H4 EAD Approval After Biometrics in Premium 15 days Reported
Update 27 Dec 2019: Another user has reported the H4 EAD approval in premium timeline once they upgraded their H1B application to premium at Nebraska after the biometrics was completed.
This strategy seems to work for many people to get H4 EAD approval within premium timeline:
- File H1B, H4 and H4 EAD concurrently in regular.
- Finish biometric appointment and wait for 10 working days.
- Upgrade H1B to premium after about 10 days of biometric completion. Include your biometric completion receipt with premium upgrade application.
- Get H1B, H4 and H4 EAD approved within 15 days.
Here is the screen shot of comment section where this was reported:
Earlier, similar case was reported as they got H4 EAD approval within H1B premium time when they upgraded H1B to premium along with RFE response. They sent the biometric completion receipt along with RFE response to USCIS.
Earlier, some people had reported that California and Nebraska approved their H4 and H4 EAD within 15 days when their application was filed with H1B premium.
The trend here suggests that your H4 biometric appointment should be completed before your H1B application is picked up by USCIS officer for approval:
H1B + H4 approved on same day by Nebraska on Aug 6, 2019 after biometrics:
USCIS has also started denying the EAD expedite requests without even giving you a chance to prove your emergency!
RN law group’s H4 EAD litigation can help you get fast approval but is not guaranteed.
Rahul Reddy has himself told in their video messages that you should expect the EAD approval in about 30 to 60 days after joining the court case.
It is normal to get H4 EAD approval first and then H4 extension approval.
There is no need to worry. Infact, it is a good sign that your H4 EAD has been approved first. The H4 extension approval should be on the way too in about 1-30 days.
You cannot start working if H4 EAD is approved but H4 Change of status is pending. This is because you need a new i94 which shows your status has changed to H4.
You can use H4 EAD card to work only if your status is H4 in US.
You cannot continue your job if H4 EAD card has expired and new one is pending approval.
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.
Current Processing Times at USCIS Service Centers
Vermont Service Center has H4 EAD and H4 extension approval time of 60 to 90 days after Biometrics. Earlier, they were approving within 60 days but the speed has slowed down to 90 days.
California has processing speed of 90+ days to approve your H4 EAD after biometrics are completed.
Nebraska Service center is slowest and is currently processing H4, H4 EAD applications in 120+ days after Biometrics.
We have collected this data based on our multiple H1B whatsApp groups and forums that our guests have reported.