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.
  • 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.
  • 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 ?

USCIS H4 Biometrics - Travel and Outside of the country

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. 

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. 

Using the below experiences, we have put up Stats like Average processing time by Service center, so that you get an idea. Check out H4, EAD Average Processing times with Biometrics

Approved H4 Petitions Experiences without Litigation 

Below experience are only for cases, that did not use litigation. If you are looking for ones with H4 Litigation or Lawsuit, read H4 EAD Delays Lawsuit – User Experiences 

How to file USCIS Expedite Request for H4 EAD ?

You can raise an Expedite request with USCIS, if you are eligible for the criteria. Check out the article How to raise USCIS Expedite Request and H4 EAD Expedite Request – 3 Experiences, Letters

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.

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 #31

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

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

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 #45

Thanks to user ‘H4Nsc‘  for sharing the experience in comments

  • H1/H4/H4 EAD: Case was received – April 16- Nebraska
  • H1 approved : April 18
  • Biometric: 24 July, it got delayed due to system error
  • H4 EAD: Aug 20- 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 27 Days  after Biometrics 
  • No update on H4
    • I have raised multiple expedite requests in this whole process and It got denied immediately.
    • I have raised an another expedite request on August 19th as I have lost my job because my current EAD got expired on August 12th.

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience Approved #46

Thanks to user ‘NSP‘  for sharing the experience in comments

  • Service center: NSC
  • 15 April 2019: Applied H1+H4+EAD in PP
  • 25 April 2019: H1 Approved
  • 10 May 2019: Biometric done
  • 3 & 26 June 2019: Raised couple of expedite requests, they are denied in next day/two.
  • July 2019: Due to emergency traveled to India. Stamping for H1+H4 is
    approved through dropbox.
  • 12 Aug 2019: Raised another expedite request which is also denied
    eventually.
  • 14 Aug 2019: Status changed to card was ordered and on the same
    day status changed to Case was approved.
    • H4 EAD approved in 121 Days
  • 19 Aug 2019: Status updated to Card was mailed
  • 21 Aug 2019: Card Received.
    • No litigation filed.

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience Approved #47

Thanks to user ‘RK‘  for sharing the experience in comments

  • Applied date : April 17th- Nebraska center
  • H1+H4+EAD all applied through premium processing.
  • April 30th : H1b approval
  • May 6th : Biometric done
  • August 16th: New card is being produced
    • H4 EAD Approved in 121 Days 
  • August 19th : H4 approval
    • H4 Approved in 124 days from Filing  
    • H4 Approved in 104 Days from Biometrics 
  • August 20th : card was mailed to me
  • August 21st : Card Was Picked Up By The United States Postal Service
  • As per USPS tracking card delivers tomorrow.
    • Adding email to our case status helps. For my case it took exactly 4months from applied date. My previous EAD was valid till July 31st 2019.
    • My receipt number LIN191515XXXX.
    • Tried to expedite case through congressman and company letter, it didn’t work.
    • Not tried litigation.

CSC  – H4 experience, EAD filed later Approved #48

Thanks to user ‘gnit‘  for sharing the experience in comments

  • H1&H4 applied at California on May 30th.
  • H1 got approved on 10th June.
  • Biometrics on 21 June.
  • Applied EAD on July 17th.
  • Aug 17th it says New Card is being produced.
    • H4 EAD approved in 30 Days from filing.
    • Assuming H4 approved as well.
      • H4 Approved in 79 Days from filing 
      • H4 Approved in 57 Days from Biometrics
  • On 20th Aug, H4 status changed to biometrics review completed.

NSC  – H4 experience, EAD filed later Approved #49

Thanks to user ‘NSCFinallyApproved‘  for sharing the experience in comments

  • Nebraska Service Center
  • H1+H4+H4EAD in PP – receive date is April 17th @ NSC
  • Biometric Appointment for H4 – May 6th
  • H4 – Date of Birth was updated Aug 21st
  • H4 EAD – New Card produced Aug 21st
    • H4 EAD approved in 126 days 
    • Assuming H4 approved as well.
      • H4 Approved in 126 Days from filing 
      • H4 Approved in 107 Days from Biometrics
    • No expedite request or litigation.

NSC  – H4 experience, EAD filed later Approved #50

Thanks to user ‘Headache_from_Nebraska‘  for sharing the experience in comments

  • H1b + H4 + H4 EAD filed in premium.
  • Receipt Date: April 17th.
  • H1b Approval : April 25th.
  • H4 : Case was received.
  • Biometrics: May 10th. (Completed by walk-in on May 8th.)
  • H4 EAD : New Card is being produced – Aug 21st.
    • H4 EAD Approved in 126 Days  
    • Assuming H4 approved as well.
      • H4 Approved in 126 Days from filing 
      • H4 Approved in 103 Days from Biometrics
    • Receipt Num: LIN1915250XXX
  • Aug 21 – New card ordered.
  • Aug 22 – Case approved.
  • Aug 26 – Card was mailed.
  • H4 – Case was received.
  • Couple of my observations:
    • Receipt Numbers generated by USCIS is not exactly in the order of application received date. Some of the receipt numbers before mine were from April 18th while my receipt date was for April 17th. This gives us an impression that some how April 18th applications are approved and they might have skipped some of the April 17th applications.
    • My status got updated on Aug 22 at 3AM Pacific time. Probably some cron job updates status in bulk. IMO your case might have been already approved but it does not reflect on the website.

Vermont, NSC  – H4 experience, EAD filed later Approved #51

Thanks to user ‘PS‘  for sharing the experience in comments

  • April 16- H1 and H4 extensions submitted in PP @ NSC
  • April -26 – H1 Approved
  • May 6- H4EAD submitted @ Vermont
  • May 7- biometric completed
  • June 3, tried to expedite H4EAD through congressman and denied.
  • August 19- H4 status changed to name updated.
  • August 22- received H4 approval notice.
    • H4 Approved in 128 Days from Filing 
    • H4 Approved in 107 Days from Biometrics 
  • H4EAD still pending.

CSC  – H4, EAD experience, New Address AR-11 Approved #52

Thanks to user ‘Vikas‘  for sharing the experience in comments

  • H1 case submitted (CSC): April 17th 2019
  • H1 Case approved: April 26th 2019
  • H4 biometrics: May 7th 2019
  • H4 and EAD approved: August 22nd 2019
    • H4 Approved in 127 Days from filing 
    • H4 Approved in 107 Days from Biometrics
    • Although on their website it still doesn’t recognise the receipt number, but fortunately we received hard copy of both H4 and EAD.
    • We were super lucky as just today processing period for H4 in CSC has increased to 5.5 months.
    • Also, we moved to new address , updating AR-11 worked and we received copy on new address (last time updating AR-11 didn’t work and had to pay ~500$ to get a duplicate copy).

NSC  – H4, EAD experience Approved #53

Thanks to user ‘H4 Extension Seeker‘  for sharing the experience in comments

  • April 18 – H1 , H4 extensions and H4 EAD submitted in PP @ NSC
  • April -26 – H1 Approved
  • May 9- biometric complete
  • August 21- Call USCIS and ask to expedite due to financial loss
  • August 23- Expedite request denied
  • August 24- H4 EAD status ‘’New Card is Being Produced
    • H4 EAD Approved in 128 Days  
    • Assuming H4 approved as well.
      • H4 Approved in 128 Days from filing 
      • H4 Approved in 107 Days from Biometrics
  • H4 still pending.

CSC  – H4, EAD experience Approved #54

Thanks to user ‘Prasad‘  for sharing the experience in comments

  • May 20 – H1, H4 and EAD extensions submitted @ CSC
  • June 3 – biometric completed
  • July 17 – H1 converted to Premium
  • July 23 – H1 approved
  • Aug 17 – Both H4 and EAD approved.
    • H4, EAD Approved in 89 Days from filing 
    • H4 Approved in 75 Days from Biometrics
    • Online status for H4 was changed on Aug 23 to “FingerPrint Review Complete”
    • August 22- received H4 approval notice.

