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

USCIS EAD processing time varies between 1 month to 6 months. H4 EAD, i485 pending EAD RFE takes 60-90 days. Start working with EAD card. SSN 4-6 weeks.

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta          Updated  25 Jun, 19

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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 

CALIFORNIAFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
I-485 pending EADWAC19147***** Receipt: 02 May, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 1 month 24 days
26 Jan, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
Haiti extensionWAC19148***** Receipt: 03 May, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 1 month 23 days
26 Jan, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / OthersWAC19148***** Receipt: 03 May, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 1 month 23 days
26 Jan, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
Updated: 4:03 CST Next Update: 7:03 CST


VERMONTFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
Approved, concurrently filed, I-821D EADEAC19002***** Receipt: 02 Oct, 18
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 8 month 26 days
02 Jul, 18
Slowest case approval in 11 month 28 days
I-485 pending EADEAC19084***** Receipt: 01 Feb, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 4 month 24 days
20 Nov, 18
Slowest case approval in 7 month 7 days
TPS for El Salvador EADEAC19023***** Receipt: 01 Nov, 18
Approved on 24 May, 19 in 7 month 26 days
02 Jul, 18
Slowest case approval in 11 month 28 days
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / OthersEAC19163***** Receipt: 24 May, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 1 month 2 days
26 Jan, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
Updated: 4:03 CST Next Update: 7:03 CST


TEXASFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
F-1 OPT EAD (Pre-Completion, Post-completion, STEM) - C(3)19128***** Receipt: 05 Apr, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 2 month 21 days
26 Jan, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
Pending Asylum EAD19128***** Receipt: 07 Apr, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 2 month 19 days
02 Apr, 19
Slowest case approval in 2 month 24 days
I-485 pending EAD19128***** Receipt: 05 Apr, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 2 month 21 days
26 Jan, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / Others19128***** Receipt: 06 Apr, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 2 month 20 days
26 Jan, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
Updated: 4:03 CST Next Update: 7:03 CST


NEBRASKAFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
Based on an approved asylum application [(a)(5)]LIN19163***** Receipt: 24 May, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 1 month 2 days
26 Jan, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
Pending Asylum EADLIN19163***** Receipt: 24 May, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 1 month 2 days
05 Apr, 19
Slowest case approval in 2 month 21 days
I-485 pending EADLIN19163***** Receipt: 24 May, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 1 month 2 days
26 Jan, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / OthersLIN19163***** Receipt: 24 May, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 1 month 2 days
26 Jan, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
Updated: 4:03 CST Next Update: 7:03 CST


POTOMACFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
F-1 OPT EAD (Pre-Completion, Post-completion, STEM) - C(3)YSC19128***** Receipt: 06 Apr, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 2 month 20 days
26 Jan, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
Pending Asylum EADYSC19128***** Receipt: 07 Apr, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 2 month 19 days
30 Mar, 19
Slowest case approval in 2 month 27 days
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / OthersYSC19127***** Receipt: 04 Apr, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 2 month 22 days
26 Jan, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
Updated: 4:03 CST Next Update: 7:03 CST


NATIONAL BENEFITSFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
I-485 pending EAD19084***** Receipt: 03 Feb, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 4 month 22 days
17 Oct, 18
Slowest case approval in 8 month 11 days
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / Others19085***** Receipt: 04 Feb, 19
Approved on 25 Jun, 19 in 4 month 21 days
17 Oct, 18
Slowest case approval in 8 month 11 days
Updated: 4:03 CST Next Update: 7:03 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.


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Recent discussion on forum

  1. Priyanka
    Priyanka

    Hi Anil,
    My RD- 01/29/2019.
    Married to US citizen.
    Center-NBC.
    When do I expect my EAD card?
    Appreciate your help and work.
    Thanks.


  2. Saradha_Kumaresan
    Saradha_Kumaresan

    Thank you! I ll post here once I receive it for the benefit of others


  3. sai11
    sai11

    @Anil.Gupta . I don’t know about corrected application receipt date. But my attorney sent the G-28 around April 18. Does it mean that my renewal approval can delay for 1 more month? I don’t get any mails after G-28 submission. but my old receipt number still showing

    "On March 22, 2019, we rejected your Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative, Receipt Number WAC19XXXXXXXX, because it was not filed correctly. If you wish to be represented, please contact your attorney or accredited representative to submit a new Form G-28 to the USCIS location where your case is pending. For more information on filing a Form G-28, "

    Do I need to ask my attorney if he received new receipt number? Thanks


  4. gayaranjit
    gayaranjit

    Hey… mine was received at vermont for H4 EAD renewal on Feb 8th and mine got approved 2 days ago…it took almost 136 days.hope this helps


  5. Anil.Gupta
    Anil.Gupta

    Hi @sandya

    We have not seen any H4 EAD approval after biometrics from Nebraska service center at this time.
    Hence, I do not have an estimate to share with you.


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