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

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  By Anil Gupta - Updated on  23 May, 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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NumberReceiptStatus
Pending  Approved  RFE,   Denied  Your case  Verified Status 

CALIFORNIAApproved Case Receipt DateUSCIS Service Request
I-485 pending EADWAC19102***** / 28 Feb, 19
2 month 24 days
22 Dec, 18
5 month 2 days
Haiti extensionWAC18061***** / 29 Dec, 17
1 year 4 month
15 May, 17
2 year
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / OthersWAC19103***** / 01 Mar, 19
2 month 23 days
22 Dec, 18
5 month 2 days
Updated: 19:08 CST Next Update: 22:08 CST


VERMONTApproved Case Receipt DateUSCIS Service Request
Approved, concurrently filed, I-821D EADEAC19021***** / 30 Oct, 18
6 month 25 days
05 Jul, 18
10 month 22 days
I-485 pending EADEAC19101***** / 27 Feb, 19
2 month 25 days
15 Nov, 18
6 month 9 days
TPS for El Salvador EADEAC19021***** / 30 Oct, 18
6 month 25 days
05 Jul, 18
10 month 22 days
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / OthersEAC19138***** / 21 Apr, 19
1 month 2 days
24 Dec, 18
5 month
Updated: 19:08 CST Next Update: 22:08 CST


TEXASApproved Case Receipt DateUSCIS Service Request
Pending Asylum EAD19102***** / 28 Feb, 19
2 month 24 days
25 Feb, 19
2 month 27 days
I-485 pending EAD19101***** / 27 Feb, 19
2 month 25 days
24 Dec, 18
5 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / Others19101***** / 27 Feb, 19
2 month 25 days
24 Dec, 18
5 month
Updated: 19:08 CST Next Update: 22:08 CST


NEBRASKAApproved Case Receipt DateUSCIS Service Request
Based on an approved asylum application [(a)(5)]LIN19124***** / 01 Apr, 19
1 month 22 days
24 Dec, 18
5 month
Pending Asylum EADLIN19123***** / 31 Mar, 19
1 month 23 days
03 Mar, 19
2 month 21 days
I-485 pending EADLIN19123***** / 31 Mar, 19
1 month 23 days
24 Dec, 18
5 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / OthersLIN19123***** / 30 Mar, 19
1 month 24 days
24 Dec, 18
5 month
Updated: 19:08 CST Next Update: 22:08 CST


POTOMACApproved Case Receipt DateUSCIS Service Request
F-1 OPT EAD (Pre-Completion, Post-completion, STEM) - C(3)YSC19100***** / 26 Feb, 19
2 month 26 days
24 Dec, 18
5 month
Pending Asylum EADYSC19123***** / 29 Mar, 19
1 month 25 days
25 Feb, 19
2 month 27 days
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / OthersYSC19100***** / 26 Feb, 19
2 month 26 days
24 Dec, 18
5 month
Updated: 19:08 CST Next Update: 22:08 CST


NATIONAL BENEFITSApproved Case Receipt DateUSCIS Service Request
I-485 pending EAD19081***** / 29 Jan, 19
3 month 24 days
30 Oct, 18
6 month 25 days
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / Others18249***** / 27 Sep, 18
7 month 28 days
22 Jun, 18
11 month 5 days
Updated: 19:08 CST Next Update: 22:08 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.





Recent discussion on forum

  1. anand_win
    anand_win

    I visited your site for EAD/I485 receipt number data and found all numbers for NBC is starting from MSC19(90x)xxxx for Nov and Dec filers. However,your status report for latest approval shows MSC19(062)****. Anil, where do you get these 062 running numbers for NBC ? I am not able to link or understand, so please clarify the same.


  2. Anil.Gupta
    Anil.Gupta

    Sure. I appreciate your feedback.
    We will certainly make changes to the service based on your inputs

    The service is still new and may not be 100% correct. Its developed by volunteers.

    I appreciate your patience.


  3. Anil.Gupta
    Anil.Gupta

    Thanks @stforner for sharing. We will check and update manually.


  4. Anil.Gupta
    Anil.Gupta

    Hi @sidsri
    You can expect your i485 EAD approval by July 2019 first week end.