NSC  – H4, EAD experience Approved #55

Thanks to user ‘xiunanty‘  for sharing the experience in comments

  • Service Center: NSC
  • H1+H4+H4EAD extension in PP receipt date: March 20
  • H1 RFE: March 27
  • H4 Biometrics: April 18
  • H1 RFE response received: May 9
  • H1 Approved: May 14
  • H4 EAD – New Card produced: Aug 26
    • H4 EAD approved in about 160 days from from receipt date
    • Assuming H4 approved as well.
      • H4 Approved in 160 Days from filing 
      • H4 Approved in 130 Days from Biometrics
    • From July I started try Senator and Congressman inquiries, expedite requests on Aug 19th, out of normal processing inquiry (from last week). 
    • Called senator on Aug 26 morning for help, evening status changed.
  • H4 status changed to Approved on Aug 27. 

CSC  – H4, EAD experience Approved #56

Thanks to user ‘AG‘  for sharing the experience in comments

  • H1B+H4+H4 EAD applied extension on Premium Processing.
  • California Service Center.
  • Application received on May 21st
  • H1B Approved on May 30th
  • H4 Biometrics appointment done on June 10th
  • EAD approved on Aug 22nd (H4 status remains unchanged)
    • H4, EAD Approved in 93 Days from filing 
    • H4 Approved in 73 Days from Biometrics
  • Approval notice for H4 and EAD received by mail on Aug 26th
  • EAD delivered on Aug 27th

NSC  – H4, EAD experience Approved #57

Thanks to user ‘Sahana‘  for sharing the experience in comments

  • April 19- H1B ,H4 ,H4 EAD submitted in PP @ NSC
  • April -26 – H1B Approved
  • May 9- Bio metrics completed
  • August 24- H4 status changed to “Finger Print was completed”
  • August 26- Called them to check the status of my H4 EAD
  • August 27- H4 EAD status changed to “New Card Is Being Produced”
    • H4 EAD approved in about 130 days from from receipt date
    • Assuming H4 approved as well.
      • H4 Approved in 130 Days from filing 
      • H4 Approved in 110 Days from Biometrics
  • August 27- H4 Changed to “Name Was Updated”

NSC  – H4, EAD experience Approved #58

Thanks to user ‘Ramu‘  for sharing the experience in comments

  • Premium H1B+H4+EAD – Renewal
  • Nebraska Service Center
  • Date Received: 03/25/2019
  • H1B Approved: 04/03/2019
  • Biometric given : 4/16/2019
  • Expedite Request: 8/19/2019 denied
  • Out of Processing Time Request: 8/23/2019
  • Fingerprint Review Was Completed : 8/24/2019
  • New Card is being produced : 8/27/2019
    • H4 EAD approved in about 155 days from from receipt date
    • Assuming H4 approved as well.
      • H4 Approved in 155 Days from filing 
      • H4 Approved in 133 Days from Biometrics
    • Waiting for new card and H4 approval

CSC  – L2 to H4 COS + EAD experience – Approved #59

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 #60

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 #61

Thanks to user ‘h4eadwaiting‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • May 28- H1 and H4 extensions + EAD submitted to California center
  • June -6 – H1 Approved
  • June 10 – Biometric completed
  • June 25, tried to expedite H4EAD through congressman .
  • August 23- H4 status changed to finger print completed .
  • August 26- received EAD approval Email.(Card was produced)
    • H4 EAD approved in 148 Days from Filing Date
    • Assuming H4 is approved as H4 EAD approved.
      • H4 Approved in 148 days from filing 
      • H4 Approved in 74 Days from Biometrics Date
  • August 28- Card ( H4EAD) mailed .
  • August 29 – H4 approval notice was received
  • Waiting for H4 EAD Card now.

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #62

Thanks to user ‘Gupta‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • Mar 22 – H1, H4 and EAD extensions submitted in Premium @ Nebraska
  • Apr 1 – H1 approved
  • Apr 18 – biometric completed
  • Aug 14 – Both H4 and EAD approved.
  • Aug 21 – Status updated to card delivered.

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #63

Thanks to user ‘Sam Jain‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • Service Center: Nebraska
  • Applied for H1+H4+EAD in PP on Apr 11.
  • H1 approved – Apr 21.
  • H4 Biometrics – May 6
  • H4 Approved – Aug 20
  • EAD Approved – Aug 20
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 131 Days after filing
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 106 days from Biometrics
  • Received in mail Aug 26
  • Premium Processing

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #64

Thanks to user ‘Nitya‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • Case Received- Apr 18
  • H1b approved-Apr 29
  • Biometric screening-May 6
  • Finger print review completed-Aug 21
  • Expedited H4 EAD- Aug 26
    • Expedite request denied on Aug 29.
  • H4 Approval- Aug 30
  • H4 EAD Approval-Aug 30, my expedited request got denied yesterday.
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 134 Days after filing
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 116 days from Biometrics

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #65

Thanks to user ‘Yogini‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • April 23rd: Case received under H1B+H4_H4 EAD PP (Nebraska)
  • May 1st: H1B Approved
  • July 21st: Expedite request raised through congressman (Denied in 1 week through mail)
  • August 21st: Status changed to Fingerprint review complete @ around noon.
  • Same day raised another expedite request through Senator. This time they did ask to provide documentation which I did.
  • August 29th: Status changed (I-765 only) to Request for additional Information received & has been forwarded to an officer for review.
  • Aug 30th H4 EAD status changed to “New Card is being produced”
    • H4 EAD approved in 129 Days from Filing Date
      Assuming H4 is approved as H4 EAD approved.
    • H4 Approved in 129 days from filing 
    • H4 Approved in 119 Days from Biometrics Date

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #66

Thanks to user ‘Sri‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • H4 EAD Receipt Date : 4/22/19 at NSC
  • Biometrics: 5/13/19Aug
  • Expedite Request through Congressman : 2 times (June and July)
  • Expedite Request through Senator: 1 time (July)
  • Personal Expedite Request by calling Customer Care: 7 times – out of which 6 times was rejected and the last time they said cannot expedite the case because the case is approved and card has been sent for production.
  • H4 status change to Fingerprint Review Completed on 8/21
  • H4 EAD status changed to New Card Is Being Produced, just now around 3PM EST (8/30)
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 130 Days after filing
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 109 days from Biometrics

CSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #67

Thanks to user ‘Amul‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • 4/17 — H1+H4+EAD (CSC)
  • 4/18 — Receipt Dates
  • 4/24 — RFE Received for H1B
  • 7/18 — H1B Approved
  • 8/21 — H4 status changed to “Finger Print Review Completed”
  • 8/30 — EAD status changed to “New Card Is Being Produced”
  • Waiting for further updates
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 135 Days after filing
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 115 days from Biometrics

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #68

Thanks to user ‘Saloni‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • Processing center: Nebraska
  • Applied for H4+EAD(new)
  • Receipt date: April 26th
  • Biometrics appointment: May 21st
  • USCIS update on Aug 28: Card/Document production.
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 124 Days after filing
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 99 days from Biometrics

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #69

Thanks to user ‘MV‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • Service Center: NSC
  • 04/23/2019 – H1B extension +H4 extension +H4EAD renewal – Premium processing ( USCIS Received)
  • 04/25/2019 – H1 approved
  • 05/17/2019 – Biometrics for H4
  • 08/22/2019-Expedited with Congressman and Service Req ( Both got denied last week)
  • 08/24/2019 – Status changed to ‘Finger Print Review Completed’
  • 09/03/2019 – New Card being produced, H4 still in ‘Finger Print Review Completed’
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 133 Days after filing
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 109 days from Biometrics

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #70

Thanks to user ‘FinallyApprovedH4EADFromNSC‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • * April 24th: Case received under H1B+H4_H4 EAD PP (Nebraska)
  • * May 8th: H1B Approved
  • * May 19th: Biometric Done.
  • * July 4th: Updated address.
  • * August 26th: EAD and H4 Extn Expedite request raised through the phone with financial loss reason. No document requested. Both Case statuses were “Case received” * Aug 27th – Expedite requests were assigned to an officer and completed by EOD
  • * August 28th: Status changed (I-765 only) to Request for Additional Information received & has been forwarded to an officer for review.
  • * August 29th: Status changed to – We approved I-765
  • * Aug 30th H4 EAD status changed to “New Card is being produced”
  • * August 29th: H4 status got changed Approved.
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 127 Days after filing
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 102 days from Biometrics
  • * Sept 3rd – Received both approval Notices via post. Also, EAD has updated that card is mailed.

