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

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  By Anil Gupta - Updated on  26 Apr, 19
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NumberReceiptStatus
Pending  Approved  RFE,   Denied  Your case  Verified Status 

CALIFORNIABest CaseReceipt DateUSCIS Service Request
Based on a pending I-485 adjustment application [(c)(9)]WAC19082*****30 Jan, 19
2 month 26 days
26 Nov, 18
5 month 1 days
Haiti extensionWAC18061*****29 Dec, 17
1 year 3 month
28 May, 17
1 year 11 month
All other applications for employment authorizationWAC19082*****30 Jan, 19
2 month 26 days
26 Nov, 18
5 month 1 days
Updated: 4:59 CST Next Update: 7:59 CST


VERMONTBest CaseReceipt DateUSCIS Service Request
Based on an approved, concurrently filed, I-821D [(c)(33)]EAC18250*****30 Sep, 18
6 month 28 days
03 Jun, 18
10 month 27 days
Based on a pending I-485 adjustment application [(c)(9)]EAC19081*****29 Jan, 19
2 month 27 days
12 Nov, 18
5 month 15 days
Based on TPS for El Salvador [(c)(19), (a)(12)]EAC19021*****30 Oct, 18
5 month 28 days
03 Jun, 18
10 month 27 days
All other applications for employment authorizationEAC19119*****25 Mar, 19
1 month 2 days
27 Nov, 18
5 month
Updated: 4:59 CST Next Update: 7:59 CST


TEXASBest CaseReceipt DateUSCIS Service Request
Based on a request by a qualified F-1 academic student [(c)(3)]19119*****25 Mar, 19
1 month 2 days
27 Nov, 18
5 month
Based on a pending asylum application [(c)(8)]19119*****25 Mar, 19
1 month 2 days
25 Jan, 19
3 month 1 days
Based on a pending I-485 adjustment application [(c)(9)]19119*****25 Mar, 19
1 month 2 days
27 Nov, 18
5 month
All other applications for employment authorization19119*****25 Mar, 19
1 month 2 days
27 Nov, 18
5 month
Updated: 4:59 CST Next Update: 7:59 CST


NEBRASKABest CaseReceipt DateUSCIS Service Request
Based on an approved asylum application [(a)(5)]LIN19103*****02 Mar, 19
1 month 25 days
27 Nov, 18
5 month
Based on a pending asylum application [(c)(8)]LIN19103*****02 Mar, 19
1 month 25 days
04 Feb, 19
2 month 21 days
Based on a pending I-485 adjustment application [(c)(9)]LIN19101*****27 Feb, 19
1 month 28 days
27 Nov, 18
5 month
All other applications for employment authorizationLIN19101*****27 Feb, 19
1 month 28 days
27 Nov, 18
5 month
Updated: 4:59 CST Next Update: 7:59 CST


POTOMACBest CaseReceipt DateUSCIS Service Request
Based on a request by a qualified F-1 academic student [(c)(3)]YSC19119*****25 Mar, 19
1 month 2 days
27 Nov, 18
5 month
Based on a pending asylum application [(c)(8)]YSC19119*****25 Mar, 19
1 month 2 days
24 Jan, 19
3 month 2 days
All other applications for employment authorizationYSC19119*****25 Mar, 19
1 month 2 days
27 Nov, 18
5 month
Updated: 4:59 CST Next Update: 7:59 CST


NATIONAL BENEFITSBest CaseReceipt DateUSCIS Service Request
Based on a pending I-485 adjustment application [(c)(9)]19061*****28 Dec, 18
3 month 29 days
29 Sep, 18
6 month 29 days
All other applications for employment authorization19042*****30 Nov, 18
4 month 27 days
22 Sep, 18
7 month 6 days
Updated: 4:59 CST Next Update: 7:59 CST



USCIS EAD Processing Time

USCIS EAD processing time varies between 1 month to 6 months.

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?

You cannot start working until you have received your EAD card.

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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   905 Questions & Answers



  1. Billy
    Billy 6 Apr, 19 at 1:24 pm

    Hi Anil, thanks for the work you have done with this website. Very helpful!

