First H4 EAD Approval after Biometrics
H4 EAD approvals after biometric in 2 months. H4 extension approval also at same time within 1-2 days of H4 EAD approval.
- Vermont Service Center has approved multiple H4 EAD cases after Biometrics within 55 days.
- California and Nebraska Service center has shown no approvals for H4, H4 EAD after biometrics yet based on our analysis.
The first H4 EAD approval after Biometrics has been reported by one our guest in our WhatsApp H1B, H4 EAD group 6.
The H4 fingerprinting was completed on April 11, 2019 and the H4 EAD status has changed to New card is being produced on June 11, 2019. This means that it took exactly 2 months for H4 EAD approval at Vermont service center after Biometrics.
H1B was filed with Premium processing on Mar 26, 2019 along with H4 and H4 EAD for this case. We expect California and Nebraska centers to also follow the same 60 day timeline. The trend for regular H1B applications will be clear soon.
- H1, H4 and H4 EAD sent on 26th with premium processing.
- Received at vermont on 27th. All 3 receipt notice dates 28th.
- H1 approved on 3rd April.
- Biometric appointment done on 11th (walk in after receiving letter).
- H4 EAD approved on 11th June.
- H4 approval on June 12.
- Awaiting actual card in hand and approval notice.
This is probably the first case of EAD approval and we should start hearing more starting today.
Another H4 EAD approval was reported on June 12, 2019 on some Facebook group and was shared on one of our WhatsApp group. We could not independently verify this approval as we don’t have direct connection with the person. The common connection is Vermont service center and the processing time is again close to 60 days for H4 EAD after Biometric appointment.
Has Court Case USCIS helped Speed Up H4EAD Approval?
We do not know if this fast H4 EAD approval after Biometrics is the result of court case filed by RN law group or not.
But, it does seem that widespread media coverage has pushed USCIS to take action quickly. If it is indeed true, then its a very good news for the H1B families who were staring at huge financial losses if H4 EAD was not approved within reasonable time.
H4 EAD Approval before H4
The interesting part is that H4 extention is still pending for this case.
We have seen recently that USCIS approves H4 EAD before H4. There is no need to worry as this simply means that H4 approval is on the way too. You should be able to see H4 extension approval after H4 EAD within 1 to 3 days.
Note that if you filed H4 COS and H4 EAD and your H4 COS is still pending, then you cannot start work on H4 EAD until your H4 change of status is approved. You need to get a new i94 with H4 status to actually get on to H4.
H4 EAD card is Required to Continue Working
Many people get confused with the generic message printed on form i-765 for H4 EAD about automatic 180 day extension.
Beware that C(26) category is not eligible for automatic extension or interim EAD. The same rule applies for L2 EAD too.