H4 Biometrics USCIS Process and Experience Documents Info

H4 Extension Biometrics Experiences – USCIS – H1B + H4 + EAD –Docs

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As many of you know, USCIS changed the form I-539 for Extensions, added Biometrics, which delays overall processing of H4, even if it is filed with H1B in premium processing. Many are waiting for experiences and wanted to have a look at sample Biometrics Notice as well. One of our awesome readers, anonymous for privacy, shared a copy of the Biometric Notice as part of the new H4 and H4 EAD processing and shared his timeline. Thanks a lot to him for taking time to share his experience. We also have many users, who shared their experiences in the article, they are further down in the article and in comments.  In general, biometrics is not required, if you are  applying for H4 EAD only and not using I-539 form for H4 Extension. 

Background of H4 Extension with New I-539 form filed with USCIS for Biometrics:  Applied for H1B, H4 and H4 EAD together in Premium Processing at Vermont Service Center.

H4 Extension with USCIS – New Biometric Process

  • You file the H4 application with New I-539 Form that includes additional fee for Biometrics
    • Most of the cases, you file along with H1B. If H1B is filed in premium, you will get the H1B approved, and then H4 processing happens as it needs biometrics. USCIS guidance is that they will adjudicate it soon after biometrics are done.
  • You get H4 Application Receipt along with H1B and EAD receipts
  • You get the H4 Biometric Receipt physical copy in snail mail to visit Application Service Center (ASC) that has date and time
    • If you cannot make it on the given day, you can request for re-scheduling.
  • You visit ASC on the given day and time and give Biometrics.
  • Your H4 Biometrics may go through criminal history check of FBI
  • Decision on your H4 application with USCIS
  • Physical copy of H4 Decision Notice mailed to your address.

The process is as it stands today, we will update it based on general users’ experiences as we go along.

H4 Biometric Documents Required at the Application Support Center :

  • The Biometric Appointment Notice sent to you by mail
  • Photo Identification Document issued by Government like below
    • Passport
    • Driver’s License,
    • National ID
    • Military ID
    • State Issued Photo ID.
    • If you fail to get Photo ID, you will not be fingerprinted / allowed to take biometrics.
  • It is recommended that you review that H4 I-539 application form that you submitted or sent to USCIS, so that you can confirm, if all the details are the same.
  • Any additional Biometric forms : USCIS does not have any special biometric forms and there is no need to fill out any separate forms related to Biometrics to visit the ASC.

Experience of Giving Biometrics at Application Support Center

Giving Biometrics at ASC by H4 applicant is a very straight forward process. As mentioned above, you need required documents : Government issued Photo ID and Appointment letter. Below are the high level steps at ASC for biometrics

  • Step 1 : You are given a Token Number and will be asked to fill a basic form
  • Step 2 : You need to fill the form Applicant Information Worksheet (AIW), given to you, where you need to fill in information like Name, Date of Birth, Eye and Hair Color, Height and Weight, etc. Below is the sample shared by another user. Thanks to the user (anonymous for privacy) for sharing the form with the community. H4 Biometrics Form at ASC- Sample - To be Filled
  • Step 3 : Your token number is called and they will take your Photo and Fingerprints
  • Step 4 : They stamp your Biometrics Appointment Letter after the process is complete. The stamp indicates that your biometrics are taken proof that you visited the ASC. See below sample of the stamp given at ASC. Thanks to our user for sharing the stamped letter at ASC. At the end of article we have the full receipt notice with stamp as well for your reference on how it looks. USCIS Biometrics Completed Stamp at Application Support Center
  • Step 5 : Wait for the decision from USCIS. Your Biometrics status is may or may not reflect on the USCIS status. Sometimes, you will continue to see the status “Case Was Received” , which is the status before  giving the biometrics.
    • Update : One of our readers shared that they have seen a status update on USCIS that says ‘Fingerprint Review was completed’. So, some of you may say this status
  • Step 6 : Decision from USCIS [ waiting for it. ]

What will USCIS do with the Biometrics given by you ?

USCIS may use your biometrics/ fingerprints to check criminal history of FBI. You may request a copy of your own FBI identification record using procedures listed at Title 28 C.F.R., Section 16.32. You may also get it corrected or updated as outlined within the same Title 28 C.F.R., Section 16.34.

 H4 Biometric Appointment Letter from Application Support Center (ASC)

Even though some of you may know the standard Biometrics Letter from USCIS, it is good to re-confirm the same and have a look at the same ASC Appointment Notice . Again, thanks to our reader for sharing the Biometric Appointment Letter. See below screenshot at the end of article. It has the below details  on the same

  • H4 Petition Tracking Number
  • Name and address of the applicant
  • Application Support Center (ASC) Address
  • Date and Time of Appointment at ASC

 Key info from the Biometric Application Support Center (ASC) Appointment Letter :

It says that you to process your H4 application/petition with USCIS, you need to appear at the Application Support center  of USCIS at given time and date and give biometrics. If you do not show up at the ASC, then your application/petition will be considered as abandoned.

Can I reschedule my H4 Biometric Appointment with ASC ?

Yes, you can request to reschedule your appointment, if you cannot make it to ASC on the specified data and time. The process is simple, you make a copy of the Appointment letter for your records, check the box as listed in the ASC Appointment Letter and mail the Original letter to  below address:

  • BPU, Alexandria ASC, Suite 100, 8850 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22309-1586

Also, if you have open wound or bandage/casts, when you appear for appointment, USCIS may reschedule the appointment if they believe that they will interfere with taking the biometrics.

What if I am outside of the Country ? H4 Biometrics with Travel and outside of USA ?

As per USCIS guidance, on their I-539 form instructions (page 12), you should call up the nearest US consulate/ embassy and arrange for the biometrics. It says “If you are currently overseas, instruct you to contact a US Embassy, US Consulate or USCIS Office outside of United States to setup an appointment “,  see below screenshot. USCIS H4 Biometrics - Travel and Outside of the country

What are not allowed at Application Support Center for Biometrics ?

You cannot carry Cell Phones, Cameras or any Recording Devices to the Application Support Center (ASC), when you go for giving biometrics.   Also, due to limited seating, they suggest that only person giving biometrics and who are necessary for transportation or helping with biometrics should be entering ASC.

 Any questions on the H4 Biometrics Application Receipt or process – Customer Support ?

You can call the customer support at 1-800-375-5283, if you have any questions around your Biometric appointment Notice or any of the details around the same.

Can you Travel outside of Country, with H4 Extension/ COS Pending with USCIS ?

Yes, you may travel out of US, but if you travel, your pending H4 Extension / COS with USCIS will be considered abandoned.  There are few scenarios with H4, H4 EAD and travel, read Travel out of US with H4 Extension, COS or H4 EAD Pending ? Options ?  

Can you continue to work on H4 EAD, with pending H4 EAD Receipt Notice ? Do you get 180 days automatic extension ?

No, you cannot work with pending H4 EAD receipt notice as the category of H4 EAD, which is C26 is not eligible for automatic 180 days automatic extension. For all details, official references, read Can you continue to work with Pending H4 EAD Receipt Notice ?

Sample H4 Biometric Appointment Letter (I-797C) for H4, H4 EAD Filing Together

H4 EAD Biometrics Appointment Notice Sample

Sample H4 Biometric Appointment Letter (I-797C) at ASC – Stamped after giving Biometrics

H4 Biometrics Completed - Stamped at Application Support Center

 

H4 Biometrics USCIS Status – “Fingerprint Review Was Completed”

One of our readers, Navisha, shared that their status was updated on USCIS website after giving biometrics and it says “Fingerprint Review Was Completed ” and looks like below. Some of you may or may not see this, so nothing to worry.  Thanks to Navisha for sharing the below.

H4 Biometric Fingerprint Review Was Completed Status USCIS

H4, H4 EAD Filing Experiences with Biometrics – Shared by Users 

As many are waiting for the H4, H4 EAD approvals and there is no clear estimated time with the new biometrics process for approvals, our readers have been actively sharing their experiences with the community for everyone’s benefit.  We have complied them below with timelines and details of the case. 

