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

Anil Gupta  19 Mar, 19      582  EAD USA USCIS Processing Time

USCIS EAD Processing Time

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CALIFORNIA SERVICE CENTERRaise SRBest Case Approval
I-485 pending EAD receipt date20 Oct, 18 30 Dec, 18
5 month2 month 19 days
20 Oct, 18 - 30 Dec, 18
150 days / 5 month
Haiti extension receipt date31 May, 17 29 Dec, 17
1 year 9 month1 year 2 month
31 May, 17 - 29 Dec, 17
657 days / 21 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / Others receipt date20 Oct, 18 31 Dec, 18
5 month2 month 18 days
20 Oct, 18 - 31 Dec, 18
150 days / 5 month
Updated: 14:54 CST Next Update: 17:54 CST


VERMONT SERVICE CENTERRaise SRBest Case Approval
Approved, concurrently filed, I-821D EAD receipt date05 Jun, 18 30 Jul, 18
9 month 17 days7 month 22 days
05 Jun, 18 - 30 Jul, 18
287 days / 9 month
I-485 pending EAD receipt date20 Oct, 18 02 Jan, 19
5 month2 month 16 days
20 Oct, 18 - 02 Jan, 19
150 days / 5 month
TPS for El Salvador EAD receipt date05 Jun, 18 30 Oct, 18
9 month 17 days4 month 20 days
05 Jun, 18 - 30 Oct, 18
287 days / 9 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / Others receipt date20 Oct, 18 30 Jan, 19
5 month1 month 18 days
20 Oct, 18 - 30 Jan, 19
150 days / 5 month
Updated: 14:54 CST Next Update: 17:54 CST


TEXAS SERVICE CENTERRaise SRBest Case Approval
Pending Asylum EAD receipt date20 Dec, 18 30 Oct, 18
2 month 29 days4 month 20 days
20 Dec, 18 - 30 Oct, 18
89 days / 2 month
I-485 pending EAD receipt date20 Oct, 18 02 Nov, 18
5 month4 month 17 days
20 Oct, 18 - 02 Nov, 18
150 days / 5 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / Others receipt date20 Oct, 18 30 Oct, 18
5 month4 month 20 days
20 Oct, 18 - 30 Oct, 18
150 days / 5 month
Updated: 14:54 CST Next Update: 17:54 CST


NEBRASKA SERVICE CENTERRaise SRBest Case Approval
Based on an approved asylum application [(a)(5)] receipt date20 Oct, 18 08 Feb, 19
5 month1 month 9 days
20 Oct, 18 - 08 Feb, 19
150 days / 5 month
Pending Asylum EAD receipt date28 Dec, 18 09 Feb, 19
2 month 21 days1 month 8 days
28 Dec, 18 - 09 Feb, 19
81 days / 2 month
I-485 pending EAD receipt date20 Oct, 18 02 Feb, 19
5 month1 month 15 days
20 Oct, 18 - 02 Feb, 19
150 days / 5 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / Others receipt date20 Oct, 18 30 Jan, 19
5 month1 month 18 days
20 Oct, 18 - 30 Jan, 19
150 days / 5 month
Updated: 14:54 CST Next Update: 17:54 CST


POTOMAC SERVICE CENTERRaise SRBest Case Approval
F-1 OPT EAD (Pre-Completion, Post-completion, STEM) - C(3) receipt date20 Oct, 18 31 Dec, 18
5 month2 month 18 days
20 Oct, 18 - 31 Dec, 18
150 days / 5 month
Pending Asylum EAD receipt date03 Nov, 18 09 Jan, 19
4 month 16 days2 month 9 days
03 Nov, 18 - 09 Jan, 19
136 days / 4 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / Others receipt date20 Oct, 18 01 Jan, 19
5 month2 month 17 days
20 Oct, 18 - 01 Jan, 19
150 days / 5 month
Updated: 14:54 CST Next Update: 17:54 CST


