Apply L2 Visa EAD card – Documents Checklist, Sample Cover letter

In Immigration| Visas by Kumar431 Comments

One of my very good friend Babu applied to get EAD Card for his wife, who is on L2 Visa and got it successfully without any issues.  One of our blog readers asked few questions regarding the same. He was kind enough to answer them and share the sample cover letter template. Thanks to Babu for taking time to answer and letting us share it with our readers !

1. I would like to know the list of forms to be filled for EAD on L2 Visa. Apart from  I-765, do I need any other form ?

Only I-765 Form

2. Checklist of the supporting documents for applying to EAD on L2 Visa :

– Filing fee – Currently $410 (Please check on USCIS site for latest fees)
– I-765 form
– L1 approval notice of spouse
– Copy of Passport
– Copy of I-94
– Two photographs
– Copy of SSN (If you have)

3. Should it be e-filed or sent through regular mail? Which would be processed faster ?

Both of them take same time. If you do e-filing, you would have to send your docs by regular mail later. So, it is preferred that you send all the documents through regular mail at once, it will be easier instead of e-filing.

4. Is a covering letter required? If so what should it contain?

Nothing in specific. Just the list of documents. Download it from link below:
Sample Covering letter L2 EAD Card USCIS

5. Its been a week since I’ve come , Can I apply immediately or should I wait for a specific lead time?

We can apply immediately.

6. How long is the L2 EAD card valid?

As long as your spouse L1 is valid.

7. In case I go back to India before I receive the EAD , can I ask someone to pick it up? Will I be able to use it when i come back again?

EAD card comes by mail, so anyone can receive it. Yes, you can use it after coming from India.

Experience Shared by Kavitha –  August 2016 

Hello Everyone,

This is the timeline of my application

1. USCIS accepted the application on June 28th 2016
2. Received the acknowledgement # for tracking on 1st July 2016
3. Case status changed to ” Card sent to production” on August 5th 2016 – in the morning
4. Case status changed to ” Application is approved” on August 5th 2016 – in the evening.
5. Case Status changed to ” Mailed the card” on August 9th 2016.

Now i’m waiting for the card , the entire process completed in 42 days. I followed the same document which was shared by Saurabh in this page with some small addition to L1 beneficiary document. Hope this helps!!

EAD Applicant Documents

  •  Filing fee $410 ( fee change 2016)
  • I-765 form
  • Copy of Passport including spouse name
  • Copy of Visa
  • Copy of I-94
  • Two photographs
  •  SSN Copy

L1 Beneficiary Documents

  •  L1 Blanket approval notice – I129S , I797
  • Copy of Passport including spouse name
  • Copy of Visa
  • Copy of I-94
  • Copy of Indian Marriage Certificate, issued by Government of Tamil Nadu, India
  • Employment Letter


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Comments ( 431 )

  1. Sandy

    Hi All,

    I am glad to convey that my L2 EAD got approved.


    18 Oct – Documents Sent
    19 Oct – Documents recieved by USPS
    23 Oct – recieved receipt number
    5 Nov – Received receipt notice
    6 Dec – Case Approved and New Card Printing
    11 Dec – Card sent
    12 Dec – Card Received

    I am yet to get the SSN which I had applied through the EAD application. It is expected to be received within 7 days of receiving the EAD card.


  2. Indah

    Hi…my name indah.
    I want to ask about apply visa L2.
    My husbang got L1 and now he already at Houston.
    I have planing to visit him, so what should i do to get visa L2?
    I’m just visit him not staying with him, can i just apply L2 with petition no my husband or i must make Form I-765?
    Please need your help cause i already apply for B1/B2 but got rejected.

    Awaiting your info as soon as possible.
    my email: [email protected]

    Thanks & Regards

  3. Sandy

    Hi All,

    I have filed the EAD application based my L2 and sent to Dallas lockbox today, will keep you updated on the proceedings.


  4. Ram

    Hi Kumar,
    I’m on a L1A visa which expired but my I94 is valid till 2021. Can I apply for my wife’s EAD? Or should I get my extension done and then apply for her EAD

    Thanks and Regards

    1. administrator

      When you say visa, do you mean it is expired as per approval notice ? or just visa stamp on passport ? In general, if your L1 approval notice is expired, you should get your extension done first. Also, you may apply for her L2 extension and her EAD along with the extension. Speak to your attorney.

  5. Sandeep Hardikar N S

    Hi All,

    I will be applying for the EAD in about two weeks. Below are the details i have gathered, please review and let me know if i am missing something.

    ****Special Instructions or details to fill form****

    Category for L2 EAD: (a) (18)

    ****Documents Required****

    – Form I765
    – Form G-1145 (for notifications, to be attached in front of the package)
    – I94 (Latest)
    – Passport
    – L2 Visa
    – Marriage Certificate
    – Two Photographs
    (You must submit two identical color passport-style photographs of yourself taken recently. The photos must have a white to off-white background, be printed on thin paper with a glossy finish, and be unmounted and unretouched. The two identical passport-style photos must be 2 by 2 inches. The photos must be in color with a full face, frontal view, on a white to off-white background. Head height should measure 1 to 1 3/8 inches from the top of your hair to the bottom of your chin, and eye height is between 1 1/8 to 1 3/8 inches from the top of your eyes to the bottom of photo. Your head must be bare unless you are wearing headwear as required by a religious denomination of which you are a member. Using a pencil or felt pen, lightly print your name and A-Number (if any) on the back of the photo.)