Approved H4 Petitions Experiences 

H4 + H4 EAD with Biometrics –  Premium Processing H1B Petition – Experience – #1

  • Documents sent to USCIS Offices : March 26th, 2019
  • Documents Received by USCIS at Vermont : March 27th, 2019
  • All three (H1B, H4, H4 EAD ) receipts generated : March 28th, 2019
    • Processing time – 1 day from documents received by USCIS
    • H4 Biometric Notice was generated as well.
  • H1B Petition Approved : April 3rd, 2019
    • Processing time – 6 days from receipt generated date
  • H4 Biometric Letter Received : April 5th, 2019
    • Processing time – 8 days from receipt generated date
  • H4 Biometric Appointment : April 19th, 2019
    • Appointment date – 21 days from H4 receipt generated date
  • H4 Biometrics Given : April 11th, 2019
    • Walked in to a Application Support center, as they gave out of state location, ASC accepted it and gave biometrics.
  • Travel out of Country in Ship –  H4  I-94 updated : May 20, 2019
    • Traveled out of Country and re-entered with valid H4 visa ( previous H4 stamp valid till mid July )
    • CBP officer at port of entry gave I-94 with H4 on it until end of new H1B approved in April 2019.
    • Technically H4 status is extended until end of H1B expiry.
  • H4 EAD Decision  Online :  June 11th, 2019
    • Online Status of H4 EAD Changed to “New Card is being produced” ( see below screenshot )
  • H4 Visa Application I-539 form Approved : June 12th, 2019
    • The status of I-539 Extension shows “Case Was Approved” on USCIS website.  Yet to receive the notice. See below. We need to see what happens to I-94 number.
  • H4 Approval, EAD Approval :  June 17th, 2019 in Mail.
    • For H4, Online Status Says “Case Was received”, but under DHS account it says Approved.
  • H4 EAD Physical Card : June 19th, in Mail
    • Online Status says “Card Was Delivered “

H4 Approved Status Online

H4 Visa Approved after Biometrics USCIS Status

H4 EAD Status updated to Card Ordered

H4 EAD Approval Card Status June 2019 after Biometrics

H4 Biometrics Process Experience #2 

Ram shared his experience  Timelines on H4 + H1B with Biometric Processing. Thanks to Ram !  


Service Center : Vermont

4/03 – USCIS received H1/H4 application in PP
04/08 – H1B Approved.
04/11 – Biometrics notice generated
04/18 – Received receipt numbers for H4
04/25 – Attended Biometrics.
05/16 – Received H4 Approval Notice along with H1 Copy.

  • H4 Approved after almost 20 Days after giving Biometrics or about 45 Days from filing H1B + H4 together in premium

H4 Status still shows as “Receipt Received” as of May 22nd. Since we had India plans, we have requested H1 Copy so that the my spouse can carry it for stamping. To my surprise, i received H1 & H4 approval copies from attorney.  Check out Sample H4 Approval Notice with Biometrics – shared by User 

H4 Biometrics – Premium Processing H1B  – Experience #3 

Thanks to our reader, anonymous for sharing their experience

  • Applied H4 and H4 EAD:  April 12, 2019
    • Applied in Premium Processing for H1B
    • Filing Center : Vermont 
  • H1B Approved : April 30th, 2019
  • H4 Biometric Letter : Arrived on May 12th, 2019
  • H4 Biometrics Completed :  May 22nd, 2019
  • H4 EAD Approved on USCIS website :  June 24, 2019
    • H4 EAD status says New Card is being Produced, see below screenshot
    • Still H4 Status says “Case Received”
    • As the card is issued, assuming that H4 is also approved, but the online system is not updated. So, may not be accurate online messages. 
    • Next steps to be updated. New Card is being produced H4 EAD Biometrics Card

H4 + H4 EAD Approval Case Experience #4

Thanks to Hima.

H1B+H4+H4 EAD applied extension on Premium Processing.

Vermont was the Service Center.

  • Application send on April 13th
  • H1B Approved on April 19th
  • H4 Biometrics appointment done on May 10th
  • H4 & EAD approved on June 19th and received the courtesy copy on June 24th.
    • H4 Online status has also changed to case approved.
  • Waiting for the originals and EAD card.

Took 66 days from application and 39 days from Biometrics for the H4 case and EAD to be approved. 

H4 Approval Case Experience #5

Thanks to Desi guy 

  • Filed in Vermont Service Center
  • H1B+H4 Extension Request in Premium Mode – April 29,2019
  • H1B+H4 Extension Receipt – May 1,2019
  • H4 Biometrics Appointment Letter Received – May 5,2019
  • H1B Approval Date – May 7,2019
  • H4 Biometrics Date – May 21,2019
  • I-797(H1B) Hard Copy Received – May 30,2019
  • H4 Approval Date – June 20,2019
  • I-797(H4) Hard Copy Received – June 24,2019

H4 Biometrics Experience #6

Thanks to other user, anonymous, who shared their experience with the community. Below is the process.

  • Documents Needed : Passport, Appointment notice.
  • Outcome: They will stamp acknowledgement of your attendance on same appointment notice
  • Details of Biometric Process: Smooth process . No hassles. We went before they opened at 8:00 am and we got token number 3. So it was pretty quick .
  • One minor issue:  Wife did not have Alien number as she is not eligible for EAD yet. So they double checked her details and continued with process. Not any obstacle.

H4 Processing Timeline at CSC

  • Service Center : California Service Center 
  • H1B + H4 Filed in Premium : March 26th.
  • H4 Receipt Generated : March 27th
  • H1B Receipt Generated : March 28th
  • H1B Approved : April 4th
  • Biometric Notice Generated : April 5th
  • Biometric Notice Received : April 13th.
  • Biometrics Completed : April 26th
  • H4 Approval Notice Received :  June 24th
    • Only Courtesy Notice received so far, waiting for official notice. 
    • Processing time about 59 Days from Biometrics completion to get approval notice
    • Processing time of 90 days from filing the H4 petition. 
    • USCIS Online status still says ” Case Was Received” 

H4 Biometrics Process Experience # 7

Thanks to user Neo29J for sharing the experience in comments. 

  • Service Center : Vermont
  • H1B + H4 COS + H4 EAD Filed :  May 7th, 2019 – USCIS received H1,H4 COS and H4 EAD application in Premium Processing 
  • H1B Approved : May 15th, 2019
  • Attended Biometrics : May 29th, 2019 in Boston
  • H4 EAD case status Change :  June 30th – H4 EAD case status changed to “New card is being produced”. H4 COS status is not yet changed.
  • H4, EAD  Approval Courtesy Notices : July 5, 2019  – Received my H4 and EAD courtesy approval notices.
    • 59 Days for Approval from H4 Filing Date
    • 37 Days for Approval after H4 Biometrics 
    • Waiting on H4 EAD card

Vermont H4 experience Approved #8

Thanks to user H123123 for sharing the experience in comments. 

  • Filing Center : Vermont
  • H1 & H4 in Premium Processing  : 3/26 Submitted
  • H1B Approved : 4/5 
  • H4 Biometrics Letter  : 4/9 mail with Biometric for 4/26 appointment received
  • Biometrics done date : 4/26 Walking for biometric with a print out of I797C( appointment notice) Done
  • H4 Approval : 7/2
    • Approved in 98 days from actual filing
    • Approved in 67 days after Biometrics were done.
    • Approval notices arrived in mail
    • Online status changed to case approved.

Vermont H4 Biometrics experience Approved #9

Thanks to user RC for sharing the experience in comments. 

  • Processing Center: Vermont
  • H1 +H4+H4 EAD filed under Premium Processing  on:  5/3.
    • It was a transfer as well and old H1 was expiring on May 13, 2019.
  • H1 Approved: 5/13
  • H1 Approval Notice Arrival: 5/20
  • H4 Biometric Appointment was on : 5/22
  • H4 EAD Online status changed to “New Card is being produced” on 7/9
    • H4 online status is still the same “…can’t provide information….”.
  • We received H4 EAD card today 7/12 and collected H4 Approval notice from employer’s attorney office today as well.
    • H4 + H4 EAD Approved in 67 days from filing
    • H4 + H4 EAD Approved in 48 days from Biometrics
    • H4 online still says “USCIS can’t provide information….”. H4 EAD status is “Card has been delivered….”.

