Current H4, L2 Extension, F1 COS Processing Time 2021

Written by AM22Tech Team
  AM22Tech Team    Updated 28 Nov, 21


H4 change of status is taking 2 to 12 months. California Service Center is processing H4 and L2 Change of status faster than Vermont.

Vermont has slowest processing time of 8 months. USCIS Nebraska Center is approving at same speed as California.

 


Type Fastest Case Slowest/Call USCIS Date
All other change-of-status applicationsReceipt: 28 Dec, 20
Approved in 11 month 5 days
25 Feb, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 9 month
All other extension applicationsReceipt: 28 Dec, 20
Approved in 11 month 5 days
26 Feb, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 9 month
Extension of stay for F or M academic or vocational studentsReceipt: 28 Dec, 20
Approved in 11 month 5 days
26 Feb, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 9 month
Change status to the F or M academic or vocational student categoriesReceipt: 28 Dec, 20
Approved in 11 month 5 days
26 Feb, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 9 month

Type Fastest Case Slowest/Call USCIS Date
Change of status to H dependentsReceipt: 25 Jun, 20
Approved in 1 year 5 month
06 Apr, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 7 month
Change of status to L dependentsReceipt: 23 Jun, 20
Approved in 1 year 5 month
05 Apr, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 7 month
Extension of stay for H dependentsReceipt: 23 Jun, 20
Approved in 1 year 5 month
05 Apr, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 7 month
All other change-of-status applicationsReceipt: 24 Jun, 20
Approved in 1 year 5 month
05 Apr, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 7 month
Extension of stay for J exchange visitorsReceipt: 23 Jun, 20
Approved in 1 year 5 month
05 Apr, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 7 month
Change status to the F or M academic or vocational student categoriesReceipt: 24 Jun, 20
Approved in 1 year 5 month
05 Apr, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 7 month
Extension of stay for L dependentsReceipt: 23 Jun, 20
Approved in 1 year 5 month
05 Apr, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 7 month
Change of status to L dependentsReceipt: 24 Jun, 20
Approved in 1 year 5 month
05 Apr, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 7 month
All other extension applicationsReceipt: 25 Jun, 20
Approved in 1 year 5 month
06 Apr, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 7 month
Extension of stay for F or M academic or vocational studentsReceipt: 25 Jun, 20
Approved in 1 year 5 month
06 Apr, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 7 month

Type Fastest Case Slowest/Call USCIS Date
All other extension applicationsReceipt: 25 Jan, 21
Approved in 10 month 7 days
09 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year

Type Fastest Case Slowest/Call USCIS Date
Extension of stay for F or M academic or vocational studentsReceipt: 24 Aug, 20
Approved in 1 year 3 month
24 Apr, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 7 month
Extension of stay for L dependentsReceipt: 22 Jul, 20
Approved in 1 year 4 month
01 Feb, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 10 month
Extension of stay for J exchange visitorsReceipt: 24 Aug, 20
Approved in 1 year 3 month
25 Apr, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 7 month
All other extension applicationsReceipt: 24 Aug, 20
Approved in 1 year 3 month
25 Apr, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 7 month
All other change-of-status applicationsReceipt: 24 Aug, 20
Approved in 1 year 3 month
25 Apr, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 7 month
Change of status to L dependentsReceipt: 22 Jul, 20
Approved in 1 year 4 month
01 Feb, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 10 month
Change of status to H dependentsReceipt: 24 Jul, 20
Approved in 1 year 4 month
26 Apr, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 7 month
Change status to the F or M academic or vocational student categoriesReceipt: 24 Aug, 20
Approved in 1 year 3 month
24 Apr, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 7 month
Extension of stay for H dependentsReceipt: 23 Jul, 20
Approved in 1 year 4 month
26 Apr, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 7 month

