New Card is Being Produced Meaning – USCIS Case Status

USCIS status update New Card is Being Produced means your EAD is approved. Get EAD card by USPS mail in 7-10 working days. SSN card will arrive in 4-5 weeks.

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta          Updated  2 Mar, 20


New card is being produced meaning – EAD

New card is being produced USCIS status means that your EAD application has been approved and the card has been sent for printing.

EAD Processing Time

You will receive the new EAD card (i-485 EAD, F1 OPT-EAD, L2 EAD, H4 EAD or other) by mail within 5-10 working days now after the “New card is being produced” USCIS case status update.

You can track the current processing time for EAD applications. The EAD (Employment Authorization Document) is filed using USCIS form I-765.

SSN Card with EAD

The SSN request is sent to SSN office after your EAD has been approved. It will take about 4-5 weeks for SSN card to arrive by USPS mail.

There is no biometric required for H4-EAD and SSN.

No need to worry. It is not a false update!

EAD + AP Combo Card

The i485 EAD + AP (advance parole) combo card is also approved with “New card is being produced” status. You should plan to travel outside USA only after your I131 advance parole card has been approved.  

EAD Card USCIS Case History

Other status updates for EAD i765 application may look like this:

Status DateUSCIS EAD Case Status
08/09/2019We mailed your new card to the address you gave us.
08/04/2019New card is being produced.
08/04/2019We approved your Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.
05/26/2019We received your Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.

SSN card Not Received After EAD approval

SSN card is automatically requested by USCIS once your EAD card is approved.

You can expect to received SSN card within 4-6 weeks.

If you do not receive the SSN number in 6 weeks, you can directly visit your local SSN office. They can check if any SSN application is pending for you.

If no application is pending, you can request a new SSN number.

Can I start work with ITIN until SSN is received?

You cannot start working using ITIN. We suggest to wait to receive salary until SSN is issued to you.
Your employer would need to fill form I-9 for your employment and it needs an SSN number.

Do we Need to Apply for Merging ITIN with SSN?

If you are on H4, then you would have an ITIN number. Once you get Social security number after H4 EAD, there is no need to merge ITIN with SSN.

How long it takes to get SSN card after EAD card approval?

You can expect to received SSN card within 4-6 weeks after EAD approval.

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  7 Useful Questions & Answers

  1. Shyam
    Shyam 1 Nov, 19 at 10:45 am

    For H4EAD, the status is showing: Document Was Mailed
    We mailed your document for your Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, Receipt Number WAC********. If you do not receive your document by November 2, 2019

    What does this mean? The H4 and H1 are not approved yet! Infact H1 got a RFE and lawyers just responded today. Does this mean H4EAD also got RFE?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 1 Nov, 19 at 10:45 am

      Nothing can be said until you have received the document. Usually, this status means that H4 EAD has been approved. But, in your case, it could be an RFE too as your H1B has RFE.

  2. Harry
    Harry 26 Feb, 19 at 5:41 pm

    Hi John,

    I’m in same situation. On my H4 EAD i see “New card is being produced” and i dont see any movement in H1 & H4 extension. if you get any updates , please let us know. Thank you

  3. John
    John 25 Feb, 19 at 8:20 am

    Hi Anil,
    Filed H1, H4 and H4 EAD extensions together.
    All were transferred to Vermont together from California.
    Now USCIS old site is showing status update on H4 EAD alone as “New Card is being produced”.
    USCIS new site is not updated from beginning including transfer to Vermont.

    Does that mean all extensions are approved?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Feb, 19 at 9:42 am

      Not sure what you mean by old and new USCIS site.

      If the status on USCIS official website shows as “New Card is being produced” for H4 EAD, then your EAD has been approved.

      • John
        John 25 Feb, 19 at 10:19 am

        Thanks Anil.

        New Site – (No updates)
        Old Site – (H4 EAD says Card being produced, no updates to H1, H4)

        I am tracking my cases in both the sites.
        Since EAD is approved, I assume H1 and H4 are also approved since all 3 are filed concurrently. Correct me if I am wrong. Thanks again.

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 25 Feb, 19 at 11:07 am

          The chances are very high that your H1 and H4 are also approved and the status has not been updated online.

          If they are not approved yet, the approvals are on the way pretty soon.

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