Current H4, L2 Extension, F1 COS Processing Time 2020

H4 change of status 2 to 12 months at California Service Center. Vermont processing time is 8 months. USCIS Nebraska approving at same speed as California.

Updated  25 Mar, 20 #USCIS processing time

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.


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.

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  62 Useful Questions & Answers

  1. Soji Varkey
    Soji Varkey 17 May, 19 at 11:26 am

    Hi Anil,

    My H1B extension was filed in premium at Vermont Center along with H4 extension and EAD renewal for my wife. My H1B approved within 5 days. Her biometric is scheduled for My 24. When I’m checking H4 processing times at Vermont Center it is showing 9.5 months. She is working and her EAD is expiring on 7/29. Can we change Service center to CA or Nebraska now ? Since my H1B was filed under premium, is there any chance that her H4 extension may get expedited ?

  2. pjj
    pjj 9 May, 19 at 4:15 pm


    I applied for my H4 COS in March and H4 EAD in April and received the receipt for H4 application. My cheque has been encashed for H4 EAD but haven’t gotten the receipt. What does this mean and How long does it take for the receipt?

    • pjj
      pjj 10 May, 19 at 10:57 am

      Also, my H4 status is still pending. I moved from H1B to H4 and have received the receipt for H4. Would it be risky to travel to India in July? What happens to the H4 pending application here? Does it also affect my H4 EAD processing time?

      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 10 May, 19 at 11:25 am

        If you travel while your H4 COS is pending, your COS application will be abandoned automatically.
        Your H4 EAD will not be approved unless you can prove H4 status.

        • pjj
          pjj 10 May, 19 at 11:36 am

          Will the stamped visa help in this case? Are there chances of getting an RFE to H4 EAD when I come back from India? Do I send a new H4 EAD application after I come back from India or the one applied now will be okay?

          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 10 May, 19 at 11:46 am

            Please read the linked article. It has answered to all your questions.

            • pjj
              pjj 10 May, 19 at 12:51 pm

              Thank you! Appreciate it

  3. Cheer
    Cheer 7 May, 19 at 6:21 pm

    Can we apply H4-EAD renewal while H4 extension is in pending status ? Bio-metric’s are done on April 29th , better to wait for the h4 extension or apply right away for h4-EAD renewal ? plz suggest.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 7 May, 19 at 7:43 pm

      You can apply H4 EAD while H4 is pending.

  4. Santosh Asbe
    Santosh Asbe 6 May, 19 at 10:17 am

    My L2 request is being processed at Texas center. But cant see any details here or USICS site. Can someone advice how much processing time does it take at Texas center

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 May, 19 at 12:07 pm

      USCIS has not shared any data for Texas service center at this time. Also, our service tracks multiple forums for user reported case approvals and it has not found anything yet, if it is not showing above.

  5. Dawei
    Dawei 2 May, 19 at 3:02 pm

    Hi Anil,

    My H4 COS/EAD package has been received (lockbox for WAC) for 28 days but I have not received the receipt notice. Nor the check is cashed. Do you think that is normal? Is there anything we could do, other than wait? Thank you!

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 2 May, 19 at 4:53 pm

      Form i539 applications are taking more than 30 days to get a receipt.

      • jay
        jay 6 May, 19 at 11:05 am

        Hello Anil,
        Quick question,
        How many days will it might take to get H4extension applied in Premium processing. H1 got approved and gave biometrics on APRIL 30th can anyone suggest what are the timelines for getting H4Extension approval after giving fingerprints?

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 6 May, 19 at 12:07 pm

          No H4 approval has been reported yet after Mar 22 biometrics requirement has started.
          We are tracking the H4 and H4 EAD approval time after biometric here.

          Will update the article once someone reports the approval.

          • jay
            jay 6 May, 19 at 12:35 pm

            Sure Thanks

  6. Florence
    Florence 17 Apr, 19 at 5:48 pm

    Hi Anil,

    My case is a little bit different. I’m on COS H4 pending status and I have submited the H4 extension + H4 EAD with my husband’s H1 extension together under PP. My husband’s H1 got approval yesterday. I konw people usually get the H4 extension + H4 EAD approval together. Should I expected to recieve the approval soon? Or my COS H4 will take times? Thank you!

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 17 Apr, 19 at 6:28 pm

      Your H4 COS should be approved first to get H4 extension approval.