California H4 experience Approved #10

Thanks to user kym for sharing the experience in comments. 

  • Service Center – California
  • H4+H1B+H4 EAD Filing : 04/29/2019 – Filled H1, H4 and H4 EAD in premium processing.
  • H1B Approved : 05/09/2019 
  • Completed Biometrics appointment. : 05/22/2019 
  • Follow up with Senator to talk to USCIS : 07/09/2019 – Provided my case details to local senator office, they did follow up with USCIS on 07/09 and USCIS replied back to the senators office on 07/10 and mentioned that H4 and EAD will no longer be processed under premium.
  • H4 EAD Card Produced :
    • 07/10/2019 – Case status for EAD shows “New card is being produced”.
    • H4 case status still shows “fingerprint review completed”.
    • Waiting for H4 EAD Card, H4 Approval Notice. 
    • Very likely H4 Approved as H4 EAD card status is changed to New Card is being Produced. 

Vermont H4 experience Approved #11

Thanks to user ‘Finally’ for sharing the experience in comments. 

  • Processing Center: Vermont
  • H1 +H4+H4 EAD filed under PP on April 11th.(4/11)
  • H1 Approved: 4/18
  • H1 Approval Notice Arrival: 4/20
  • H4 Biometric Appointment was on : 4/29
  • 7/15 : received H4 EAd and h4 approval notices along with the new h4ead card.
    • H4 and H4 EAD Approved after 95 Days from Filing 
    • H4 approved after 77 days after Biometrics 
    • H4 online status is still the same “case was received”
    • H4 EAD online status says “card was delivered ”

Vermont H4 experience Approved #12

Thanks to user ‘HJ’ for sharing the experience in comments. 

  • Service Center : Vermont
  • 4/18 – USCIS received H1, H4 and H4 EAD extension application in PP (Vermont).
  • 04/25 – Received biometric notice for H4 extension.
  • 04/29 – H1B Approved.
  • 05/06 – Attended Biometrics.
  • 07/06 – Received mail that H4 is approved.
  • 07/11 – Received H4 extension.
    • Attorney received the approval notice and forward the physical mail to us.
    • Processing time 84 days for H4 Approval from filing date
    • Processing time 66 days from Biometrics Date for H4 Approval 
    • Waiting for H4-EAD.
    • Status of H4 and H4-EAD still shows as “Case Received” on USCIS website.

CSC H4 experience Approved #13

Thanks to user ‘Anonymous’ for sharing the experience in comments. 

  • 04/25/2019–> H1B+H4+H4EAD Applied in PP at CSC
  • 05/07/2019–> H1B Approved.
  • 05/23/2019–> Biometric Completed.
  • 07/15/2019–> Received H4-EAD approval notice by USPS.
    • H4 Approved in 81 days from H4 Filing
    • H4 Approved in 53 days after H4 biometrics 
    • H4 Status on USCIS website still shows as Case Received.
    • H4-EAD status showing as “Card Was Mailed To Me”
  • 7/172019 : H4 EAD Card Arrived in Mail. 

Nebraska H4 experience Approved #14

Thanks to user ‘SK’ for sharing the experience in comments. 

  • 04/26/2019–> H1B+H4+H4EAD Applied in PP at Nebraska
  • 05/03/2019–> RFE Received for H1B.
  • 05/10/2019–> Biometrics Completed.
  • 05/22/2019–> Response to RFE was submitted
  • 05/28/2019–> H1B Approved
  • 07/17/2019–> H4 status shows as Name was Updated and H4 EAD status shows as New Card is being produced.
    • Assuming H4 is Approved as H4 EAD says card produced.
    • H4 Approved after 82 Days from H4 Submission
    • H4 Approved after 68 Days from H4 Biometrics 
    • Waiting for Physical Copies. 

California H4 experience Approved #15

Thanks to user ‘An H4’ for sharing the experience in comments. 

  • Service Center : CSC – California 
  • May 10th 2019 — h1b,h4,h4ead applied in PP
  • May 17th 2019– h1b approved
  • June 7th 2019 — h4 biometric Completed
  • July 25 2019 — h4, h4 ead got approved
    • H4 Approved in 76 Days from H4 Filing 
    • H4 Approved in 48 Days from Biometrics Completion

California H4 experience Approved #16

Thanks to user ‘Anonymous’ for sharing the experience in our WhatsApp group.

Applied H1, H4 & H4 EAD in Premium processing.

  • Center: California
  • Receipt Date: April 8
  • H1B Approved: April 15
  • H4 Biometric: April 30
  • H4 & EAD approved : July 16
    • H4 Approved after 99 Days from H4 Receipt Date 
    • H4 Approved after 77 Days from H4 Biometrics Completion 
  • EAD Card Received: July 25

Nebraska H4 experience Approved #17

  • Service Center : Nebraska Service Center
    • H1+H4+H4EAD concurrent filing (Premium processing)
  • Submitted all three applications: 3rd June 2019
  • Received RFE for H1: 12th June 2019
  • Biometrics for H4 was done on June 27th 2019
  • Submitted H1 RFE response: July 16th 2019
  • H1B Approved: July 23 2019
  • H4 EAD case status changed to Card being produced July 23 2019
  • H4 EAD case status changed to Card was mailed on July 25 2019
    • H4 EAD / H4 Approved after 50 Days from H4 Receipt Date 
    • H4 Approved after 26 Days from H4 Biometrics Completion 
    • Waiting for physical copies. 

Nebraska H4 experience Approved #18

Thanks to user ‘H4 EAD worker Nebraska center’ for sharing the experience 

  • Service Center : Nebraska 
  • H1B + H4 Filed in Premium : March 28th 2019
  • H4 & H4 EAD Receipt Generated : April 1st 2019
  • H1B Receipt Generated : April 1st 2019
  • H1B Approved : April 5th 2019
  • Biometric Notice Generated : April 5th 2019
  • Biometric Notice Received : April 10-12th 2019
  • Biometric Appointment: April 24th 2019
  • H4 & H4 EADApproval Notice Received : July 30th ,2019
    • H4 Approved after 124 Days from initial application  date
    • H4 Approved after 97 Days from Biometrics Completion
    • Still online status says “Card generated” after getting approval for H4 EAD and for h4 it says name updated
    • I have not done any litigation or expedite .

California H1B to H4 COS experience Approved #19

Thanks to user ‘SV’ for sharing the experience in comments. 

  • H1B to H4 COS – CSC
  • Receipt Dates for H4 and H4 EAD are May 31st and  May 28 .
    • During this time H1B was in RFE phase.
  • Biometrics completed on June 19th.
  • H1b approved on July 15th.
  • Status of EAD was changed to ‘card production’ July 24th
  • H4 is approved today July 25th.
    • H4 Approved after 55 days from Filing
    • H4 EAD approved in 54 Days from Filing 
    • H4 Approved in 36 days from Biometrics 
  • H4 approval notices in mail on July 29
  • H4 EAD card received on August 1st.

Nebraska  H4 experience Approved #20

Thanks to user ‘Anish’ for sharing the experience in comments. 

  • Service Center : Nebraska
  • H1B + H4 Filed in Premium : March 28th 2019
  • H1B Approved : April 5th 2019
  • H4 EAD Filed : April 10th 2019
  • Biometric Appointment: April 16th 2019
  • H4 Approval : August 1st ,2019
    • H4 Approved in 126 Days from filing
    • H4 Approved in 107 Days from Biometrics  
  • H4 EAD – Still Pending

California  H4 experience, H1B RFE Approved #21

Thanks to user ‘Nick S’ for sharing the experience in comments. 

