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: 19:04 CST Next Update: 22:04 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: 19:04 CST Next Update: 22:04 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: 19:04 CST Next Update: 22:04 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: 19:04 CST Next Update: 22:04 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: 19:04 CST Next Update: 22:04 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: 19:04 CST Next Update: 22:04 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. Catherine
    Catherine 21 Mar, 19 at 11:14 pm

    Hi Anil, my receipt date is December 10 and it’s MSC. I-485 with EAD. Biometrics done January 14. My priority date is December 5 though. When can I expect approval? And should I follow dec 10 on the timeline or dec 5? Thank you


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 22 Mar, 19 at 8:42 am

      You can expect your i485 EAD approval by April 2019 second week end.

      You should consider the ‘receipt date’ printed on the official USCIS letter.


      • Catherine
        Catherine 22 Mar, 19 at 12:43 pm

        Just got the email saying card is being produced!


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 22 Mar, 19 at 1:24 pm

          Congratulations. Your EAD is approved even before what I estimated.
          Enjoy.

          Thanks for sharing your result.


          • xty
            xty 24 Mar, 19 at 1:45 pm

            Hi Anil, my EAD has been pending for 254 days. I have raised service requests a couple of times. What do you suggest I do now.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 24 Mar, 19 at 4:06 pm

              What answer have you received by USCIS after raising service request?


  2. Puja
    Puja 21 Mar, 19 at 1:44 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I have applied for h4 ead on nov 20th 2018 at nebraska(LIN) processing center.
    when can I expect an approval.its already 4 months.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 21 Mar, 19 at 6:19 pm

      You can expect your H4 EAD approval anytime now. You are pretty close.


  3. Beka
    Beka 21 Mar, 19 at 11:43 am

    Hey guys, my case says fingerprints reviewed in October 11, 2019 and nothing new after that it’s been 5 month already since I’m waiting for my ead based on pending i-485 Vermont .. is anyone on the same boat as me or if it’s normal to wait little more?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 21 Mar, 19 at 6:19 pm

      You are eligible to raise the service request as your case is taking more time than normal cases.
      You should raise it.


  4. Arunkumar Ramakrishnan
    Arunkumar Ramakrishnan 21 Mar, 19 at 8:03 am

    Hi Anil,

    I have applied for H4Ead @ Vermont on Jan 11.
    When can I expect for approval


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 21 Mar, 19 at 6:13 pm

      You can expect your H4 EAD approval by April 2019 end.


  5. Gayathri Ranjit
    Gayathri Ranjit 20 Mar, 19 at 7:06 pm

    hi Anil, my H4 EAD is expiring on April 13th 2019, my case was recieved by the USCIS on Feb 8th 2019. When do you think I can expect my approval. I did try to call and expedate but it got denied.your help would be much appreciated.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 20 Mar, 19 at 7:39 pm

      You have not mentioned the USCIS service center name.


      • Gayathri Ranjit
        Gayathri Ranjit 21 Mar, 19 at 5:04 pm

        Mine is in the Vermont Service Center


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 21 Mar, 19 at 6:13 pm

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


      • Gayathri Ranjit
        Gayathri Ranjit 21 Mar, 19 at 6:05 pm

        Also in the USCIS website it says on Feb 8th 2019, they received my case for I765 but in the receipt that I recieved the Recieved Date is Feb 8th and Notice Date is Feb 26th 2019. By which date should I actually go by?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 21 Mar, 19 at 6:13 pm

          You should consider Feb 8 as that’s the date printed on the official receipt letter.


  6. Souvik
    Souvik 20 Mar, 19 at 3:44 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I filed my employment based i485 application along with EAD/AP application on 11/30/18 to NBC. When can I expect the EAD approval?

    Souvik


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 20 Mar, 19 at 5:05 pm

      You can expect your i485 EAD approval by May 2019 second week end.


  7. BShukla
    BShukla 20 Mar, 19 at 3:17 pm

    Hello Anil
    I have recently found this page. Great daily updated details!! just curious on EAD bar what does it mean by light blue color


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 20 Mar, 19 at 5:05 pm

      Light blue color bar is just a period of time which does not mean anything as such. Its there to show a comparison between multiple bars to visually compare that the bar with longer blue bar as faster processing time than others.


      • BShukla
        BShukla 21 Mar, 19 at 2:36 pm

        Thanks Anil for your response! much appreciated!!
        my I-765, I131 and I-485 are filed with receipt date 10/11/2018 when date of filing chart was allowed to file. I got my bio-metric done in mid of nov-2018 and from then just waiting on my EAD approval (my self and two dependent) however as of now my I-140 priority date under eb2 (24th April 2009) is not yet reach in final action date chart. Will this impact on EAD pending period longer then what is mentioned in current processing time chart for NBC? I can see current approval best case is from dec 6th in at NBC and I am still not hearing back anything or no movement on uscis site for my cases of 11th Oct-2018 receipt dates….. Just curious


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 21 Mar, 19 at 6:13 pm

          Your i485 EAD approval processing time should not be affected by the Date of Filing or final action chart.
          Since, you have already filed for EAD, you will get the EAD approved sooner or later.

          As per my estimate, you can expect i485 EAD approval anytime now.


          • BShukla
            BShukla 25 Mar, 19 at 8:46 am

            I will not surprise if they are just fooling around with this case processing date/time!! are they working during weekend too? coz I can see daily one day movement in i-485 processing time in NBC. my case as I said filed in oct-2018 and I can see cases are getting approved from dec-2018 dates and I dont see a movement in my case as of today… even they are retro-getting case processing date/time so we cant truly judge any estimation. Frustrating daily 🙁


  8. Jin
    Jin 20 Mar, 19 at 2:07 pm

    Hi Anil,
    I submitted my I-485 based on approved I-140 (National Benefits Center). The receipt date is January 24, 2019. I already finished my biometrics and my fingerprint review is completed on March 7. When can I expect to receive my EAD card?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 20 Mar, 19 at 5:05 pm

      You can expect your i485 EAD approval by June 2019 first week end.


  9. Julia
    Julia 20 Mar, 19 at 12:39 pm

    Hi Anil,
    I submitted my i-485 based EDA/travel doc application, with a receipt date of November 2018, to National Benefits Center. Could you please tell me when I can expect to receive my EAD? Thanks!


    • Julia
      Julia 20 Mar, 19 at 12:47 pm

      Sorry, the receipt date is November 19th, 2018.


      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 20 Mar, 19 at 5:04 pm

        You can expect your i485 EAD approval by April 2019 end.


  10. Ashley Roy
    Ashley Roy 20 Mar, 19 at 11:03 am

    When i check my I-485 status online, it still says “Fingerprint Fee Was Received”. I did my bio metrics back in November. Is this normal? Should it not say something acknowledging that fingerprint process is complete or OK? ALso, shoudl I receive anything in the mail acknowledging the biometrics are complete after I finished them? Thanks.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 20 Mar, 19 at 5:04 pm

      The online status is sometimes not updated on USCIS website. There is no need to worry.




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