  5. rekha
    rekha

    hi Anil,
    I applied for H4 EAD after my H4 approved , my H4 EAD Receipt date April 4th 2019, Receipt number EAC199XXXXXX at Vermont center,when can I expect my EAD approval.
    thanks,
    Rekha


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  846 Useful Questions & Answers

  1. JS
    JS 14 Jan, 19 at 9:48 am

    Hi Anil, i am new here and apologize for the very basic question -can you please let me know what is Raise Sr and best case ? I have COS applied from H1 to H4 in July at VSC. So should I be looking for raise SR or the best case ? Also what do the blue red and green bars indicate ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:04 am

      The correct link to track H4 COS is here: https://www.am22tech.com/uscis/current-h4-processing-time/
      Raise SR: If your application receipt date is before this date, you can raise a SR (service request) with USCIS to ask for the delay reason.
      Best Case: The ‘case receipt date’ which our service has found to be approved for that service center and type of application.
      Blue: Just a passage of time.
      Green: The time period which is currently being processed by USCIS i.e. applications received between these receipt dates.
      Red: Waiting time.

      Let me know if you need more information.


      • Andy
        Andy 9 Feb, 19 at 10:12 am

        HI Anil,
        My lawyer filed renewal for my and my wife EADs on July 18th and we did not receive cards, just that the request was received. Our EAD renewals are in National Benefit Center, However our son’s EAD, which was filed in October but got to California Center already came. Do you think our cases stuck somewhere? I talked to my lawyer and he will raise inquiry, since the processing date is already past our date. It is very frustrating since my old EAD expired and i can work couple more months since the new automatic extension for 180 days.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:43 am

          Ya..a service request would help to find why your case is stuck.
          Sometimes, the case is just buried in one case officer’s queue who is busy working on other cases.


  2. RajivB
    RajivB 14 Jan, 19 at 9:48 am

    Hi. I filed I-485 EAD (Nebraska Center) on October 30, 2018. The best case date was shown as Nov 1, 2018 yesterday. However, today it is shown as October 4, 2018. Could you please explain how does it regress back. Thanks.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:03 am

      This ‘best case finding’ service cleans data everyday. Sometimes users enter wrong case information and hence it shows up as wrong best case date.
      This service tries to validate the real case status and then deletes the record that it thinks user has entered with wrong or mis-leading status.

      This is what could have happened with the Nov 1, 2018 case. Its good that you are watching the status closely. Good catch.
      Please keep sharing any discrepancy that you may see.


      • RajivB
        RajivB 9 Feb, 19 at 10:13 am

        Hi Anil,

        Thanks a lot for clarification. One more question. Does I-485 EAD approval date depends on the fingerprint date? Best regards,


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:44 am

          No, it does not.


  3. Chandra
    Chandra 14 Jan, 19 at 9:48 am

    NATIONAL BENEFITS SERVICE CENTER I-485 EAD showing as OCT 5th yesterday .. today shows as 31st Aug.. is there any issue ? ..Any Idea why best case date moved back to 2 months.. ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:03 am

      Yesterday, our service cleaned up cases which were entered by users with wrong information. So, many best cases would have been removed.


      • Chandra
        Chandra 9 Feb, 19 at 10:13 am

        Is these dates will corrected Soon.. ?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:44 am

          We are trying to correct dates weekly at this time.


          • Chandra
            Chandra 10 Feb, 19 at 12:28 pm

            Thank you, what would be current best case date for NATIONAL BENEFITS SERVICE CENTER I-485 pending
            EAD Now ?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 11 Feb, 19 at 8:14 am

              Did you add your case to tracker given above and checked where your case stands with respect to other cases around your receipt?


            • Chandra
              Chandra 11 Feb, 19 at 1:52 pm

              How i can add it?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 12 Feb, 19 at 12:32 pm

              Just click ‘Add & Compare My Case’.
              Then enter your receipt number and other details. Then click ‘Add case’ button.

              When you click add button, it adds your case to am22 DB and it’s available for other users.
              It immediately shows you the cases that have been approved around your case receipt number and date.

              Does that help?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 11 Feb, 19 at 8:14 am

              Today’s date shows as 05 Sep, 18 for best case.


  4. Namrata Rawat
    Namrata Rawat 14 Jan, 19 at 9:47 am

    Hi Anil,
    i had applied for L2 EAD renewal and my l2 visa is valid till 2020 same as my spouse but the renwal of EAD was tagged to my i-94 expiry and not to my spouse (L1b) i-94 expiry. so I got short rewal as my i-94 was due to expire on feb 2019.

    Is their a way I can call uscis ans ask them to extend as my spouse i-94 or do i need to update my i-94 and then apply l2 ead again.Please suggest


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:09 am

      Any reason that you did not extend your i94 to match your L2 visa?
      Is your i94 expiry short due to passport expiry date?


