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: 18:49 CST Next Update: 21:49 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: 18:49 CST Next Update: 21:49 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: 18:49 CST Next Update: 21:49 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: 18:49 CST Next Update: 21:49 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: 18:49 CST Next Update: 21:49 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: 18:49 CST Next Update: 21:49 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. Andb
    Andb 20 Mar, 19 at 8:21 am

    My wife is awaiting approval for i485 based on marriage (National Benefits Center). The receipt date is January 11 2019. When can I expect EAD/travel parole by? The fingerprint review for EAD was completed Feb 27th.


  2. Ashley Roy
    Ashley Roy 20 Mar, 19 at 7:40 am

    Any reason why the Best Case approval times for I-485 pending EAD receipt date at the Texas service center are going backwards? Used to be Nov 10, then Nov 6 and now its Nov 2.


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

      We fixed lot of records that we found to be not correct as this data is all user driven. Users shared wrong receipt dates for their approval cases.
      We run this service to remove bad data occasionally to clear the spam.


      • Ashley Roy
        Ashley Roy 20 Mar, 19 at 8:21 am

        Thank you sir.


  3. rayS
    rayS 19 Mar, 19 at 9:23 am

    Hi Anil,

    My H4 EAD receipt date is March 4, 2019 at Vermont Service center. Any idea by what time I can expect EAD approval?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 19 Mar, 19 at 12:00 pm

      You can expect your H4 EAD approval by May 25, 2019.


      • rayS
        rayS 19 Mar, 19 at 1:17 pm

        Thank you Anil


  4. Marina
    Marina 19 Mar, 19 at 8:49 am

    Hi Anil,
    Thank you for all the info on the website. I was wondering if you could explain a bit better what to expect on the ‘Best case approval’?

    My receipt date is Feb 4th online and Feb 6th on the receipt letter for new L2 EAD filed in Vermont (paper-based). I have read in the comments someone got approved for Jan 31st receipt date for the exact same category/service center last week. Does that mean that my case should be approved some time this week?
    When I compare my case in your tracker it only shows pending old applications, no approved ones or closer to my application date. What benchmark should I take into account? It is a stand alone application.

    Thanks for your help!

    Marina


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 19 Mar, 19 at 8:50 am

      The best case approval is the receipt date for the case that we have found to be approved most recently.
      Your case can also be approved that fast and become the best case itself.

      As per my estimate, only about 10% of total cases get approved with that fast speed though.


  5. SanSan
    SanSan 18 Mar, 19 at 9:19 pm

    Hello. I am on H1B while my husband is an H4 and we’re contemplating on applying for an EAD. My H1B will expire on July 23, 2019 but my employer has filed an extension for the both of us. We also have an approved I140 EB3 which will most likely be current on April 2019.

    Is it best to file I765 based on I140 and I539 or wait till my priority date becomes current and file I765 with I485?


    • SanSan
      SanSan 18 Mar, 19 at 9:20 pm

      The EAD is for my H4!husband


      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 18 Mar, 19 at 9:29 pm

        Your question about filing H4 EAD vs i485 EAD has been added to our forum and answered there as it was out of scope of this article.

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


  6. Andy
    Andy 18 Mar, 19 at 7:44 pm

    Hi Anil,
    I received RFE where it asks for new photos, new medical I 693 and updated job offer. But also there is that section about supplement J, which is not clear if i need to file it or not. I filed I485 after my I 360 was approved.
    Thank you for responce


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Mar, 19 at 8:26 pm

      You should contact an attorney if you can’t understand the requested documents correctly.
      Its difficult to suggest anything with the limited information about your case here.


  7. Ritzy_P
    Ritzy_P 18 Mar, 19 at 4:57 pm

    Hi Anil,
    Nice Page!
    My receipt date of i-765 for EB1 category is November 5, 2018 (NBC Service Center). When should i expect my combo EAD/AP card?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Mar, 19 at 5:05 pm

      You can expect your EAD by April 2019 second week end.


      • Ritzy_P
        Ritzy_P 18 Mar, 19 at 5:57 pm

        Thanks


  8. shreshtha mundra
    shreshtha mundra 18 Mar, 19 at 1:23 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Is there a country wise pool even while granting l2/h4 ead?
    I see that a lot of i-765 applications have been approved with a receipt number greater than mine/later date, but mine is still in received status. Also, ofcourse, there are few with a receipt date less than mine, still in received status. Could it be because they are from countries like India, which has a slower queue?

