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

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  By Am22tech    Updated  4 Aug, 20



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.


VERMONTFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
approved, concurrently filed, i-821d eadEAC20148***** Receipt: 04 May, 20
Approved in 3 month 2 days
08 Mar, 20
Slowest case approval in 4 month 29 days
i-485 pending eadEAC20128***** Receipt: 06 Apr, 20
Approved in 4 month
28 Jan, 20
Slowest case approval in 6 month 9 days
tps for el salvador eadEAC20148***** Receipt: 04 May, 20
Approved in 3 month 2 days
07 Mar, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month
h4-ead / l2-ead / j2 / othersEAC20148***** Receipt: 04 May, 20
Approved in 3 month 2 days
07 Mar, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month


NEBRASKAFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
based on an approved asylum application [(a)(5)]LIN20128***** Receipt: 06 Apr, 20
Approved in 4 month
16 Feb, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month 20 days
pending asylum eadLIN20136***** Receipt: 16 Apr, 20
Approved in 3 month 20 days
16 Feb, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month 20 days
i-485 pending eadLIN20128***** Receipt: 06 Apr, 20
Approved in 4 month
16 Feb, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month 20 days
h4-ead / l2-ead / j2 / othersLIN20128***** Receipt: 06 Apr, 20
Approved in 4 month
26 Jan, 20
Slowest case approval in 6 month 11 days


NATIONAL BENEFITS CENTERFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
i-485 pending eadNBC20128***** Receipt: 06 Apr, 20
Approved in 4 month
07 Feb, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month 29 days
h4-ead / l2-ead / j2 / othersNBC20128***** Receipt: 06 Apr, 20
Approved in 4 month
07 Feb, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month 29 days


TEXASFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
f-1 opt ead (pre-completion, post-completion, stem) - c(3)TSC20170***** Receipt: 04 Jun, 20
Approved in 2 month 1 days
07 Mar, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month
pending asylum eadTSC20170***** Receipt: 04 Jun, 20
Approved in 2 month 1 days
23 Apr, 20
Slowest case approval in 3 month 13 days
i-485 pending eadTSC20170***** Receipt: 04 Jun, 20
Approved in 2 month 1 days
07 Mar, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month
h4-ead / l2-ead / j2 / othersTSC20170***** Receipt: 04 Jun, 20
Approved in 2 month 1 days
07 Mar, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month


CALIFORNIAFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
i-485 pending eadWAC20148***** Receipt: 04 May, 20
Approved in 3 month 2 days
07 Mar, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month
haiti extensionWAC20148***** Receipt: 04 May, 20
Approved in 3 month 2 days
07 Mar, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month
h4-ead / l2-ead / j2 / othersWAC20035***** Receipt: 20 Nov, 19
Approved in 8 month 18 days
09 Aug, 19
Slowest case approval in 12 month 1 days


POTOMACFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
f-1 opt ead (pre-completion, post-completion, stem) - c(3)YSC20148***** Receipt: 04 May, 20
Approved in 3 month 2 days
07 Mar, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month
pending asylum eadYSC20148***** Receipt: 04 May, 20
Approved in 3 month 2 days
15 Mar, 20
Slowest case approval in 4 month 22 days
h4-ead / l2-ead / j2 / othersYSC20148***** Receipt: 04 May, 20
Approved in 3 month 2 days
07 Mar, 20
Slowest case approval in 5 month





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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 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 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.

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.

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. 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. Anil.Gupta
    Anil.Gupta

    Hi @Shivam_Mishra

    I am sorry but i have stopped giving case by case estimates due to lack of time.


  4. 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


  5. 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.


  6. 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…


  7. Cassk
    Cassk

    @Anil.Gupta

    Hello Anil,

    I have a question about renewing EAD and hope you can help me.

    My L2 visa is expiring in Aug, 2020, and my EAD was expired last December. I filed a renewal for my EAD last Aug and it finally got approved few days ago, but it is only valid until Aug 2020.

    My husband company is working on renewing his L1 visa, but I think we are still at the early stage of the renewal process. I don’t have any documents to show that I am in process of the visa renewal. Can I still apply for EAD renewal now? Or I need to wait until the L1 visa is successfully renewed?

    Thank you.


  8. Anil.Gupta
    Anil.Gupta

    Hi @Srikanth_P

    Is your EAD application date outside normal processing hours? If yes, then you can raise a service request to ask for status.


  9. Srikanth_P
    Srikanth_P

    Hi Anil,
    How do I know my case is in normal processing time and How can I raise a service?
    H4 and H4-ead case received date is August 1st 2019.

    Thanks in advance !!



  10. Vineet_Singh
    Vineet_Singh

    Hi Anil,

    My L2 COS+EAD was filed on 21st Oct’19. Still waiting for approval, when do you see this can get approved. Processing time for california is pushed by 1 month and new is 5-7 mth. Also will EAD get approved with L2 or it can get approve before and later(Any idea how long if later)?

    Thanks,
    Vineet


  11. Anil.Gupta
    Anil.Gupta

    Hi @Vineet_Singh

    I have stopped giving individual case processing estimates due to lack of time. Sorry.

    Usually, both L2 and L2 EAd get approved at same time but is not guaranteed.


  12. Vineet_Singh
    Vineet_Singh

    Thanks Anil, My EAD is approved today, L2 is showing in process but may be it may also come in mail.

    For others who are on same boat, My journey is

    L2 COS+EAD ==> Applied alongwith L1A extension on 21st Oct 2019
    EAD approved ==.> 25th Feb after 126 days


  13. Ryan_Williams
    Ryan_Williams

    Hello,

    My name is Ryan Williams.

    I applied to adjust permanent residence of adjust status (i485) along with EAD (i765) on 31st October, 2019 in California and I have yet to receive my EAD. My last update from USCIS was on March 5, 2020 regarding my form i-131, application to travel document.

    I have looked at your database today (April 12th) regarding the fastest and slowest processing times in California for and got a bit worried seeing your slowest approved date was on the 12th November.

    I have checked on the USCIS website and requested my application to be reviewed due to the receipt date to be told I need to wait at least 6 months after my application was submitted before I can make a query.

    Is this normal? Have many people waited up to 6 months for their EAD?

    Thanks in advance,

    Ryan Williams


  14. Ruchita_Jaggi
    Ruchita_Jaggi

    If the h 4 had was filed in December and fingerprinting completed in the beginning of Jan, how long will it take for the processing to be completed. What is the best way to expedite it?


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