    – I94
    – Passport
    – L2 Visa

    ****Postal Address****

    I will be applying from Florida, so the lockbox will be Dallas.

    USCIS Dallas Lockbox

    For U.S. Postal Service (USPS): 6-8$

    P.O. Box 660867
    Dallas, TX 75266


    Money Order- (1.20$ fee at post office for <500$)

    Amount: 410$
    In The Name of: U.S. Department of Homeland Security

    ****Total Cost****
    Fee – 410$
    Money Order – 1.20$
    Post – 6-8$

    Total – 420$ (approx)


    1. administrator

      Looks good. Maybe it does not hurt to attach, your spouse’s L1 pay stubs, L1 Visa, L1 Approval notice, I94 and tax forms(if there are any from previous years) including offer letter in US.

      1. Sandeep

        Hi Kumar,

        Thanks for the reply, what is the L1 approval notice. is it the form which interview officer signs and give during visa interview?


        1. administrator

          No, it is the approval notice that your spouse gets for his approval to work in US from USCIS. This is what the company sends to your spouse and would have been used by your spouse to get L1 visa stamping.

      2. Sandeep

        Adding to my previous question, is the size of the photographs same similar to US Visa photo size which they do in india.


  6. Venkat

    Dear Admin,

    Your answer to Question 6 is not correct, You will see the validity on the card you receive and then have to apply for renewal based on L1’s validity.

    I am now in the process of submitting application for renewal.

    1. administrator

      The above answers are not for renewal. The context of the question is different, it just means, how long would the L2 EAD card be given validity from USCIS. It is not explicit, so maybe confusing.

  7. Nirmal

    Hi All,

    I just arrived to US and im going to apply for EAD . If anyone like me about to start the application process, please let me know so we can have a discussion and verify each other’s application and supporting documents before sending it in post.

  8. Swati

    Please help me for below questions:
    1. Are documents mentioned by Kavita enough or any other supporting document we need to send?
    2. Can we send Money Order instead of check as my husband does not have any bank account yet?
    3. Is SSN is required? I heard we can apply SSN only after receiving EAD card as per new laws
    4. What is exact address we need to post documents?
    5. How much time it is taking these days to get EAD.

    Please reply asap.

  9. Vamsee

    Hi All,

    I submitted L2 EAD 3 days back through Priority mail and the status shows Available for Pick up in Dallas in USPS website , should some has to be there to sign and get the documents?

    please let me know what is actually mean by “Avaliable for Pickup”.

    Thanks in advance for reply

    1. administrator

      Vamsee, means you can technically go to the nearest USPS office and pick it up. Usually, you would get a slip to your address with info to pick it up. If you do not get anything from USPS, you can visit the office and show your proof and address proof and pick it up.

    2. Mamta

      hi Vamsee,

      did you get the receipt number yet?
      I am in the same boat. its been a week but i received no confirmation from uscis about the application.

      1. Vamsee

        Hi Mamta,

        I got username to my maild id after 3 days of my EAD submision .
        Not sure how and when i will get receipt number, have you got user name to login?


          1. Vamsee


            I just realized I have used old i765 expired on 02/28/2018.
            can any one tell me will my application get reject? can I apply with new I765 form now.

  10. Valerie

    I’m about to apply for my EAD, just have a couple of questions.
    1.- what kind of photos do I need? Is there any specific size?
    2.- do I need to pay the $80 dollars fee for biometrics?

    Thanks so much!

  11. mamta

    hi guys,

    I am preparing to send the ead application for L2 by next week. Can any of you who had already applied tell me if you have written anything (like A- number and your name) on the documents attached?

    Thanks a lot in advance!!

    1. Vijay

      It has (if Any) in brackets, which means if you have one you should be able to provide, if not just the passport number and I94 admission number is sufficient to be filled in, in appropriate boxes

  12. Sophia Thangarajan

    Anyone submitted I765 form after feb 28 2018? the form has expired and in the website they have mentioned that we can use the form till a new form is available. But i read in the comments for someone the application was returned back saying the form is not up to date.
    I wanted to know whether anyone submitted the I765 after feb 28th and it got accepted.

  13. Mamta

    Hi guys,

    While collecting my documents to be send along with the form i 765, i came across just one i-94 form available, on top of which is written “Most Recent i 94”. But only the arrival date is mentioned there .
    I am not sure if this is the one that you guys are talking about.
    Please do let me know if there;s something else i am missing out here and from where can i get that?

    thanks a lot in advance. every input is appreciated.


