H4 EAD Sample Form, Documents Required – New, Renewal

Anil Gupta  19 Mar, 19      718  Forms USA

H4 EAD is an H4 Employment Authorization Document (EAD) that allows H4 visa holders to work legally in H4 EAD jobs without any employer or location restriction in USA.

Documents for H4 EAD application

  1. H4-EAD FEES check – A check (Personal or cashier) or money order for $410 payable to ‘U.S. Department of Homeland Security‘. Short forms like USCIS not allowed. Credit card payment is also accepted.
  2. PHOTO – 2 Identical photographs (2×2 Inch) clicked within last 30 days. Write your NAME and i94 number (OR SSN OR Alien registration number) on the back of the photograph with a light gray colored pencil.
  3. Form G1145 (Optional) – If you want USCIS to send you an SMS or an email once they receive your application, use this form and attach at top of the application package. Related: DHS is working on H-4 EAD termination rules.
  4. Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. Sample I-765 form for H4-EAD is given below.
  5. H4 Status Proof
    • Copy of H-4 visa holder’s MOST RECENT I-797 Approval. If an H4 extension has been done recently, use the extension approval. OR
    • Most recent i-94 copy. If extension approved recently, the NEW i94 would be attached with your H4 extension approval (i797).
  6. Government-issued ID document with photo
    • Copy of Passport’s front (with Photo) and back pages (with address) OR
    • Copy of USA H4 Visa stamp page from Passport OR
    • A copy of your last EAD – Both front and back (if any) OR
    • A birth certificate with photo ID. Example, Indian (or Chinese) birth certificate will work only if it has a photograph on it. OR
    • Any other national identity document with photo. US State ID or Driving License is NOT acceptable.
  7. Relationship to the H-1B nonimmigrant – Copy of the marriage certificate issued in your country in English.
  8. H4 EAD eligibility proof – Primary H1B spouse’s I-140 i797c approval notice. If your employer has not shared I-140 approval copy with you, use USCIS FOIA request to get I-140 details.

    H4 EAD card sample
    H4 EAD card sample

Related: USCIS RFE Response Review Processing Time: 80+ days

H4 EAD Sample form – I765 NEW application

Related: USCIS Sample Application Letter to Withdraw H4-EAD request

Q 29 on Form I-765 for H4-EAD? Which receipt number should I write? I have two receipts, one is H1B approval and other is i-140 Approval?

Use H1B primary person’s most recent I-797 receipt number. This is NOT the I-140 approval receipt number.

Documents for H4-EAD RENEWAL application

The document list is the same for H4 EAD renewal or extension as for new H4-EAD application mentioned above.

USCIS does not allow you to apply earlier than 180 calendar days including weekend and holidays.

Note that 180 Automatic EAD extension is not available for H4 EAD.

Sample H4 EAD Renewal i765 form

It is possible that the START date for this extension is in future.

If your H4 expires in Sep, and you applied for renewal in Mar, same year, it is possible that your extended H4’s start date is Sep instead of March.
It is on USCIS to give a current start date or future one (that correlates with your current H4’s expiry date).

For the sake of filling up the i-765 form, we would consider the most recent H4 approval irrespective of its start date.
Based on it, your i94 number and primary H1B i797 approval receipt number will be decided while filing i765.

Q 21a: Form i-94 number: Use i94 number on the most recent H4 approval (i797 form). Use this START date even if it is in the future without any issue.

USCIS Address for H4-EAD Application

Check the USCIS address to mail H4 EAD application using H1B’s receipt number.

Q 1: Reason for Applying?

Applying H4 EAD for the first time, Choose 1.a.

If you had any kind of EAD before (like L2-EAD), then you can consider H4 EAD as new EAD.
For H4-EAD renewal applications, select 1.c. – renewal.

Q 23: Place of Last Arrival into the US?

Enter the name of the Airport (Port of entry like Newark International Airport) in the US on your most recent entry.

For some people, this airport might be a non-US airport like Abu Dhabi where they complete the US immigration process at Abu-Dhabi airport itself.

I would suggest writing either the “Port of Entry/Exit” as “MAA – ABU DHABI INTL” or the name of the US airport where you landed first.

For example, if you landed in Washington Airport after completing the immigration process at Abu Dhabi airport, your i94 record will show the “MAA – ABU DHABI INTL” as the port of entry.
You can then either write “Washington Airport” or “MAA – ABU DHABI INTL”.

Q 28: Spouse eligibility degree on Form I-765?

For H4-EAD applications, you can write ‘N/A’ or leave blank.