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #71

Thanks to user ‘Finally…‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • Service Center: Nebraska
  • H4/H4 EAD receipt date: April 22nd
  • Approval: Sept 3rd
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 134 Days after filing
  • I did raise an expedite request through USCIS and Congressman, both of which got denied immediately. Finally logged another request on August 30th stating that my EAD was going to expire in 4 days. I received a mail stating that the case is already with an officer and there is no need to expedite it.
  • Also when I called USCIS to raise the expedite request, they told me, NSC received Bio-metrics for my case on August 21st. This was not updated on the online portal. So that might explain why a lot of people are seeing ‘Fingerprint review complete’, because NSC started to get actual bio metrics information in third week of august (smh). I hope this is a sign of the process getting streamlined and hopefully this will trigger faster approvals for everyone who are waiting.

NSC  – H4 / EAD experience – Approved #72

Thanks to user ‘RVN‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • Receipt date: April 29th.
  • Service center – Nebraska
  • From May till July , did 3 or 4 times expedite request by calling USCIS and through senator.
  • Every time I requested expedite, it got denied.
  • Finally tired of request raising and started waiting.
  • August 24th- status of H4 changed to “Fingerprinting completed”.
  • September 4th- New card produced.
    • H4 / EAD Approved in 128 Days after filing
  • H4 status has no change. Now also “Finger printing completed “

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #73

Thanks to user ‘Anu‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • Service Center: Nebraska
  • May 01 : H1/H4/EAD filed in regular processing
  • Aug 05:H1B approved
  • May 22: H4 biometrics completed
  • Aug 25: H4 case status changed to ‘Fingerprint review was completed’.
  • Sept 04:new card is being produced for EAD
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 126 Days after filing
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 105 days from Biometrics
  • H4 status still showing fingerprint is reviewed.

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #74

Thanks to user ‘NoOne‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • Center – NSC
  • May 10 – H1-Ext, New H4 & EAD filed in PP
  • May 23 – Biometric completed
  • May 17 – H1 Approved
  • Aug 12 – Senator expedite request denied on grounds of lack of evidence for urgency
  • Sep 05 – H4 and EAD approved.
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 118 Days after filing
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 105 days from Biometrics
    • Case series LIN***695****
    • It is taking 4 months at NSC to get H4 approvals on average. I have been tracking the cases for quite a while now.
    • Didn’t file R&N litigation as we could wait and had that option. You might want to if you are to loose your job but I feel R&N are monetizing on this unfortunate circumstance of H4 spouses.

CSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #75

Thanks to user ‘Another H4 EAD User‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • H1+H4+EAD in PP at CSC
  • RD– 5/20/2019
  • Fingerprints–6/3/2019
  • No status updates since then
  • 8/8– raised an expedite request with USCIS mentioned abt job and financial loss
  • 8/9–got email from uscis for more evidence
  • 8/12–submitted docs for financial loss. Letter provided by employer
  • No updates after 8/12
  • All of a sudden on 8/21 –Fingerprint review completed on USCIS website
  • 8/23–Requested senator for assistance
  • 8/26–Senator contacted uscis, but uscis asked for same details when I called on 8/8
  • 8/29– contacted uscis again for status updates. they said no updates except an inquiry on 8/26
  • 8/30–H4 EAD status changed to New card produced
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 102 Days after filing
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 88 days from Biometrics
    • 9/4–H4 EAD card being mailed to me
    • 9/5–Added usps tracker
    • H4 status is still case received
    • 9/11–old ead expiry date
    • I have been following this forum and at one stage I thought of going with RN law but later decided to wait. My expedited request status is still not updated and congressman request was not fulfilled by uscis. But I felt like raising awareness to uscis on our case is helping .

CSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #76

Thanks to user ‘Sindhu‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • H1+H4+EAD in PP filed on– 5/30/2019
  • Fingerprints–6/17/2019
  • 8/12– raised an expedite request through senator with USCIS – job and financial loss, my future employer Microsoft gave a support letter too. Status changed on H4 and EAD changed to “expedite request received”
  • 8/13– but expedite request rejected on email but no status change after that.
  • 9/5 – EAD status changed to “new card is being produced”. H4 status is still case received.
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 98 Days after filing
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 80 days from Biometrics

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #77

Thanks to user ‘farida‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • Center – NSC
  • May 1 – H1-Ext, New H4 & EAD filed in PP
  • May 22 – Biometric completed
  • May 10 – H1 Approved
  • Sep 05 – “New card being processed.
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 127 Days after filing
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 106 days from Biometrics
  • H4 still pending.
  • Case series LIN19162*****
  • Didn’t file R&N litigation and 3 times expedite denied.

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #78

Thanks to user ‘Sub‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • Apr 18: H1+H4+H4 EAD filed PP
  • H1B approved in a week’s time
  • Sep 4: Called USCIS with a request to expedite
  • Sep 5: Expedite request denied
  • Sep 6: New card is being produced
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 141 Days after filing
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 114 days from Biometrics
    • H4 – Case was received status.

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #79

Thanks to user ‘Neeru‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • RD: 5/28 :H1+H4EAD filed under PP (Nebraska)
  • H1 approved in 2 days.
  • 6/10: Bio metrics Done
  • Raised Multiple USCIS requests starting in August 1st week and everything got denied.
  • August 1st:Contacted USCIS through senator and it got denied again
  • August 3rd week: Contacted Junior Senator and submitted documents through them
  • August 4th week: Contacted Ombudsman and submitted documents through them
  • Sep 5th: New card is being produced
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 100 Days after filing
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 87 days from Biometrics
    • H4 still pending!

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #80

Thanks to user ‘H4EAD-NSC‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • RD: 4/30 :H1+H4+H4EAD filed under PP (Nebraska)
  • H1 approved in 5 days.
  • 5/23: Bio metrics Done
  • 8/24: Fingerprint review completed on H4 status
  • 9/6: New card is being produced
  • H4 + EAD Approved in 129 Days after filing
  • H4 + EAD Approved in 106 days from Biometrics
  • No Change in H4 status .
  • No expedite request or litigation .

CSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #81

Thanks to user ‘ETBT‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • CSC – WAC1922xxxxx
  • 6/11 – Receipt date for H1, H4, H4 EAD (premium)
  • 6/22 – H1B approved
  • 7/1 – H4 Fingerprinting
  • 7/10 – Expedite request raised (was rejected in less than a week on insufficient proof)
  • 8/26 – Status changed to “Fingerprint review completed”
  • 9/6 – H4 Status changed to “Name was Updated” and EAD status shows “New card is being produced”
    • H4 / EAD Approved in 87 Days after filing
    • H4 / EAD Approved in 67 days from Biometrics

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #82

Thanks to user ‘Neer‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • Center – Nebraska
  • April 8 – Receipt date LIN191435xxxx
  • May 2 – Biometrics
  • Aug 27 – Case approved
  • Sep 4 – I-797C copies received in mail
    • H4 / EAD Approved in 149 Days after filing
    • H4 / EAD Approved in 125 days from Biometrics
  • Sep 5 – EAD card in mail

