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

 23 Aug, 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.

CALIFORNIAFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
I-485 pending EADWAC19187***** Receipt: 28 Jun, 19
Approved in 1 month 26 days
26 Mar, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
Haiti extensionWAC19188***** Receipt: 01 Jul, 19
Approved in 1 month 23 days
26 Mar, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / OthersWAC19188***** Receipt: 01 Jul, 19
Approved in 1 month 23 days
26 Mar, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month


VERMONTFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
Approved, concurrently filed, I-821D EADEAC18249***** Receipt: 27 Sep, 18
Approved in 11 month
11 Jun, 18
Slowest case approval in 1 year 2 month
I-485 pending EADEAC19124***** Receipt: 01 Apr, 19
Approved in 4 month 24 days
13 Jan, 19
Slowest case approval in 7 month 12 days
TPS for El Salvador EADEAC19024***** Receipt: 03 Nov, 18
Approved in 9 month 23 days
11 Jun, 18
Slowest case approval in 1 year 2 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / OthersEAC19202***** Receipt: 22 Jul, 19
Approved in 1 month 2 days
26 Mar, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month


TEXASFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
Pending Asylum EAD19186***** Receipt: 27 Jun, 19
Approved in 1 month 27 days
03 Jun, 19
Slowest case approval in 2 month 21 days
I-485 pending EAD19187***** Receipt: 28 Jun, 19
Approved in 1 month 26 days
26 Mar, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / Others19188***** Receipt: 01 Jul, 19
Approved in 1 month 23 days
26 Mar, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month


NEBRASKAFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
Based on an approved asylum application [(a)(5)]LIN19202***** Receipt: 22 Jul, 19
Approved in 1 month 2 days
26 Mar, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
Pending Asylum EADLIN19202***** Receipt: 22 Jul, 19
Approved in 1 month 2 days
12 Apr, 19
Slowest case approval in 4 month 13 days
I-485 pending EADLIN19202***** Receipt: 22 Jul, 19
Approved in 1 month 2 days
26 Mar, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / OthersLIN19202***** Receipt: 22 Jul, 19
Approved in 1 month 2 days
26 Mar, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month


POTOMACFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
F-1 OPT EAD (Pre-Completion, Post-completion, STEM) - C(3)YSC19202***** Receipt: 22 Jul, 19
Approved in 1 month 2 days
26 Mar, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
Pending Asylum EADYSC19202***** Receipt: 22 Jul, 19
Approved in 1 month 2 days
12 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 3 month 13 days
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / OthersYSC19202***** Receipt: 22 Jul, 19
Approved in 1 month 2 days
26 Mar, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month


NATIONAL BENEFITSFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
I-485 pending EAD19202***** Receipt: 22 Jul, 19
Approved in 1 month 2 days
26 Mar, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / Others19042***** Receipt: 30 Nov, 18
Approved in 8 month 26 days
15 Aug, 18
Slowest case approval in 1 year





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. 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.


  3. sapyard
    sapyard

    @Anil.Gupta - Last two times I send for EAD applications I used to get email updates as well. And EAD got approved exactly within 90 days. I had sent separate form with email id. Strangely, this time I did not get any email updates… Just received one receipt number over postal mail.

    Anything changed now?

    Raju.


  4. sai1
    sai1

    Hi @Anil.Gupta
    i am on my H4 visa status, but my spouse i140 was filed in premium processing, receipt number was received on july 8th. So now the employer is planning to file for H1b extension, he has valid visa till feb 2020. so my question is can i apply for H4 ead with approved H4 visa or its better to apply along with my extension. I came to know the processing time for H4-EAD is 2-5 months. kindly let me know your thoughts on this.


  5. BoomJosh
    BoomJosh

    @Anil.Gupta
    Here you go, this works in chrome. In the given script change [colon] in url to :

    Install the “Web Scraper” Chrome addin

    • Import new sitemap
    • Enter this string
      {"_id":“t20”,“startUrl”:[“https[colon]//egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/mycasestatus.do?
      appReceiptNum=MSC199020[1900-1999]”],“selectors”:[{“id”:“start”,“type”:“SelectorText”,“parentSelectors”:["_root"],“selector”:“h1”,“multiple”:false,“regex”:"",“delay”:0},{“id”:“te2”,“type”:“SelectorText”,“parentSelectors”:["_root"],“selector”:".rows p",“multiple”:false,“regex”:"",“delay”:0}]}

    Modify the case number range for range of interest to you.

    • Scrape and export data to your analytical tool of choice


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  899 Useful Questions & Answers

  1. 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 .


