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

USCIS EAD processing time varies between 1 month to 6 months. H4 EAD, i485 pending EAD RFE takes 60-90 days. Start working with EAD card. SSN 4-6 weeks.

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta          Updated  25 Jun, 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.

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CALIFORNIAFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
I-485 pending EADWAC19148***** Receipt: 04 May, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 1 month 22 days
26 Jan, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
Haiti extensionWAC19148***** Receipt: 04 May, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 1 month 22 days
26 Jan, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / OthersWAC19148***** Receipt: 04 May, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 1 month 22 days
26 Jan, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
Updated: 17:53 CST Next Update: 20:53 CST


VERMONTFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
Approved, concurrently filed, I-821D EADEAC19004***** Receipt: 04 Oct, 18
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 8 month 24 days
02 Jul, 18
Slowest case approval in 11 month 28 days
I-485 pending EADEAC19084***** Receipt: 01 Feb, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 4 month 24 days
20 Nov, 18
Slowest case approval in 7 month 7 days
TPS for El Salvador EADEAC19023***** Receipt: 01 Nov, 18
Approved on 24 May, 19 in 7 month 26 days
02 Jul, 18
Slowest case approval in 11 month 28 days
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / OthersEAC19163***** Receipt: 24 May, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 1 month 2 days
26 Jan, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
Updated: 17:53 CST Next Update: 20:53 CST


TEXASFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
F-1 OPT EAD (Pre-Completion, Post-completion, STEM) - C(3)19127***** Receipt: 04 Apr, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 2 month 22 days
26 Jan, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
Pending Asylum EAD19128***** Receipt: 05 Apr, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 2 month 21 days
02 Apr, 19
Slowest case approval in 2 month 24 days
I-485 pending EAD19127***** Receipt: 04 Apr, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 2 month 22 days
26 Jan, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / Others19128***** Receipt: 05 Apr, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 2 month 21 days
26 Jan, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
Updated: 17:53 CST Next Update: 20:53 CST


NEBRASKAFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
Based on an approved asylum application [(a)(5)]LIN19163***** Receipt: 24 May, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 1 month 2 days
26 Jan, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
Pending Asylum EADLIN19163***** Receipt: 24 May, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 1 month 2 days
05 Apr, 19
Slowest case approval in 2 month 21 days
I-485 pending EADLIN19163***** Receipt: 24 May, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 1 month 2 days
26 Jan, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / OthersLIN19163***** Receipt: 24 May, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 1 month 2 days
26 Jan, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
Updated: 17:53 CST Next Update: 20:53 CST


POTOMACFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
F-1 OPT EAD (Pre-Completion, Post-completion, STEM) - C(3)YSC19128***** Receipt: 05 Apr, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 2 month 21 days
26 Jan, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
Pending Asylum EADYSC19128***** Receipt: 07 Apr, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 2 month 19 days
30 Mar, 19
Slowest case approval in 2 month 27 days
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / OthersYSC19127***** Receipt: 04 Apr, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 2 month 22 days
26 Jan, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
Updated: 17:53 CST Next Update: 20:53 CST


NATIONAL BENEFITSFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
I-485 pending EAD19085***** Receipt: 04 Feb, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 4 month 21 days
17 Oct, 18
Slowest case approval in 8 month 11 days
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / Others19084***** Receipt: 01 Feb, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 4 month 24 days
17 Oct, 18
Slowest case approval in 8 month 11 days
Updated: 17:53 CST Next Update: 20:53 CST



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. Saradha_Kumaresan
    Saradha_Kumaresan

    Thank you! I ll post here once I receive it for the benefit of others


  3. sai11
    sai11

    @Anil.Gupta . I don’t know about corrected application receipt date. But my attorney sent the G-28 around April 18. Does it mean that my renewal approval can delay for 1 more month? I don’t get any mails after G-28 submission. but my old receipt number still showing

    "On March 22, 2019, we rejected your Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative, Receipt Number WAC19XXXXXXXX, because it was not filed correctly. If you wish to be represented, please contact your attorney or accredited representative to submit a new Form G-28 to the USCIS location where your case is pending. For more information on filing a Form G-28, "

    Do I need to ask my attorney if he received new receipt number? Thanks


  4. gayaranjit
    gayaranjit

    Hey… mine was received at vermont for H4 EAD renewal on Feb 8th and mine got approved 2 days ago…it took almost 136 days.hope this helps


  5. 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.


