My wife and I just filed our I-140 (premium processing) and I-485 along with EAD/AP applications as an adjustment of status from F status. It's an EB-2 advanced degree green card petition and we're both from the UK.
I know the timelines are variable but how long can we expect to wait before receiving 1) our EAD/AP card 2) our green cards? We have some major travel planned in October and would love to book our flights but not sure if it's cutting it too fine.
EAD/AP generally takes 60 to 90 days. Green cards can take months to over a year, review processing times at www.uscis.gov.
Typically, we receive Receipt month 1, biometrics notice month 2, biometrics mo 2-3, EAD/AP 60-90 days. USCIS rules say EAD/AP must be in 90 days. Often late. Make infopass at 90th day to request urgent EAD/AP.
Green cards are about 6 months out absent delays.
Assuming that everything goes smoothly .. it will take around 90 days for the work permit.
DON'T make travel plans until you have at-least an Advance Parole in your hands.
By the way, have you been in close communication with the company's attorney? I hope so and I also hope that you're not wasting time talking to NON-ATTORNEYS in HR.
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1. EADs take 90-95 days to be processed.
2. I-140 should be approved "fast" under PP, however, the I-485s could easily take 6 months, and often more.
Do not book any flights prior to having your advance parole travel documents on hand, unless it is on your "work visa" you'd like to travel.
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