      • Namrata Rawat
        Namrata Rawat 9 Feb, 19 at 10:13 am

        Yes, when I entered i had a old passport and i renewed my passport just two months back and was planning to get i-94 renewed when i would travel. Will uscis entertain my case to get this fixed


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:13 am

          No, USCIS will not entertain any request now. You should have ideally got your new i94 and then should have applied for L2 EAD to get validity equal to your visa.
          Now, the only option is to file for EAD renewal as and when it is due.


          • Namrata Rawat
            Namrata Rawat 9 Feb, 19 at 10:44 am

            i have not received the physical card but received letter saying that my case is approved so if I ask them to hold and submit revised i-94 will it help.Also, submitting case enquiry will help?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 10 Feb, 19 at 12:28 pm

              No. Whatever documents you submitted initially were used to process your application.
              Any new update has to be sent with new application and new processing fees.

              You can call USCIS and ask but as far as I know, nothing can be done now.


            • Namrata Rawat
              Namrata Rawat 11 Feb, 19 at 8:19 am

              Hi Anil,
              I am re-applying for EAD renewal as I got only one month extension based on my old I-94.
              I have renewed my I-94 by traveling out of US recently.

              I want to reconfirm the documents which I am sending to USCIS:

              1- G1450: For credit card payment
              2- G-1145: Electronic notification
              3- I-765 : The main form
              4- Two photographs (back sign with SSN number)
              5-Spouse visa and self visa
              6-spouse i-94 and self i-94
              7-marriage certificate
              8-Last EAD (both front and back)
              9-My passport copy

              My question is do i need to include ?

              1-spouse passport copy
              2-My SSN copy
              3- My all EAD (I have two EAD cards)

              Please confirm as it will be a great help.

              Regards,
              Namrata


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 11 Feb, 19 at 1:52 pm

              You can refer this article. It’s primarily for H4 EAD but L2 EAD documents are also same.
              https://www.am22tech.com/h4-ead-uscis-form-i-765-sample-form/


            • Namrata Rawat
              Namrata Rawat 12 Feb, 19 at 12:31 pm

              Thanks! Anil

              One last question as i did not get the info in the link provided.

              Do I need to send photocopy of all EAD cards?
              Also ,last time when I received the EAD card it had a barcode slip stating I should include that when I renew my EAD for faster renewal, is
              that a common document which everyone gets?

              Regards,
              Namrata


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 12 Feb, 19 at 3:52 pm

              Yes, that slip is sent with every EAD card.

              It’s okay if you do not have that slip. You can scan both sides of your most recent EAD card and send it.

              No need to send all old EAD cards. Just the most recent one is sufficient.


  5. DS
    DS 14 Jan, 19 at 9:47 am

    Hi Anil,
    I have applied for H4 and EAD concurrently for VSC location in August. The H4 current dates are Jan while the EAD are September .
    I got an RFE for EAD asking to submit the 797C for H4.hence I submitted the documents requested. Can you please explain how this scenario works as there is difference in the current dates.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Jan, 19 at 10:05 am

      Your EAD application will be on hold until a decision is made on H4 application.


  6. Vinicius Santos Fernandes
    Vinicius Santos Fernandes 14 Jan, 19 at 9:47 am

    Hi Anil,
    My I-140 was approved but I have my I-765 and I-131 still pending.
    My receipt date is June 19, 2018 and it is assigned to be processed by the National Benefits Center.
    Looking into the USCIS processing times, it says that they are processing the cases from July 11, 2018.
    On the other side, this website says that the best date processed was from a June 16, 2018 receipt date.
    It looks like that the USCIS processing times provided is too different from the data you have. Am I correct?

    Thanks in advance.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Jan, 19 at 10:05 am

      Looks like you are looking at wrong service center.
      11 July is for i485 pending EAD at national benefits center.
      Is that what you are looking at?


      • Vinicius Santos Fernandes
        Vinicius Santos Fernandes 9 Feb, 19 at 10:03 am

        Yes, that is what I am looking at. But, as my receipt is from June 19. I am guessing that it was supposed to be already processed. Right?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:13 am

          Ideally yes, it should have been processed. But, there is no guarantee. If your receipt date is before the ‘Raise SR’ date, then you should raise a service request with USCIS to find the reason behind delay.


  7. Vick
    Vick 14 Jan, 19 at 9:47 am

    Hello,
    Just wanted to now how long does it take to receive the SSN after EAD card has arrived if opted to get SSN along with EAD application.
    Its been 4 weeks and i havent got the SSN so just wondering the average timelines or if it takes longer. Thanks in advance


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Jan, 19 at 10:04 am

      It takes around 4-6 weeks for SSN card to arrive. Do not worry. This is normal.


