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

Written by AM22Tech Team
  AM22Tech Team    Updated 28 Oct, 21


H4 EAD processing time varies from 4-8 months in Vermont, Texas, Nebraska, and California service centers.

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 is merged with USCIS official data to give you a reliable average EAD processing time.


Type Fastest CaseSlowest/Call USCIS Date
F-1 OPT EAD (Pre-Completion, Post-completion, STEM) - C(3)YSC21036***** Receipt: 23 Nov, 20
Approved in 11 month 9 days
23 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 11 month 9 days
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / OthersYSC21038***** Receipt: 25 Nov, 20
Approved in 11 month 7 days
04 Aug, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 2 month
Pending Asylum EADYSC20251***** Receipt: 29 Sep, 20
Approved in 1 year
11 Aug, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 2 month

Type Fastest CaseSlowest/Call USCIS Date
Based on being an H-4 spouse of an H-1B nonimmigrant (Standalone; not filed with I-539 H4) [(c)(26)]TSC20249***** Receipt: 25 Sep, 20
Approved in 1 year 1 month
08 Jun, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 4 month
Pending Asylum EADTSC21076***** Receipt: 25 Jan, 21
Approved in 9 month 6 days
13 Dec, 20
Slowest case approval in 10 month 19 days
I-485 pending EADTSC21037***** Receipt: 24 Nov, 20
Approved in 11 month 8 days
06 Oct, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / OthersTSC21036***** Receipt: 23 Nov, 20
Approved in 11 month 9 days
15 Jul, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 3 month
Based on being an L-2 spouse of an L-1 nonimmigrant [(a)(18)]TSC21019***** Receipt: 28 Oct, 20
Approved in 365 days
08 Jun, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 4 month
Based on being an H-4 spouse of an H-1B nonimmigrant (filed with I-539 H4) [(c)(26)]TSC20247***** Receipt: 23 Sep, 20
Approved in 1 year 1 month
30 Apr, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 6 month
Based on an approved asylum application [(a)(5)]TSC21059***** Receipt: 28 Dec, 20
Approved in 10 month 4 days
20 Feb, 19
Slowest case approval in 2 year 8 month
TPS for El Salvador EADTSC21076***** Receipt: 25 Jan, 21
Approved in 9 month 6 days
02 Oct, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year

Type Fastest CaseSlowest/Call USCIS Date
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / OthersNBC21033***** Receipt: 18 Nov, 20
Approved in 11 month 14 days
03 Aug, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 2 month
Alien with Final Order of Deportation Under an OSUP [(c)(18)]NBC21038***** Receipt: 25 Nov, 20
Approved in 11 month 7 days
02 Aug, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 2 month
I-485 pending EADNBC21033***** Receipt: 18 Nov, 20
Approved in 11 month 14 days
19 Apr, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 6 month
Application for Suspension of Deportation/Sec.244/NACARA/Cancel of Removal [(c)(10)]NBC21080***** Receipt: 29 Jan, 21
Approved in 9 month 2 days
16 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 11 month 16 days

Type Fastest CaseSlowest/Call USCIS Date
Approved, concurrently filed, I-821D EADLIN21073***** Receipt: 19 Jan, 21
Approved in 9 month 12 days
29 Dec, 20
Slowest case approval in 10 month 3 days
Pending Asylum EADLIN21060***** Receipt: 29 Dec, 20
Approved in 10 month 3 days
22 Nov, 20
Slowest case approval in 11 month 10 days
Based on being an H-4 spouse of an H-1B nonimmigrant (Standalone; not filed with I-539 H4) [(c)(26)]LIN20248***** Receipt: 24 Sep, 20
Approved in 1 year 1 month
08 Jun, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 4 month
Based on being an H-4 spouse of an H-1B nonimmigrant (filed with I-539 H4) [(c)(26)]LIN20249***** Receipt: 25 Sep, 20
Approved in 1 year 1 month
27 May, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 5 month
I-485 pending EADLIN21037***** Receipt: 24 Nov, 20
Approved in 11 month 8 days
17 Oct, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year
Based on being admitted as a Refugee [(a)(3)]LIN21059***** Receipt: 28 Dec, 20
Approved in 10 month 4 days
25 Oct, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year
Based on an approved asylum application [(a)(5)]LIN21073***** Receipt: 19 Jan, 21
Approved in 9 month 12 days
03 Feb, 19
Slowest case approval in 2 year 8 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / OthersLIN21037***** Receipt: 24 Nov, 20
Approved in 11 month 8 days
16 Jul, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 3 month

