H4 EAD Expedite Request Experiences - Sample Letters Templates Info

H4 EAD Expedite Request Process, Sample Letter – 3 Experiences

In H4 Visa by KumarUpdated : 21 Comments

Since the introduction of Biometrics for I-539 form, there has been significant delays in the processing times for H4 and H4 EAD by USCIS. If we look at H4 + EAD Biometrics Experiences, we can see many have been waiting for months, many have lost jobs as well…USCIS gives an option make an expedite request and they consider everything case by case basis for the same. Some of our readers like Manasa Veena, Anonymous User and  Harish Kumar were successful in expediting their H4 EAD application with USCIS. They were kind enough to do a detail write up, including sample letters, screenshots for community benefit. Thanks a lot to them for taking time to write and share with the community, we really appreciate it ! You can email your experiences as well to redbus2us(at)gmail.com or share in community forum

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H4 EAD Expedite Request Experience – Loss to Company

Thanks to Anonymous User for sharing the experience

H4 EAD Expedite Process – Calling USCIS

  • Call USCIS Contact Center at : 1-800-375-5283
  • Press 1, pause , press 1, pause 2 pause, press 2 pause, then press #
  • It took 10-20 mins to get connected to someone on Tier 1 level
  • Explain the situation and they will give an Expedite Service Request# number and a follow-up inquiry mail was sent to us and how to send the emails.  They will ask for your case number and email.

The status of this service request mail was sent after we called make a call, below is the screenshot of the exact email sample.

Sample H4 EAD Expedite Request Email sent from USCIS Customer Service

USCIS Expedite Request - Sample Email from Customer Service
USCIS Expedite Request - Sample Email Details to Submit

You need to provide a company letter which should have the request number reference and get it to be signed by company representative.

H4 EAD Expedite Sample Letter Template – Loss to Company

USCIS – California Service Center
EAD Department
P.O. BOX 30111-30115
Laguna Niguel, CA 92607-0111

This letter is with respect to an EAD renewal application for my employee Mrs. xxxxxxx xxxxxxx, which was filed on xxxxxxxxx xxth, xxxx and has been pending adjudication ever since. Her current EAD expires on xxxxxxxx xx,xxx. The company will be unable to let her work in her current capacity without valid employment authorization. Without proper work authorization approved before xxxxxxxx xx,xxx., XXXXXXXX Inc. will require to go on unpaid leave beginning on xxxxxxxx xx,xxx., which will cause a financial hardship for XXXXXXXX and result in critical projects missing key deadlines in 2020.

XXXXXXX has been employed in her current capacity starting on XXXXXXX, as a XXXXXXXXXX>

Her annual salary is currently $XXX,XXX per year, which does not include her additional bonus amount target of $XX,XXX or XX% of her salary. Any time spent out of the office on unpaid leave will result in significant financial hardship for she and her family.

XXXXX, Inc, will also lose credibility with our XXXXX XXXXXX Partners, which will result in significant project delay’s due to her critical role leading multiple multimillion­ dollar projects with XXXXXX, Inc. XXXXX organization. So kindly request you to PLEASE EXPEDITE processing of her EAD Renewal and ensure that she receives it before xxxxxxxx xx,xxx.. Thanks again for your understanding in this matter.

1-765 RECEIPT #: WACxxxxxxxxx

Expedite Service Request# Txxxxxxxxxxxx

Please do not hesitate to contact me at the number provided below if you require any further information to support the Visa approval.

Regards,

xxxxxxxx

Position

Cell Phone: xxxxxx, email id: [email protected]

Once you have the Company Letter ready, send the complete document to the listed email in the email from USCIS with Expedite Service Request Number.

As mentioned, you cannot exceed 15 pages and attach them in the form of PDF and send the email. Below is the checklist of documents.

USCIS H4 EAD Expedite Request Supporting Documents

Create a single PDF for all the documents and give reference as below in the email.

Supporting Documents attached :

  • Exhibit(A) (Page 1,2) – Copy of expedite inquiry
  • Exhibit(A) (Page 3) – Expedite request letter from XXXXXX XXX Inc.
  • Exhibit(A) (Page 4) – Project milestone delivery timelines and her roles
  • Exhibit(A) (Page 5) – XXXXX Offer letter
  • Exhibit(A) (Page 8) – Home Loan statement (monthly statement)
  • Exhibit(A) (Page 9,10) – XXX Car loans
  • Exhibit(A) (Page 11) – Driving license
  • Exhibit(A) (Page 12) – Kids Daycare expenses

Processing time for Expedite Request :

Our request was delayed due the Holiday season. When I asked how many days to see the approval, they said normally it would normally take 7 days to respond to expedite request. But due to low number of resources (due to holidays season) it might take up-to 30 working days. Below is our timeline for the entire processing.