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #83

Thanks to user ‘raji‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • NSC Service Center
  • H1b PP/H4/H4 EAD received date Apr-2-2019
  • H1b Approved – 08- apr
  • Biometric done – 24-apr
  • H4 EAD : 08/20/2019 – We ordered your new card.
    • H4 / EAD Approved in 140 Days after filing
    • H4 / EAD Approved in 118 days from Biometrics
  • 08/21/2019 – We approved your Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.
  • 08/22/2019 – We mailed your new card your Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, directly to the address you gave us.
  • 08/23/2019 – The Post Office picked up mail containing your new card.
  • 08/24/2019 – received the card

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #84

Thanks to user ‘H4EADFinallyApproved‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • Processing Center: Nebraska
  • 04/25/2019: H1B+H4+EAD applied in PP
  • 05/08/2019: H1B Approved
  • 05/14/2019: H4 Biometric Appointment
    • In between tried to expedite a few times by calling USCIS and also working with our Congressman, neither avenue succeeded and we didn’t get to submit any documents either.
  • However, the status on the EAD got updated on 08/16/2019 to say that they have received documents that are being reviewed by the officer
  • 08/21/2019: H4 status said Fingerprint review completed
  • 09/03/2019: EAD status said New Card is being Produced
    • H4 / EAD Approved in 131 Days after filing
    • H4 / EAD Approved in 112 days from Biometrics
    • 09/05/2019: EAD card was shipped
  • 09/09/2019: EAD card received in the post with I-797 approval for I-765
  • 09/09/2019: called USCIS about H4 status since no change was observed since 08/16 and were informed that H4 was approved on 09/03/2019 as well, but has not been shipped yet. Moreover, they said that the applicant is allowed to rejoin work (old EAD expired on 08/23) on the basis of the approved EAD card
    FYI we did not participate in any litigation

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #85

Thanks to user ‘HK‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • Nebraska Service Center
  • H1+H4+H4EAD Applied on —- 8/5/19
  • Appointment for Biometrics —- 8/28/19
  • H1 moved to Premium —- 9/3/19
  • H1 + H4 EAD Approved —- 9/9/19
    • H4 / EAD Approved in 35 Days after filing
    • H4 / EAD Approved in 12 days from Biometrics
    • we have not filed any litigation. Just started regular processing. Since my spouse’s office agreed for premium processing we converted that into premium and got approval in a week.

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #86

Thanks to user ‘f5uscis‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • Nebraska Service Center.
  • April 9, 2019 (Concurrently filed with H1B extension. H1B extension was approved on April 12, 2019)
  • Biometrics date – May 9, 2019
  • H4 changed to Fingerprint review completed on Aug 25,2019
  • H4 EAD changed to “New Card Being Produced” on Sep 7, 2019
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 151 Days after filing
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 121 days from Biometrics
  • H4 status is still “Fingerprint review completed”

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #87

Thanks to user ‘Swathi‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • Center: NSC
  • May 29: RD, filed H1B + H4 + EAD all together in PP
  • H1-B approved on June 6th.
  • Biometric Walk-in July 9th.
  • EAD expired on August 20th.
  • My employer terminated and lost Job.
  • Raised expedite request on August 16th by calling and denied on August 19th.
  • Approached senator on August 23rd saying job loss.
  • Got email from Senator on September 4th saying he approached USCIS.
  • Same day Online Status changed to in review.
  • Sep 10th: Card/ Document Production.
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 104 Days after filing
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 63 days from Biometrics

CSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #88

Thanks to user ‘Srikanth‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • Service Center: California
  • H1/ H4 / H4 EAD Receipt Date : May 3rd
  • H1 Approved : May 12.
  • Case Expedited by Phone : July 29th. Did not ask any proof.
  • H4 EAD and H4 Approved on August 2nd. Received H4 Approval and H4 EAD approval on Aug 8th. Did not receive EAD so far.
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 91 Days after filing
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 69 days from Biometrics
  • But H4 status changed to Finger Print review complete on August 24.

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #89

Thanks to user ‘Chocy‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • 04/30/2019–> H1B+H4+H4EAD Applied in PP at Nebraska
  • 05/07/2019–> RFE Received for H1B.
  • 05/23/2019–> Biometrics Completed.
  • 07/29/2019–> Response to RFE was submitted
  • 08/05/2019–> H1B Approved
  • 08/25/2019–> Fingerprint Review Done
  • 09/10/2019–> H4 status shows as Name was Updated and H4 EAD status shows as New Card is being produced.
  • 09/11/2019->H4 and H4 EAD status updated to Approved.
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 133 Days after filing
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 110 days from Biometrics

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #90

Thanks to user ‘h4eadmay6‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • H1B + H4 + H4 ead filling date: May 3, 2019
  • Service Center – Nebraska
  • Recieved date: May 6, 2019
  • Current EAD expiring: Sep 30, 2019
  • H4 ead Card production: Sep 11
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 131 Days after filing
  • Expedite 2 times in July and August but was rejected same day. No lawsuit.

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #91

Thanks to user ‘EADApproved‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • Applied H1+H4+H4EAD on April 26th in PP to Nebraska.
  • April 29th – the case was received.
  • May 21st- completed Biometric
  • Sept 12th – Update for EAD – New card is being produced
    • H4 / EAD Approved in 139 Days after filing
    • H4 / EAD Approved in 114 days from Biometrics
  • No update on H4
  • No expedite request or litigation.

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #92

Thanks to user ‘MyH4EADApproved‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • H1B – H4 – H4EAD filed in PP:
  • RD for all – 17 April
  • H1B – Approval – 19 April
  • H4-H4EAD – Finger Print Given – 01-May
  • H4EAD – Approved – 12-Sep
    • H4 / EAD Approved in 150 Days after filing
    • H4 / EAD Approved in 134 days from Biometrics
  • No updates on H4.

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #93

Thanks to user ‘sk‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • 04/25/2019–> H1B+H4+H4EAD Applied in PP at Nebraska
  • 04/29/2019-> Received all three Receipts
  • 05/06/2019–> H1B Approved
  • 05/10/2019–> Bio metrics appointment received dated 05/22/2019
  • 05/22/2019–> Bio metrics completed
  • 08/22/2019 –> H4 status changed to “Finger print review completed”
  • 09/11/2019–> New card being produced
    • H4 / EAD Approved in 139 Days after filing
    • H4 / EAD Approved in 112 days from Biometrics
  • No Litigation or expedite request raised. There is no change in H4 status yet. Receipt staring numbers LIN19160. Looks like approval received late evening on 09/11/2019.

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #94

Thanks to user ‘EADH4Approved‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • H1+H4+H4 EAD applied in PP at Nebraska – April 23, 2019
  • H1B approved – May 01. 2019
  • Bio metric appointment on May 15, 2019
  • Walked in to near by ASC on May 7th, 2019 and gave the biometrics
  • Travelled out of country and got H4 via drop box(in July 2 week)
  • Reached US back August 2nd week and raised expedite request.
  • Status changed on H4 to Fingerprint review completed on Aug 21, 2019
  • Even after 3 weeks after the expedite request, no updates..
  • Raised another expedite request on Sept 3.
  • Expedite request got denied on Sept 4, saying that application is already approved. Not sure if the second expedite triggered the approval or it was already approved.
  • New Card Is Being Produced – Sept 4. 2019
    • H4 / EAD Approved in 134 Days after filing
    • H4 / EAD Approved in 112 days from Biometrics
    • H4 changed to approved – Sept 5, 2019
  • Card mailed – Sept 9, 2019
  • Card arrived – Sept 12, 2019
  • Start date on the card is the H1B start date..
  • I have not done any litigation.
  • Expedited 2 times, both were denied.

CSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #95

Thanks to user ‘SGR‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • May 30- H4+EAD filed with H1B PP at CSC
  • June 6- H1 approved
  • June 17 – completed Biometrics
  • July 20 – Had to travel to Canada. I had expired visa but valid H4 i-797 upto Oct 2019. Asked many forums, company attorneys, even called USCIS and was told I am eligible to travel under 30-day rule, automatic visa revalidation. USCIS said my applications should not be affected since I would not get a new i-94
  • July29 – Returned from Canada. At vancouver airport, the visa officer first denied entry. Then a senior officer in back office gave me entry but issued a new i-94 and online i-94 showed F1 status.
  • Aug 10 – CBP i-94 correction office corrected the status back to H4 but was stuck with new I-94. Didnt know what would happen to my applications. Company attorney said if RFE comes, we will address it.
  • Sep 5- EAD application changed to “new card is being produced”.
    • H4 / EAD Approved in 99 Days after filing
    • H4 / EAD Approved in 81 days from Biometrics
  • Sep 6- EAD I-765 was approved
  • Sep 10- EAD mail picked up by USPS.
  • Sept 11- Called USCIS why H4 was still “case was received”. The rep told me they mailed the H4 I-539 approval also on Sept. 6th itself.
  • Sept 12- Received the EAD card and H4 I-797.
  • I have same experience as many users that online status of H4 did not reflect the approval. I was super worried that I would be given EAD up to Oct 2019 and my extension would be denied because of my new I-94 after Canada trip.But Everything worked out finally. Got EAD and H4 approval for 3 years upto May 2022.

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #96

Thanks to user ‘KB‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • H1+H4+EAD : Applied on 04/04/2019
  • H1 RFE : 04/10/2019
  • H1 RFE Response : 05/23/2019
  • H1 Approved : 05/28/2019
  • H4 EAD SR Raised : 08/21/2019
  • H4 RFE : 08/24/2019
  • H4 EAD Expedited : 08/23/2019
  • H4 EAD Assigned to Officer : 08/26/2019
  • H4 EAD Expedite denied : 08/29/2019
  • H4 RFE Recieved : 08/29/2019 – Replied on the same day
  • H4 EAD SR Closed cos of H4 RFE : 09/03/2019
  • H4 RFE Response Recieved : 09/04/2019
  • H4 EAD Expedite : 09/09/2019
  • H4 EAD Assigned to Officer : 09/12/2019
  • H4 EAD : New card being produced 09/12/2019
    • H4 / EAD Approved in 161 Days after filing
    • H4 / EAD Approved in 131 days from Biometrics
  • H4 no change yet
  • No Litigation!!!!!!!!!

CSC  – H4 experience – Approved #97

Thanks to user ‘CYC‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • 04/11/2019–> H1B+H4 WITHOUT PP at CSC
  • 05/17/2019–> H4 Biometrics Notice
  • 06/07/2019–> Biometrics Completed
  • 07/12/2019–> H1B Approved
  • 08/24/2019–> H4 Fingerprint Has Been Reviewed
  • 09/05/2019–> H4 Approval Notice
    • H4 Approved in 147 Days after filing
    • H4 Approved in 90 days from Biometrics
  • Since my case has no expedite or premium process, I think my case is worth to share with many people who still keep waiting for approval. It looks like the approval is normally happened in 2 week after fingerprint has been reviewed.

CSC  – H4 +EAD experience – Approved #98

Thanks to user ‘Itsalongwait…‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • Processing Center – CSC ( H1 + H4 + H4EAD PP)
  • RD – 5th June 2019
  • H1b approved-13th June 2019
  • Biometric screening-17th June 2019 ( Did a Walk-in)
  • Finger print review completed-Aug 21
  • New card is being produced- Sep 12
    • H4/ EAD Approved in 99 Days after filing
    • H4 / EAD Approved in 87 days from Biometrics
    • WAC19215512XX – No Litigation / No expedited request.
  • Also my wife had to travel out of country & she got her visa approved. After going through the Administrative processing. ( No documents requested). Hope this helps someone.

NSC  – H4 +EAD experience – Approved #99

Thanks to user ‘redBusGuy‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • Nebraska service center
  • May 6th – H1B + H4 + H4 EAD extensions in PP
  • May 13th – H1B approved
  • May 27th – H4 fingerprint review completed
  • Sep 12th – “Case was approved” for both H4 and H4 EAD
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 129 Days after filing
  • No expedite request or lawsuit, just waited patiently.

NSC  – H4 +EAD experience – Approved #100

Thanks to user ‘NSCtootooslow‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • Nebraska center
  • May 6 — H1b, H4 and H4 EAD extension in PP;
  • May 10 — H1b got approved
  • Aug 19 — reach out to congresswoman to expedite
  • Aug 24 — H4 changed to fingerprint completed
  • Sep 11 — card expired
  • Sep 12 — expedite denied
  • Sep 13 — H4 EAD changes to new card is being produced in Sep 12
    • H4 + EAD Approved in 130 Days after filing
  • H4 still shows fingerprint completed

NSC  – H4 +EAD experience – Approved #101

Thanks to user ‘Snat‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • NSC
  • May 13 – H1b, H4 and H4 EAD extension in PP
  • May 23 – H1b approved
  • June 9 – Biometrics
  • Aug 24 – Finger print Review was completed
  • Sep 11 – EAD Expired
  • Sep 12 – EAD changed to “New card is being produced”. H4 no change in status
    • H4/ EAD Approved in 122 Days after filing
    • H4 / EAD Approved in 95 days from Biometrics
  • Sep 13 – H4 changed to “Case was approved”.
  • Called USCIS twice to expedite. Once on Aug23rd –>Denied message in mail. Again on Sep 9th –>Case already assigned to officer message in mail.

TSC  – H4 +EAD experience – Approved #102

Thanks to user ‘PSP‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • 07/01/2019 Applied H1 premium+H4+H4EAD Renewal to Texas Service Center
  • 07/03/2019 Package received by USCIS
  • 07/09/2019 H1 approved
  • 07/11/2019 Received receipts for H4 and H4 EAD in mail
  • 07/16/2019 Biometrics appointment notice received in mail
  • 07/24/2019 Biometrics given
  • 07/26/2019 H4 case status changed to Finger Prints review completed
  • 09/11/2019 Received H4 approval notice in mail; but case status didn’t change for H4
  • 09/12/2019 H4 EAD case status changed to New car being produced
    • H4/ EAD Approved in 73 Days after filing
    • H4 / EAD Approved in 50 days from Biometrics
    • 09/13/2019 H4 EAD case status changed to case was approved

NSC  – H4 +EAD experience – Approved #103

Thanks to user ‘Finally_approved‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • Center: Nebraska
  • 2 May : H1b , H4 and H4 EAD applied in pp
  • 9 May : H1 approved
  • 24 May : Biomterics done
  • 13 sept : H4 EAD status changed to new card is being produced.
    • H4/ EAD Approved in 134 Days after filing
    • H4 / EAD Approved in 112 days from Biometrics

NSC  – H4 +EAD experience – Approved #104

Thanks to user ‘VCEAD‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • 03/26/2019 – H1 extension +H4 extension +H4EAD all filed together in premium @Nebraska Service centre
  • 04/05/2019 – H1 Approval received04/12/2019 – I got physical mail for Biometrics appointment
  • 04/24/2019 – Biometrics Appointment
  • June – Travelled to India and got H4 visa stamped through dropbox
  • Aug – Came back to the US and got RFE on H4 due to new I94. Submitted new stamped visa and I94 copy in response to RFE. As per my lawyer, although post getting visa stamped, we could even withdraw H4 application, however we kept it going as this could impact EAD application too.
  • 09/09/2019 – Raised Service Request as the processing timeline was beyond the timeline published by USCIS.
  • 09/12/2019 – EAD Status changed to Card being produced
    • H4/ EAD Approved in 170 Days after filing
    • H4 / EAD Approved in 141 days from Biometrics
  • 09/13/2019 – H4 approval

CSC  – H4 +EAD experience – Approved #105

Thanks to user ‘Mayapur‘  for sharing the experience in comment

  • 04/24/19 H1 +COS H4+EAD applied in PP at CSC
  • 05/07/19 Walked in early for Biometrics
  • 05/09/19 H1 approved
  • 07/10/19 Expedite request through Senator
  • 08/12/19 Expedite request denied via email to Senator, USCIS provided reasons saying that they could not identify a criteria (I guess I did not make the reason for expedition very clear or compelling in my cover letter)
  • 08/22/19 Fingerprints review completed (online status still showing “We received your case” for both H4 and EAD; this update was told by Customer Service)
  • 08/23/19 Expedite request again by calling USCIS, citing government interest and personal financial loss
  • 08/24/19 Received email with instruction to send documents
  • 08/28/19 Send documents via email, no response or update, spoke to Tier II Customer Service and was told to wait for up to 2 weeks
  • 09/14/19 Online status changed to “New Card is Being Produced” for EAD, and still showing “We received your Case ” for H4
    • H4/ EAD Approved in 143 Days after filing
    • H4 / EAD Approved in 130 days from Biometrics
  • Lesson: Not sure if expedite request helped, since I did not hear any response or update, and we’ve waited long enough. But if it did, I think using USCIS language in the cover letter and submitting clearly arranged documents were important.

