Current EAD Processing Time 2020 – H4, L2, I-485 Green Card

Updated  22 Jan, 20
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USCIS EAD Processing Time

H4 EAD processing time 1 month at Vermont to 5 month at California service center.

i485 EAD processing time is 2 to 6 month at National benefits center.

How long does it take for EAD to come? The answer is the processing time vary for EAD applications filed on form i-765 for different types of employment authorizations.

The most recent EAD approval found using data from user driven online forums are merged with USCIS official data to give you a reliable average EAD processing time.

CALIFORNIAFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
I-485 pending EADWAC19246***** Receipt: 23 Sep, 19
Approved in 2 month 24 days
18 Jul, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month 1 days
Haiti extensionWAC19246***** Receipt: 23 Sep, 19
Approved in 2 month 24 days
18 Jul, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month 1 days
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / OthersWAC19223***** Receipt: 20 Aug, 19
Approved in 3 month 28 days
27 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 6 month 23 days


VERMONTFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
Approved, concurrently filed, I-821D EADEAC18245***** Receipt: 21 Sep, 18
Approved in 1 year 2 month
28 Apr, 18
Slowest case approval in 1 year 7 month
I-485 pending EADEAC20017***** Receipt: 24 Oct, 19
Approved in 1 month 23 days
20 Jul, 19
Slowest case approval in 4 month 29 days
TPS for El Salvador EADEAC19024***** Receipt: 03 Nov, 18
Approved in 1 year 1 month
28 Apr, 18
Slowest case approval in 1 year 7 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / OthersEAC19204***** Receipt: 24 Jul, 19
Approved in 4 month 25 days
19 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 7 month 1 days


TEXASFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
Pending Asylum EAD19245***** Receipt: 20 Sep, 19
Approved in 2 month 27 days
25 Sep, 19
Slowest case approval in 2 month 22 days
I-485 pending EAD19245***** Receipt: 20 Sep, 19
Approved in 2 month 27 days
20 Jul, 19
Slowest case approval in 4 month 29 days
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / Others19246***** Receipt: 23 Sep, 19
Approved in 2 month 24 days
20 Jul, 19
Slowest case approval in 4 month 29 days


NEBRASKAFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
Based on an approved asylum application [(a)(5)]LIN19246***** Receipt: 23 Sep, 19
Approved in 2 month 24 days
22 Jun, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month 27 days
Pending Asylum EADLIN19246***** Receipt: 23 Sep, 19
Approved in 2 month 24 days
22 Jun, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month 27 days
I-485 pending EADLIN19246***** Receipt: 23 Sep, 19
Approved in 2 month 24 days
22 Jun, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month 27 days
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / OthersLIN19245***** Receipt: 20 Sep, 19
Approved in 2 month 27 days
22 Jun, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month 27 days


POTOMACFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
F-1 OPT EAD (Pre-Completion, Post-completion, STEM) - C(3)YSC20031***** Receipt: 14 Nov, 19
Approved in 1 month 2 days
20 Jul, 19
Slowest case approval in 4 month 29 days
Pending Asylum EADYSC20031***** Receipt: 14 Nov, 19
Approved in 1 month 2 days
06 Sep, 19
Slowest case approval in 3 month 11 days
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / OthersYSC20031***** Receipt: 14 Nov, 19
Approved in 1 month 2 days
20 Jul, 19
Slowest case approval in 4 month 29 days


NATIONAL BENEFITSFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
I-485 pending EAD19223***** Receipt: 20 Aug, 19
Approved in 3 month 28 days
27 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 6 month 23 days
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / Others19160***** Receipt: 21 May, 19
Approved in 6 month 29 days
06 Feb, 19
Slowest case approval in 10 month 13 days





Raise USCIS Case Service Request

If your ‘case received date’ is before the date mentioned above, you should raise a service request with USCIS to check why your case has been delayed. This could mean that your case is taking longer than other similar cases and may be stuck in administrative processing.

USCIS allows you to ask for status update if your case is taking more than other cases and they call it ‘outside normal processing time’.

You can use USCIS case status check website to check the status of your EAD application with your USCIS receipt number.

EAD Card Delivery Time

You can expect your EAD card within 5-7 days once the status of your EAD application shows as ‘Card sent for printing’.

Your EAD is approved if your application status shows as new Card is Being Produced Meaning on USCIS website.

You cannot start working until you have received your EAD card. Card is delivered by USPS regular mail in your mailbox.

Make sure that you write your apartment number on i765 form correctly to avoid delivery issues later.

SSN Card Time After EAD Approval

The SSN card takes 4 to 6 weeks to arrive after your EAD approval. You should have selected the SSN option on form I765 for automatic SSN application.