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  1,061 Useful Questions & Answers

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

    Hi
    I applied for EAD on L2 on11th March 2019. On 8th May I noticed that case has been changed to “New card is being produced”.
    How long it will take to get card in hand

     

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 May, 19 at 3:49 pm

      it can take 7-21 days to receive EAD card after the status “New card is being produced”.

       

  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!!

     

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 7 May, 19 at 6:11 pm

      You can submit the documents that have been requested by USCIS. I have given details about what you should keep in mind for travel while H4 COS and H4 EAD are pending.

       

      • Mahi
        Mahi 8 May, 19 at 7:12 am

        Thank you

         

  5. Krishna Inamdar
    Krishna Inamdar 7 May, 19 at 9:26 am

    Hello Anil,
    I am on F-1 Visa, On April 10 I just finished with my biometrics. How much time it will take to get a EAD and Green Card?

     

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 7 May, 19 at 11:02 am

      At this time, there is no timeline that we can provide for EAD card approval after biometrics.

       

    • Adrian Morillo
      Adrian Morillo 7 May, 19 at 5:20 pm

      Krishna, I did Biometrics on November 28-2018 and today 12 days remaining to see my case (which was received on Oct 26-2018) at National Benefits Center

       

      • Krishna Inamdar
        Krishna Inamdar 8 May, 19 at 6:50 am

        Are you on f1

         

  6. sonia
    sonia 6 May, 19 at 3:04 pm

    Hi Anil, thanks for the information. I am just curious that from where you are getting this data, is this accurate? Mine spouse L1 was processed on regular processing with receipt date 20th Feb , today we upgrade it for premium , and my EAD will expire on 10th may, do you think I can get my EAD approved before that? or how much more time it may take? it is already more than 3 months and it went to taxes service center. Please advice

     

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 May, 19 at 4:40 pm

      I do not know if USCIS will process your EAD in premium timeline along with L1. It is USCIS officer’s choice.

       

      • Sonia
        Sonia 8 May, 19 at 9:42 am

        Sure, I understand that !
        I have another question as I am curious and how valid is your data? as per your information Recept no.19082***** / 30 Jan, 19 is been processed, is that true? or just an estimate?

         

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 8 May, 19 at 4:06 pm

          The data with receipt numbers is shared by real users and we share it with others.

          If you see a ‘verified’ sign next to the record, it means our service has also verified the case as ‘approved’.

           

  7. Henrique
    Henrique 6 May, 19 at 11:44 am

    Hello Anil! Can you explain what the “Approved Case Receipt Date” means exactly? Is it the best approved case TODAY? Or ever?

     

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 May, 19 at 11:57 am

      “Approved Case Receipt Date” is the case and its receipt date that our service found to be approved. This data is collected based on what users report on various online forums and trackers.

      The case may or may not have been approved today. But, it is the most recent approval that our service could find.

       

  8. REW
    REW 6 May, 19 at 9:58 am

    Hi – i got an RFE for my L2 EAD extension asking to provide my spouse ‘s most recent I-94 form (which i get) but they also asked the following quoted from the letter) ‘if applicable you must also include a photocopy of any tear-off I-94s issue by USCIS showing any changes of status or extensions of stay granted since entering into the US’ – not clear to me this request- what exactly are they asking? what is I-94 tear off? are they asking i provide in addition to the most updated I-94 form older forms (from previous entries to the US?)
    Thanks

     

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 May, 19 at 10:17 am

      I have added your question about L2 EAD RFE for i94 submission to our forum and answered there. Please ask any follow up questions there itself.

       

  9. Ion Amarioarei
    Ion Amarioarei 6 May, 19 at 3:11 am

    Hello, i got the approval letter from USCIS regarding my EAD and got the SSN on 25 april, any clue when will be shipped the EAD, on the app shows the same “your fees were waved” no updates on app so far, filled AOS dec.27 2018. Thank you

     

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 May, 19 at 6:42 am

      EAD card can take 4-15 days to arrive by USPS mail.

       



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