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 ( 3,935 )

      1. Abhi_CSC

        Hi Kumar,

        Would you please tell me the steps to follow after I call 1-800-375-5283 (USCIS number) to put in an expedite request for a pending H-4 and H-4 EAD application?

        None of the options on the phone clearly point us in the right direction.

  1. Navisha

    I got my H4 approval after biometric in July 2019. Biometric was done on April 25, 2019. Due to change of employer, my husband is applying for H1B this month. Do I need to go through the biometric process again or my old biometric will work as it is not a year old?

    And has anyone used the document, which USCIS sent along with EAD Card to speed up the process for next EAD Card renewal or replacement?

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Navisha,
      Yes, you will be asked to do Biometrics again, that’s the process. Many users have confirmed the same that they had to do biometrics everytime…

      1. JanEAD

        Hi Kumar, I do have similar situation, recently h4 and h4 ead approved for 3 years
        Now if my husband changes employer, should I reapply H4 and H4 ead
        Can I work with existing h4ead even if my husband changed employer

        1. Navisha

          I had this situation before. I worked on my Old approved EAD. I don’t think you need new EAD card as long your spouse previous company keep I140 active. In my current situation, my EAD is expiring on June 30, 2020. That’s why I’m applying again.

          1. administrator
            Kumar

            Navisha,
            Thanks for confirming. Also, the I-140 active may not be fully relevant, if it is past 180 days…it does not matter

        2. administrator
          Kumar

          JanEAD,
          No need to re-apply, if it is valid…Ideally, employers would do that re-application to make sure the dates are in sync…Yes, you can use it, if valid.

  2. Saty

    Hello Kumar,

    I applied for change of status h4 to f1 in November 2019. Fingerprints are done in January 30.

    I joined in masters in August 2019 on H4 visa. I submitted the application in November 2019.
    I thought will get approval or something by August 2020.So that I thought of applying some internships upon it.
    But the processing times changed to 11.5 months today am concerned very much now.
    Will I get any update before August 2020 regarding my case status or do you suggest to travel outside to get stamping. Please advise.

    Thanks

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Saty,
      Sorry to hear on the delays, yes the delays are really long for F1 COS. It is very hard to say, if you would get approval by that time. The online processing times can be misleading at times. I wish I had a better answer…

      1. Saty

        Yea I understand. I am not sure what to do . I checked with University they said will take congressman help if the case falls outside normal processing time.

        But if uscis keeps on changing the processing times when ever they want there is no chance to raise the request as well. Not sure what to do. I can’t do anything except waiting .

        Thanks Kumar for your quick response.

        1. administrator
          Kumar

          Saty,
          I wish USCIS kept these things consistent. Definitely worth a shot to try with Congressman help, reach out to them…

  3. CSCAUG21_f1h4

    I have applied for cos f1- h4 and ead alone, with my husbands h1 approved petition(valid until Aug 2020, but later after applying for my h4 and h4 ead, my husband had to change his location and filed an amendment which has been approved until July 2022.Is there a way i can attach this new approved petition to existing application, or can i start a new application while my old petition is pending as processing time is 6-8 months for California right now
    California Service Center
    Aug 9- H4,EAD recieved date
    Sep 21- Biometrics done

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      CSCAUG21_f1h4,
      Yes, you can start a new application and submit a new one with the new amendment details. You would probably need to do biometrics again…Also, indicate the reason for the same by attaching a letter and old petition notice copy, so that they know the overall situation…

      1. CSCAUG21_f1h4

        Thanks Kumar,
        One more quest?
        When filing new I539 form what should i fill for current immigration status be , as my i94 on f1 expired in Sep

        1. administrator
          Kumar

          Well, you probably put in your previous I-94 details and submit a letter indicating that you were in period of authorized stay and still continuing to be in the same status waiting…Discuss with your attorney on this as well.

          1. CSCAUG21_f1h4

            @Kumar
            My H4 EAD status updated to new card being processed today, luckily
            My H4 status still says fingerprints were taken

          2. administrator
            Kumar

            CSCAUG21_f1h4,
            Cool. The H4 status has not been reliable at all, for many it shows even previous status…

  4. Sita

    VSC

    Finally after long wait:
    Aug 22 – H1(premium), H4 & EAD filed together
    Aug 23 – Received Biometrics Appointment letter
    Aug 29 – H1 Approved
    Sept 9 – Biometrics completed
    Sept 13 – Fingerprints review completed
    Jan 31 – New card being produced

    Thanks for this forum admin and also the people who shares their experiences

      1. Sita

        Nope, didn’t raised any expedite requests. Mine in new EAD application, not extension. And h4 extension status not yet updated. Receipt number starting with EAC192595****

        Hope this info would help you guys !!

  5. Rohan

    Finally received some good news today.

    Filing Center : Vermont
    Filing : H1 in premium processing with H4 extension and H4-EAD renewal
    Receipt date : August 29
    Biometric appointment : September 19

    Case update : New card being produced January 31st. No H4 update yet.
    Total time elapsed : 5 months 2 days.

    Had filed for litigation with RN Law group today but case was approved an hour after making payment so RN Law reimbursed the money as no case work had been done. It was a last roll of the dice but we simply got lucky.

    Receipt number : EAC1926551***

    Big thanks to Kumar for this maintaining this forum and all the patient answers from everyone else.

  6. Uma

    I went for Biometrics and when all 10 fingers were scanned, one finger(little finger) failed to get fingerprinted. It didn’t recognize well enough and the lady/staff said it’s alright not to worry.

    Is that okay? Will it cause any issues?

  7. Shutterbug

    Folks,

    After a long wait finally my status changed to “New card is being produced” today. First of all I would like to thank Kumar & the entire community here for sharing their experiences – Really helped keep our calm.

    Here is my timeline:

    H1 (premium) + H4 + EAD (renewal):
    USCIS notice date : 09/25/2019
    Biometrics Given: 10/19/2019
    Case updated to show fingerprints were taken: 10/20/2019
    EAD “New card is being produced”: 01/31/2020
    H4 – Still pending (shows fingerprints were taken)

    No expedite requests made. Hope to get the card soon & hopefully the H4 status will be updated too.

    All the best to folks waiting for their updates…

  8. Nisha_g

    Thanks everyone for maintaining this site.

    Below are timelines for my case:

    Center: Nebraska Service Center

    Filed H1B, H4COS, H4EAD in Premium Processing – October 11, 2019
    H1B Approved – October 15, 2019
    Received Receipt of H4 and H4EAD – October 19, 2019
    BioMetrics Completed – October 31, 2019
    H4 EAD updated online as “New Card Is Being Produced” – Jan 30, 2020

    No expedited requests were made.

    Waiting for the mail and physical EAD card.

    Good luck to everyone.

  9. VSC-Aug-27

    VSC Approval
    – RD – Aug 27, 2019 Premium Processing
    – H1 Approved – Sep, 9, 2019
    – Biometric done – Sep 16, 2019
    – H4 / EAD approved – Jan 27, 2020 (5 months approx)
    – Received docs / card – Jan 30, 2020

    Thank you all, especially Kumar for maintaining the forum

  10. Sam

    Hello all,

    My i539 application case status is showing as case was updated to show finger prints were taken.