If not applied with EAD, you have to apply SSN separately after you receive your EAD card.
If SSN card is taking more time than 6 weeks, you can visit your local SSN office and apply a new SSD card yourself.

SSN office will be able to see if there is any existing pending application for you before applying a new one.

SSN is required to start working and get paid legally. Your ITIN may or may not be accepted by the employer.

Automatic EAD 180 Day Extension

USCIS has officially allowed many EADs categories to keep working if their current one expires and their extension application is pending.

You can apply for EAD extension 180 days before its expiry.

Example:

EAD Processing Time Dallas or Phoenix

There are no USCIS service centers named Dallas or Phoenix. You just send your applications to lock-boxes (mail box) located in Dallas and Phoenix.

After that, USCIS routes your EAD application to actual service center. Check your receipt number to find which service is processing your application.

EAD Processing Time after RFE

It usually takes 60-90 days to process and approve EAD application after you have submitted RFE response to USCIS. The count starts from day USCIS receives your RFE response.

Make sure your primary visa like H1B (or L) has at-least 6 months of validity before applying for dependent H4 EAD to avoid a certain RFE.


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Recent discussion on forum

  1. Psnbk
    Psnbk

    Hi Anil,
    We filed for H1+H4+H4 EAD on 10/21/2019 in premium processing at vermont centre
    H1 got approved on 10/27/2019
    I-765 receive date 10/23/2019
    Biometric on 11/13/2019
    Its been 90 days that i don’t see any change in the case status
    My current EAD expires on 01/23/2020
    I am losing my job today
    Do u have any idea as to how long is the processing times for Vermont centres .
    And is there any option i can expedite this


  2. Anil.Gupta
    Anil.Gupta

    Hi @Psnbk

    Please check current H4 EAD processing time here.

    You can try filing EAD expedite request.


  3. Uma_Lakshmanan
    Uma_Lakshmanan

    Hi Anil,
    We submitted our H1B + H4 EAD renewal under premium processing on Jan 14th to USCIS California Service Center. Documents received by USCIS on Jan 15th. H1B receipt came on Jan 17th. Did not receive a receipt for H4 EAD yet. H1B got approved on Jan 29th.

    H4 EAD - have not got the receipt yet, nor biometrics letter. I’m concerned. Any advice on this would be appreciated.
    My H4 EAD expiry date is June 2020.

    Thanks
    Uma


  4. Anil.Gupta
    Anil.Gupta

    Hi @Uma_Lakshmanan

    There is no need to worry as H4 EAD receipt can take up-to 30 days to arrive. Stay calm and you will get it soon.


  5. dipal_77
    dipal_77

    This is regarding family based immigration as the f3 category opened up in Nov 2019 and filed for I 485 filed on december 6th , 2019 and we did our biometric on January 28th ,2020. In how much time, can i received the combo card as we have applied for both from our attorney…


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  417 Useful Questions & Answers

  1. Rakesh sahay
    Rakesh sahay 9 May, 19 at 3:31 pm

    Hi
    I noticed that case has been changed to “New card is being produced”. How long it will take to get card in hand?


  2. Abhilash Kumar
    Abhilash Kumar 9 May, 19 at 7:03 am

    Hi, I got my i140 approved after transferring from company A to B. While my H1 transfer is still pending, can I apply my wife’s EAD using the H1 and H4 document from company A?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 May, 19 at 7:30 am

      You can apply H4 EAD using H1b from Employer A but make sure that H1B is not withdrawn by the time your H4 EAD gets processed.


  3. Test
    Test 7 May, 19 at 11:09 pm

    Hi Anil

    My wife is on H4 visa and my employer applied the H4 EAD new application (First time) along with H1 Extn + H4 Extn.

    H1 and H4 Extn got approved but H4 EAD is still in pending

    My Wife and Son are planning to visit India in June 1st week

    Will there by any risk for H4 EAD approval if they are traveling to India while H4 EAD is In progress


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 8 May, 19 at 5:29 am

      Usually, there is no risk unless you get an RFE to prove H4 status.


      • Test
        Test 9 May, 19 at 11:02 am

        Thanks Anil

        Will the H4 EAD process starts after H1 and H4 Extn got approved or along with H1 and H4 Extn?

        We filed all applications at the same time


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 May, 19 at 12:50 pm

          H1B should be approved before H4 EAd can be approved.


  4. Mahi
    Mahi 7 May, 19 at 11:58 am

    Hi Anil,

    I applied for h4 extension and H4 EAD in Sept 2018. My h4 was expiring in April as it was taking forever for H4 so I went India last week and got it stamped. When I was traveling received REF from USCIS for both applications. For H4 they asked spouses i94 and marriage certificate. For EAD they asked for my latest i94. What should I do now? Ask USCIS to revoke H4 application by sending a letter and just respond to EAD REF. Please help. Thank you!!




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