  • April 8,2019: H1+H4+H4 EAD applied in PP, California SC
  • April 11: Received H1 RFE
  • Initial bio metric appointment was on May 3rd, rescheduled to June 4th and completed bio metric on June 4th.
  • July 3rd: Responded to RFE
  • July 12: H1 Approved
  • July 30: EAD status changed to “New Card is being produced”, H4 status changed to “Case is Approved”
    • H4 Approved after 113 days from Filing H4 
    • H4 Approved after 56 days from Biometrics Completion  
  •  July 31: EAD status changed to “Card has been mailed”
  • August 2: Received EAD and H4 approval notices and EAD card in mail.

California  H4 experience Approved #22

Thanks to user ‘Anandi’ for sharing the experience in comments. 

  • H1/H4 filled under Premium Processing – May 16th in CSC
  • H1 approved – May 22nd
  • H4 biometric done – June 7th
  • H4 approved – July 30th
    • H4 Approved after 75 days from Filing H4 
    • H4 Approved after 53 days from Biometrics Completion
  • H4 paper received -Aug 1st
    • Waiting for Child H4 approval 

California  H4 experience Approved #23

Thanks to user ‘Anonymous’ for sharing the experience in comments. 

  • 17th May — H1/H4/ H4-EAD applied in premium at CSC
  • 23rd May — H1B approval
  • 5th June — H4 biometrics completed(This status was never updated on the website)
  • 30th July — H4 EAD card produced
  • 31st July — H4 EAD approved
  • 31st July — H4 approved
    • H4 Approved after 75 Days from Filing 
    • H4 Approved after 56 days from Biometrics Completed Date 
  • 1st Aug — H4 EAD card dispatched
  • 2nd Aug — H4 EAD tracking # updated
  • 3rd Aug — H4 EAD card received
    • These are the only status changes seen on the application.
    • We have not received H4/H4 EAD approval notices yet.

California  H4 experience Approved #24

Thanks to user ‘Anonymous’ for sharing the experience in comments. 

  • Service Center: California.
  • Receipt Num: WAC19188XXXXX
  • 05/02 – USCIS received H1/H4 application in PP
  • 05/09 – H1B Approved.
  • 05/12 – Biometrics notice generated
  • 05/12 – Received receipt numbers for H4
  • 05/21 – Attended Biometrics.
  • 07/29 – Raised Expedite Request citing financial loss by calling customer care.
  • 07/30 – Received mail saying “Your case is currently being adjudicated.
    • You should receive a notice of action in 45 days”. Did not ask for any proof
  • 08/01 – Status changed to “Card is being produced”.
  • 08/02 – Status changed to “Approved” for both H4 and H4 EAD.
    • H4 Approved after 92 Days from Filing 
    • H4 Approved after 73 days from Biometrics Completed Date

Nebraska  H4 + EAD experience Approved #25

Thanks to user ‘Anonymous’ for sharing the experience in our WhatsApp Group. 

  • Nebraska Service Center.
  • Filed H1b extension with premium processing along with H4 extension & H4 EAD all together during end of March.
  • H1B Approved : 1 week after applying. ( April 1st week )
  •  H4 extension biometric : April 25th.
    • Till yesterday no status changed from initial status, so wasn’t sure what’s happening.
    • No status strange on USCIS website till last week.
  • H4, EAD Approved : Aug-8-2019.
    • Got my wife’s H4 Extension approved as well as EAD card delivered today by USPS.
    • Checked status today and delighted to see both H4 extension status approved as well as EAD delivered to mailbox.
    • H4 Approved in 136 Days from Filing
    • H4 Approved in 105 days from Biometrics Completion

California  H4 COS + EAD experience, Separately filed – Approved #26

Thanks to user ‘Pratik’ for sharing the experience in our WhatsApp Group. 

  • 8th May – COS and H4 EAD application Filed Together
    • Not filed with H1B 
    • California Service Centre
  • 30th May – Biometric Completed
  • I539 – COS – Approved 24th July
    • H4 Approved after 78 Days from H4 Filing 
    • H4 Approved after 56 Days from Biometrics Completion
  • I-765 – H4 EAD : Card Production Ordered- 31st July
    • H4 EAD approved after 84 days from filing. 
  • Mailed New Card – 5th August
  • USPS Picked up the Card – 6th August
  • USPS Delivered the Card – 8th August.

Nebraska  H4 + EAD experience – Approved #27

Thanks to user ‘H4EAD-NSC’ for sharing the experience in comments. 

  • Service Center : NSC
  • H1/ H4-EAD filed in PP on Apr 2nd 2019.
  • H1B approved on Apr 9th 2019.
  • H4 biometrics on Apr 25th 2019.
  • H4 EAD expedite request based on significant financial loss placed on July 30th. No confirmation email received.
  • H4 EAD approved on Aug 8th 2019
  • Card ordered on Aug 8th 2019.
    • H4 EAD Approved in 128 days from filing
    • No change in H4 status. Assuming it is approved since H4 EAD approval is dependent on it.
      • H4 Approved in 128 days from filing 
      • H4 Approved in 105 days from Biometrics completion.
  • Received H4 EAD Physical Card on Aug 14th.  

Nebraska  H4 + EAD experience – Approved #28

Thanks to user ‘Ranjan’ for sharing the experience in comments. 

  • Service Center : NSC.
  • H1/H4/H4 EAD in PP : Received Date – 27th March
  • H1 approved – 4th April
  • Biometrics – 17th April
  • H4/EAD expired – 18th July
  • Expedite request accepted – 7th Aug
    •  Called USCIS to expedite under severe financial loss, they did not ask for any documents. Mentioned the loss of job.
  • H4/EAD approved – 8th Aug.
    • H4 / EAD Approved in 134 days from filing 
    • H4 / EAD Approved in 113 days from Biometrics completion.

Nebraska  H4 + EAD experience – Approved #29

Thanks to user ‘Vimal’ for sharing the experience in comments. 

  • Service Center : Nebraska Service Center.
  • April 11,2019: H1+H4+H4 EAD applied in PP
  • H1B approved – April 17, 2019
  • Initial bio metric appointment was on Apr 30, 2019
  • Aug 09: H4 and EAD status changed to “Case is Approved”
    • H4  + EAD Approved in 120 days from filing 
    • H4  + EAD Approved in 101 days from Biometrics completion.
    • Still waiting for physical copies
    • I have not done any litigation or expedite .

VSC  H4 + EAD experience – Approved #30

Thanks to user ‘Yugan’ for sharing the experience in comments. 

  • H1B Transfer(I-129), H4 Extension(I-539) + H4-EAD Extension(I-765) from VSC with Premium Processing.
  • April 19th, 2019 -> H1B, H4 Extension, H4-EAD Received Date
  • May 1st, 2019 -> H1B Transfer Approved
    • Took 12 days from Received Date for H1B Transfer to be Approved.
  • May 4th, 2019 -> H4 Biomterics Appointment Notice Received with an Appointment Date on May 13th, 2019
    • Took 15 days from Received Date to get the H4 Biomterics Appointment Notice.
    • Took 24 Days from Received Date for the H4 Biometrics Appointment
  • May 13th, 2019 -> H4 Biomterics Appointment Completed (The Petition status never reflected the completion of Biomterics Appointment after that)
  • August 6th, 2019 -> H4 EAD Case Status Changed to “Card/Document Production – Ordered New Card”
  • August 6th, 2019 -> H4 EAD Case Status Changed to “Post Decision Activity – Approved Form I765”
  • August 9th, 2019 -> H4 EAD Case Status Changed to “Card/Document Production – Mailed New Card”
  • August 10th, 2019 -> H4 EAD Case Status Changed to “Card/Document Production – Post Office Delivered Card”
  • August 12th, 2019 -> H4 Approval Notice Received but Online Status still shows as “Case Was Received”
    • H4 Approved in 115 Days from Original Filing 
    • H4 Approved in 91 days from Biometrics completion. 
    • Took 109 Days from Received Date for the H4 EAD to be Approved.
    • Took 85 Days from Biometrics Appointment for the H4 EAD to be Approved
    • I believe the online status of H4 petitions doesn’t get updated and most often do not reflect the up to date status.