    Does this mean they started fingerprints review or fingerprints review completed?

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Sam,
      It just tells that your biometrics process is done…that’t it…Not necessarily, it is used by their system to vet the application, which they do not indicate based on online status.

    2. Priyanka

      I would like to thank everyone in this group. My status got updated today ” New card in mail”
      RD -Nov 12th h1 , h4 and h4 ead filed together
      Biometric -dec 6th.
      H1 rfe approved- dec 26th
      H4 expedite request raised on jan 12th
      H4 ead approved on jan 30th
      New card in mail- feb 6th

      Thank you for maintaining this group.

        1. priyanka agarwal

          It was California center. I called Uscis and told them that I want to raise expedite request. They sent me in an email asking for a supporting document. My expedite request was accepted and than approved. After few days status changed to “New card is being produced.” Hope it helps.

  11. uniqueSitu

    This is a unique situation, i guess. Any help/suggestion is really appreciated.
    My H4 extension is pending in VSC since 30 Aug (Previous H4 expired within a week of 30th Aug) and finger printing is completed on 27 Sep. H1 associated with H4 is approved on 25 Sep.
    EAD filed separately on Oct 4th and still pending.
    Found a job and employer filed H1b (change of status) in December in NSC, which issues an RFE requesting approval for pending H4. RFE deadline is in mid March.
    Tried calling USCIS to expedite twice with this information but denied. Just raised ombudsman request.
    Anyone faces this situation?

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Well, yours is a unique situation, I doubt, if others would be in same place…Not much you can do…They are asking for Change of Status to check, if you were in status…that’s the trick. If your I-94 has expired when you applied for H1B, it can be tricky and your COS may not be approved, unless you can H4 approved soon….So, you can try expedite requests again…not sure, if that would work…all we can do is try more…

  12. Prashant

    Hi,
    My employer has submitted my H1B extension and I received H1B acknowledgmet receipt yesterday. As per that my case is sent to Texas Service center (SRC*** code).

    I would like to apply for H4 EAD for my wife. Can someone tell me which address I should be mailing the documents ?

    On USCIS website it provides details for only H1B applied at EAC, LIN or WAC locations. i.e.

    H-4 spouse of an H-1B nonimmigrant, and the receipt number of your H-1B principal spouse’s most recent Form I-797 Notice of Approval for Form I-129 begins with EAC or LIN or WAC.

    Thanks,
    Prashant

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Prashant,
      Try to call them. If it was concurrent, you could have send it to Texas Center…not sure now…Please check and update community here as well.

    2. Pradeep

      Hi,

      My employer has applied for H1 B extension on 23rd Dec 2019 along with H4 extension for my spouse and received acknowledgement receipt as well. It is pending in Texas Center (SRC***) .

      My wife’s biometrics is scheduled on 01/31 (tomorrow).

      Post that, I am planning to apply EAD for my wife when i upgrade the H1B extension to premium next week. Can i send 765 form for EAD along with my premium form?

      Please suggest. Thanks.

  13. aks kumar

    Hi Kumar,
    What will be the difference in timing between submitting H4 EAD application
    – concurrently with H1+ H4
    – individually once H1 receipt notice comes ?
    Reason i am asking is the lawyer is asking for $450 for submitting it concurrently even though i prepared it, so I was wondering if it is worth it to wait and submit myself the EAD application once H1 receipt comes. Will that delay the process ?
    Please help suggest the best path with your experience.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      aks kumar,
      Frankly, there is no defined pattern that if something has been processed faster.. the results are mixed, so hard to say… It may or may not delay the thing as they are tied to Biometrics and stuff. It is your discretion, but there is no data that tells that submitting concurrently will give you faster results.

  14. santhosh philip

    H1, H4, EAD NSC premium processing Timeline

    09/26/19 : Application received date (Current EAD Expiry 03/13/2020)
    10/01/19: H1B Approved
    10/07/19: Biometrics done ( walk in )
    01/23/20: submitted Federal agency help form on Senator’s website and sent in supporting documents via UPS ( cover letter, current employment letter, Mortgage statement, childcare statement)
    0127/20: Called Senator’s office to make sure that they received the package. They assured that they will reach out to USCIS and asked to wait for a week
    01/28/20: Online status changed to new card being produced .
    Hope it helps someone. Good luck!

    1. Pavithra

      Hi Santhosh,

      Thanks for sharing. Tried to look up the form that you had mentioned on the senators website but couldn’t find it. Is it available on the website or should we request them to send it by reaching out to them via the contact form?

  15. Abhi_CSC

    Hi Kumar and all,

    I need your opinion on something. Following are the details of my wife’s (H-4, H-4 EAD) case:

    Received documents by CSC, H1,H4, H4EAD: October 25, 2019.
    H1 approved: November 6, 2019.
    Bio-metrics done: November 16, 2019.
    Current H-4 and H-4 EAD expires on: March 31, 2020.

    I have collected all the documents to send to our senator’s office. Should I send these documents to her now? If our senator agrees to put in an expedition request, would this cause an unnecessary delay in H-4 and H-4 EAD processing time for our case at USCIS? Please let me know.

    1. Kalyan

      Abhi_CSC: You should definitely try to expediate the case as quickly as possible for couple of reason. First, CSC is the slowest of all the processing center due to workload they receive. Second, there is no guarantee that the expedite request by senator’s office would be approved by USCIS.

      1. Abhi_CSC

        Hi Kalyan,

        Thanks for replying. Any theories on why some cases at CSC that have later receipt dates, say September 9, are getting approved (h4 and h4 ead) than the ones that have an earlier receipt date , say August 21 or 25?

    2. administrator
      Kumar

      Abhi_CSC,
      First reach out to senator and discuss with them or email them. Once they say they will help, then only send the documents…No, it will not delay, it can only help…

  16. H4Holder

    If anyone can please help me!!

    I am currently working on h4EAD.
    If my employer apply for my H1 this year, Can I travel to India in Mid april?

    Please suggest

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      H4Holder,
      If they file as Change of status, then the COS part will be abandoned, if you travel out…But, if filed as consular processing, then no issues…

  17. Anuradha

    Filed my H4-EAD on Oct 7, Vermont Centre and Received my H4-EAD card on Dec 30, 2019.
    Still SSN not received.
    Is there any similar case. ?
    When can I expect SSN ?

  18. meb209

    Hi everyone,

    Thanks a lot for sharing all your experiences. This website has been very helpful. I am going to file a new application cap exempt for H1-B+H4+EAD (pp) at CSC. If my H1-B is approved for 3 years, will the H4+EAD , if approved, be given for 3 years as well?

    Thanks in advance!

  19. KS

    Hi Kumar,
    Does the USCIS case status changes after the biometric appointment is done? My status has always been showing as ” Fingerprint Fee was Received” since day one. Its been more than a week since I my biometric was completed but there has been no change in USCIS case status. For some people, the status has changed after biometrics. Should I follow up with USCIS help desk on this? Appreciate any inputs.
    Thank you.

  20. Pavithra

    Vermont Service Center:
    Applied H1+H4+H4EAD extension
    Filing Receipt Date: Sept 4 2019
    H1b approved in 2 weeks . Still waiting for H4 and H4EAD approvals.
    2 Expedite requests (Jan 9 and Jan 23) – Both Denied without asking for documents. H4EAD expiring next week.
    Anyone around the same dates got approvals?

        1. CSC_Aug21

          Same here. I lost my job yesterday. My receipt date was August 21, California service center. I raised 2 expedited requests and submitted the documents. Got no response on the decision yet.

          1. Pavithra

            Sad to hear. Hoping till this Friday to see if any miracle happens else I will be in the same boat too. Can you please share what reason you provided for expedited requests . Both my requests got denied quickly when I mentioned Financial loss and Job loss as reasons.

