Current EAD Processing Time 2021 – H4, L2, I-485 Green Card

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  By AM22Tech Team    Updated  2 Jan, 21



USCIS EAD Processing Time

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

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

How long does it take for EAD to come? The answer is the processing time varies 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 eadCSC20187***** Receipt: 29 Jun, 20
Approved in 5 month 27 days
15 Apr, 20
Slowest case approval in 8 month 12 days
haiti extension [(c)(19), (a)(12)]CSC20226***** Receipt: 24 Aug, 20
Approved in 4 month 1 days
24 Jul, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month 2 days
h4-ead / l2-ead / j2 / othersCSC20052***** Receipt: 16 Dec, 19
Approved in 1 year
07 Aug, 19
Slowest case approval in 1 year 4 month


VERMONTFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
approved, concurrently filed, i-821d eadEAC20197***** Receipt: 14 Jul, 20
Approved in 5 month 12 days
16 Dec, 19
Slowest case approval in 1 year
i-485 pending eadEAC21012***** Receipt: 19 Oct, 20
Approved in 2 month 5 days
11 Jul, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month 15 days
tps for el salvador eadEAC20197***** Receipt: 14 Jul, 20
Approved in 5 month 12 days
14 Oct, 19
Slowest case approval in 1 year 2 month
h4-ead / l2-ead / j2 / othersEAC21012***** Receipt: 19 Oct, 20
Approved in 2 month 5 days
20 Jun, 20
Slowest case approval in 6 month 6 days


NEBRASKAFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
based on an approved asylum application [(a)(5)]LIN20204***** Receipt: 23 Jul, 20
Approved in 5 month 3 days
26 May, 20
Slowest case approval in 7 month 1 days
pending asylum eadLIN20204***** Receipt: 23 Jul, 20
Approved in 5 month 3 days
26 May, 20
Slowest case approval in 7 month 1 days
i-485 pending eadLIN20201***** Receipt: 20 Jul, 20
Approved in 5 month 6 days
20 May, 20
Slowest case approval in 7 month 7 days
h4-ead / l2-ead / j2 / othersLIN20201***** Receipt: 20 Jul, 20
Approved in 5 month 6 days
20 May, 20
Slowest case approval in 7 month 7 days


NATIONAL BENEFITS CENTERFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
i-485 pending eadNBC20204***** Receipt: 23 Jul, 20
Approved in 5 month 3 days
06 Jun, 20
Slowest case approval in 6 month 20 days
h4-ead / l2-ead / j2 / othersNBC20220***** Receipt: 14 Aug, 20
Approved in 4 month 11 days
06 Jun, 20
Slowest case approval in 6 month 20 days


TEXASFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
pending asylum eadTSC21016***** Receipt: 23 Oct, 20
Approved in 2 month 1 days
10 Sep, 20
Slowest case approval in 3 month 14 days
i-485 pending eadTSC21016***** Receipt: 23 Oct, 20
Approved in 2 month 1 days
26 Jul, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month
h4-ead / l2-ead / j2 / othersTSC21016***** Receipt: 23 Oct, 20
Approved in 2 month 1 days
26 Jul, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month


POTOMACFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
f-1 opt ead (pre-completion, post-completion, stem) - c(3)YSC20226***** Receipt: 24 Aug, 20
Approved in 4 month 1 days
16 Jul, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month 10 days
pending asylum eadYSC20226***** Receipt: 24 Aug, 20
Approved in 4 month 1 days
16 Jul, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month 10 days
h4-ead / l2-ead / j2 / othersYSC20226***** Receipt: 24 Aug, 20
Approved in 4 month 1 days
16 Jul, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month 10 days




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How long it takes to deliver EAD card after approval?

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

What does New card is being Produced mean?

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

Can I start working once the USCIS approves my EAD?

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

How much time does SSN take 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.

Can I visit SSN office to get Social Security Number faster?

You should wait for at least 6 weeks for your SSN card to arrive.

If the SSN card is taking more time than 6 weeks, you can visit your local SSN office and apply for a new SSD card yourself. SSN office will be able to see if there is any existing pending application for you before applying for a new one.

If not applied with EAD, you have to apply SSN separately after you receive your EAD card.

Can I use my ITIN to start working until SSN arrives?

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


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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:

  • If you have an i485 pending EAD, you are eligible for an automatic 180-day extension. You can also apply for interim EAD until you get the EAD renewed card in your local USCIS office.
  • H4 EAD including L2 EAD is not eligible to work if their current card expires. Please be careful as the form i765 has generic instructions for an automatic extension which does not apply to category C(26).

EAD Processing Time Dallas or Phoenix

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

After that, USCIS routes your EAD application to the 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 the EAD application after you have submitted an RFE response to USCIS. The count starts from the 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.

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 a status update if your case is taking more than other cases and they call it ‘outside normal processing time’.

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





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  1. Tech_SBT
    Tech_SBT

    Can any one please help !
    Original H1+H4+H4EAD had the validity till Mar 22. Had to travel India, reentered with expiring passport in June 21. Now I-94 getting expired in June 21. Renewed Passport and now applying for extension for all H1+H4+H4EAD . Since with all these H4, H4EAD delays, can H4 continue to work with previously approved EAD valid till Mar 22.

    Please advice.

    Thank You


  2. Priyambada_Tripathy
    Priyambada_Tripathy

    Is there any latest update or news L2 approval timelines from New govetnment …I hve been waiting since almost 7 months


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