H1B, H4, H4 EAD Approval after Biometrics in Premium 15 Days

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  2 Mar, 20


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:

  1. File H1B, H4 and H4 EAD concurrently in regular.
  2. Finish biometric appointment and wait for 10 working days.
  3. Upgrade H1B to premium after about 10 days of biometric completion. Include your biometric completion receipt with premium upgrade application.
  4. Get H1B, H4 and H4 EAD approved within 15 days.

Here is the screen shot of comment section where this was reported:

H4 EAD approval in premium 15 days after biometric
H4 EAD approval in premium 15 days after biometric

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.

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

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:

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

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

Can H4 EAD litigation by RN Law group Get Fast Approval?

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.

My H4 EAD is approved but H4 extension is still pending

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.

Can I start Working If H4 EAD is apporved but H4 Change of Status is pending?

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.

Can I Continue my Job if Current H4 EAD has Expired but renewal is pending?

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.

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  31 Useful Questions & Answers

  1. Shubhayu Roy
    Shubhayu Roy 10 Feb, 20 at 9:25 am

    Hi Anil,

    My company applied for the H1B extension on premium along with my spouse’s H4 EOS I-539 and H4-EAD renewal I765 one month ago on Jan 06 2020. H1B was promptly approved (within a week), however we have not yet received H4 Biometric Appointment notice. Based on our research online, it seems that most people have reported receiving the biometric notice with 17-30 days of filing date. However for us its has been 31 days since the application filing date. The case status for both I-539 and I-765 is still “Case has been received”.

    Q1: Is it advisable to out to USCIS at this stage to enquire about the biometric appointment notice?
    Q2: Have you heard of any anecdotes from other members of the H4 EAD community who have had a similar issues? What was the path taken by them?


  2. MS
    MS 23 Jan, 20 at 6:15 pm

    Hi Anil,

    My H1B was filed in premium on July 3, 2019 (was originally expiring on Oct 9, 2019), and the dependent H4 & EAD were both filed on the same day. After an initial RFE, the H1B was approved in August, but the H4 & EAD are still stuck in processing after close to 7 months now. All the cases are in the California Service Center.

    I just read about the regular-to-premium upgrade that seems to be helping people in getting approvals very quickly. Can anything be done here for this case? My spouse has been out of EAD since October, and this has resulted in job loss. Does this qualify under request for expedition of the EAD?


  3. Dipen G
    Dipen G 15 Jan, 20 at 9:29 am

    Hi Anil,
    My current H1b & spouse H4 and H4 EAD is valid until March 31st 2020 and we will be applying for H1B & H4 extension. I had query related to H4 EAD renewal. Shall I wait for new H1B extension
    receipt be generated & use that in Q29. (c)(26) or shall I go ahead and apply for H4 EAD renewal using existing approval notice which is valid till March 31st 2020?

    I hope you understood my question. Please let me know if you need any clarifcation from myside.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 15 Jan, 20 at 9:29 am

      I suggest to first apply H1B extension and then apply H4 EAD.

  4. ajain
    ajain 23 Dec, 19 at 2:24 pm


    I have a question about the H4 extension +H4 EAD waiting time after expedite request denied.
    My H4 extension +H4 EAD filled on August 1st 2019 to California service center and due to some financial emergency ,I have requested to expedite my case ,that got denied on Sep 27th .
    Currently getting “expedite request denied” on USCIS site , when checking my case status.
    I saw some comments where the cases got approved for Aug 5th , Wanted to check if after rejecting the expedite requesting is the case goes into some other queue where it take more time .
    Is there any other way i can get my H4 + H4 EAD approved .


  5. Ujjwal Das
    Ujjwal Das 16 Dec, 19 at 2:37 pm

    My H1/H4 Filled as regular processing to Vermont, It is showing it filled on 26th Nov and receipt generation date is 02 Dec.

    I haven’t received any postal mail for H4 Bio-metric appointment as of now. Is there any idea when I can have this or when it can be scheduled for appointment? Is it Postal lost? Just wanna check with you.