H4 EAD Processing Timelines with Expedite Request Approved.

  • Service Center: CSC (California)
  • H1+H4+ H4EAD applied in Premium processing
  • H1B – WAC19283xxxxx – 8/26 receipt generated
  • H4 – WAC19283xxxxx – 8/26 receipt generated
  • H4 EAD – WAC1928350xxx – 8/26 receipt generated
  • H4 Biometric notice date – 8/30 notice
  • H1B – Approved on 9/3
  • H4 biometric appointment date – 9/18
  • H4 Fingerprint Review Was Completed updated – 9/20
  • Expedite Request – 12/10/2019 (Accepted)
    • 38 Days for Processing after Expedite request was accepted.
  • H4 EAD Approval – 01/17/2020

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H4 EAD Expedite Request Experience – Ombudsman, Congressman

Thanks to Manasa Veena for sharing her experience. 

Background of H4 EAD Application :

We applied H4 EAD on Sep 3, 2019 along with my husband’s H1B, went for Biometrics on Sep 30, and then upgraded all together to Premium Processing. Received RFE on Oct 9, RFE answered back on Dec 9, H1B approved on Dec 20, 2019 but no change in H4 or EAD status.

My employer was very worried and they suggested me to reach USCIS and expedite.

Expedite Process with USCIS for H4 EAD Application

1)  Called USCIS to Expedite – Standard Expedite request way.  

I Called USCIS on Dec 30, 2019 to expedite.  They sent me an email to send the supporting docs after 2 hours of my call. They also mentioned to send all supporting docs as a single attachment.

Important Info on Calling :  I called Toll free number and almost every time I am on wait time more than 15 mins, but as we are waiting for a big thing we need to be patient. The voice mail clearly says which options to press, we need to follow those, I did not reach tier office anytime before my requests is expedited. After it got expedited I told Customer Service Representative to transfer the call to Tier 2 as I have medical therapy and I need to discontinue if I lose my income, after 3 unsuccessful attempts they finally forwarded. But even that Tier 2 person said you have to wait 10 days after expedite is approved.

H4 EAD Expedite Request Documents Checklist

We attached below documents

  • Offer letter
  • Employer letter saying financial loss(My employer is a medium sized consulting firm)
  • A therapy I am undergoing
  • Cost of therapy
  • Kids day care expenses(Bill).

We wrote an email in the below format.

Sample Expedite Request Letter to USCIS for H4 EAD Faster Processing  

Dear USCIS

I am writing this email to sincerely request to approve expedited review of my EAD case (bearing Receipt # XXXXXXXX) and approve it before my current EAD expires. This will enable us to support my medical needs.

Please see the supporting documentation in one single document attached to this email. 

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or any additional information is needed from myself.

XXXXXX

I did not receive any update after then though I contacted customer service next 2 days.

2)  Reached out to Ombudsman – Expedite Request Denied

  • On Jan 2, 2020 I raised an online request for Ombudsman to expedite..
  • You can raise your Expedite Request by filling out the form at : https://www.dhs.gov/topic/cis-ombudsman/forms/7001
  • I got call back from Ombudsman and I explained my situation they said they will review on Jan 03, 2020.   
  • On Jan 06, received an email from Ombudsman saying your request is denied as its under processing times.

3) Expedite Request for H4 EAD using Congressman

Also contacted Congressman online on Jan 02, 2020

Meanwhile I called Local Congressman office(California) on Jan 3, 2020.

I found the local congressman using https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative. The congressman was a House Representative

I did not visit their office, only spoke on phone. The House representative office asked me to sign a waiver and send supporting docs along with waiver to some email id. I did everything same day on Jan 03, 2020. The process can vary by state, so you need to call the Senator or House Rep in your area

A person emailed me from Congressman’s office saying I will work on your case and by EOD he said sent a request to USCIS to expedite your case.

Documents Submitted to Expedite to Congressman.

I sent her the same documents with my offer letter + medical therapy expense(Same one I sent to USCIS). Luckily for my case she is very friendly and elped me in expedition

Expedite Request Status – Reviewing, Approved

After 3 days on Jan 8, 2020 USCIS changed status to we are reviewing your request for expedition and after 6 hours same day another status change saying expedition is approved. Expedite approved on Jan 08, 2020, Card being Produced : Jan 14, 2020

H4 EAD Processing Timelines with Expedite Request Congressman, Ombudsman.