  7. Koteswara Devarasetti
    Koteswara Devarasetti 17 Apr, 19 at 2:27 pm

    Hi Anil ,
    I have couple of question regarding my H1 Extension , H4 Extension And H4 EAD

    Can you Suggest which option is good

    1) Considering my employer doesnt want to file the H4 EAD as per the organizational policies , I may either need to file H4 EAD seperately. If its the case , do i need to file the EAD after H1 Extension Approval or H1 Extension Reciept ? Which one is good option
    2) Considering my employer agrees to send the H4 EAD petetion as well along with my H1 Extension , Can i apply H1 Extension and H4 Extension and H4 EAD all Concurrently in Premium ?
    3) Is it good to go for H1 Extension in Premium , considering the RFE’s around the corner , will that affect the H4 EAD ?

  8. amy
    amy 29 Mar, 19 at 1:44 pm

    Hi Anil

    So our I539(H1 to H4) and EAD (I765)petition was filled on 20th Sep in VSC. Since I765 processing time has already passed normal, we filled an enquiry through Senator. USCIS responded to the inquiry that I539 is pending due to security checks.
    Any idea what exactly it means and have some one come across this scenario and how long it can take to resolve this.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 29 Mar, 19 at 1:55 pm

      Your question about H4 COS pending for security checks has been added to our forum and answered there as it is out of scope of this page.

  9. Confused applicant
    Confused applicant 27 Mar, 19 at 11:39 pm

    Hi Anil ,
    Looks like the H4 EAD approval is faster than COS to H4 at most of the centers .
    What might be the scenario if H4 EAD is under processing but COS to H4 is still pending?
    Thank you in advance.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Mar, 19 at 7:10 am

      You will still have to wait for H4 COS to be approved before you can start using H4 EAD.

  10. Sumeet
    Sumeet 16 Mar, 19 at 3:26 pm


    I am planning to file H1 transfer in premium along with H4 COS from F1 and EAD. Do you think they will process all the applications together? I have already filed H4 COS separately and according to the current timelines I will receive it by April last week(filed it on Jan 2nd).
    Thanks in advance for the reply.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 16 Mar, 19 at 10:34 pm

      I do not understand your question. You are planning to file H1B and H4 at the same time for yourself? How?

      • Sumeet
        Sumeet 17 Mar, 19 at 2:13 am

        No Anil. Its H1B transfer of spouse along with my H4 COS and EAD in premium.

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 17 Mar, 19 at 3:22 am

          You can file H4 COS along with your H1B transfer but you won’t be able to get result for H4 within premium timeline of 15 days due to the new H4 Biometric requirement.

          It is better you keep your other H4 COS active if it is destined to get result by April.

  11. H4_1st time_applicant
    H4_1st time_applicant 7 Mar, 19 at 4:40 pm

    My F1 to H4 COS and H4 EAD received date is 15th November at Nebraska Center. When do you think my applications will get accepted?
    Also, thanks a ton Anil for these extremely helpful sites!

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 7 Mar, 19 at 6:08 pm

      You can expect your H4 COS approval anytime now at Nebraska service center.

  12. Angel Paul
    Angel Paul 7 Mar, 19 at 1:28 pm

    My H4 extension and EAD receipt date is Jan4 2019 at Nebraska service center. Do you have any idea how long I would have to wait. Thanks.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 7 Mar, 19 at 1:55 pm

      You can expect your H4 extension approval by April 2019 end.

      • Angel Paul
        Angel Paul 7 Mar, 19 at 1:55 pm

        Thanks for answering.

  13. H4EAD
    H4EAD 6 Mar, 19 at 12:13 pm

    Primary applicant, Petitioner and receipt number for Ds-160?

    Hello, I am currently applying for my H4 stamping in india. My H4 was approved while I was in the USA. Should I mention my receipt number on the form? and what should be primary applicant? me or my husband?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 Mar, 19 at 1:42 pm

      You are the primary applicant of your H4 visa stamp. Your application is dependent on your spouse’s H1B.

      H4 petition was approved in US and not H4 visa. Visa stamp is given by US embassy which you are applying for now.

      • H4EAD
        H4EAD 6 Mar, 19 at 1:53 pm

        That makes sense, just to reiterate:

        Principle Applicant’s Name: My self
        Principle Applicant’s Visa Class: H4
        Petitioner name: My husband’s company
        Receipt Number: my husbands’s i797 number

  14. Sumeet
    Sumeet 1 Mar, 19 at 7:12 pm

    Hi Anil,
    I have added my case above and filed COS on Jan 2nd for H4 along with EAD. Is it better to wait or get H4 stamped from India and the apply for EAD?

    Thanks for answering.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 1 Mar, 19 at 8:45 pm

      It is better to apply for H4 visa stamp from India and then apply for EAD. As this time, H4 COS is taking 10+ months easily.

