H4 EAD Expedite Request Experiences - Sample Letters Templates Info

H4 EAD Expedite Request Process, Sample Letter – 3 Experiences

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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


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.




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


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  


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.


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.


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 ( 100 )

  1. Spence


    My H4 EAD is expiring in September. To expedite the case, my employer would not provide me a letter supporting ‘financial loss to the company’if i discontinue working.
    I am thinking to submit proof of child care expenses, rental expenses to support case for ‘financial loss to person’ to expedite the H4 & H4 EAD application.
    Do you have any sample or checklist on what documents to submit?
    I am looking for some reference on what/how to submit documents in support of my case.


    1. administrator

      You may try, but does not sound compelling. Usually, if there is any medical related expenses and sever financial loss, then it will be compelling. It is always worth a shot, you never know, it depends on the officer.

    2. Kurt

      I am in the same boat and have gone down the same path. No result. Raised expedite request twice. denied both the times. I did add a letter from the employer as well in support of my application but they didn’t care.

  2. Lekha


    Thank you for all the information you guys have shared in these forums, as part my contribution. I am adding my experience with H4 & H4 EAD.

    Filed H1 + H4 + H4 EAD applications: 12 Feb 2020 (Receipt Date) – Texas service center (SRC)
    H1 approved: 25 Feb 2020
    Biometric appointment completed: 5 Mar 2020
    My Current H4 & H4 EAD expire on 31st Jul 2020.
    Submitted expedite request for both H4 & H4 EAD:
    H4 Expedite request submitted: 14 Jul 2020
    H4 EAD Expedite request submitted: 14 Jul 2020

    Received email from USCIS requesting for supporting Documents for H4: 15 Jul 2020
    Received email from USCIS requesting for supporting Documents for H4 EAD: 15 Jul 2020
    Submitted documents: 16 Jul 2020
    – Covering letter explaining my situation
    – Hospital bill
    – Medical insurance cards of dependents
    – Day Care bills
    – Expiring Driving License
    – Letter from employer explaining the risk of me having to go off payroll
    – Mortgage Statement
    – Payslips

    Response (email) on H4 EAD expedite request: 17 Jul 2020 – It was DENIED,
    – Email stated “ Due to the high volume of expedite requests for this case type, we are strictly enforcing the criteria that has been set for these expedite requests. While your situation appears serious, we are unable to expedite the processing of your Form I-765 due to the pending status of your Form I-539. Until such time as your Form I-539 has been successfully adjudicated, your Form I-765 must remain pending. Therefore, your request for expeditious processing has been denied.”
    – Case status got updated to reflect the denial of expedite request and it will be processes under regular process

    Response (email) on H4 Expedite request: 21 Jul 2020 – It was APPROVED
    – Email stated “Your documents submitted meet the requirements for expedited processing of your application. You should receive a decision or notice of further action within 45 days.”
    – Case status got updated to reflect the Approval of expedite request and it is being processed

    28 Jul 2020 – Waiting for an updated on my H4 case.

    One twist to this tale is, my company filed from my H1B Change of status (I had H1 before and a I140 approved) on 21 Jul 2020.
    Now it is a race against the clock, whether H4 gets approved first or H1B. If H1 gets approved first and then H4, then my employer will have to file from my H1B COS again grrrrrr..

    All Fingers Crossed.

    Hope this info is useful.
    Goodluck everyone.

    1. administrator

      Thanks for sharing. Did you do any follow up after the initial request was denied or they automatically sent you Approved email ? Just wondering. Also, have you given biometrics.
      The COS can be tricky with timing as last action from USCIS will be the effective one.

      1. Lekha

        My H4 EAD expedite request was denied after submitting the docs and there is no followup after that.

        My H4 expedite request is Approved.
        I have given biometric on 5th march 2020.
        I agree on the COS, i am hoping for the best.

  3. uma Lakshmanan

    Service Center: California service center
    Jan 14th 2020 – Filed H1B (PP) + H4 (renewal) + EAD (renewal)
    Documents sent to USCIS.
    Jan 15th – USCIS received our document
    Jan 17th – Receipt generated for H1B
    Jan 29th – Receipt generated for H4 EAD
    Jan 29th – H1 B approved
    Jan 30th – Received letter for Biometrics for Feb 4th appointment
    Jan 31st – Went early for Biometrics (Walk-in)
    May 4th – Raised Expedite request with USCIS ( Category 1: Financial loss to company)
    May 6th – Sent letters from employer to USCIS
    May 7th – Reached out to congress women for help with expedite request and sent documents. Congress office reached out to USCIS same day.
    May 8th – Expedite request denied – reason: documents do not prove emergent case to support expedite request
    May 11th – collected extra documents/letter from employer to prove expedite request stating financial loss.
    May 11th – contacted CA senator to help with re-expedite request.
    May 13th – requested congress women to re-submit new letters/documents and re-consider expedite request with USCIS. The office agreed to re-send my documents to USCIS
    May 15th- documents submitted to USCIS via congress women.
    May 26th – received approval for both H4 and EAD (new card being produced)
    June 3rd – Received new card via priority mail.

