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

Anil Gupta  21 Feb, 19      304  EAD USA USCIS Processing Time

USCIS EAD Processing Time

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CALIFORNIA SERVICE CENTERRaise SRBest Case Approval
I-485 pending EAD receipt date24 Sep, 18 18 Dec, 18
5 month2 month 5 days
24 Sep, 18 - 18 Dec, 18
150 days / 5 month
Haiti extension receipt date13 Jun, 17 19 Nov, 17
1 year 8 month1 year 3 month
13 Jun, 17 - 19 Nov, 17
618 days / 20 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / Others receipt date24 Sep, 18 19 Jan, 19
5 month1 month 3 days
24 Sep, 18 - 19 Jan, 19
150 days / 5 month
Updated: 10:50 CST Next Update: 13:50 CST


VERMONT SERVICE CENTERRaise SRBest Case Approval
Approved, concurrently filed, I-821D EAD receipt date15 Jun, 18 16 Sep, 18
8 month 11 days5 month 8 days
15 Jun, 18 - 16 Sep, 18
251 days / 8 month
I-485 pending EAD receipt date24 Sep, 18 19 Jan, 19
5 month1 month 3 days
24 Sep, 18 - 19 Jan, 19
150 days / 5 month
TPS for El Salvador EAD receipt date15 Jun, 18 19 Sep, 18
8 month 11 days5 month 5 days
15 Jun, 18 - 19 Sep, 18
251 days / 8 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / Others receipt date14 Sep, 18 16 Nov, 18
5 month 10 days3 month 7 days
14 Sep, 18 - 16 Nov, 18
160 days / 5 month
Updated: 10:50 CST Next Update: 13:50 CST


TEXAS SERVICE CENTERRaise SRBest Case Approval
Pending Asylum EAD receipt date01 Dec, 18 18 Nov, 18
2 month 22 days3 month 5 days
01 Dec, 18 - 18 Nov, 18
82 days / 2 month
I-485 pending EAD receipt date24 Sep, 18 16 Nov, 18
5 month3 month 7 days
24 Sep, 18 - 16 Nov, 18
150 days / 5 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / Others receipt date24 Sep, 18 19 Nov, 18
5 month3 month 4 days
24 Sep, 18 - 19 Nov, 18
150 days / 5 month
Updated: 10:50 CST Next Update: 13:50 CST


NEBRASKA SERVICE CENTERRaise SRBest Case Approval
Based on an approved asylum application [(a)(5)] receipt date24 Sep, 18 20 Dec, 18
5 month2 month 3 days
24 Sep, 18 - 20 Dec, 18
150 days / 5 month
Pending Asylum EAD receipt date02 Dec, 18 19 Dec, 18
2 month 21 days2 month 4 days
02 Dec, 18 - 19 Dec, 18
81 days / 2 month
I-485 pending EAD receipt date24 Sep, 18 17 Dec, 18
5 month2 month 6 days
24 Sep, 18 - 17 Dec, 18
150 days / 5 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / Others receipt date24 Sep, 18 19 Dec, 18
5 month2 month 4 days
24 Sep, 18 - 19 Dec, 18
150 days / 5 month
Updated: 10:50 CST Next Update: 13:50 CST


POTOMAC SERVICE CENTERRaise SRBest Case Approval
F-1 OPT EAD (Pre-Completion, Post-completion, STEM) - C(3) receipt date13 Sep, 18 17 Nov, 18
5 month 11 days3 month 6 days
13 Sep, 18 - 17 Nov, 18
161 days / 5 month
Pending Asylum EAD receipt date13 Sep, 18 17 Nov, 18
5 month 11 days3 month 6 days
13 Sep, 18 - 17 Nov, 18
161 days / 5 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / Others receipt date13 Sep, 18 18 Nov, 18
5 month 11 days3 month 5 days
13 Sep, 18 - 18 Nov, 18
161 days / 5 month
Updated: 10:50 CST Next Update: 13:50 CST


NATIONAL BENEFITS SERVICE CENTERRaise SRBest Case Approval
I-485 pending EAD receipt date04 Sep, 18 19 Nov, 18
5 month 20 days3 month 4 days
04 Sep, 18 - 19 Nov, 18
170 days / 5 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / Others receipt date16 Jun, 18 16 Sep, 18
8 month 10 days5 month 8 days
16 Jun, 18 - 16 Sep, 18
250 days / 8 month
Updated: 10:50 CST Next Update: 13:50 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.

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  1. Hi Anil, I am still waiting for my EAD/AP (NBC 12 Sept 2018) but I have now received notice that an interview for the 485 has been scheduled- will USCIS still be processing my EAD/AP?


  2. Hi Anil,

    I have filed my I-485/ based EAD and I-131, receipt date is 03OCT2018, MSC, no update but only “case was received”, when do you think i could get it approved? It is rather frustrating here, thank you,


  3. I applied on 25OCt2018 H4EAD, NSC center. Still no update. When can I expect approval and card? Anil any help please?

  4. Ramesh Munshi   20 Feb, 19 at 11:52 am

    Where did California go ?

    • Anil Gupta   20 Feb, 19 at 2:39 pm

      It was down temporarily for maintenance and clearing out bad records. You should be able to see the new records now.


  5. Hello Anil, Just wondering if you will be putting up Potomac processing times again? I thought they were up here previously? Thanks.


    • I no longer see California either? Is it down temporarily ??

      • Anil Gupta   20 Feb, 19 at 2:39 pm

        yes..it was down temporarily for maintenance and clearing out bad records. You should be able to see the new records now.


  6. Hi Anil, I have been following your website quite a bit now. Very informative. I have a question. My husband and I both applied for EAD renewal based on I485 on October 29 2018. I received mine EAD/AP combo card on February 10 2019. My husband who is primary didn’t receive/processed yet. It still shows case received. Is this normal? When can he expect his EAD approval? Thanks in advance.

    • Anil Gupta   19 Feb, 19 at 8:19 am

      Thanks for the compliment.
      The applications are processed separately but I think your spouse’s EAD approval should also be on the way pretty soon since yours has already been processed.
      No need to worry. USCIS works in weird ways!

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