NSC  H4 + EAD experience – Approved #30

Thanks to user ‘VJ’ for sharing the experience in comments. 

  • Service Center: NSC
  • H1+H4+H4 EAD Filed concurrently in premium processing
  • Received Date: April 11 2019
  • H1 Approval Date: April 16 2019
  • H4 Biometrics: April 29 2019
  • H4 EAD Card Produced: Aug 12 2019
    • H4 EAD Approved in 123 days from filing
    • Like all other cases H4 case status is not updated. Both approvals (H4 and H4 EAD) and card will come in mail.
      • H4 Approved in 123 days from filing 
      • H4 Approved in 105 days from Biometrics completion. 
    • Please note that: Email notification of EAD card production is received on Aug 12 2019 afternoon. Text message notification is received later during the night.
    • Please register your email ID too in USCIS website .
      All the best for upcoming approvals for all your cases.

CSC  – L2 to H4 COS + EAD experience – Approved #31

Thanks to user ‘WD’ for sharing the experience in comments. 

  • Service Center: California. CSC
  • Background : L1 to H1B COS, L2 to H4 + EAD
    • Receipt Num: WAC19197XXXXX
  • 05/14 – USCIS received H1/H4+EAD application in PP
  • 06/04 – Biometrics collected (USCIS site never updated)
  • 08/12 – EAD changed to “Name Was Updated”.
  • 08/12 – EAD changed to “New Card is being produced”.
    • H4 EAD Approved in 90 days from filing
    • Assuming H4 is approved as H4 EAD approved.
      • H4 Approved in 90 days from filing 
      • H4 Approved in 69 days from Biometrics completion.
    •  08/12 – H4 still no update, “Case Was Received”.
    • No expedite requested.

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #32

Thanks to user ‘Hima Bindu’  for sharing the experience in comments. 

  • Service Center : NSC 
  • H1+H4+H4EAD in PP – receive date is April 15th NSC
  • H1 approved in a week – April 22nd
  • Biometrics Date H4 : May 6
  • H4 EAD – New Card produced Aug 12th
    •  H4 EAD Approved in 119 days from filing
    • Assuming H4 is approved as H4 EAD approved.
      • H4 Approved in 119 days from filing 
      • H4 Approved in 98 Days from Biometrics Date 
    • Tried everything Senate, Congressman and USCIS direct Expedite request. Got denied request at-least 4 times. Happy that it was approved yesterday as my current EAD ends Aug 28th. Didn’t file litigation, planned to file but I missed the dead line date many times and I was in a state of time line where if I file it or not wouldn’t affect my EAD extension on time so in my case not filing was a good option. Good Luck everyone. My receipt no. is LIN191495XXXX
  • H4 and EAD Approval Notices arrived on August 16th
    • Arrived in 4 Days in mail 
    • Received it for full 3 years term as with H1B. 

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #33

Thanks to user ‘RB’  for sharing the experience in comments. 

  • Nebraska Service Center
  • H1+H4+H4EAD in PP – receive date is May 7th @ NSC
  • H1 approved – May 9th
  • Biometric Appointment for H4 – May 17th
  • H4 – Pending
  • H4 EAD – New Card produced Aug 13th
    • H4 EAD Approved in 98 days from filing
    • Assuming H4 is approved as H4 EAD approved.
      • H4 Approved in 98 days from filing 
      • H4 Approved in 88 Days from Biometrics Date 

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #34

Thanks to user ‘Kavitha’  for sharing the experience in comments. 

  • March 25 ,2019: H1+H4+H4 EAD applied in PP – Nebraska
  • H1B approved – April 10, 2019
  • Initial bio metric appointment was on Apr 16, 2019
  • Aug 14: H4 EAD status changed to New card is ordered
    •  H4 EAD Approved in 142 days from filing
    • Assuming H4 is approved as H4 EAD approved.
      • H4 Approved in 142 days from filing 
      • H4 Approved in 120 Days from Biometrics Date 
    • H4 still pending
    • H4 EAD receipt number: LIN191325XXXX
    • Still waiting for physical copies
    • I have not done any litigation or expedite .

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #35

Thanks to user ‘Anil’  for sharing the experience in comments. 

  • Our timelines at NSC
  • April 8: H1(PP)+H4+H4 EAD filed
  • H4/EAD status: Case Received
  • April 10: H1 Approved
  • May 1: Biometrics
  • August 14: H4 EAD status changed to New Card Is Being Produced
    • H4 EAD Approved in 128 days from filing
    • Assuming H4 is approved as H4 EAD approved.
      • H4 Approved in 128days from filing 
      • H4 Approved in 105 Days from Biometrics Date

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #35

Thanks to user ‘H4/H4 EAD‘  for sharing the experience in comments. 

  • Nebraska Service Center
  • April 16: H1(PP)+H4+H4 EAD Case Received
  • April 20: H1 Approved
  • May 6: Biometrics
  • August 15: H4 EAD status changed to New Card Is Being Produced
    • H4 EAD Approved in 128 days from filing
    • Assuming H4 is approved as H4 EAD approved.
      • H4 Approved in 121 days from filing 
      • H4 Approved in 101 Days from Biometrics Date
    • Receipt Number LIN1915050XXX
    • H4 – Case was received

CSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #36

Thanks to user ‘Nilisha’  for sharing the experience in comments. 

  • Center: CSC
  • 5/10 – H1+H4+H4EAD Concurrent Filing with Premium Processing.
  • 5/24 – H1B approved.
  • 5/31- Biometrics done. Original appointment for June 6th. Did early Walk-in.
  • 8/14 – H4 and H4EAD Approved.
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 96 days from filing 
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 75 Days from Biometrics Date

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #37

Thanks to user ‘NSC_approval‘  for sharing the experience in comments. 

  • Service Center: NSC
  • April 11th:H1(PP)+H4+H4 EAD filed
    • H1B Premium processing.
  • May 2nd: Biometrics completed 
  • August 14th: H4 EAD status changed to New Card Is Being Produced, H4 status changed to approved
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 125 days from filing 
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 104 Days from Biometrics Date
  • August 16th: Card was mailed

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #38

Thanks to user ‘NSC Applicant‘  for sharing the experience in comments. 

  • Service Center: NSC
  • April 17th: H1(PP)+H4+H4 EAD filed
    • H1B Premium processing 
  • April 27th: Biometrics done
  • August 16th:H4 EAD status changed to New Card Is Being Produced
    • No litigation or expedite request
    • H4 EAD Approved in 121 days from filing
    • Assuming H4 is approved as H4 EAD approved.
      • H4 Approved in 121 days from filing 
      • H4 Approved in 111 Days from Biometrics Date

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience, Traveled out – Approved #39

Thanks to user ‘PA‘  for sharing the experience in comments.

  • April 09 , 2019: H1+H4+H4 EAD applied in PP – Nebraska
  • H1B approved – April 22, 2019
  • Bio metric appointment on May 01, 2019
  • Aug 16: H4 EAD status changed to New card is ordered
    • H4 EAD Approved in 129 Days.
    • Assuming H4 Approved as EAD approved
      • H4 Approved in 129 Days from Filing
      • H4 Approved in 107 Days  after Biometrics 
    • H4 still case received, but traveled out of country in between so have new extended I-94. H4 EAD receipt number: LIN1914450XXX
    • Still waiting for physical copies
    • I have not done any litigation.
    • Expedited 2 times, first with help of Senator and second self but both were denied.

CSC  – H4 + EAD experience Approved #40

Thanks to user ‘H4EAD_May14_Aug16‘  for sharing the experience in comments.

  • H1+H4+H4 EAD filed at CSC – 14th May
  • Bio-metrics – 6th June
  • H4 EAD status changed to New Card is being produced – August 16
    • H4 EAD Approved in 94 Days.
    • Assuming H4 Approved as EAD approved
      • H4 Approved in 94 Days from Filing
      • H4 Approved in 71 Days  after Biometrics 
    • H4 status still shows Case Received
    • NO expedite or follow-up calls.