  • Service Center: CSC (California)
  • H1+H4+ H4 EAD applied – Sep 3rd, 2019
  • H4 Biometrics – September 30th, 2019
  • Upgraded to Premium Processing after H4 Biometrics
  • H1B RFE – Oct 9th, 2019
  • H1B RFE Response – Dec 9th, 2019.
  • H1B Approved – Dec 20th, 2019 ( No changes to H4 / EAD all along)
  • Called USCIS to expedite H4 EAD – Dec 30th, 2019.
    • Sent Documents, attachment same day. No response.
  • Ombudsman Expedite Request – Jan 2nd, 2020.
    • Expedite Request Denied, Call back from Obmudsman – Jan 6th, 2020
  • Congressman Expedite Request – Jan 2nd, 2020.
    • Documents Sent to Congressman Jan 3rd.
    • Jan 8th, 2020 – USCIS Status change – H4 EAD Reviewing your request for expediting
    • Jan 8th, 2020 – Same day after 6 hours, it changed to expedite request approved.
  • Card being produced Status for H4 EAD – Jan 14th, 2020.
    • 6 Days for H4 EAD Processing after Expedite request was accepted.

What did you tell to convince them to send the documents ? many said they were not given an option to send docs ?

No need to convince USCIS at all, it’s their process, a soon as you call for expedite request they say they will send an email to send documents in 5 days, but for me I got the same day.

Which email to send documents  for H4 EAD Expedite Request ?

They clearly give the information in the email to send the documents to this email id:  [email protected].  

Tips from my Experience of raising Expedite Requests :

In my case Congressman’s office did a very big favour. Mistake I did is as ours is upgraded to premium after Biometrics I assumed my EAD will be approved after 10 days and simply waited. I would have got my approval if I would have done it before without wasting 10 days in between.  My suggestion is don’t assume things at least on behalf of USCIS and keep moving with available resources.  My suggestion is to apply for EAD renewal as soon as possible, if you cannot because of H1B extension issues first raise the expedition with USCIS(Need to be very patient) and then with Ombudsman or Congressman. My case Ombudsman rejected saying its under processing times but Congressman did a great help.

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H4 EAD Expedite Request Experience – Rejected, Congresswoman

Thanks to Harish Kumar for sharing her experience. 

1) On Jan 6th, I tried to expedite my EAD by calling in the USCIS, tried to explain that I would lose my job and also have financial loss & cannot pay my medical bills if I lose my job. He raised the request as ‘extreme emergency’. Next day it was assigned to an officer and within few hours got a rejection notice.

2) On the very same day, Jan 6th I tried to contact my congressman to see if they can help in this case. Used this link to find congressman https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members, this gave me 2 senators and one representative for my address. When you click on this link “official website” of senator / representative, it would redirect to their personal home page where you can raise request on various topics.

I used the representative ‘Watsen Coleman for New Jersey’ https://watsoncoleman.house.gov/ .

This website had an option Services -> Constituent Services -> Help with a Federal Agency.

It opens a form, you just fill out all your personal details, case number / date and the nature of problem -> Click generate request. It would give a printable form of the request which needs to be physically signed. It looks like below.

Consent Waiver Form Submitted on Congresswoman Website

Consent Waiver Form Congressman - H4 EAD Expedite Request

Additionally I also prepared a cover letter and attached few documents like

  • Offer letter
  • Letter from employer saying that they need the EAD card for me to continue employment
  • Few big medical bills which needs to be paid in next few months.

Scanned all the documents and faxed it to the address given on the printable version of the request. [Office of Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, Attn: Constituent Services, 850 Bear Tavern Road, Suite 201, Ewing, NJ 08628].

H4 EAD Processing Timelines with Expedite Request Congresswoman.

  • I applied for H1+H4+ EAD in premium processing.
  • H1+H4+ EAD Filed – 1 Oct
  • H1 RFE – 8 Oct
  • H4 Fingerprint – 22 Oct
  • H1 RFE response – 19 Dec
  • H1 approved – 23 Dec
  • Expedite EAD – 6 Jan
  • EAD Expedite Request rejected – 7 Jan
  • Expedite EAD (via congressman) – 7 Jan
  • EAD – New card is being produced – 10 Jan  
    • H4 EAD approved after 3 days.