    Hope my information helps others obtain the EAD on time.

    Good luck!

    1. Techspec

      Hello Uma, first of all congratulations. could you please share what extra documents and what content did you provide to re-expedite the case.

  4. H1B+H4+H4EAD


    We filed H1B+H4+H4EAD at the end of April, and got the receipt notices on May 1.

    On June 1, H1B is approved with normal process. However I did not receive the H4 biometric appointment notice yet. I did not have previous H4 biometric at US.

    Since my H4 and H4EAD will be expired at the end of July, I want to expedite H4 + H4EAD to avoid losing job. My questions are
    1. Do I need to have separate expedite request for H4 and H4EAD?
    2. How can I expedite H4 without Biometric appointment notice? (USCIS just opened the offices and it seems that ASC will only open at the end of June.)

    Please advice in this situation, thank you.

    1. administrator

      1. You only expedite for H4 EAD, H4 will automatically be processed as they need that for H4 EAD.
      2. Well, this is the tough one, if you have already give in US before at USCIS ASC, then they may reuse it..if not, we do not know…But anyways, now they are open…

      1. H1B+H4+H4EAD

        Got denied: “We are unable to grant your request for expedite processing of your I-539 application as the requisite biometric data is not on record.”

        We have not received biometric notice yet, it seems that one should wait the biometric done to submit the expedite request. Is that correct?

  5. Mahesh


    I applied H1+H4+H4EAD with Premium process on 15th Jan, California Service Center,
    H1 approved on 17th Jan,

    Submitted the expedited request for H4 on 15th Apr, received the reply that I should get the reply shortly, no reply yet, called Support Center, talked with Tier 2 , they asked to wait and said they do not have any other information.

    Submitted the expedited request for H4EAD twice, none of the request says it`s rejected but received the reply that I will get the reply in 45 days, it`s been more than 45 days since I submitted the request but no status change yet.

    H4EAD is expiring on 28th Jun,

    Please let me know if you think there is anything else that I can do or there is a possibility of getting any decision based on my expedite request

    1. administrator

      You can try to call them again, that’s all you can do…You would have got some email stating that they are processing in expedite and submit documents or something…So, cannot say for sure…

      1. Mahesh

        Thank you so much Kumar, I really appreciate it.

        I will call the USCIS again to see if that helps.

        On the USCIS website, California Center EAD processing time is 7 to 9 months, does it mean that it takes minimum 7 months for any case approval without any expedite request ?

          1. Mahesh

            Hi Kumar,

            I tried expedite request and Senator/congressmen requests, not sure which one worked, My case is approved, job is in healthcare,

            Thank you for the help,


        1. SD

          Hi Mahesh,
          I also have Jan 28 as the receipt date for h4 and ead. It was approved on June 18th.i guess they are processing the applications per receipt date. Did you get your EAD card yet?

      2. Lucky


        I called to USCIS yesterday morning and requested for expedite the H4 EAD process. During the call, I provided my H4 case number and explaining i have not received biometric scheduling appointment due to covid-19 delays which delays my H4 EAD process. She took all the details and asked me to wait for 5 days, i may get the email if my expedite request is cosidered.

        I am not sure if she expediting the process for H4 or EAD. Can i call them back to confirm? Please advise.

        1. Lucky

          Also kindly let me know, can i expedite my EAD with Congressman while i wait for USCIS reply? Appreciate any response on this.

        2. administrator

          You may not get a call back. You would usually get an email asking for information. Do follow up with them in a week to see the status, if you do not hear anything.

          1. Lucky

            Hello Kumar,
            Thank you for your reply. Both my H4 and H4 EAD expedite requests are denied without sending me an email for supporting documents. So far I have not received my finger printing appointment for H4 as well. I know the service centers are open in my state MD. Do you have any idea when they start sending the finger printing scheduling letters.

            Also do you suggest any alternatives to get my H4 and H4 EAD process expedite? Thank you for your help!

          2. administrator

            There is no pattern as such, some are getting early, some getting late.
            You can try to contact Senators or Ombudsman again, if you have not and give it a try. You do not lose anything.

          3. Lucky

            Hello Kumar,

            Thank you for your reply. But i have a question. Since i am done with my finger printing yet, how it works if expedite my process with Senators or Ombudsman. Please advise.
            Appreciate your help!