Nebraska  – H4 + EAD experience Approved #41

Thanks to user ‘MG‘  for sharing the experience in comments.

  • Nebraska Service Center
  • April 15: H1(PP)+H4+H4 EAD Case Received
  • April 22: H1 Approved
  • May 10: Biometrics
  • Aug 19: New Card Is Being Produced
    • H4 EAD Approved in 126 Days.
    • Assuming H4 Approved as EAD approved
      • H4 Approved in 126 Days from Filing
      • H4 Approved in 101 Days  after Biometrics 
      • Receipt: LIN1914950XXX

CSC  – H4 + EAD experience with EAD RFE Approved #42

Thanks to user ‘David‘  for sharing the experience in comments.

  • May 1st ,2019: H1+H4+H4 EAD extension applied in PP – California
  • H1B approved – May 8th , 2019
  • Initial bio metric appointment was on May 23rd, 2019
  • July 12th H4 approved
    • H4 Approved in 72 Days from filing
    • H4 Approved in 50 Days from Biometrics
  • July 18th H4ead renew RFE for spouse pay-stub
  • July 24th replied RFE
  • Aug 14: H4 EAD status changed to H4EAD approved
    • H4 EAD Approved in 105 days from filing 
  • Aug 19: H4 EAD card is mailed.
    • Now we are waiting for new card.

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience Approved #43

Thanks to user ‘Vigbal‘  for sharing the experience in comments.

  • Processing Centre: Nebraska
  • H1B+H4+EAD applied on 04/05/2019
  • H1B Approved on 04/15/2019
  • H4 Biometric Appointment received for 04/23/2019
  • H4 Biometric scan finished at Santa Clara CA on 04/26/2019
  • H4 + EAD Approved on Aug 19th 
    • H4+ EAD approved in 136 Days from filing 
    • H4 + EAD approved in 118 Days from Biometrics completion
    • Finally got it approved on August 19th after requesting to expedite twice, both of which failed and wasn’t part of any litigation

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience Approved #44

Thanks to user ‘Naren‘  for sharing the experience in comments.

  • Nebraska Service Center
  • April 22: H1(PP)+H4+H4 EAD Case Received
  • April 29: H1 Approved
  • May 13: Biometrics
  • Aug 19: New Card Is Being Produced
    • H4 and H4 EAD Approved in 118 Days.
    • H4 and H4 EAD Approved in 98 Days.
    • Receipt: LIN1915451XXX
    • No expedited request or lawsuit. 

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience Approved #44

Thanks to user ‘needh4ead‘  for sharing the experience in comments.

  • Nebraska Service Center
  • April 25: H1(PP)+H4+H4 EAD Case Received
  • May 1: H1 Approved
  • May 14: Biometrics
  • Aug 20: New Card Is Being Produced
    • H4 EAD Approved in 117 Days.
    • Assuming H4 Approved as EAD approved
      • H4 Approved in 117 Days from Filing
      • H4 Approved in 98 Days  after Biometrics 
    • NO NEWS ON H4 yet…
    • Receipt: LIN1915751XXX

Pending / In Process H4 Petitions Experiences

H4 Biometrics Process Experience

Another User LM Timelines on H4 + H1B with Biometric Processing 

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  • H1B + H4 Filed in Premium : April 2nd 2019
  • H4 Receipt Generated : April 3rd 2019
  • H1B Receipt Generated : April 3rd 2019
  • H1B Approved : April 8th 2019
  • Biometric Notice Generated : April 5th 2019
  • Biometric Notice Received : April 10th 2019
  • Biometric Appointment : April 25th 2019
  • H4 Approval Notice Received : June 15, 2019
    • H4 Approval took 74 Days ( 2 month 13 days ) from initial filing
    • It took 51 Days after Biometrics were done.
    • Still online status says “Case Received” after getting approval.

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H4 Biometrics Process Experience 

Another User Sachu Timelines on H4 + H1B with Biometric Processing 

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  • H1B transfer/extension under premium processing :  Apr 1, 2019.
  • Got a simple RFE asking for W2 from my previous employer : April 11th.
  • RFE , RFE Response (sent via fax same day) : April 11th
  • H1B Approved : April 15th
  • H4 Biometrics Date : April 26th

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H4 Biometrics Process Experience 

Another User Navisha Timelines on H4 + H1B with Biometric Processing 

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  • We applied an extension for H1b+H4+HEAD in PP.
  • We got receipt stating that Case was received April 9th.
  • H1B approval status updated on April 18.
  • We got Biometric receipt on 24th in our mail box stating appointment date on 05/03/2019.
  • We went to ASC center on 04/25/2019 and they accommodated us.
  • Now status for H4 is changed to Fingerprint Review was completed today as of 04/26/2019.

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Comments ( 1,572 )

  1. krishsm

    Service Center: California Service Center
    07/11/2019 – H1B extension +H4 extension +H4EAD renewal, applied in premium processing
    07/12/2019 – Notice Date for H1B, H4, H4EAD applications
    07/22/2019 – H1B approved (for 3 years)
    07/19/2019 – Biometric Notice Generated
    07/27/2019 – Biometric Notice Received, with the appointment date 08/05/2019
    07/29/2019 – Visited local ASC and requested to allow; biometrics Completed.

    No further updates since then.

    As of 08/20/2019- H4 and H4EAD application status shows ‘Case Was Received’

    Will update here if there is a status change.

    1. H1Transfer

      Hi,
      Is anyone aware of impact on pending H4 and H4 EAD applications if primary (H1B) transfers to a different job?

      H1b transfer while H4 and H4 EAD is in progress ?

      Thanks!

  2. Deebika Durairajan

    Hi,

    We applied H1 and H4 extension(PP) RD – July 1st, Nebraska Center.
    H1 approved on July 7th.
    H4 EAD applied on July 11th – Vermont Center with H1 receipt number.
    Biometrics attended on July 26th.
    Case changed to Biometrics review completed on July 30th.
    Current EAD expired on Aug 6th and I am in loss of pay currently. My employer will hold my position for next 2 weeks.

    I have the below questions. Is my EAD application considered as standalone or concurrent?

    Can I try calling the service center to expediate my case?

    Thanks.

  3. Nebraska

    Nebraska:
    May 15: H1(PP)+H4+H4 EAD Case Received
    May 21: H1 Approved
    June 03: Biometrics
    Aug 20: New Card Is Being Produced
    Receipt: LIN191735XXXX
    Every single day living in the fear of loosing job can be really depressing. Tried to expedite the request twice directly and once through Congressman. Got Denied every time. Also part of R&N law litigation.

    My EAD is expiring on 29 August. Anyone who received card recently please let me know how much time it will take to get EAD Card in hand. Praying to god that i get my EAD before Aug 29th.

    Thanks in advance

    Good Luck Everyone!!!

    1. MB

      Congratulations.. My reciept date is 17th April , still waiting for H4 and H4 EAD. When I called USCIS they mentioned case is assigned to adjudications officer at the Nebraska Service Center (NSC). Anyone have an idea how long it takes for approval after this status? Please help

    2. H4EAD-MAYNSC

      My Application :
      May 13: H1(PP)+H4+H4 EAD Case Received
      June 12: H1 Approved
      June 03: Biometrics
      Still Pending…..
      Receipt: LIN191715XXXX

    3. administrator
      Kumar

      Thanks for sharing. It usually takes few days like 4 to 10 days to get the card. When did you apply for litigation ?

  4. needh4ead

    Nebraska Service Center
    April 25: H1(PP)+H4+H4 EAD Case Received
    May 1: H1 Approved
    May 14: Biometrics
    Aug 20: New Card Is Being Produced

    NO NEW ON H4 yet…@Kumar do you know how can they approve EAD without H4 ?

    Receipt: LIN1915751XXX

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Usually, they need H4 Approval to approve H4 EAD. So, technically they would have approved it, just the systems are not updated or there is additional steps at times with biometrics. This is something that is common as shared by many users…So, nothing to worry, you can assume your h4 would be approved. Thanks for sharing. I have added the case to above as well. Do update, if you see h4 updates.