NATIONAL BENEFITS SERVICE CENTERRaise SRBest Case Approval
I-485 pending EAD receipt date15 Sep, 18 01 Dec, 18
6 month 5 days3 month 18 days
15 Sep, 18 - 01 Dec, 18
185 days / 6 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / Others receipt date24 May, 18 30 Jul, 18
9 month 29 days7 month 22 days
24 May, 18 - 30 Jul, 18
299 days / 9 month
Updated: 14:54 CST Next Update: 17:54 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,
    The status on My I 485 and my wife and child just changed after 17 months to RFEs were sent. My question is, what would be the RFEs about that we all got them at the same time? thank you for the response

    • Anil Gupta   12 Mar, 19 at 7:50 pm

      Its difficult to guess the RFE reason. Once you get the RFE letter, we can suggest the nest steps with the documents requested.


  2. Hi Anil,
    I have applied for Renewal EAD(L2) on July 9 2018 Nebraska center. By nov 2019 they changed my case to another office which has jurisdiction National Benefit center.Till now i didn’t receive any. When can I expect my EAD.


  3. Hi Anil, thanks again for all your help
    Just wanted to highlight something I observed – the best case approval for NBC when checked from IOS device shows up as 11 Nov but from desktop shows in December.


    • I think that’s due to the browser caching of web pages. If you refresh your IOS browser page, you should be able to see the updated data.

      Also, you can look at the page update date shown just below the page heading. If it is not today, then the IOS is showing you stale page as this page is updated every 3 hours.

  4. Shruti Pandey   11 Mar, 19 at 10:34 pm

    Hi Everyone ,

    I am Shruti , i have submitted request to file my L2 EAD at California Service centre which was recieved @ USCIS on 21 Dec 2018 , I have a job offer in my hand which can not be kept on hold further to March end , Could you please suggest what shall i do ? when can i expect


  5. Hey Anil,

    Appreciate all the inputs and the patient replies to all the question everybody is shooting at you.
    My case is similar to a question asked a few hours ago I-485 (I-765 and I-131) and the processing center is NBC, the receipt date is Nov/2/2018
    Like you predicted, the EAD approval can be by mid of Apr 2019. (one more month from now)
    Followup question to this.

    When can we expect the green-card next?
    I-485 receipt date Nov 2018, + me and spouse + L1A – EB1

    Thanks
    Bruce


  6. Hi Anil,

    Great forum and appreciate all your efforts.

    Myself and spouse applied for I-485 (I-765 and I-131) and the processing center is NBC, the receipt date is Nov/2/2018

    Can you let me know when can we expect our EAD

    Thanks in advance,
    J


  7. Hi Anil,

    Firstly thanks a lot for this information, really appreciate it.

    I applied for H4 EAD for my wife to Nebraska Service Centre, receipt date is Jan 17 2019 (only H4 EAD application, nothing else). This is a new H4 EAD application, not renewal.

    According to your charts, H4 EAD in Nebraska is Oct 12 2018 to Jan 26 2019, so she is in the processing zone (so to speak). Can you give me an ETA of when we can expect to get it. Is there more data available on how many % of applicants are getting approved in Nebraska that have receipt dates around Jan 17 2019?

    • Anil Gupta   11 Mar, 19 at 2:59 pm

      More data can be checked in the “Add and compare” tool given above.
      You can expect your H4 EAD approval by April 2019 end.


  8. Hi Anil,

    Great forum and appreciate all your efforts.

    Myself and spouse applied for I-485 (I-765 and I-131) and the processing center is NBC, the receipt date is Oct/19/2018

    Can you let me know when can we expect our EAD

    Thanks in advance,
    James


  9. Applied for i-485 (i-130,i-765 and i-131) from New York field office and PD date is 1/18/2019. My processing center is National Benefits Center.

    When can I expect my status for EAD card to change to new card being produced?


  10. Hi Anil,
    I renewed my EAD, I-765/I-131 (I-485 filing, marriage base) on July 31, 2018 – out of processing time
    I sent few inquires already – still no update
    called few times and no one could help me

    Do you think there is problem with my case? I change my home address before submitting and got the receipt to my new one

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