    Receipt date: Nov 13, California Service Center.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Mar, 19 at 1:39 pm

      I am not aware of any such country based pool for L2/H4 EAD applications.


      • shreshtha mundra
        shreshtha mundra 18 Mar, 19 at 1:40 pm

        Ok, Thanks Anil.


  9. Kumar
    Kumar 18 Mar, 19 at 8:43 am

    Hi Anil, this is wonderful page! my case is pending with USCIS Vermont center since Oct 17 2018, today I see for Vermont center normal H4EAD processing timings are updated for applications after Oct 19, 2018. I am little worried now, can you please let me know if its common for an application to cross normal processing times? Is it advisable to open SR in my case today or shall I wait few more days? Also do you know in general how is the response rate/time on getting case updated after opening SR? Thanks again.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Mar, 19 at 10:16 am

      You are eligible to raise a service request with USCIS now and I strongly recommend to raise one today itself.
      Some applications (around 10%) do get past the normal processing time. There is no need to worry.

      Normal processing time after you raise a service varies from 1 day to no limit. But, most applications do get result fast after raising SR.


      • Kumar
        Kumar 18 Mar, 19 at 10:25 am

        Thanks Anil. I just opened SR. I will update here as well with results/further update.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 18 Mar, 19 at 10:35 am

          You are welcome. Do not worry. You will get approval soon.


          • Kumar
            Kumar 19 Mar, 19 at 10:58 am

            Just wanted to update if it helps anyone, today I see the SR which I had opened yesterday assigned to officer as SR status/update has changed to “SR xxxx was assigned to an officer for response”, I am hopeful to get some update today.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 19 Mar, 19 at 12:10 pm

              Thanks for sharing the update.


            • Kumar
              Kumar 21 Mar, 19 at 6:19 pm

              My SR still says that assigned to officer for response. Its 2 days so far and counting. I also noticed that on USCIS site the status is being shown as application received on Oct 17 2018 however today I created account on DHS and there for same application it shows case received on Oct 22. On paper I had received it shows receipt date as Oct 17 and notice date as Oct 23rd 2018. Is this normal for DHS to show the different date?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 21 Mar, 19 at 7:55 pm

              Yes, it is normal. The date printed on your receipt letter should be the one you should follow.


            • Kumar
              Kumar 22 Mar, 19 at 9:11 pm

              So far there is no change is status, I see case still shows received on Oct 17 and SR still says assigned on Mar 19 to officer for response. Do you know if applying H4 extension and H4EAD renewal can be the reason of this delay? I see husge waiting time for H4 extension in Vermont center and though my receipt says I765 extension of employment authorization but along with H4 extension was also submitted and believe is being processed under save receipt number?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 22 Mar, 19 at 9:20 pm

              H4 ezteexten is required to be approved before H4 EAD.
              So, it is possible that H4 extention approval is causing the delay.

              Receipt numbers are different for each application.


            • Kumar
              Kumar 22 Mar, 19 at 9:50 pm

              Thanks Anil, but I did not get any separate paper receipt for H4. I had only received one paper receipt and per attorney it was single packet sent for H4 extension and EAD renewal. Shall I call USCIS and check for second receipt? I had already opened SR for EAD so I am not sure if USCIS will by themselves give me second receipt if that exists? Thanks again.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 22 Mar, 19 at 9:50 pm

              That’s strange. Check with your attorney if they received the H4 extention receipt number as they might have given their mailing address for H4.


  10. Yasaswini
    Yasaswini 18 Mar, 19 at 7:22 am

    hi Anil,
    my h4 ead receipt date in this site https://my.uscis.gov/account/applicant showing feb 11 and in old uscis case status showing feb 7. which receipt date i can consider ? it filed in Vermont service center. can i know when i can expect my ead to approve ?


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

      Check the receipt date written on your official USCIS receipt notice.


      • Yasaswini
        Yasaswini 18 Mar, 19 at 8:14 am

        can i know when i can expect my H4 ead to approve for receipt date feb 7 for Vermont service canter


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 18 Mar, 19 at 8:24 am

          You can expect your H4 EAD approval by May 2019 1st week end.




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