  5. Naren

    FINALLY!!!!!!!! my wife’s H4 and H4 EAD are approved after almost 4 months

    Nebraska Service Center
    April 22: H1(PP)+H4+H4 EAD Case Received
    April 29: H1 Approved
    May 13: Biometrics
    Aug 19: New Card Is Being Produced
    H4 and H4 EAD Approved in 118 Days.

    Receipt: LIN1915451XXX

    She had to stop working as her previous EAD was expired on 02-Jun-2019. Hopefully she can resume the same project now.
    Best of luck for people who are waiting.

    This forum has been great. Thank you Kumar for maintaining this wonderful platform to share information.

  6. Waiting.....

    Does anyone know of any approvals from April 18th or 19th. Also are there applications with receipt date of April 1st and 2nd week still pending?

  7. David

    May 1st ,2019: H1+H4+H4 EAD extension applied in PP – California
    H1B approved – May 8th , 2019
    Initial bio metric appointment was on May 23rd, 2019
    July 12th H4 approved,
    July 18th H4ead renew RFE for spouse paystub
    July 24th replied RFE
    Aug 14: H4 EAD status changed to H4EAD approved
    Aug 19: H4 EAD card is mailed.
    Now we are waiting for new card.

    Good luck guys! Took us overall around 110 days to get the whole H4+H1B extension at California center.

  8. DD

    Hi All,

    My receipt date is April 25th from CSC. I raised the expedited request on Aug 9th and they ask for evidence and reason. I said severe financial loss to my employer and me and sent all the docs on Aug 12th. Status changed on Aug 19th that they forwarded the evidence to the officer for review.

    My question is how many days it take them to response to the review of the documents?

    Also is anyone in April still waiting for approval from California center.

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Kumar

      Hi DD,

      How did you send documents? Did they provide any fax number?

      I raised Expedite request but it was denied saying ‘no evidence provided’. Over the call they said, I will be getting call\email for additional documentation but haven’t.

    2. Mayapur

      Hi DD,
      Same here. My receipt date is April 24th from CSC, and I am still waiting, while seeing most cases from May getting approved… Please keep us updated with your progress.

    3. Rajesh

      My receipt date is April 26th from CSC. I raised the expedited request on June 15 and they ask for evidence and reason. I emailed them all docs on 21st June. The status changed to “Request for Additional Information Received” on 15th August.

      Nothing changed since then.

    4. administrator
      Kumar

      DD,
      Some users have reported that they come back within few days, if they were able to expedite it or not. Hopefully in few days. Do update the community, if you see any changes.

  9. Kumar

    H4 & EAD pending

    Service Center: Nebraska
    H1B + H4 + EAD Filed in Premium: May 3rd 2019
    H1B + H4 & H4-EAD Receipt Generated: May 7th 2019
    H1B Approved: May 16th 2019
    Biometric Notice Generated: May 10th 2019
    Biometric Appointment: May 20th 2019

    I have called USCIS to expidite my case but request was denied. Current EAD is valid until Sept-25th.

  10. MG

    Nebraska:
    April 15: H1(PP)+H4+H4 EAD Case Received
    April 22: H1 Approved
    May 10: Biometrics
    H4 EAD is still Pending

    So far raised multiple expedited requests (by self & Senator), which got closed immediately.
    Current receipt status online is “Request for Additional Information Received”

    Any idea on above status and what next steps are

      1. H4EAD-MAYNSC

        Hi @NSCTooSlow,

        I tried to expedite my case.later they denied even my status is also Expedite Request Denied.

        What is your receipt date?

    1. MG

      My wait for H4-EAD is finished

      Nebraska:
      April 15: H1(PP)+H4+H4 EAD Case Received
      April 22: H1 Approved
      May 10: Biometrics
      Aug 19: New Card Is Being Produced
      Receipt: LIN1914950XXX

      1. administrator
        Kumar

        seems like an intermittent status…Anyways, good to hear. I have added your case to above as well. Do update further.

    2. Kumar

      In my case, I have requested to Expedite my case and status was changed to “Request for Additional Information Received” and after 10 days USCIS denied Expedite request and status changed to “Expedite Request Denied”.

  11. Vermont_Pending

    Application Filed:
    25 Apr 2019
    USCIS Received Date:
    30 Apr 2019
    USCIS Notice Date:
    1 May 2019
    USCIS Receipt Number:
    EAC19900910XX
    Application center – Vermont

    Standalone application still pending. Any new approvals from Vermont center? I hardly see any approvals from this center.

  12. H4EAD_May14_Aug16

    Just got EAD status updated to new card being produced

    Here is the timeline:
    H1+H4+H4 EAD filed at CSC – 14th May
    Bio-metrics – 6th June
    H4 EAD status changed to New Card is being produced – August 16
    H4 status still shows Case Received

    Took around 90 days. NO expedite or follow-up calls.

    1. Sve

      Hello,

      Any new Vermont approvals? I see lots of Nebraska and California approvals. My RD is 4/30/2019 and I dont see any new Vermont approvals.

  13. PA

    April 09 ,2019: H1+H4+H4 EAD applied in PP – Nebraska
    H1B approved – April 22, 2019
    Bio metric appointment on May 01, 2019
    Aug 16: H4 EAD status changed to New card is ordered
    H4 still case recieved, but traveled out of country in between so have new extended I-94
    H4 EAD receipt number: LIN1914450XXX
    Still waiting for physical copies
    I have not done any litigation.
    Expedited 2 times, first with help of Senator and second self but both were denied.

    If some one can advise when can we expect the card in hand?

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Thanks for sharing, you should get it in about 4 to 10 days. When did you travel out ? did you get H4 stamping as well ? I have added your case to above article.

      1. PA

        Did the travel around May end, no new H4 stamping as previous visa was remaining for a month. On PoE got the extension matching H1B expiry and not visa expiry.

  14. NSC Applicant

    Service Center: NSC
    April 17th:H1(PP)+H4+H4 EAD filed
    April 27th:Biometrics
    August 16th:H4 EAD status changed to New Card Is Being Produced

    No litigation or expedite request

    This forum has been really helpful to understand timelines and various efforts that have been happening as part of this visa process. Thanks everyone who has posted in this forum

  15. NSC_approval

    Service Center: NSC
    April 11th:H1(PP)+H4+H4 EAD filed
    May 2nd:Biometrics
    August 14th:H4 EAD status changed to New Card Is Being Produced
    H4 status changed to approved
    August 16th: Card was mailed
    This forum really helped
    me throughout this phase. Good luck to everyone !!

    1. IG

      If you don’t mind me asking – what is the printed start date on your EAD? Is it back dated or the day when it was approved?

      Thanks!

  16. KK

    Hi Kumar,

    I applied H 4 visa Extension in Nebraska service center and H4 EAD renew in Vermont service center. Recently my H4 visa extension just get approved (though H4 EAD still show “Case was receieved” status)…do you think I should send the H4 approval notice to Vermont service center as supplementary document for my H4 EAD renew application? Or actually it doesn’t matter as Nebraska & Vermont service center synchronize everything? Thanks!

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Were they filed separately or along with H1B ? In general, they should, but if USCIS cannot get that info, they will give RFE for the same asking for H4 approval. If it is not too much effort, you can always send a copy to the Vermont to avoid issues. Write a requisition letter and send it. Should not hurt…

  17. Neeru

    Anybody with filing date May 28th at Nebraska and Bio metrics on June 10th? When can we expect our approvals? What would be the worst case scenario? Can we expect it by September end?

    1. AKV

      @Neeru..For us receipt date is 8th May at NSC..I am expecting it to come in next 3 weeks atleast from today..and in worst case some where near to 5 months from date of filing.

      1. Prakrati

        My receipt date is May 7th for H1+H4 (Nebraska PP) and May 28th for EAD(Vermont). Got H1 approval but nothing for H4 and EAD. I have lost my job because of slow processing time. If someone has some news pls share with us.