  6. H4SN
    H4SN 11 Dec, 19 at 10:38 am

    My H4+EAD was applied on Aug 5th along with H1B under Premium processing (CA visa center). H1B was approved in 10 days. The H4 status shows as “Document being held for 180 days” and for EAD “Case received”. Attorney contacted the USCIS to see what document they refer to and got the reply saying its a wrong information, and they will correct it. Its been more than a month and status isnt updated by USCIS.

    Biometrics was done on Aug 29th.

    its around 4 1/2 month now and no updates.

    Any idea if there is a way to expedite the H4 and the EAD as it can create a problem in Job continuity.

    Thank you!

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 11 Dec, 19 at 10:38 am

      My suggestion is to first try and file H4 EAD expedite request.
      The second option should be to join the H4 EAD litigation if you are on the verge of losing job.

      • H4SN
        H4SN 16 Dec, 19 at 2:38 pm

        Looks like litigation has a better chance. Anyone from this group who is benefited from the Litigation route?
        Need some guidance.

      • H4SN
        H4SN 16 Dec, 19 at 2:38 pm

        Also, any idea if I can travel outside the country and get the visa approved , while its under process in US?

      • H4SN
        H4SN 16 Dec, 19 at 2:38 pm

        Hello Anil, I see that some applications filed after Aug 5th @ CSC(Mine was on Aug 5th @ CSC) are already approved and EAD card is being produced.

        Any idea how the applications are picked?

        The processing date for CSC shows as MAy 28th and 5 to 7 months.

  7. Minna91
    Minna91 11 Dec, 19 at 10:38 am


    My husband has an approved I-140 and his employer is planning to apply for extension in March 2020
    Currently I am in India and I am planing to travel to USA to apply for my H4 EAD
    So my question is what will be better option out of below two

    1. Wait for my husband’s H1 extension (premium) to go through and then go for H4 Stamping in India , travel to USA and apply H4EAD as a stand alone application
    2.Travel to USA in March and apply h1+h4+h4ead in premium

    Which will get faster results (higher chance of getting approved in 3 months).
    Even if not considering 3 months time, which will be faster and better comparatively?
    Or is there any other options other than these two ?
    In any case if i traveled out of country without getting h4&ead approved and if any RFE /NOID comes, can my husband answer them on my behalf
    Also, before traveling to US i need to get stamping(for date till my husband’s current h1 -july 2020) and hence will go through bio-metric in India. Will bio-metric will be needed again if i chose option 2?

    Sorry for lot of questions, but it will be really helpful if you could answer all of them, so I could decide on my next course of action

    Thanks in Advance

  8. Mohit Sharma
    Mohit Sharma 11 Dec, 19 at 10:38 am

    Does an appointment for biometric appointment mean that the h1b was approved? Please let me know

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 11 Dec, 19 at 10:38 am

      No. Biometric appointment letter has nothing to do with H1B approval.

  9. krishna Jay
    krishna Jay 5 Dec, 19 at 4:21 pm

    Hi All.

    I am preparing to file for H1 Extension+H4 extension+ H4 EAD extension under PP. the expiry date is 3/30/2020 for my documents. i realize i have already wasted close to 2.5 months. but it was due to some issue going on with my employers law firm. now those issues are sorted out and i am prepared to apply. i wanted to know what are my chances of getting h4 and h4 ead applied prior to 3/2020. any inputs and experiences are highly appreciated.

    Also, my wife works for a company that has offices in Canada and India (we have our Canadian PR). If she does not get her extension on time, can she WFH from the US and get paid in INR or CAD?

    Once again any inputs greatly appreciated. Looking for support and closure from my fellow countrymen at this time of uncertainty. its causing a lot of unwarranted anxiety. As always, hoping all of this bad political climate is balanced by some good news for all us.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 5 Dec, 19 at 4:21 pm

      Your question about H4 work from home has been added on forum and answered there.

  10. Mvb
    Mvb 17 Nov, 19 at 12:06 am

    Have question about applying H1 extn + H4 + EAD in one go? Since I-765(H4-EAD) requires latest info about H1(Q29) to be entered, I understand that EAD can only be applied atleast when one receives H1 extn notice(I-797c). Please clarify?

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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?


  16. 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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