          4. administrator

            You need to get fingerprinting done first. There are delays with ASC offices closed. It may or may not help going to Senators, if there are no fingerprints given.

          5. Lucky

            Sorry there was a type error in my previous comment.

            Thank you for your reply. But i have a question. Since i am NOT done with my finger printing yet, how it works if expedite my process with Senators or Ombudsman. Please advise.
            Appreciate your help!

        1. Mahesh

          Hi Sd,
          Not received rgw card yet nor the status changes, it is still same – “Case is approved” since 18th Jun,
          Off the work since yesterday and waiting for the card,

          1. Sd

            Same here, got my account terminated yesterday! Let me know when your status changes. I’ll do too.

  6. Android

    ****—-H4 EAD expiring on June 8th—-****

    H4 got approved on March 12th, have not given bio metrics prior to this renewal or currently as USCIS offices are closed for public due to COVID 19. I filed for expedited request on May 11th on medical grounds(as i was in a car accident and paying bills out of pocket). Received a letter from USCIS on 6/2 asking me to submit any supplemental documents to aid my case. My job is ending on 8th June.

    I am submitting the following documents –
    – Offer letter
    – Expedited request letter from employer
    – Letter from employer highlighting my contribution to company and the loss in my absence
    – Pay slips for last 2 months
    – Police report of car accident and medical bills

    Please let me know if you think there is anything else that I can do to aid my application for expedited request. Thanks and good luck to all of you

    1. administrator

      Sorry to hear on the accident. Hope you are doing well.
      Yes, they seem to be fine. Mostly they will consider the medical bills and your car accident related documentation.
      I am not sure, if you will get it by June 8th as you are only few days away. Plan ahead with your employer on the same, if there are delays.

      1. Android

        My request for expedited process has been denied despite submitting documents from workplace, police report for car accident, mountains of medical bills!!! frustrating!!! 🙁

        1. administrator

          Well, this has happened to many in the past, so do not worry. Try again…Yes, it is very frustrating, there is no clear guideline.

    2. Mahesh

      Just now the status changed to “card was mailed to me”,

      Just wanted to update that it`s now taking 3-4 weeks time from “Card being produced” to “Card was mailed”

      time line :
      17th Jun – Card being produced
      18th Jun – Case was approved
      8th July – Card was mailed to me

      1. administrator

        Thanks for sharing. So much time, it used to be quick in the past. Do update once you get the card.

        1. Rajkumar

          Hi Kumar,

          I applied first time H4 EAD for my wife last year – 24 Sept 2019, still waiting for the approval. Raised couple of Service Request(May & June 2020) but still no update, requests closed with status assigned to officer.

          Is it possible to raise this request with Senator, she is not working now and hence we don’t have any offer documents to submit.


          1. administrator

            Yes, you can try that route, but there needs to be a compelling reason for it. If no job or medical emergency, it may not work…

  7. Arush

    My Case Timeline:
    H1+H4+EAD applied: 02/11/2020
    H1 Approved: 02/28/2020
    H4 Biometric: 03/08/2020
    Reqeuest to expedite: 05/08/2020
    Reuest to expedite approved: 05/11/2020
    H4+EAD approved: 05/15/2020.

    When I called to expedite the request, I called around 11 AM PCT and there was no wait in answering the call. Followed the same instruction as mentioned in this blog. The reason I selected for the expedite request “Severe financial loss to a company or person”. The person asked for my email and phone number and said it will take 5-10 business days for the response and they will ask for the additional support.
    Just one important thing, I just kept mentioning that because of the COVID 19 situation loss of job will have adverse financial and psychological effect on us.
    Also, H1B petitioner can call on behalf of their spouse, just that the spouse need to be with you if they ask her for any confirmation.

    1. administrator

      This is good to hear it worked out. Glad it worked, thanks to community and readers for sharing !

  8. uma Lakshmanan


    My EAD expedite request was denied and reason was my case did not support the emergent need to expedite the case. Now, my manager has given me a different letter stating more information on the work I do and explaining more details on how it is considered an emergent situation and financial loss to the institute. Should I re-submit this letter to USCIS using the same previous expedite case number? Or call them and request for a new expedite case number.

    1. administrator

      you can try to resubmit, if you think it is compelling enough. Try calling and expedite again. You lose nothing.

  9. Sasikumar

    On April 22 i called USCIS and asked to expedite the case on the basis of loss to person. The representative said i will receive an email to submit documents. I didnt get any email. Today on April 23 i see the case status as denied- On April 23, 2020, we denied your request for expedite processing of your Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, Receipt Number *****. You did not provide evidence of an extreme emergent need.

