I have been working out of state, living at my parents for the past two years, and am requesting remote as we are being asked to return back to the office. My employer has said it will be granted on a very rare basis, and I know a lot of people are interested as well. The decision will be determined on a case by case basis.
A few facts about me: I'm an accountant - I have specialized experience but there are always people applying for my job. Parents are in their 60s, so not quite elderly and needing care. They have no family nearby. I don't want to mention this, but I have chronic issues which are controlled, and it is nice to receive care from them. I am learning towards saying we are codependent now. Parents can't afford to move, from their low cost of living city to my high cost of living city, especially with recent housing price increases.
So I don't really have good story. Some people have suggested I could put down elder care, but my parents are still in their 60s.
I want to be as honest as possible in my application. The real reason is I want to be near family now, after two years together. Leaving my job isn't possible because my job provides a pension.
How do I best sell myself for continuing remote, specifically out of state, not in commuting area?