      • Sumeet
        Sumeet 2 Mar, 19 at 12:55 pm

        But the California center shows 4 months 15 days above.
        Also how are the chances of approval if we stamp in India?

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 2 Mar, 19 at 1:27 pm

          H4 chances of approval are good. It is probably the most safe visa to get.

  15. Aparna Balagoni
    Aparna Balagoni 26 Feb, 19 at 8:19 pm

    Hi Anil,
    We filed h1+h4+ead renewal with employer A on oct26,2018 in normal processing. It went to Vermont. And h1 petition got RFE, we have submitted Response but attorney doesn’t upgraded to premium yet.
    My husband also got FT offer from employer B and applied h1(transfer) +h4 with employer B. Employer B upgraded it premium and we got approval for 3 years for h1 & h4.

    My EAD expires on April2nd and am working.

    My Question is

    1. Can I make an expedite request for h4 EAD Renewal which i submitted with employer A with the h4 approval notice from employer B?
    2. By the time we concurrently filed h1+h4 with employer B, we have not filed EAD Renewal and on Feb 21 attorney filed another h4 ead renewal and he said it will go to pheonix Center. Do we have a processing center at Phoenix? (if expedite request is not approved in Step1, can I have a chance to expedite h4 ead filed on feb 21? )

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 26 Feb, 19 at 10:48 pm

      You cannot send new documents for existing application unless USCIS issues an RFE and asks for them.
      You can file an H4 EAD expedite request but chances are very low that it will be accepted. Try with your local congressman and you may get lucky.

      Phoenix is just the lock-box address. USCIS routes the H4 EAD application to other centers after receiving them at Phoenix.

  16. Icaurus
    Icaurus 21 Feb, 19 at 1:21 pm

    I am currently on h4 status which expires by mid of march. My H1b petition filed last year is still pending with USCIS and am waiting for my decision. Now if I file for an H4 extension, will this effect my H1 decision? In case, i get my H1- b approved before my h4 extension is processed, will my h1 status be updated with H4? Please help me understand this as I dont want to run out of status or jeopardize my H1 application in anyway.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 21 Feb, 19 at 3:09 pm

      It is better that you upgrade your pending H1B application with premium processing and avoid all other hassles of filing H4 extension.
      You will definitely introduce complications to your status if you file H4 extension now.

      Both H1B and H4 can co-exist and can reach result. But, the last application to be approved will take effect.

  17. Anil Gupta
    Anil Gupta 14 Jan, 19 at 10:05 am

    Thanks for sharing the case status and details.
    Do you have a question that we can help with?

  18. rabbitd
    rabbitd 14 Jan, 19 at 10:05 am

    How did you know your case got approved when online case status doesn’t reflect that?

  19. DS
    DS 14 Jan, 19 at 9:49 am

    I applied for H1B to H4 COS in 2018 July at Vermont Centre. Status is still showed as case received. Was wondering if it is going to take an year. Can you shed some light on the wait times for COS at VC

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:05 am

      H4 change of status is taking forever these days. Today’s processing time is about 13 months on average.
      The above mentioned processing times are updated every 3 hours after scanning USCIS official data and from other user driven forums.

      So, it is taking over an year to get status result.
      The faster way is to go out of US and get H4 stamping at US embassy.

  20. H4EAD
    H4EAD 14 Jan, 19 at 9:47 am

    I applied for my H4 COS and H4-EAD together at California Center on 27th Sep. My current EAD is expiring on 27th January, 2019. What are my chances to receive my EAD before that? What are my options to expedite it?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Jan, 19 at 10:04 am

      The chances are low to get H4 COS approval before 27 Jan, 2019. And H4 EAD cannot be approved unless H4 is approved.

      The expedite request has very low chances too. If you want to try, here are the details:

      • H4EAD
        H4EAD 9 Feb, 19 at 10:03 am

        Thank you for the quick response. The current processing time is 4 month 14 days as above mentioned. so does it mean I should have my H4 by mid feb and than they will process my EAD?

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:13 am

          Ya. .should be.

    • Sumeet
      Sumeet 1 Mar, 19 at 9:35 pm

      Did you receive your H4 and EAD?

      • H4EAD
        H4EAD 6 Mar, 19 at 2:04 pm

        Hey, Yes! I received it on 20th Jan

        • Sumeet
          Sumeet 6 Mar, 19 at 2:44 pm

          How much total time did it take?

        • Sumeet
          Sumeet 6 Mar, 19 at 2:56 pm

          Hey did you receive it together or did it take time for EAD?

          • H4EAD
            H4EAD 6 Mar, 19 at 4:45 pm

            No, both were received at the same time

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