Type Fastest Case Slowest/Call USCIS Date
All other extension applicationsReceipt: 22 Jun, 20
Approved in 1 year 5 month
05 Mar, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 8 month
Extension of stay for H dependentsReceipt: 22 Jun, 20
Approved in 1 year 5 month
06 Mar, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 8 month
Change Status to the J exchange visitor categoryReceipt: 22 Jun, 20
Approved in 1 year 5 month
06 Mar, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 8 month
Extension of stay for F or M academic or vocational studentsReceipt: 22 Jun, 20
Approved in 1 year 5 month
06 Mar, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 8 month
All other change-of-status applicationsReceipt: 22 Jun, 20
Approved in 1 year 5 month
06 Mar, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 8 month
Extension of stay for J exchange visitorsReceipt: 22 Jun, 20
Approved in 1 year 5 month
06 Mar, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 8 month
Extension of stay as T nonimmigrantReceipt: 19 Jan, 21
Approved in 10 month 13 days
16 Oct, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 1 month
Extension of stay as T nonimmigrantReceipt: 19 Jan, 21
Approved in 10 month 13 days
16 Oct, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 1 month
Extension of stay as U nonimmigrantReceipt: 19 Jan, 21
Approved in 10 month 13 days
16 Oct, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 1 month
Extension of stay as T nonimmigrantReceipt: 19 Jan, 21
Approved in 10 month 13 days
11 Oct, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 1 month
Extension of stay as U nonimmigrantReceipt: 19 Jan, 21
Approved in 10 month 13 days
11 Oct, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 1 month
Change of status to H dependentsReceipt: 22 Jun, 20
Approved in 1 year 5 month
05 Mar, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 8 month
Extension of stay for L dependentsReceipt: 22 Jun, 20
Approved in 1 year 5 month
05 Mar, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 8 month
Change status to the F or M academic or vocational student categoriesReceipt: 22 Jun, 20
Approved in 1 year 5 month
05 Mar, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 8 month
Change of status to L dependentsReceipt: 22 Jun, 20
Approved in 1 year 5 month
05 Mar, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 8 month
Extension of stay as T nonimmigrantReceipt: 19 Jan, 21
Approved in 10 month 13 days
11 Oct, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 1 month
Extension of stay as T nonimmigrantReceipt: 19 Jan, 21
Approved in 10 month 13 days
12 Oct, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 1 month

Type Fastest Case Slowest/Call USCIS Date
Extension of stay for L dependentsReceipt: 19 Jan, 21
Approved in 10 month 13 days
02 Dec, 19
Slowest case approval in 1 year 12 month
Extension of stay for J exchange visitorsReceipt: 25 Jan, 21
Approved in 10 month 7 days
10 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year
Extension of stay for F or M academic or vocational studentsReceipt: 18 May, 20
Approved in 1 year 6 month
20 Dec, 19
Slowest case approval in 1 year 11 month
All other change-of-status applicationsReceipt: 23 Dec, 19
Approved in 1 year 11 month
26 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 2 year 6 month
Change of status to H dependentsReceipt: 17 Jun, 20
Approved in 1 year 5 month
03 Mar, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 9 month
Change of status to L dependentsReceipt: 17 Jul, 20
Approved in 1 year 4 month
25 Mar, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 8 month
All other extension applicationsReceipt: 17 Jan, 20
Approved in 1 year 10 month
27 Mar, 19
Slowest case approval in 2 year 8 month
Extension of stay for H dependentsReceipt: 17 Apr, 20
Approved in 1 year 7 month
10 Dec, 19
Slowest case approval in 1 year 11 month
Change status to the F or M academic or vocational student categoriesReceipt: 26 May, 20
Approved in 1 year 6 month
10 Feb, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 9 month



The H4 processing time data, updated daily, is collected using official USCIS data and H4 extension / Change of status processing time shared on various user driven online trackers and forums.

Is H4 Visa Stamping faster than H4 COS?

The H4 stamping outside USA in US embassy using H1B approved i797 is fastest way to get H4.

If you are planning to start work using H4 EAD approval, it is better to go out of USA and get H4 stamped in passport instead of filing H4 Change of status application.

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H1B to H4 Visa Dropbox

H4 Visa and H1B are in same class of visa H and hence are eligible for dropbox. Check your Dropbox eligibility for India.

Travel while H4 Pending

Your H4 COS application will be rejected if you travel while approval is pending.

You should NOT travel while your H4 extension is pending. If you leave US, your H4 extension may not be approved with new i94.

You can get H4 visa stamp to re-enter USA though. In that case, you would not need the H4 extension application that you have filed (and is pending) in US.



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  1. anil_am22
    anil_am22

    We are working on fixing the data. Will share one it is fixed.


  2. Sohel_P
    Sohel_P

    Hi, Does anyone know how long it takes for H4 extension im waiting for more than 6 months at California service center. But some of my friends who filed after me have received it not sure how they take up the cases.


  3. Aneesha
    Aneesha

    Hello Anil
    When I go to USCIS website I see the processing time to change to H4 is almost a year.
    Does this mean my COS to H4 from L2 will take a year?


  4. anil_am22
    anil_am22

    Hi @Aneesha

    Yes, it means what it says.


  5. Ajanth
    Ajanth

    My H1B extension got approved and received I-797 (approval copy).
    I filed H4 extension for my wife online (as there is no H4 EAD involved, I was allowed to file online)
    As I filed online, I received Receipt Notice right away. I could track the status right from day 1.

    It’s been about 3 months now and still the status says “Case Received”

    No Biometric notice, no update in any way.

    Anyone know how long does it takes to get H4 extension approved? I am starting to worry now as current H4 status is expiring in next 1 and half months! So the DL will be expiring!


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