Current H4 EAD, L2 EAD processing times Vermont, Texas, California, Nebraska

The graph and spreadsheet that you see below are updated daily at midnight automatically.
These are the most updated times and reliable numbers.

If you see the numbers in above table different than the numbers and dates in spreadsheet and graph below, rely on the numbers in spreadsheet and graph.

These processing times are same for H4 EAD and L2 EAD applications (form i-765) at this time.
The same time is applicable for NEW and RENEWAL requests.

H4-EAD applications filed on or before the ‘Current Processing Date’ are getting processed currently.
The ‘Days’ or ‘Months’ is what a standard application is taking.
Read days or months individually, not days + months.

Date On or AFTER

Means that USCIS is currently working on cases filed on or after this date.

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 certainly means that your case is taking longer than other similar cases and may be stuck in administrative processing.

If Date is 08/01/2017, this means that applications filed before 1 August, 2017 are being processed by that center. It is taking 159 days (or delayed by 159 days) or 5 months to process application.

How long does it take for EAD to come?

The normal time is 90 days but it can be more depending on the USCIS work load. The current time that each USCIS center is experiencing is noted above.

You can submit an inquiry about your H4-EAD (Form I-765) to USCIS, if your case has been pending more than 75 days.

How do i check the status of my EAD?

You can use USCIS case status check website to get the status of your EAD application. You will need your USCIS receipt number.

Can i work with approval notice for EAD?

NO. You cannot. You need the EAD card to start any kinf 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’.

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.

CSC = California Service Center
VSC = Vermont Service Center
NSC = Nebraska Service Center
TSC = Texas Service Center
N.A. = Not Applicable

Source: USCIS

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My husband’s h1b is valid till aug 1 2020. He is applying another extension by April 2020.

I have given Biometrics and applied H4/ H4ead on Jan 7 2020 (Biometric done on same date) in Vermont service center.

When can i expect my H4 & EAD to get approved ?

Hi @Pavi_Hari

It is currently taking 3-6 months to get EAD approval.

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Thanks a lot :pray: cant wait to join back to work after a big break

Hi anil,

My h4 is approved today but h4 ead is pending.

We filed h1b and h4 together(in dec at vermont service center ) but h4ead was filed a week later. When can i expect my h4ead ?

Hi @Pavi_Hari

I cannot really give any concrete timeline but H4 approval is a good news. H4 EAD should be approved soon too.


I am Ramya, I applied for H4 EAD standalone on Feb05, 2020 and got receipt on 06Feb, 2020. Its been 89 days already and I haven’t get approval yet. Is it the right time to request for expedite process? Do you know how along it takes time to get approval?

Hi @Ramya2020

There is no right time to apply for EAD expedite. You can do it anytime if you think you have a valid reason.

Check current processing time here:

Hello Ramya,

Have you received your EAD approval?
My EAD is still pending with Vermont service center. Applied Nov 2019.

L1 A is filed in premium but L2 and L2 EAD filer separately with receipt number. What is the approximate wait time now?

Also what is the chance L2 extension will be processed in premium?

Also after L1A extension can I get L2 extended from traveling outside?

Hello Aparna/Vamshi,

When did you guys applied the H4 EAD and thru which processing center
How many days it took to approve the EAD after biometrics.

I have applied the H4+EAD(change of status from H1) on 3/20(thru Nebraska service center) and given the biometrics on 9/17 ,till now I didn’t see the case status updated in USCIS site.

Hi Friends,

we applied for H4 Ead May 1st 2020, application is still pending, passport is expiring may 10 2021.,

If we send passport for renewal, and if we get biometric appointment in between , will there be any problem if we show expired driving license as identity proof?

should we want until biometrics is completed and do passport renewal?