        1. Farida

          Hi Prakrati,
          My receipt date May 1st (NSC) , Gave biometrics on May 22nd ….I lost my job too, I am eagerly waiting for approval☹️

        2. Neeru

          Hi Prakrathi and Farida,

          Did you try taking an unpaid leave? The whole thing sucks for sure. I still have 3 more weeks to loose my job:( Does anyone on this forum took unpaid leave for 2 to 3 weeks? Is it in the hands of Manager/HR Manager/Company Attorney?

          1. Farida

            Hi,
            They hold my job two weeks , after that they canceled my contract…since June 16th I don’t have work because of late approvals at NSC and I tried expedite 2 time , request was denied.
            No other options left ,just waiting for approval.

          2. Prakrati

            My EAD expired on June 4th. I was on unpaid leave for 2 months. I tried to expedite my case, still waiting for their reply. Unpaid leave is in HR hand.

          3. Sri

            My wife is on unpaid leave since 5/5/19. Our receipt date is 4/22. It’s up to the employer’s HR policy, if they want to keep the item/job they can put you on unpaid leave for certain time period provided all the executive management approved the case well in advance. Hope this helps.

        1. Maharshi

          Hi friends,

          I know lot of folks tried calling USCiS and expedited the process and we know the answer in next day it says expedite process denied ..but I did the same thing … when you check the case status in uscis website .. does it update there like you expedite the process but we denied the expedite process in uscis case status website ?

  18. Madhura

    Hello,
    This is the most useful forum post for us.
    we were looking for interview dates in Mumbai but currently, earliest available is 30th spt, is there a chance earlier dates will be opened/released or those all are taken?

    1. NSCTooSlow

      I have heard that if you check for dates early in the morning at around 4 am – 5 am , you might see open dates. Never tried it but you can give it a try.

  19. Venya

    Anyone from New Jersey, did you give your Biometrics without getting appointment? How is Newark/Elizabeth Center?
    My EAD expires Sept 19th, still did not receive biometrics letter. Can I just walk in and give my finder prints?
    Applied H4 and EAD July 30th, got receipt number only yesterday..its getting late so I wan to give my biometrics without appointment.
    Please share if anyone did that in NJ.

  20. NSP

    Hi folks,
    Finally today my H4EAD case status changed to ‘New Card is Being Produced’ in the morning and in the night it is updated to ‘Case was approved’, i am not sure if it is the right process?

    Processing Center: Nebraska
    H1+H4+EAD Premium filling date: April 15, 2019.
    H1 Approved in PP.
    Travelled to India due to emergency in July for three weeks.
    H1+H4 stamping done through dropbox.
    H4 (Which was applied before going to India) +EAD approval date: August 15, 2019.

    Good luck to the people who are still waiting for EAD approval.

    1. Shan

      Hi ,can you please confirm that you travelled b4 H4 approval and got stamped H4 with H1 in India , and when you returned existing ead application got approved based on your previous H4 filing ? I also going to end up in same situation and need to know what exacyly happens , some people and attorney says ead will get also cancelled since h4 is getting invalid whn you travel

    2. sk

      Hi NSP,

      Can you please confirm if EAD has got same validity as H4 too ? Looks like nebraska has EAD going faster than H4 extensions …

    3. Neer

      That’s interesting! We were told by our lawyers that application will be abandoned. Congrats! Our application date is April 8th, and still no update

      1. administrator
        Kumar

        Neer,
        Few users reported that their H4 extensions and EAD were processed, even after they left US and got their stamping done outside of US.
        They received the approval copy of H4 and EAD in US. It was not abandoned. The issue was with the I-94 part on their approval vs what they got at port of entry.

        1. ImmiEAD

          I got my EAD approved after H4 stamping outside US. The current status is card being produced . How long does it take for the card to reach you post approval ?

  21. Jit

    My h4 got rfe . Can i go to india with h1b approval and get stamped.
    I know current h4 will get abandoned.
    After getting stamped from india do i have to refile h4 in usa or not.
    Please suggest.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      What was the RFE for H4 ? You may go for stamping, no need to re-file again once you get stamping. Discuss with your attorney to be safe regarding the RFE.

  22. Nilisha

    Center: CSC

    5/10 – H1+H4+H4EAD Concurrent Filing with Premium Processing.
    5/24 – H4 approved.
    5/31- Biometrics done. Original appointment for June 6th. Did early Walk-in.
    8/14 – H4 and H4EAD Approved.
    will update with more steps. .

          1. Sonali

            I didn’t call looking at the fact that they aren’t entertaining any expedite requests. And I just have H4, not even EAD. No financial loss, only peace of mind is lost :D. Slim chance of entertaining. I will hit the “outside normal processing time “ mid September. Think I will wait till then. Please let me know if you get a response.

  23. H4/H4 EAD

    My watch for H4 EAD finally ended today.

    Nebraska:
    April 16: H1(PP)+H4+H4 EAD Case Received
    April 20: H1 Approved
    May 6: Biometrics
    August 15: H4 EAD status changed to New Card Is Being Produced (Receipt Number LIN1915050XXX)
    H4 – Case was received

  24. Jona

    Hi all,
    I have done biometric on may13th. But still in USCIS site, the status is not updated. It shows “At this time USCIS cannot provide you with information for your case. Please contact the USCIS Contact Center at 1-800-375-5283 for additional information”. Anyone got the same message? What does it mean?
    Thanks.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Dont worry, it is a common message. USCIS Online systems not updated properly. The time for processing is not very consistent and it can more or less processing times than others.

  25. Ram

    Finally, It seems my wait for H4 EAD come to an end. I do see below message for H4 EAD.

    New Card Is Being Produced
    On August 14, 2019, we ordered your new card for Receipt Number WAC191******* and will mail it to the address you gave us. If you move, go to www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

    Notice Date: 04/17
    Finger Print appt. was completed: 05/10
    Service Center: California

    All the best for friends who are in that date range in the California service center.

    1. Amul

      Interesting, I have exact same dates as you CSC
      Applied Apr 17
      Bimoterics May 10th
      only difference is H1 is approved on Jul20
      Hope I get my approval as well

    2. administrator
      Kumar

      Thanks for sharing. Was it filed with H1B in premium or separately ? Please add more details, so that we can add it to above tracking.

  26. Anil

    Our timelines at NSC:
    April 8: H1(PP)+H4+H4 EAD filed
    H4/EAD status: Case Received
    April 10: H1 Approved
    May 1: Biometrics
    August 14: H4 EAD status changed to New Card Is Being Produced

  27. Kavitha

    March 25 ,2019: H1+H4+H4 EAD applied in PP – Nebraska
    H1B approved – April 10, 2019
    Initial bio metric appointment was on Apr 16, 2019
    Aug 14: H4 EAD status changed to New card is ordered
    H4 still pending
    H4 EAD receipt number: LIN191325XXXX
    Still waiting for physical copies
    I have not done any litigation or expedite .

  28. NSCtootooslow

    If you guys know how USCIS process the cases? Just see ppl filed in May 7 at NSC get approved. I filed in May 6… I just feel like it depends on your luck…maybe they just assign them to different officers and someone has a higher work efficiency while the others not… it may also depends more on the biometric date instead of the filling date…EAD will expire on 9/11, just feel really nervous…

    1. Hitesh Aggarwal

      I can even see one from July approved in tracker.. Not sure how they are processing.. My wife already lost her job on 10th waiting for more than 4 months now and approvals after her receipt date are coming and not hers. I know cases from Apr first week still not approved.

    2. administrator
      Kumar

      yes, there is no proper sequence as you would expect them to be…Don’t worry too much, nothing you can do. Hope you get it soon.

    3. Sri

      People from last week of March and April month are still waiting. Randomly from May few cases are getting approved. Be patient. Your’s is May 6th, that’s too far from March last week and April – so it’s not really that bad…Keep faith.

    1. Sankari

      Hi All,
      I submitted my H4 EAD application( Texas) to on July 15 my application was rejected due to missing last page .
      Resubmitted my application on July 29th
      Haven’t received any receipt no and the check has not been debited
      My h4 application was submitted earlier along with my husbands H1
      Does it take more than a month to get receipt no for h4 EAD?

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