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

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: 19:07 CST Next Update: 22:07 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: 19:07 CST Next Update: 22:07 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: 19:07 CST Next Update: 22:07 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: 19:07 CST Next Update: 22:07 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: 19:07 CST Next Update: 22:07 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: 19:07 CST Next Update: 22:07 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. Wizzy Draconia
    Wizzy Draconia 18 Mar, 19 at 7:20 am

    Hi Anil,

    Why are most of the cases I’m comparing to not marked as complete even tho when I check them via USCIS they are either in print/delivery or delivered/complete?

    Thanks!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Mar, 19 at 8:00 am

      The cases are shared by users and most of them never return back to mark the status as “Approved” or complete. They just come on this page to look for estimated time, add their case details and then never make the effort to update their case details.

      That’s how the crowd sourced data works.


      • Wizzy Draconia
        Wizzy Draconia 19 Mar, 19 at 7:30 am

        I figured you might be fetching the data from USCIS after initial submission, then again that probably violates ToS/Laws.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 19 Mar, 19 at 8:13 am

          No, we do not fetch case details from USCIS as it is not allowed. All data is user driven.


  2. Pranjal
    Pranjal 18 Mar, 19 at 1:12 am

    Hi Anil,

    My receipt date for L2 EAD was 31st december for California Service Center. when can I expect my ead to get approved. Also can I expedite my ead request.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Mar, 19 at 8:00 am

      You can expect your L2 EAD by April 2019 third week end. You can file EAD expedite request but chances are low for its approval.


  3. rappernpc
    rappernpc 17 Mar, 19 at 6:59 pm

    hi Anil,

    My receipt date for a j2 ead (new) is 27 december and just curious as to whether i need biometrics, interview etc? i have read alot of forums mentioning them but have not yet found anything confirming a j2 EAD applicant needs them done. If i do need them done does it matter what state i am in, i.e. not in nyc where i lodged them?

    Great job you’re doing btw!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 17 Mar, 19 at 7:49 pm

      Your question about J2 EAD biometric is out of scope of this page and have been added to out forum. It has been answered there.

      You can ask follow up question on the forum itself. We answer within 1-24 hours.


  4. JP
    JP 17 Mar, 19 at 2:05 am

    Hello Anil,

    My application date for EB-3, which includes I-148, I-765, and I-131 was back in November 19th 2018. I received my receipts on November 20th, 2018 and did my biometrics on December 20th, 2018. I can see that National Benefits Service Center is now looking at applications between Sept 13 and December 3rd.. Could you please be able to tell me how long this approval may take? I just find myself so frustrated and depressed, longing for N answer, even if it is an estmated date. Thank you so much in advance. To fellow applicants, good luck everyone!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 17 Mar, 19 at 3:16 am

      Assuming it is I-485 and not I-148, you can track i485 processing time here.
      You can expect your i485 EAD by April 2019 end.


      • JP
        JP 20 Mar, 19 at 12:39 am

        Thank you so much, Anil! It’s been long time coming.. I hope things get all worked out!


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 20 Mar, 19 at 8:21 am

          Don’t worry. You will get it soon.


  5. EJ
    EJ 16 Mar, 19 at 8:58 pm

    Hi Anil – EB3, NBC – RD is 12/19 and fingerprinting was completed on 1/17. When do you think I can get my combo card? I received a combo card in the prior year but had to send it back as I had to refile my application. Thanks!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 16 Mar, 19 at 10:29 pm

      This receipt date is for your i485 EAD card i765 application?


      • EJ
        EJ 17 Mar, 19 at 9:17 pm

        Yes, this is for my I-485 EAD card I-765 and travel document I-131. My PD is June 21, 2017 and my RD is Dec 19, 2018 for my I-485.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 17 Mar, 19 at 9:23 pm

          You can expect your result by May 2019 end.


  6. Luis
    Luis 15 Mar, 19 at 10:12 am

    Hi Anil. My L2-EAD (i-765) was received in Vermont on January 31, 2019. When do you thing it is probable that I get my EAD?. Thanks.

    BTW, great job, very useful for us when we are just waiting.
    A suggestion: a very small explanation of what the dates and colour bars mean would make newcomers understand it faster.


    • Luis
      Luis 15 Mar, 19 at 3:15 pm

      My case status has just changed to “New Card Is Being Produced” 🙂


      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 15 Mar, 19 at 7:22 pm

        Great. You already got approved as soon as you wrote on this page 🙂
        Lucky!

        We appreciate your feedback and will add explanation about what the bars mean.


  7. Caitlin
    Caitlin 15 Mar, 19 at 10:02 am

    I765 expedite case is completed. What does it mean Anil? I’m I done yet ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 15 Mar, 19 at 7:22 pm

      You should have received a response by USCIS as to what decision they took about expediting your EAD.


      • Caitlin
        Caitlin 17 Mar, 19 at 10:28 am

        How long does it take Anil? I still didn’t get anything except the uodate.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 17 Mar, 19 at 10:36 am

          It can take upto 30 days for USCIS to take any decision on your EAD expedite request.


  8. Henrique
    Henrique 15 Mar, 19 at 9:13 am

    Hi Anil, I noticed that when I click compare my case, I can only see pending cases, I can’t see any approved cases. It would be really awesome if we could, for example, choose a date and see like 10 cases before, and 10 cases after that date. I love your work here, this is just a suggestion for improvement. Best regards!!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 15 Mar, 19 at 7:22 pm

      Sounds like an idea. In-fact, when we started this page, we used to show 10 before and 10 after approved cases but then people started asking for more cases and we added more.

      But, we can certainly work to bring it back as an option.


  9. Prasad
    Prasad 15 Mar, 19 at 7:31 am

    Hi Anil. My PD is March 9, 2017. Its EB1. I485 filed on Oct 24, 2018. Biometrics review completed on Dec 7. Still its showing”Fingerprint review completed” since Dec 7. When can I expect my EAD/AP? When do you think I am likely get my GC also?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 15 Mar, 19 at 7:20 pm

      You have neither mentioned your country of birth nor the service center processing your case.


      • Prasad
        Prasad 15 Mar, 19 at 7:30 pm

        Hi, This is for India in EB1 and filed with NBC.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 16 Mar, 19 at 4:42 am

          You can expect your i485 EAD by April 2019 second week end.
          You can track i485 application processing time here.


          • Prasad
            Prasad 17 Mar, 19 at 8:30 am

            Ok. Also when do you think I am likely to get my GC?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 17 Mar, 19 at 8:36 am

              I485 approval timeline is the GC timeline itself. Have you checked the link i shared earlier?


            • Prasad
              Prasad 17 Mar, 19 at 12:17 pm

              I checked the link but it has no mention of MSC(national benefit center). Not sure if I am missing anything


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 17 Mar, 19 at 7:22 pm

              What are the first three letters of your i485 receipt number?


            • Prasad
              Prasad 18 Mar, 19 at 11:45 am

              It starts with “MSC”


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 18 Mar, 19 at 11:54 am

              We do not have i485 data for MSC. Sorry.


  10. Priya
    Priya 14 Mar, 19 at 7:40 pm

    Hi Anil,

    My L2-EAD is going to expire on April 1st, 2019. My husband and my i-485, L-131 was filled on Nov 7th, 2018. Did finger print on Dec 12, 2018. Nothing came after that. If nothing will come till April 1st then i have to leave my company. My question is if I will raise EAD expedite then how much time it will take to come?




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