    My receipt date is Dec 23 2019. My ead is expiring on May 14th and I may loose my job. What can we do after this point? Can we expedite again? Is it of any use?

    1. administrator

      You can try to do it again. Well, that is hard to say..many have tried at least 3 to 4 times, some get lucky after few attempts.

      1. Sasikumar

        I called to expedite again and they said you can expedite only after 30 days from your previous request. So i had to wait one more month. I called again last tuesday 5/26 to expedite. I didnt get any response on it for a week. I called to follow up yesterday and they said the case is with an officer. Anyways the status changed to approved today!

        Dec 23 2019 – files h1 premium + H4 + H4 EAD
        Jan 1 2020 – h1 approved
        Jan 15 – finger prints given (thuogh online status never changed to finger prints received)
        Apr 22 – expedite request sumitted
        Apr 23 – expedite denied
        May 26 – expedite requested
        Jun 2 2020 – H4 and EAD approved.

        Hope the card will come within few days…

        thank you for all your support

  10. S3

    I have filed h4 ead extension on Apr 15th (by the my h4 has been approved which was applied separately with spouse h1b), current ead is expiring on May 10th and looking for an option to expedite my ead request to continue my current job. Is there any time limit, I should wait before making expedite request?

    1. administrator

      Expedite is meant for extreme situations…There is no time restriction, you can do it anytime, if you have a reason.

  11. Ish

    Hi All,
    I got H4 EAD receipt nbr on Jan 15th 2020.
    I raised an expedite request and got approved in a week by April2nd.
    But still I am waiting for approval having break for my job with old EAD expired last week.
    I see many people who expedited got approval in less than 10 days.

    I applied in Texas service center? Is there way I can check on what is happening with my expedited application? Anyone facing any delay from texas service center?

      1. Ish

        I see few people who applied later to my date, or who got expedition approved 2 weeks after me got approval for their H4 EAD. But my aplication is still left at Expedition request approved status since April2nd.
        As there is high risk of my current job being terminated because of the client policy, I called USCIS again and tried to escalate mentioning my financial and medical situation.
        After long conversation, they just replied saying I need to wait for 45 days and they cannot do anything.
        Do we have any other way of expediting more or escalating to get the processing done soon? Please advise if we have any.

        1. Chandu


          I am also in similar boat and it’s been more than two weeks since my expedite request is approved. It’s also with TSC. Even I thought it will be approved within 10 days, but no luck so far.. not sure if there is anything else can be done..

          1. Vamsi

            Hi Chandu/Ish,

            Any update in your cases, Since I am in the same boat. Its been 2 weeks my expedite request was approved. But no updates since then.

            If your cases approved. Please let me know what extra steps you have taken.

            Thanks in Advance.

  12. Naveen

    Suppose someone’s H4 EAD ends on APRIL 30. Say he\she continues to work for another 2 months without EAD. The employer bills the client for these 2 months and the associate continues to work. The associate is unpaid. But once the ead gets approved beginning of 3rd month, they pay him\her the salary if remaining any for those 2 months. Is that legal ? Or are there any complications in this ?

    1. administrator

      Working without proper authorization is illegal. It does not matter, when you get paid. Do not try to cut corners with immigration, you can jeopardise your future.
      If there is an audit at any place, you will be in deep trouble…

  13. H4 EAD wait

    Hi Kumar,

    I raised expedite on H4 EAD, today the status shows the expedited for recipes completed,

    1. They didn’t ask for any documents neither an email nor mail(should I wait for mail for 5 days or they just send an email)
    2. Completed does that mean denied or ER accepted

    Please guide

    Thank you

    1. administrator

      H4 EAD Wait,
      Usually, you would get an email to submit documents or telling something that expedite request is approved or some message similar. Try calling them, I am not sure…They will send an email as users reported above.

    2. Samaira

      Hello- Thanks for sharing your experience. I have raised an expedite request too and never received a follow up email or an email confirming request has been received . Did you happen to receive an email after 5 days?

  14. 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

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

    2. Chandu

      Congrats !! Can you please tell if your wife has requested to expedite both H4 and EAD? I mean did she provide both receipt numbers.

  15. 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

      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.

  16. 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

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

      1. Krishna

        Can we expedite h4 ead (waiting for bio metrics)? Bio metrics Scheduled for March 18 but canceled due to covid-19.

  17. 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

      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.

  18. 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

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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

      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

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

        2. Chandu


          Can you please let me know if there was an update on your EAD. Did you raise expedite request for H4 as well? I am in similar boat where EAD expedite request is approved. So, I am not sure now whether to raise separate expedite request for H4 as well.
          Thank you..


    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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