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

Updated  15 Oct, 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 EADWAC19225***** Receipt: 22 Aug, 19
Approved in 1 month 24 days
18 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
Haiti extensionWAC19226***** Receipt: 23 Aug, 19
Approved in 1 month 23 days
18 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / OthersWAC19202***** Receipt: 22 Jul, 19
Approved in 2 month 25 days
02 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month 16 days


VERMONTFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
Approved, concurrently filed, I-821D EADEAC18246***** Receipt: 24 Sep, 18
Approved in 1 year
16 May, 18
Slowest case approval in 1 year 5 month
I-485 pending EADEAC19204***** Receipt: 24 Jul, 19
Approved in 2 month 23 days
13 Apr, 19
Slowest case approval in 6 month 5 days
TPS for El Salvador EADEAC19024***** Receipt: 03 Nov, 18
Approved in 11 month 16 days
16 May, 18
Slowest case approval in 1 year 5 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / OthersEAC19204***** Receipt: 24 Jul, 19
Approved in 2 month 23 days
11 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month 7 days


TEXASFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
Pending Asylum EAD19224***** Receipt: 21 Aug, 19
Approved in 1 month 25 days
26 Jul, 19
Slowest case approval in 2 month 21 days
I-485 pending EAD19226***** Receipt: 23 Aug, 19
Approved in 1 month 23 days
18 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / Others19226***** Receipt: 23 Aug, 19
Approved in 1 month 23 days
18 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month


NEBRASKAFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
Based on an approved asylum application [(a)(5)]LIN19210***** Receipt: 01 Aug, 19
Approved in 2 month 15 days
03 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month 15 days
Pending Asylum EADLIN19209***** Receipt: 31 Jul, 19
Approved in 2 month 16 days
03 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month 15 days
I-485 pending EADLIN19204***** Receipt: 24 Jul, 19
Approved in 2 month 23 days
03 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month 15 days
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / OthersLIN19203***** Receipt: 23 Jul, 19
Approved in 2 month 24 days
03 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month 15 days


POTOMACFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
F-1 OPT EAD (Pre-Completion, Post-completion, STEM) - C(3)YSC19240***** Receipt: 13 Sep, 19
Approved in 1 month 2 days
18 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month
Pending Asylum EADYSC19240***** Receipt: 13 Sep, 19
Approved in 1 month 2 days
02 Jun, 19
Slowest case approval in 4 month 15 days
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / OthersYSC19240***** Receipt: 13 Sep, 19
Approved in 1 month 2 days
18 May, 19
Slowest case approval in 5 month


NATIONAL BENEFITSFastest Approved CaseRaise USCIS SR Date
I-485 pending EAD19202***** Receipt: 22 Jul, 19
Approved in 2 month 25 days
04 Apr, 19
Slowest case approval in 6 month 14 days
H4-EAD / L2-EAD / J2 / Others19139***** Receipt: 22 Apr, 19
Approved in 5 month 26 days
30 Jan, 19
Slowest case approval in 8 month 18 days





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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  988 Useful Questions & Answers

  1. Bryan
    Bryan 6 Apr, 19 at 12:55 pm

    Just sharing my positive news: i485 Receipt date Jan 10, 2019 to National Benefits, just got Approval last night for EAD work and travel yesterday on April 5.
    hope to have EAD card in a few weeks! good luck all.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 Apr, 19 at 1:24 pm

      Congratulations and thanks for sharing your case update. We appreciate it.


    • Nikos Sapountzis
      Nikos Sapountzis 8 Apr, 19 at 12:19 pm

      Did you expedite your EAD? It’s amazing that you received it in less that 3 months.


      • Bryan
        Bryan 8 Apr, 19 at 1:22 pm

        no, just normal.


  2. 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.


  3. 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.


  4. 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.


  5. 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.


  6. 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!! 🙂


  7. 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.


  8. 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.


  9. 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.


  10. 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.




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