H1B + H4 Approval after Biometrics in Premium 15 Days, Not H4 EAD

H4 EAD approval after biometrics in 60-90 days by Vermont, California - 3+ month, Nebraska 4+ months. H4 approval in 1-2 days after EAD. Upgrade to premium after Biometric.

Written by Am22tech
  By Am22tech      Updated  6 Nov, 19


H4 Approval After Biometrics in Premium 15 days Reported

In the last 2 days of Aug 6 and Aug 7, some people have reported that California and Nebraska have approved H4 and H4 EAD within 15 days when their application was filed with H1B premium.

The timeline is pretty interesting to note though as it all depends on the fact that your biometric appointment should be completed before your H1B application is picked up by USCIS officer:

H1B + H4 approved on same day by Nebraska on Aug 6, 2019 after biometrics:

H4 EAD approval in premium after biometric
H4 EAD approval in premium after biometric

The trick that seems to work here is to to upgrade your H1B + H4 + H4 EAD to premium immediately before or after your Biometrics is completed.

On the same thread, some other people have reported that this trick did not work when they upgraded to Premium after completing the Biometrics for case with H1B, H4 and H4 EAD.

It is possible that only H1B + H4 combination is being approved in premium but not the H1B + H4 + H4 EAD.

USCIS has also started denying the EAD expedite requests without even giving you a chance to prove your emergency!

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 in August 2019, 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.

I have collected this data based on our multiple H1B whatsApp groups and forums that our guests have reported.

California H4 EAD approval after biometrics
California H4 EAD approval after biometrics

First Vermont H4 EAD approval after Biometric Case history:

  • 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.
First H4EAD approval after biometrics in 2 months
First H4EAD approval after biometrics in 2 months
H4 approval after biometric in 2 months
H4 approval after biometric in 2 months

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 Approved, H4 still Case Received

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.


   13 Useful Questions & Answers from comments

  1. Harry
    Harry 6 Nov, 19 at 1:46 pm


    I have a question regarding the H4 and H4 EAD. My current H4 EAD is expiring on Dec 28th 2019. We have applied for extension of H4 +H4 EAD on Oct 1st. Completed Bio metrics on Oct 15th, applications were submitted at Nebraska location.


    1) I am at risk of having my H4 EAD not being approved before my current EAD expires on 12/28
    2) What are the current processing times at Nebraska center (if you know)
    3) Is there anything I can do to get my EAD approved sooner?

    Highly appreciate your input please.

    Thank you!

  2. koyel pandey
    koyel pandey 30 Jul, 19 at 11:49 pm

    My Husband H1 and my H4 Visa will be expiring in September 26th. We have received our receipts last week.
    I’m currently working on H4 EAD. After September I can’t work as my H4EAD also expires. Can I apply for h4EAD renewal now or I should wait until I get my valid h4 extension? How can I apply for h4EAD renewal 180 days prior to the expiration of my current EAD document if I don’t have h4 visa extension?
    Appreciating your time and help.

  3. Janardhan
    Janardhan 29 Jul, 19 at 1:15 pm

    I am confused by the above statement and would appreciate some clarification

    You need to get a new i94 with H4 status to actually get on to H4.

    Once the COS is approved to h4, do I need to leave and reenter the country on H4 to obtain new I-94? I was under the impression there is no reason to leave the country if COS is approved.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 29 Jul, 19 at 5:22 pm

      If your H4 COS is approved, USCIS issues you a new i94 with Approval. There is no need to go out to get i94.

  4. Raj
    Raj 17 Jul, 19 at 9:22 am

    Hi Anil,
    Do Nebraska Service center reported any approval for H4 / H4 EAD after Biometric.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 17 Jul, 19 at 7:06 pm

      No reported case from Nebraska yet. I will update the article as soon as i hear one.

  5. Raghunath
    Raghunath 27 Jun, 19 at 12:35 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Do you recommend to approach RN law group to add EAD case # with receipt date on April 12th?


  6. Ramya
    Ramya 27 Jun, 19 at 12:56 pm

    Hi Anil,

    can you please confirm if the approvals from california center is part litigation?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 27 Jun, 19 at 1:21 pm

      These H4 EAD Approvals mentioned above are not part of litigation. They are approved without the RN law group’s court case.

      • Ramya
        Ramya 27 Jun, 19 at 1:21 pm

        thank you

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