    I have a quick question.
    My received data is 12/13/2018, and my notice date is 12/22/2018.

    Does the clock starts on the received date or on the notice date?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 Apr, 19 at 2:08 pm

      The clock starts on the receipt date mentioned on your receipt notice.


  2. Wizzy Draconia
    Wizzy Draconia 6 Apr, 19 at 5:37 am

    Hey Anil, apparently processing times were increased https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times/ now shows an additional .5 months for each processing time, for the california center anyways, haven’t checked the others, do you know if this affects applications filed prior the increase date?

    Thank you.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 Apr, 19 at 11:23 am

      It would affect all applications.


  3. Abby
    Abby 5 Apr, 19 at 9:30 pm

    Hello, my EAD is based on the i485 form and was received Sept. 27, 2018 at the National Benefits Center. When can I expect my card?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 5 Apr, 19 at 10:15 pm

      Please use the timing mentioned above to estimate your card approval.


  4. rajiv
    rajiv 5 Apr, 19 at 1:24 pm

    Anil,
    USCIS received my 485 application on Oct 25, 2018 (RD) and its with National benefit center. My status still shows “Fingerprint review was completed”. When do think I will get my EAD card? its been more than 5 months now.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 5 Apr, 19 at 1:40 pm

      Please use the estimated timelines given above to get an idea.


      • rajiv
        rajiv 5 Apr, 19 at 3:26 pm

        hmmm…With above time, it looks like I may not get until end of May. Hope my guess is right.


  5. Henrique
    Henrique 5 Apr, 19 at 5:09 pm

    Anil, the best case scenario for ead/ nbc shown here is in November right now (I recall it previously by the end of December, but you said wrong data was removed). However, by watching immihelp forum on a daily basis, I do see some people getting approved in December (e.g. 12/28), what makes me think your old data was more accurate. My suggestion is that you double check the criteria you are using to delete the data. Just a heads-up! Love your work by the way! Congrats!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 5 Apr, 19 at 10:15 pm

      The problem is that many case status do not get updated on USCIS site and then if our service tries to verify, it removes the record that it could not verify with USCIS.

      We will check if we can do anything to verify the record using other methods too.

      The service is still new and we are making it better using the examples like you have shared.
      Thanks for writing in. We appreciate it.


      • Henrique
        Henrique 6 Apr, 19 at 10:04 am

        Yeah! I know.. You are doing a great job and it might not be easy! Keep up with the good work!! 🙂


  6. Pooja Sinha
    Pooja Sinha 4 Apr, 19 at 11:36 pm

    Hi Anil,
    I have not yet moved to US, but wanted to know if we can apply to specific service centre or application goes to random service centre. I will be applying from Washington.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 5 Apr, 19 at 6:03 am

      Applications do not go to random center.
      You cannot choose a center yourself either.

      USCIS has address based service centers to process applications.


  7. EAD
    EAD 4 Apr, 19 at 12:29 pm

    can i ask somehow to switch my case from CALIFORNIA SERVICE CENTER to another service center which is faster?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 4 Apr, 19 at 4:07 pm

      No, you cannot do that. If that was allowed, everybody would have requested to change service centers.


  8. JS
    JS 4 Apr, 19 at 11:13 am

    Hi ANil, with this change in EAD dates, when can I expect my EAD/AP? NBC, Receipt date 11/2/18


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 4 Apr, 19 at 4:07 pm

      Yes, it will affect dates. Please try to estimate your dates yourself too based on the average dates mentioned above.


  9. EAD
    EAD 4 Apr, 19 at 10:52 am

    why CALIFORNIA SERVICE CENTER does not work, L2 EAD is not processing anymore there, the other service centers are much faster


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 4 Apr, 19 at 11:13 am

      I cannot help with the processing time.


  10. anu
    anu 4 Apr, 19 at 10:29 am

    Hi anil
    Can i apply for jobs and attend interview as i have applied for EAD and it is under process ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 4 Apr, 19 at 11:13 am

      You can apply for jobs but cannot start work until you have got your EAD card.


      • anu
        anu 4 Apr, 19 at 1:47 pm

        Thank you so much anil .


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