Which color pen for signature on Form I-765?

Only BLACK color ink pen is allowed as USCIS uses computer scanning to read forms.

H4 EAD processing time?

H4 EAD Processing times with USCIS are expected to be at least 90 days from the date of the H-4 EAD application’s receipt, provided that the applicant is already in H-4 status.

They used to have an SLA (service line agreement) of 90 days earlier. It stands canceled and now there is no official time frame.

SSN questions mandatory in new i-765 form?

If you do not currently have SSN (which most first-time EAD filers will not have), just select ‘No’ on Q 13.a. and then select ‘Yes’ on Q 14 and Q 15.
You will have to fill Q 16.a., 16.b. with your (H4’s) father and mother name to get SSN card.

Your SSN card will be automatically generated after your EAD is approved within 3-4 weeks mailed by USPS.

Should we staple all the documents together in application package?

Do NOT staple the documents. Instead, use a paper clip to bind them together. Here is a sample of final documents package.

H4 EAD application bundle
H4 EAD application bundle

Travel outside USA while H4 EAD under process?

You can travel while H4 EAD is pending but with some restrictions.

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  1. I140 approval means I797A form?Is it same or do we need to apply I140 form to attach for h4 ead?

    • Each USCIS application approval is printed on i797 form. The form name is probably confusing here.

      Sample i140 i797.

      I140 is the application type and the paper on which USCIS writes the approval is known as i797. This i797 approval paper is common for all application types.

  2. Rajiv Nadukuru   18 Mar, 19 at 12:41 pm

    Anil, We are filing H1,H4 & EAD extension together as we have 180 day rule for extension. What do we enter for q.29 : enter spouse most recent H1B receipt no? . Since we are applying for renewal and filing concurrently we dont know the current receipt no right. Do we enter the previous I797 no which is valid till Sep 2019?

    • Rajiv Nadukuru   18 Mar, 19 at 12:48 pm

      I see that in the other responses you asked to leave it blank. Can u confirm?

      • Anil Gupta   18 Mar, 19 at 1:32 pm

        Not sure why you need confirmation if I have myself answered it earlier on same questions. Please save time by reading the earlier questions and getting answers.

        Yes, you can leave it blank or write “Concurrent”.

        • Rajiv Nadukuru   18 Mar, 19 at 1:40 pm

          Sorry one of them mentioned they used the current expiring one…not sure what expiry date he got for EAD.
          Thanks. I will leave it blank.

        • Thanks Anil,
          In this case, we don’t need to attache “Copy of H-4 visa holder’s MOST RECENT I-797 Approval”, right?

          • Anil Gupta   18 Mar, 19 at 2:00 pm

            Off-course not as you are filing for H1B and H4 extension concurrently.

  3. iam applying for h4ead.On the personal money order remitter would be my name?or my husband name?

  4. Hi Anil, my husband has a new H1 valid until 2021. My current H4 is expiring on Sept 21, 2019 (I-797 approval had June 21,2019 but H4-stamping on passport and I-94 have date as September 21,2019). My current H4-EAD is expiring on June 21, 2019. I am planning to apply for extension of H4 concurrently with renewal of H4-EAD on March 21, 2019 with the old i539 form. So that I can avoid the new bio-metric process and adhere to the 180 days rule.

    Can you please tell me, if you foresee any issue in proceeding like this?

    Where should I send my application to? My husband’s approved H1 petition was filed at California Service Center. So, should I send my package to California Service Center or send it to Phoenix drop-box? (https://www.am22tech.com/uscis-address-mail-h4-ead-application/)

    Also, with concurrent filing, should I include a note on the first page of the package mentioning the set of documents attached? Something like the attached image here

  5. Hi Anil, i have applied for my wife H4 EAD and i paid $495
    considering $410 for EAD and $85 for biometric, it got rejected saying
    wrong amount and sent back. can you please help if it is only $410 that i
    have to send cheque. i am confused.

    • Biometric fees of $85 is required only for H4 extention and not H4 EAD.
      You only need to send $410 for H4 EAD.

  6. Hi Anil, My I-140 got approved last week. My wife’s H4 visa is stamped and it is valid till Jun 2020. I’m going to file H4 EAD for her. Since I’m not filing I-539 now, is Biometrics necessary for EAD? Thanks for your help.

  7. Where should i send my application whether to dallas lockbox or Phoenix.we live in michigan so i m getting confused in the site it says who lives in michigan should apply to Phoenix but in uscis site it says if the h1b recipient starts with LIN should apply to dallas .can u help me

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