Current EAD Processing Time 2019 – H4, L2, I-485 Green Card

Updated  22 Oct, 19
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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 EADWAC19234***** Receipt: 05 Sep, 19
Approved in 1 month 17 days
26 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 4 month 29 days
Haiti extensionWAC19235***** Receipt: 06 Sep, 19
Approved in 1 month 16 days
26 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 4 month 29 days
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / OthersWAC19213***** Receipt: 06 Aug, 19
Approved in 2 month 17 days
10 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month 15 days


VERMONTFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
Approved, concurrently filed, I-821D EADEAC19005***** Receipt: 05 Oct, 18
Approved in 1 year
24 May, 18
Slowest case approval in 1 year 5 month
I-485 pending EADEAC19214***** Receipt: 07 Aug, 19
Approved in 2 month 16 days
21 Apr, 19
Slowest case approval in 6 month 4 days
TPS for El Salvador EADEAC19024***** Receipt: 03 Nov, 18
Approved in 11 month 23 days
24 May, 18
Slowest case approval in 1 year 5 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / OthersEAC19214***** Receipt: 07 Aug, 19
Approved in 2 month 16 days
19 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month 6 days


TEXASFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
Pending Asylum EAD19235***** Receipt: 06 Sep, 19
Approved in 1 month 16 days
03 Aug, 19
Slowest case approval in 2 month 20 days
I-485 pending EAD19233***** Receipt: 04 Sep, 19
Approved in 1 month 18 days
26 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 4 month 29 days
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / Others19232***** Receipt: 03 Sep, 19
Approved in 1 month 19 days
26 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 4 month 29 days


NEBRASKAFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
Based on an approved asylum application [(a)(5)]LIN19214***** Receipt: 07 Aug, 19
Approved in 2 month 16 days
11 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month 14 days
Pending Asylum EADLIN19213***** Receipt: 06 Aug, 19
Approved in 2 month 17 days
11 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month 14 days
I-485 pending EADLIN19212***** Receipt: 05 Aug, 19
Approved in 2 month 18 days
11 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month 14 days
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / OthersLIN19212***** Receipt: 05 Aug, 19
Approved in 2 month 18 days
11 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month 14 days


POTOMACFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
F-1 OPT EAD (Pre-Completion, Post-completion, STEM) - C(3)YSC19245***** Receipt: 20 Sep, 19
Approved in 1 month 2 days
26 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 4 month 29 days
Pending Asylum EADYSC19245***** Receipt: 20 Sep, 19
Approved in 1 month 2 days
10 Jun, 19
Slowest case approval in 4 month 14 days
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / OthersYSC19245***** Receipt: 20 Sep, 19
Approved in 1 month 2 days
26 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 4 month 29 days


NATIONAL BENEFITSFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
I-485 pending EAD19212***** Receipt: 05 Aug, 19
Approved in 2 month 18 days
12 Apr, 19
Slowest case approval in 6 month 13 days
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / Others19149***** Receipt: 06 May, 19
Approved in 5 month 19 days
07 Feb, 19
Slowest case approval in 8 month 17 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. Priyanka
    Priyanka

    Hi Anil,
    My RD- 01/29/2019.
    Married to US citizen.
    Center-NBC.
    When do I expect my EAD card?
    Appreciate your help and work.
    Thanks.


  2. Anil.Gupta
    Anil.Gupta

    Hi @sandya

    We have not seen any H4 EAD approval after biometrics from Nebraska service center at this time.
    Hence, I do not have an estimate to share with you.


  3. sapyard
    sapyard

    @Anil.Gupta - Last two times I send for EAD applications I used to get email updates as well. And EAD got approved exactly within 90 days. I had sent separate form with email id. Strangely, this time I did not get any email updates… Just received one receipt number over postal mail.

    Anything changed now?

    Raju.


  4. sai1
    sai1

    Hi @Anil.Gupta
    i am on my H4 visa status, but my spouse i140 was filed in premium processing, receipt number was received on july 8th. So now the employer is planning to file for H1b extension, he has valid visa till feb 2020. so my question is can i apply for H4 ead with approved H4 visa or its better to apply along with my extension. I came to know the processing time for H4-EAD is 2-5 months. kindly let me know your thoughts on this.


  5. BoomJosh
    BoomJosh

    @Anil.Gupta
    Here you go, this works in chrome. In the given script change [colon] in url to :

    Install the “Web Scraper” Chrome addin

    • Import new sitemap
    • Enter this string
      {"_id":“t20”,“startUrl”:[“https[colon]//egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/mycasestatus.do?
      appReceiptNum=MSC199020[1900-1999]”],“selectors”:[{“id”:“start”,“type”:“SelectorText”,“parentSelectors”:["_root"],“selector”:“h1”,“multiple”:false,“regex”:"",“delay”:0},{“id”:“te2”,“type”:“SelectorText”,“parentSelectors”:["_root"],“selector”:".rows p",“multiple”:false,“regex”:"",“delay”:0}]}

    Modify the case number range for range of interest to you.

    • Scrape and export data to your analytical tool of choice


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  1,005 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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