffer huge losses if the project is delayed if they do not start by a 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 make the difference between expediting request approval and denial.
  5. Child support documents  

A user recently reported that their L2 EAD expedite request was approved based on the 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 the official U.S. government officials and show that the 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 requests are brighter with a current pending work authorization requests.

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.

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 the 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)

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: █████████”


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 a 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


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Recent discussion on forum

  1. cazambon

    hello, I applied to renew my EAD exactly 6 months before expiring (they recommend not doing it before 6 months) so I would have enough time to get the approval, but the USCIS website says it can take up to 8 months to get a new card. How to proceed in that case since you don’t even have an option to renew before 6 months? Is there anything I can do about it?

  2. anil_am22

    Hi @cazambon

    The only option is to file an EAD expedite request but USCIS may or may not approve it.

    I know its a bit contradictory but that’s how USCIS works and there is no other way around.

  3. 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.


  4. anil_am22

    Hi @Ronny

    You can try but i don’t think your case is any different than other people waiting for their EAD.

    It depends on USCIS case officer. If you van melt their heart with your story, they may approve your expedite request.

  5. soumyav

    Hi @Anil.Gupta,

    This is really a very helpful shared information. Regarding EAD expedite request, I searched but there is no option for Infopass Appointment , rather it says - use online tools instead. I have been going through medical treatment for almost an year, based on my husband’s L1 extenstion, my L2 status and EAD renewal was filed.

    I wanted to submit a expedite request for Financial Loss and Medical Condition. How I do that ?

    Is there anyway I can meet USCIS official in person ? If yes, how to approach that ? I am based out of Houston.

  6. anil_am22

    Hi @soumyav

    The only way to raise expedite request is to do it online. You cannot meet any USCIS officer in person.

  7. soumyav

    How to do that Online ? You also mentioned to take support from Congressmen ? Can you help me understand to approach this route as well ? Thanks in advance

  8. shihtzubomb

    Hi Anil, I got reply from congressman saying my expedite is approved on Jan 22th, but so far still no update… it’s been 16days. Do you know if there’s any other way to check or expedite again?

  9. anil_am22

    haha…I am not sure if they forgot it or how USCIS tracks it internally.

    You can call USCIS call center again and see if they can send a ping to the USCIS officer working on your case.

  10. slogun4u

    Hi Anil,
    I submitted the expedite request for H4EAD (filed h1,h4,h4ead in premium, h1 approved on 17th Jan), reeceived the email to submit the supporting documents.
    I sent the documents via email a month ago, after that there is no reply yet.
    I contacted helpdesk twice but they replied that when the decision for expedite request is made then I will be notified.
    It`s been a month since I submitted the documents.
    Can you plase suggest.
    Thank you,

  11. anil_am22

    You can try congressman request but chances are low for any positive response from USCIS.

  12. Vanessa_Murillo

    Hello @Anil.Gupta.

    Seeking your take on the following:

    I submitted a one-step family-based application to register as a permanent resident from marriage to US citizen (485,130,131,765) on June 3rd, 2019, received an RFE around August which I responded to in September, got notice of 765/131 combo card approval 2/7/20 & notice of interview scheduled on Feb 13 (New Orleans office) for March 24, which has since been canceled.

    The combo card was lost by USPS. I’ve been through a ton of back and forth with both USCIS customer service & USPS for an elevated search inquiry.

    The item is conclusively lost & USCIS suggested I submit a replacement 765/131 application + a copy of my 485 receipt and to call to raise an expedite request once I had a new receipt number.

    Submitting a new packet puts a big risk on my current employment, as my current OPT EAD expires this June 14.

    Under regular processing times, the card will not get to me in time to keep my job. Understanding that having expedited processing requests approved is unlikely, I read this article.

    To which I concluded I can evidence a letter from my current employer arguing financial loss, I have a congressional contact who could help & my husband is studying anesthesia, for which he will begin hospital rotations around Louisiana in June and is required to have health insurance coverage that I provide to him through my job.

    Even more so now that we’re in a pandemic. I was wondering what your thoughts are on how I should go about presenting a case for expedited processing & if any of the arguments above seem plausible to you. Thank you!

  13. anil_am22

    Hi @Vanessa_Murillo

    Sorry to hear about this USCIS and USPS goof up.

    I don’t have anything else to add at this time except what has already been mentioned on the article page.

    It has a sample letter that you can use and add your own situation to make it more authentic.

    You should be able to get approval soon.

  14. nitzi

    Case filed H1 + H4 + EAD in Jan 2020.
    H1 approved in Jan (Premium Proc)
    H4 fingerprints done in Feb 2020
    H4 extension (in Sep 2020) - SR raised and got generic reply (within 60 days).
    H4 extension (in Sep 2020) - Expedited and got denied instantly.
    H4 extension (in Oct 2020) - Expedited again and got update as “Request for Additional Information Received” - not sure what does that means coz I have not send anything yet.
    EAD - nothing yet, coz it depends on H4 to be approved first.

    Any suggestions what’s wrong here as its been more than 10 days after 2nd expedite but nothing yet.

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