Current EAD processing time 2019 – H4, L2, I-485 Green Card

Anil Gupta  17 Jan, 19      38  USA

EAD Processing Time at USCIS service centers

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CALIFORNIA SERVICE CENTERRaise SRBest Case Approval
I-485 pending EAD receipt date20 Aug, 18 16 Dec, 18
5 month1 month 2 days
20 Aug, 18 - 16 Dec, 18
150 days / 5 month
Haiti extension receipt date15 May, 17 28 Oct, 17
1 year 8 month1 year 2 month
15 May, 17 - 28 Oct, 17
612 days / 20 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / Others receipt date20 Aug, 18 16 Dec, 18
5 month1 month 2 days
20 Aug, 18 - 16 Dec, 18
150 days / 5 month
Updated: 1:37 CST Next Update: 4:37 CST


VERMONT SERVICE CENTERRaise SRBest Case Approval
Approved, concurrently filed, I-821D EAD receipt date11 Jun, 18 28 Aug, 18
7 month 10 days4 month 22 days
11 Jun, 18 - 28 Aug, 18
220 days / 7 month
I-485 pending EAD receipt date20 Aug, 18 16 Dec, 18
5 month1 month 2 days
20 Aug, 18 - 16 Dec, 18
150 days / 5 month
TPS for El Salvador EAD receipt date11 Jun, 18 27 Aug, 18
7 month 10 days4 month 23 days
11 Jun, 18 - 27 Aug, 18
220 days / 7 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / Others receipt date09 Jul, 18 29 Oct, 18
6 month 12 days2 month 20 days
09 Jul, 18 - 29 Oct, 18
192 days / 6 month
Updated: 1:37 CST Next Update: 4:37 CST


TEXAS SERVICE CENTERRaise SRBest Case Approval
Pending Asylum EAD receipt date18 Oct, 18 16 Dec, 18
3 month 1 days1 month 2 days
18 Oct, 18 - 16 Dec, 18
91 days / 3 month
I-485 pending EAD receipt date20 Aug, 18 16 Dec, 18
5 month1 month 2 days
20 Aug, 18 - 16 Dec, 18
150 days / 5 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / Others receipt date20 Aug, 18 16 Dec, 18
5 month1 month 2 days
20 Aug, 18 - 16 Dec, 18
150 days / 5 month
Updated: 1:37 CST Next Update: 4:37 CST


NEBRASKA SERVICE CENTERRaise SRBest Case Approval
Based on an approved asylum application [(a)(5)] receipt date20 Aug, 18 27 Nov, 18
5 month1 month 21 days
20 Aug, 18 - 27 Nov, 18
150 days / 5 month
Pending Asylum EAD receipt date28 Oct, 18 16 Dec, 18
2 month 21 days1 month 2 days
28 Oct, 18 - 16 Dec, 18
81 days / 2 month
I-485 pending EAD receipt date20 Aug, 18 29 Nov, 18
5 month1 month 19 days
20 Aug, 18 - 29 Nov, 18
150 days / 5 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / Others receipt date20 Aug, 18 27 Nov, 18
5 month1 month 21 days
20 Aug, 18 - 27 Nov, 18
150 days / 5 month
Updated: 1:37 CST Next Update: 4:37 CST


POTOMAC SERVICE CENTERRaise SRBest Case Approval
F-1 OPT EAD (Pre-Completion, Post-completion, STEM) - C(3) receipt date10 Aug, 18 29 Oct, 18
5 month 10 days2 month 20 days
10 Aug, 18 - 29 Oct, 18
160 days / 5 month
Pending Asylum EAD receipt date10 Aug, 18 28 Oct, 18
5 month 10 days2 month 21 days
10 Aug, 18 - 28 Oct, 18
160 days / 5 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / Others receipt date10 Aug, 18 31 Oct, 18
5 month 10 days2 month 18 days
10 Aug, 18 - 31 Oct, 18
160 days / 5 month
Updated: 1:37 CST Next Update: 4:37 CST


NATIONAL BENEFITS SERVICE CENTERRaise SRBest Case Approval
I-485 pending EAD receipt date01 Aug, 18 30 Oct, 18
5 month 19 days2 month 19 days
01 Aug, 18 - 30 Oct, 18
169 days / 5 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / Others receipt date03 May, 18 29 Jul, 18
8 month 19 days5 month 22 days
03 May, 18 - 29 Jul, 18
259 days / 8 month
Updated: 1:37 CST Next Update: 4:37 CST



EAD applications filed on form i-765 can be for different types of employment authorizations. The EAD approval processing timeline for both new and renewal or extension requests is given above for all H4 EAD, L2 Visa EAD, I-485 adjustment of status pending EADs at all USCIS service centers including National Benefits Center.

The best case scenario is the most recent EAD approval that we have found using data from various user driven forums and online trackers. The final dates have been merged with USCIS official data to give you a reliable average EAD processing time.

Raise USCIS Case Service Request – Outside Normal Processing Time

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.

EAD processing time - Updated Daily
EAD processing time – Updated Daily

How long does it take for EAD to come?

The normal USCIS processing time is mentioned above for each service center.

How do I check the status of my EAD application?

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

Can I work with approval notice for EAD?

NO. You cannot. You need the EAD card to start any kind of work.

How long does it take to get EAD card once approved?

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

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.

How long does the SSN card take to arrive if applied with EAD application?

The SSN takes about 4 weeks to arrive if your EAD has been approved and you had opted to get SSN with your EAD application.
If not applied with EAD, you have to apply SSN separately after you receive your EAD card.

Glossary
  • CSC = California Service Center
  • VSC = Vermont Service Center
  • NSC = Nebraska Service Center
  • TSC = Texas Service Center
  • YSC / PSC = Potomac Service Center
  • N.A. = Not Applicable