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EP15: How To Expedite EAD Request (Sample Letter)

In today’s podcast episode, we will be talking all about how to expedite EAD request successfully.

Did you get a recent job offer you can’t pass up but don’t have work authorization? It’s time to request to expedite EAD now. The sooner you submit your EAD expedite, the faster you can accept that job!

Although there is no guarantee that your expedite request will be approved, you also have nothing to lose so give it try.

Ready to submit your EAD expedite of your work permit? Okay, let’s get started!

Need An EAD Expedite Sample Letter?

sample EAD expedite letter

Download our 9-page EAD expedite sample letter!

Do You Qualify For EAD Expedite?

First things first, you must have a reason to expedite your EAD card. No, just because you’d like it now isn’t a valid reason.

You must qualify for one of their expedite criteria. USCIS considers the evidence you provide on a case-by-case basis.

  • Severe financial loss to a company or person
  • An emergency situation
  • Humanitarian reasons
  • Nonprofit organization whose request is in furtherance of the cultural and social interest of the United States
  • A Department of Defense or national interest situation
  • USCIS error
  • Compelling interest of USCIS

Related Post: EAD Expedite Process: Getting Work Authorization Faster (I-765)

If the reason you are requesting an EAD expedite isn’t listed, you are out of luck! You can’t make up your own reason, unfortunately, so you’ll need to wait for regular processing instead.

Case Example:

Marlo has submitted his I-485 to adjust status along with form I-765 for his work permit. He started looking for a job right away because he thought it would take a while to land a job.

After several weeks of looking he landed a interview with an accounting firm. Although he wasn’t authorized to work, he went to the interview and was honest with the recruiters about his situation.

He mentioned that he applied for his green card 2 months back and is waiting for his work authorization to be approved. The interview went well and they offered him the job as long as he was authorized to work when the position started in 4 weeks.

Marlo decided to submit an EAD expedite request to USCIS with his job offers proof of financial loss if he didn’t get it approved quickly.

In the case example above, there is a good chance that Marlo would be approved if he can prove that the job offer would be taken away if he wasn’t authorized to work by the time the company needed him.

This can simply mean having the employer email you stating this. That they will give the position to someone else who is authorized to work.

It’s important that the job offer also include your starting salary as this will show that amount of money you would be missing out on if the EAD was not expedited.

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How To Expedite EAD Card

Step 1: Get your receipt notice from USCIS

Before applying for an EAD expedite, you must have your receipt number (or case number). 

Once you have your receipt number, you should to include this in your expedite request so they know which case you are requesting expedite for.

Step 2: Request your EAD expedite

  • Call customer service to request EAD expedite.
    • The easiest way to request an expedite is to call customer service at 1-800-375-5283 
    • You still need to submit evidence for your expedite so this is just the first step.

  • Send a letter of expedite to USCIS field office.
    • Send your EAD request in writing. 
    • Download a sample expedite letter – show notes link. 

  • Schedule an InfoPass to request EAD expedite.
    • Finally, you can go to your local USCIS field office to request the expedite in person. 
    • This may be the most time-consuming option
    • it can help to sit down with an immigration official to ask all the questions you may have.

Need An EAD Expedite Sample Letter?

sample EAD expedite letter

Download our 9-page EAD expedite sample letter!

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Step 3: Include supporting evidence

You must include supporting evidence showing that you qualify to expedite your petition.

USCIS gets a lot of expedite requests that are pretty ridiculous. Everyone wants their case processing faster.

Types of supporting documents:

  • Financial documents (bank statements, credit card statements)
  • Medical records (doctors letter, psych exam results)
  • Job offer letter (must show start date, salary)

Try to include as much supporting evidence as you can to back up your EAD expedite request.

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Steps to expedite EAD card

EAD Expedite Request Process

After submitting the expedite request, it will be routed to the local field office that has your petition. They will review your EAD expedite and supporting evidence to make a decision.no exact time frame of how long the expedite review will take (a few weeks) 

EAD expedite approved

If your expedite request is approved, you’ll likely get a notice in the mail and copy of your brand new work permit!

Your work permit will likely be valid for 1 year and will become invalid after your green card is approved. Once approved for your green card, you no longer need to use the EAD card as proof of authorization to work.

Congratulations, you can now accept any job offers that were dangling over your head.If you’re just starting your employment search, you can confidently say that you are authorized to work in the United States.

EAD expedite denied

If your expedite request is denied, your case will processed as usual. You won’t be able to skip ahead of the line and it can take about 90 days to approve.

After an EAD request is denied, there is no option to appeal this decision. This is the final nail in the coffin of your request and you will just need to wait until USCIS complete regular processing of your application.

If it’s been longer than 90 days, contact customer service to get an update.After 90 days, they will probably just tell you to wait another 30-60 days before inquiring about your EAD again.

Need An EAD Expedite Sample Letter?

sample EAD expedite letter

Download our 9-page EAD expedite sample letter!

Conclusion: How To Expedite EAD Card

There you have it, folks! That is how to expedite your EAD card. Was this helpful to you? It’s not so scary when the steps are broken into small bite sized pieces, huh?

The EAD expedite is a great way to get your work permit faster if you qualify for one of the expedite requirement.

Worst case scenario is that you are denied the EAD expedite and your application processing the same was as if you never applied for the expedite in the first place.

My EAD application took about 70 days to approved so I didn’t both with the expedite as I wasn’t looking for a job at the time. But, I understand the urgency for those of you who have a great job lined up and really need to get that EAD card fast.

If you are unsure how to write a good expedite letter, you can download our EAD sample letter. It’s a 9-page expedite request sample with 7 different types of evidence you can include to show financial hardship.

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