Hello all! Please do let me know if this is the correct place to post this question.
This is in relation to an expedite request I have submitted to USCIS for my I-765. Let me give some backstory:
I arrived in the US on an L1-B visa in August 2018. Since then, I married my wife in June 2020, who is a US Citizen. In early July 2021, I submitted my Adjustment of Status petition for my marriage-based green card. I have since attended my biometrics appointment in September. This was the last movement I had on my petition, I have not had any updates since then.
The issue I'm facing currently is in regards to my work authorization. My company filed for L1-B extension, and received an RFE. They were not planning on responding to that RFE, as their understanding was that I should receive my EAD as part of my AOS petition before my work authorization expires (currently Jan 14th is the date of my work auth expiration).
In early December, as I had not yet received my EAD, my company were planning on sending me over to a US embassy outside of the US to receive a new L1-B visa drawn from their blanket petition. I was concerned about this as I have not yet received my I-131, my advance travel parole documents (I understand this is usually a single card bundled with the EAD). After learning that as L1-B currently, I am dual-intent, I would be fine to return to the US with a new L1-B visa and it would not affect my current AOS petition. However, this option is no longer possible, as my current UK passport expires in May (less than 6 months), I was advised that I would not admitted entry to the US upon my return, even with a new L1-B visa.
So, with all of that in mind, the best option forward was to file an expedite request with USCIS. I called them on 9th December as soon as the line opened and filed that request, which was accepted, and forwarded to the service center. Reasons stated were for both significant financial impact (my wife has no income, she is a student in college going through her RN degree currently), and because I have 24 engineers who directly report to me, managing a federal client. Without me present, there would be significant operational impact to this client.
When I filed the expedite request, I was advised that I should hear back within 7 business days. Today marks that day, so I called them again this morning. I have received much the same advice from USCIS, that they are logging an escalation, and I should hear back within 7 business days. I am not so confident about that at this point.
Is there anything else at all I can do? I don't need my entire AOS petition expedited, I just need the EAD so I can continue providing for my wife and supporting my team with our clients. I am at a loss at this point. I have explored every avenue I can think of.
Thank you in advance for any and all advice.