      • Vick
        Vick 9 Feb, 19 at 10:03 am

        Ok sure. Thanks Anil!


  8. Smriti Khanna
    Smriti Khanna 14 Jan, 19 at 9:47 am

    Hello Sir,
    We have Applied for I 485 and our receipt date is 31st August 2018, we haven’t received our EAD and Travel Document. I think we are quite upto normal processing time. However, i would like to ask, if our EAD and Travel document gets approved, can we go to India and come back without any issue? I am hearing lot of things that even if we have travel document we will be in trouble to get entry in US, can you help me a best answer for this question?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Jan, 19 at 9:47 am

      I have covered the travel with advance parole in detail here

      In short, it is better to wait for green card. Travelling is legally allowed but there can be un-expected issues at port of entry and you do not want to ruin your chances.


  9. Ankit Mehta
    Ankit Mehta 14 Jan, 19 at 9:47 am

    Hi Anil,

    I filled my L2-EAD initial application on 19th October 2018 and California service center recieved my application on 22nd October 2018 (same status has been updated under my case), wrt this, I had the below two questions :

    1. As per current timelines, Can I expect EAD approval by 25th March 2019, is this understanding correct ? and

    2. We noticed some EAD cases, that were submitted after our dates, have already received approval. So wanted to understand how the USCIS process works. is it not on first come first serve basis ?

    Thanks in advance.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Jan, 19 at 10:04 am

      Yes, you should expect result by April 2019 first week.
      USCIS does work on first come first serve basis. I assume you are checking the case numbers randomly case status website.
      Remember that it is possible that cases that you choose around your receipt number may not actually be EAD cases.

      Also, cases are assigned to case officers and it is possible that your case is stuck in one officer’s queue who is working on someone else’s case first.
      There is no real insight from USCIS on how they process cases though.


      • Ankit Mehta
        Ankit Mehta 14 Jan, 19 at 10:04 am

        Thank you so much Anil for your prompt response. one last question-how can I find where the case is stuck? should I call them & check or should I raise request? I heard that raising request could cost further delays. Thank you.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:02 am

          You can raise a service request only if your case receipt date is before the ‘Raise SR’ date mentioned above.
          No, raising service request does NOT delay your case. It is a complete baseless rumor that it delays your processing further.

          In-fact, I strongly recommend to raise a service request if your case has passed the ‘Raise SR’ date. This is what USCIS also recommends.


  10. TheNepenthes
    TheNepenthes 14 Jan, 19 at 9:47 am

    Hello,

    I mailed out my I-795 application December 27th, and I saw the application fee appearing in my bank account on 1/4 (2019). Yet I haven’t received a receipt, digitally or physically. How long does it usually take to receive the digital receipt; should I be worried?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Jan, 19 at 10:04 am

      It can take anywhere between 7-21 days to get the receipt by USPS mail.


  11. Anil Gupta
    Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:05 am

    ok..i got your point.
    You need to refresh your browser as it is not pulling the latest page.
    Press ‘Ctrl’+’F5’ together to see the refreshed page. Do it couple of times if it does not show up immediately.

    I can see the timelines right now so…can confirm that it is there.


  12. Anil Gupta
    Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:05 am

    Hi Achal,
    I am not clear which link you are talking about.
    Can you elaborate and i can help.


  13. Anil Gupta
    Anil Gupta 26 Feb, 19 at 2:55 pm

    You can expect your EAD approval by March 2019 third week.


  14. Anil Gupta
    Anil Gupta 27 Feb, 19 at 4:44 pm

    If we take the average processing time, You can expect your i485 pending EAD by April 2019 second week.

    EAD expedite request can be sent but its chances are very low with your reason.


  15. Anil Gupta
    Anil Gupta 8 Mar, 19 at 9:08 pm

    You will get your card within 4-15 days.


  16. Anil Gupta
    Anil Gupta 13 Mar, 19 at 8:15 pm

    You should get your i485 EAD by April 2019 second week end.


  17. Victor
    Victor 14 Mar, 19 at 7:19 am

    Thanks Anil


  18. Henrique
    Henrique 14 Mar, 19 at 9:23 am

    Thanks a lot, Anil!


  19. Rahat Hashmi
    Rahat Hashmi 2 Apr, 19 at 10:11 pm

    is there any thing that I can do to expect it earlier ?


  20. Anil Gupta
    Anil Gupta 2 Apr, 19 at 10:11 pm

    You can file for EAD expedite request


  21. Anil Gupta
    Anil Gupta 16 Apr, 19 at 5:37 pm

    There is no fixed timeline. Some people get approval within 1 day and some do not get their EAD expedite request approved.




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