Type Fastest CaseSlowest/Call USCIS Date
I-485 pending EADEAC21033***** Receipt: 18 Nov, 20
Approved in 11 month 14 days
12 Sep, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 1 month
Based on being an H-4 spouse of an H-1B nonimmigrant (Standalone; not filed with I-539 H4) [(c)(26)]EAC20248***** Receipt: 24 Sep, 20
Approved in 1 year 1 month
08 Jun, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 4 month
Based on being an H-4 spouse of an H-1B nonimmigrant (filed with I-539 H4) [(c)(26)]EAC20244***** Receipt: 18 Sep, 20
Approved in 1 year 1 month
19 Apr, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 6 month
Approved, concurrently filed, I-821D EADEAC21073***** Receipt: 19 Jan, 21
Approved in 9 month 12 days
14 May, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 5 month
TPS for El Salvador EADEAC21079***** Receipt: 28 Jan, 21
Approved in 9 month 3 days
06 Oct, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / OthersEAC21080***** Receipt: 29 Jan, 21
Approved in 9 month 2 days
24 Jul, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 3 month
Based on being an L-2 spouse of an L-1 nonimmigrant [(a)(18)]EAC21016***** Receipt: 23 Oct, 20
Approved in 1 year
21 Jul, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 3 month

Type Fastest CaseSlowest/Call USCIS Date
Approved, concurrently filed, I-821D EADCSC21037***** Receipt: 24 Nov, 20
Approved in 11 month 8 days
25 Dec, 20
Slowest case approval in 10 month 7 days
Based on being an L-2 spouse of an L-1 nonimmigrant [(a)(18)]CSC21037***** Receipt: 24 Nov, 20
Approved in 11 month 8 days
11 May, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 5 month
I-485 pending EADCSC21033***** Receipt: 18 Nov, 20
Approved in 11 month 14 days
01 Sep, 19
Slowest case approval in 2 year 1 month
Haiti extension [(c)(19), (a)(12)]CSC21079***** Receipt: 28 Jan, 21
Approved in 9 month 3 days
01 May, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 6 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / OthersCSC20248***** Receipt: 24 Sep, 20
Approved in 1 year 1 month
31 Dec, 19
Slowest case approval in 1 year 10 month
Based on being an H-4 spouse of an H-1B nonimmigrant (Standalone; not filed with I-539 H4) [(c)(26)]CSC20247***** Receipt: 23 Sep, 20
Approved in 1 year 1 month
28 Feb, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 8 month
Based on being an H-4 spouse of an H-1B nonimmigrant (filed with I-539 H4) [(c)(26)]CSC20247***** Receipt: 23 Sep, 20
Approved in 1 year 1 month
26 Apr, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 6 month

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 lockboxes (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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Recent discussion on forum

  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


  3. Sachin_Sharma1
    Sachin_Sharma1

    I got my EAD notice receipt but no clarity on how much time it will take from here on. My H4 still is not approved


  4. dataarch
    dataarch

    Hi,

    Any one recently filed for H1b & H4 extension and H4 EAD renewal and got it approved. How long it took for approval?

    Will H1B premium processing expediate the H4 EAD extension process?

    Will finger print appointments needed for renewal?

    Thanks & Regards


  5. Bill
    Bill

    @anil_am22 my spouse has H4 EAD valid till December 12, 2022. I’m in the process of changing jobs and want to file her H4 extension along with my H1B.

    Can I also file her EAD extension now or do I have wait till 180 days before expiration?


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