  2. Santosh Asbe
    Santosh Asbe 4 Apr, 19 at 10:12 am

    My L1 premium extension was applied on March 20, and was approved Apr 4 – Texas center. My wife/kid L2 and EAD ( i539/i765) was applied together.
    Q- Will L2 and EAD approved together or seperately
    Q- What is best case scenario dates of L2 and EAD


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

      There is no guarantee that L2 and EAD will be approved together. They may or may not be approved at same time.

      The EAD best case scenario is mentioned above. please check yourself.
      Check the L2 best case processing time here.


  3. Chenyang
    Chenyang 3 Apr, 19 at 1:32 pm

    I’ve been a lurker on this site for a few months. Just got an update to my case today; thought I’d share.
    My EAD application based on i485 was received at the NBC on 12/13/2018. Last week I got helped by my congressman’s office to expedite my case at USCIS. Today the status changed to “new card is being produced”.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 3 Apr, 19 at 1:50 pm

      Congratulations on your EAD approval.
      Thanks for sharing the update. We appreciate it.


  4. Maria
    Maria 31 Mar, 19 at 2:17 pm

    Hi Anil,
    My receipt date for EAD L2 is Feb 26. As the best case scenario in my processing center is showing the same date should I expect approval in the following days?
    I tried to expedite my request as my current EAD expires next week but it was denied. Do you recommend going to congressmen?
    Also, I saw somewhere denied expedite requests can produce further delays as case goes back to the bottom. In your experience, is that correct?
    Thank you.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 31 Mar, 19 at 2:41 pm

      You can try going by congressman if you want.
      Case is not pushed back after expedite request. That’s a rumor that you have heard.


      • maria
        maria 31 Mar, 19 at 2:48 pm

        Thank you for your response! As best case is showing same date my case was received do you think I have a good chance my case is approved soon?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 31 Mar, 19 at 2:48 pm

          You may get lucky too.


  5. Henrique
    Henrique 31 Mar, 19 at 11:37 am

    Anil, my PD is Jan 10 and I got a job offer – the employer is willing to send me a formal job offer if I think it could help. Do you think it is valid to try to contact congressman? My lawyer said that he believes it is 100% impossible to have the case expedited only based on a job offer, however he said I could try and it wouldn’t jeopardize my case in any way. What’s your opinion? Thanks!!!


  6. Nas
    Nas 29 Mar, 19 at 6:07 pm

    Update: got my work card today. Received date 11.16.18 after expedited it with the congresswoman. Should I apply for SSN now or they’ll send me one? Thanks Anil


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 29 Mar, 19 at 7:20 pm

      They will send SSN only if you selected the SSN option on your EAD application form.


  7. Chance Xu
    Chance Xu 28 Mar, 19 at 4:15 pm

    Hi Anil, I have finally, finally got my EAD card TODAY!!! Thanks so much for your help along the way! I do think trying to seek for congressman’s support is a good way to get it expedited.
    I still have one more question though. When can I expect my SSN card to be arrived? Is there any way I could get the number first? My employer needs to do background check and it requires my SSN. Thank you again for having this forum!!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Mar, 19 at 4:37 pm

      Congratulations for your EAD.
      SSN card can take anywhere between 1 to 5 weeks to arrive.

      Unfortunately, there is no tracking available for SSN application as it is sent directly by USCIS to ssn office.

      You can’t get the SSN number earlier than your SSN card.


  8. Raghunath
    Raghunath 28 Mar, 19 at 4:10 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Once I submit my application for H4 EAD and SSN – can I travel India and be back to US in 3 weeks? Will there be any concerns while my EAD is in process. I am expecting to apply my H4-EAD by 10th April in California and my travel plan is for 20th May and come back by 10th June. Your valuable inputs in this will be highly grateful.

    Thanks.


  9. Julia
    Julia 26 Mar, 19 at 1:47 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I filed my i-485 based EAD in November (RD: November 19th, 2018), along with i-131 (travel doc). I just received an update on my EAD status saying ‘my new card is being produced’ but no update on travel doc. Do they come together or separately?

    Thanks for your help!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 26 Mar, 19 at 1:47 pm

      Usually both EAD and AP are on same card these days.


      • Julia
        Julia 26 Mar, 19 at 2:00 pm

        Thanks, Anil!


  10. Megha
    Megha 25 Mar, 19 at 1:49 pm

    For L2 EAD – Does the processing time differ if it is renewal or new application at Vermont Service center? Is the processing time faster for renewals?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Mar, 19 at 2:47 pm

      Processing time is same.




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