  14. Mamta

    Hi guys,
    Can any of you please answer my queries?
    –> is i129 S mandatory to send?
    –>Also, if you had typed or wrote on form i 765? As I am trying to type, the item number 11- 14 are not accessible to type. Does that happen to you as well? in that situation, can we do mix of both, like write and type.
    –> which category you wrote on the form? I think for L2 people it’s (a)(18)? am I right? pls, do tell.
    –> Had you left the item numbers blank or wrote N/A for the ques not applicable to you?

    Thanks in advance!!

    1. Nehal Bhandari

      Hi Mamta,

      I have answer to few of your questions.
      1. I think you should include I-129S . I forget to include and later confirmed with attorney and he suggested that I should have included to avoid RFE. I would suggest there is no harm in including the I-129S.
      2. I have filled the paper based application and not online.
      3. I have mentioned the category a-18 as I was working as a software developer. So, it depends what kind of job you will be holding.

      1. Mamta Singhal

        Thanks a lot, Nehal!!

        that was really helpful. I am also sending the paper-based application but I was trying to fill it in adobe and then taking the print out. Have you filled it with a pen then? I wasn’t sure actually, is it a better way?what do you suggest?
        Also, if you can remember if you have left blank or written “N/A” in the last fields on the form which were not applicable to us people.
        I am lil confused on this as the instructions manual says answer all questions accurately and state that an item is not applicable with”N/A” or none. but i have read somewhere that we shall leave them blank.

        1. Nehal Bhandari

          I have filled the paper based application with pen. I have done this before and there was no problem. So, its perfectly fine to fill with pen.
          Also, I have not mention N/A or none in any of the fields. The reason is- All the fields description already said that “fill this in case if it is applicable”. As far as I know the last time I filled the form I never mention N/A or None in any of the fields if not applicable to me and it got approved. This time I am still waiting for the approval.

          1. Mamta

            Great!! thanks a lot, Nehal for your help. I really appreciate that and all the best for the approval!!

      2. Vamsee

        Hi Nehal,

        Is below documents is enough to apply for L2 EAD? as you have mentioned to inculde I-129S, please guide me.

        – Filing fee – Currently $410
        – I-765 form
        – L1 approval notice of spouse
        – Copy of Passport
        – Copy of I-94
        – Two photographs

  15. Nehal


    I have applied for L2 EAD renewal. We already had a valid visa till March 2020 however petition got expired. I forgot to attach I129S in the documents. Is it important. If yes, how can I submit the additional document to avoid the RFE.

    Thanks in Advance

    1. Mamta Singhal

      Hi Sonya,
      Congratulations on the EAD!!
      Since I guess you recently filed for ead can you please answer my queries?
      –> tell me if i129 S is necessary to send?
      –>Also, if you had typed or wrote on form i 765? As I am trying to type, the item number 11- 14 are not accessible to type. Does that happen to you as well? in that situation, can we do mix of both, like write and type.
      –> which category you wrote on the form? I think for L2 people it’s (a)(18)? am I right? pls, do tell.
      –> Had you left the item numbers blank or wrote N/A for the ques not applicable to you?

      Thanks in advance!!

      1. SONYA

        Hi Mamta,
        I am sorry ,could not answer your queries earlier.
        > tell me if i129 S is necessary to send? —just send requires documents mentioned in USCIS website.

        –>Also, if you had typed or wrote on form i 765? As I am trying to type, the item number 11- 14 are not accessible to type. Does that happen to you as well? in that situation, can we do mix of both, like write and type. —I think 11 -14 is about your SSN (its sensitive and confidential and its information got saved when you type in the form), you need to write that information with pen,
        –> which category you wrote on the form? I think for L2 people it’s (a)(18)? am I right? pls, do tell. yes. you are right.
        –> Had you left the item numbers blank or wrote N/A for the ques not applicable to you? —NA

  16. Vamsee

    Hi Friends,

    May i know how long it will take to submit L2 EAD, since i am travelling to US on 1 week leave. is 1 week time is sufficient to apply L2 EAD ? please let me know.


  17. Vamsee

    Hi Friends,

    May i know how much time it will take to submit L2 EAD? since i am taking 1 week leave to come to US and apply L2 EAD. want to know the time.


  18. Soma

    My L2 EAD case was received on 2nd Jan. Yet to receive any further communication apart from receipt acceptance notice in Jan28.Any idea what to do or how should I proceed? Anybody on same boat??

    1. Soma


      My EAD has been approved. Thanks for all the info you shared. I believe I did not get an RFE due to all the documents mentioned here was sufficient. Hope my Card gets delivered soon. Wish you luck and all the very best whose EAD are yet to get approved..

      Thanks again.

      1. rohan

        Congrats Soma. Good to hear that.
        Your case was received at which processing center? Approximately how many days it took for the approval?

        1. Soma

          @Vamsee…Please see comments in this blog,just follow those and submit with $ is that simple…

          @Rohan…Thanks..Mine was in Vermont…It took exactly 3 months

          1. vj

            Hello Can someone guide me through the payment, do i need to send check along with the documents or do i have to take a DD. Please reply. Thanks for your time.

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