Current H4, L2 Extension, F1 COS Processing Time 2020

  By Am22tech    Updated  12 Jul, 20

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.


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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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Recent discussion on forum

  1. ssaluja

    I Don’t see H4 Extension Time in California Center in your page ?

  2. Anil.Gupta

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

  3. ssaluja

    I filled H1B extension with H4 extension and New H4EAD on November 8 2019 in Premium processing. H1b approved 4 days, Biometric for H4 was on November 27, any idea how long we should wait for H4 and H4 EAD. I observed California time line two time in last 3 months it goes back to June 1st from July 10th.

  4. ssaluja

    Thanks Anil, I appreciate your reply.

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. Anil.Gupta

    Hi @Aneesha

    Yes, it means what it says.

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