Honestly, I am not sure if this request I submitted was even raised with USCIS. I did not receive any notification from congressmen about expedite request. Within 3 days my EAD case was approved and next day H4 case was also approved.

What has been your experience with Expediting H4 EAD with USCIS ? Share your thoughts in comments.

   

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Comments ( 21 )

  1. Sam

    My wife called USCIS on friday April 3rd to request expedite processing. On Monday Apr 6, her EAD and H4 both got approved. No documentation/evidence. She just told them that its important to continue working otherwise it will be lot of financial stress on my husband.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Sam,
      This is really good to hear. I guess things have turned bad with COVID-19, maybe they are more considerate now…

  2. H4-Expedite-CSC

    I have applied for H4 extension expedite request. My receipt date is July 2019 which is currently outside the normal processing timeline. My EAD expedite request got rejected already. What are the documents to be submitted for a strong application.

    Offer Letter
    Pay stubs
    Letter from Employer
    Medical bills
    Husbands H1B approval
    I140 approval.

    Can anyone with expedite success suggest if this is good enough for the application. I’m running out of time as My job is at stake here.
    Expedite was raised based on ‘Severe Finanicial /medical reasons’

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      H4-Expedite-CSC,
      It is based on case by case basis, there is no template for it…USCIS assess based on the criticality of your situation… It is discretionary. Reach out to congressman.

  3. kavitha Munigeti

    Applied for H1+ H4 on October 31st,
    Biometrics was done on Nov 22.
    Applied for H4EAD on Dec 19.
    My H4 extension went to Texas center and H4EAD to California center,
    Since then I have not seen any status updated.
    Called USCIS to expedite the process on March 25, I was told that I might get a call from USCIS If any documents are required in 5 days.
    Is this how the process works.
    If they call me for any documents, what kind of documents would they need?
    please help me.

    Thanks in advance.

    Did any one receive the

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      kavitha,
      Usually, they do not call. they would send email to submit documents…Try calling them again. The documents are listed in above experiences.

  4. ead-1

    I’ve raised an expedite request for my EAD on March 12th and received an email from USCIS to submit supporting documents for the request on 16th March. I promptly sent an email stating the reason (Medical reasons & Job Loss) along with all supporting documents (Medical bills, Insurance, Doctor’s letter, Pay stubs, Offer Letter) on March 17th. After that I haven’t received any response from them nor any change in status messages in USCIS portal.
    Any idea when they would usually respond? Do they usually acknowledge the email we send to dhs.gov?

    1. EAD- New1

      Hi
      Did you receive a response from USCIS for your expedite request?
      I have also made the same request on March 15th and no response from USCIS after emailing them the support documents.

  5. ead-user

    Do you guys know what does this mean
    On March 12, 2020, we received your response to our request for additional information regarding expedite processing of your Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, Receipt Number WACXXXXXXXXX. Your request has been forwarded to an officer for review. We will notify you if we need something from you. If you move, go to www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      ead-user,
      It just means someone is looking at your request, they will update, if the expedited processing will be given or not…

  6. Diya

    My EAD expedite request approved on 02/04/20 and H4 approved on 02/11. Still waiting for EAD to be approved. Any idea how long will it take for my EAD to get approved.

    1. Anonymous

      My h4 ead expedite request approved on Jan 9 th. Later I have also raised expedite request for h4 on Jan 23rd. Got h4 approval on feb 9 th but still waiting for h4 ead. I even tried calling customer rep on feb 24th asking to connect to tier 2 officer and he raised e-request and they told to wait for 15 days.

  7. Anonymous

    Filed my H4 on November 14th along with spouse H1 and applied EAD on December 9th. My current EAD is till 16 mar 2020. Is it ok if i expidite now is it too early or late and which method would you all suggest .. Also what are the supporting documents that are needed

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Anonymous,
      It all depends on the case. Expedite is only done, if your situations are bad like losing insurance, medical related, etc. You cannot expedite, because it has been long or out of the processing times. For that, you raise a service request. Read the above article to get an idea, the documents vary by case and situation.

      1. florida

        My EAD expedite request was approved last week. Should we submit an expedite request for H4 as well seprately? I have submitted both the applications in one single packet and they are linked.

        1. administrator
          Kumar

          florida,
          I do not think you need another one, they will have to adjudicate H4 before they give EAD, they are linked.

  8. ISAYAS IMAYAN PETER

    I have applied expedite request with medical document through senator last week and how long will it take to get reply from USCIS ?

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