          2. Sudha

            I am also sailing in the same boat. My H4 filed date is 10th September 2019 at Texas TSC, Visa expired on December 4th 2019 and due to which lost my job. On December 27th 2019(1st time) and January 6th 2020(2nd time)requested to expedite the case on financial loss and Job loss reasons bt both denied. On January 10th 2020 went to congressmen to expedite the process so far no reply. Very frustrated.

        2. CSC_Aug21

          Reasons I gave for expedite request were job loss and financial loss and explained the consequences of not having the job/income – not able to pay mortgage, support parents medical expenses. I had attached medical receipts and mortgage receipts as proof. What was the timeline of your expedite requests? For me its been over 2 weeks and I haven’t yet received any response. My case status just says “your request to have your case expedited is completed”. Not sure what it means. Did you see a similar status on your case before getting a decision?

          1. Pavithra

            Thanks for sharing. I expedited the request through Emma live chat in USCIS website. After I gave all the details and they submitted the requests, in 2-3 days I received a denial letter from USCIS and the case status was updated to denied expedite request.

        3. CSC_Aug21

          Thank you. It’s so strange, I can’t figure out why it is taking so long to get back a decision on my expedite request. I was told by the contact center officer that I should expect a decision within 5 days. But it’s been more than 2 weeks. Wonder if others also have experienced a similar situation.

          1. Donald

            They won’t expedite because you lost your job. So many people applying for a renewal have to quit because of the processing times… You are one amongst many. I think you need a really strong case to get it expedited.

          2. sudha

            To CSC_Aug2 – Did you gave correct email ID? Call USCIS and check with them. One of my friend was also experienced the same thing and later on when she checked USCIS, she found that she gave wrong email id and that is why she did not received there email.

        4. Aug_21

          I received the acknowledgement email after raising the expedite request, so they should have my correct email. Another update on my end – I contacted the local congressman. I was told that they can’t help when the receipt date is within the normal processing time. Financial loss incurred from termination of job is apparently not a valid reason to raise an expedite request since the financial burden is assumed to be borne by the H1B holder. So I have exhausted all the options. The only thing I can do now is wait

  21. Wenger2020

    H1B + H4 Filed in Premium : June 26, 2019
    H1B Approved : July 8th 2019
    Biometric Appointment Completed: July 18, 2019

    No updates on H4 or EAD since then. Raised a SR for EAD, got response stating “case is under review by an officer. Expect decision in 60 days”.

    Can anyone shed any light of when we can expect to get the approval?

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Wenger2020,
      If they say, it is with officer, you should get it in 30 to 60 days or even earlier. Technically, an officer is assigned for your case and it is in his queue now…

    2. sudha

      To CSC_Aug2 – Did you gave correct email ID? Call USCIS and check with them. One of my friend was also experienced the same thing and later on when she checked USCIS, she found that she gave wrong email id and that is why she did not received there email.

  22. CSC_Aug26

    Financial loss for the company. Got a letter from the company saying the resource is critical as I manage a multi billion dollar project across Europe and US.
    Documents about Project delivery timelines etc are provided along with financial personally loss

  23. CSC_Aug26

    CSC –  H1+H4+H4EAD applied in Premium processing

    H1B – WAC1928350xxx – 8/26 receipt generated
    H4 – WAC1928350xxx – 8/26 receipt generated
    H4 EAD – WAC1928350xxx – 8/26 receipt generated
    H4 biometric notice date – 8/30 notice
    H1B – Approved on 9/3
    H4 biometric appointment date – 9/18
    H4 Fingerprint Review Was Completed updated – 9/20
    Expedite Request – 12/10/2019 (accepted)
    H4 EAD Approval – 01/17/2020

  24. VSC_AUG_19

    Applied H1 + H4 + H4EAD Aug 19 at VSC. H1 got approve in 10 days. H4 EAD status changed to “New Card is being produced” today (1-16-2020).
    This happened after two expedite request failures. We tried through congressman two days back, we never got a response from the congressman. So we are not sure whether it helped or not.

    Thanks for maintaining this group. I was checking this group everyday hoping that someone got approved from VSC -AUG timeframe.

    Hope this helps.

  25. SM

    Has anyone experienced the situation where H4 gets approved and EAD still pending when filed together?

    Texas Service Center:

    H1+H4+H4EAD applies together in Premium processing in August 1, 2019.
    H1 approved – Oct 27
    H4 Approved – Dec 31
    H4 EAD still pending.

    I submitted a Service Inquiry on Dec 30 as on that date EAD was above processing time line. Received a response from USCIS on Jan 8 that the case will be processed based on the order they have received and unforeseen they don’t have a definitive timeline.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      SM,
      This can vary by the service center. We have not seen situation like yours in other centers, but Texas Service center can be different…Stay positive..hopefully soon as H4 is approved.
      Do update here, after the approval.

  26. H4vermontAug

    Vermont – Filed on August 26th in Premium.

    Raised multiple expedite requests in Oct, Dec and Jan. All were denied without asking for Documentation.

    Expedited through Senator on Jan 6th and it was denied.

    Requested Ombudsman today(1/14) based on the medical reason with the medical reports. H4 EAD approved but H4 is still Pending.

    Thanks to all the Redbus people for your valuable suggestions.

    1. CB

      NSC

      Applied H1+H4+EAD premium processing – Sept 11
      H1 approved – Sept 13
      Biometrics – Oct 13
      EAD card is being produced – Jan 14
      H4 approved – Jan 15

      No expedite requests of any form were raised during this period.

      Many thanks to Kumar and everyone else who posts here and keep this forum up to date. It really helps calm your nerves 🙂

  27. Abhi_CSC

    Hi,

    Question:

    When I search for the average processing times on the following website:

    https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times/

    It says that the processing time for H4 extension at CSC is 6 to 8 months as of today. However, some of you have received H4 and H4 EAD in 4.5 months from CSC. Any explanations as to why this is?

  28. akash kumar

    Great contribution from all, this is amazing help.
    I wanted to find experiences of those who submitted concurrently (H1 + H4 + EAD) to Texas center in REGULAR processing (no premium), but it seems almost all posts are premium only.
    I was wondering if we submit concurrently (H1 + H4 + EAD) 5 months before expiry – will that work to get EAD via regular processing ? Anyone who did similar can you share your experience ?

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Akash,
      In general, the regular processing can be tricky… the logic is, until the H1B is approved, H4 would not be approved. So, if your H1B gets delayed, then H4 and EAD too…so, plan accordingly…you can check H4 average processing times article to get idea

  29. NSC_26thAug

    Thanks Everyone for sharing their timelines and also thanks to Kumar to maintain the information.

    Here are my timelines from Nebraska

    H1b + H4 + H4EAD (Extension ) filed on 8/26/19 under PP
    H1b Extension approved on 9/5/2019
    H4 Biometrics on 9/24/19
    Raised Expedite Request over the phone on 12/26/19
    Expedite Request Through USCIS Ombudsman on 12/27/19
    H4, H4 EAD Approved on 1/13/20 (140 days to complete the case) .

    1. H4vermontAug

      Congratulations. Did Ombudsman request helped you to expedite the case?
      Please let me know the documentation you provided for Ombudsman

  30. Abhi_CSC

    Hi All,

    Thanks for all your posts.

    Received documents by CSC, H1,H4, H4EAD: October 25, 2019
    H1 approved: November 6, 2019
    Bio-metrics done: November 16, 2019

    When do you expect H4 EAD will be approved? And, when is it time to start the expedition process?

        1. administrator
          Kumar

          Well, I dont know. Many have said that they got success…now, there are some delays even with that option…So, it is upto your discretion.

  31. devi

    Applied H1+H4 in PP on Aug 23th 2019 – CSC
    H1 approved – Sep 4th
    H4 EAD applied – Aug
    H4 Biometrics – Sep 19th
    H4 + EAD Approval – Jan 6th
    Card + receipt – Jan 10th

  32. Ketan Patel

    Hi

    H1-B, H4 and EAD applied in Regular Processing on 16th Dec 2019.

    Biometric Appointment Letter Received on 6th Jan 2020. Went to USCIS location on the same day and completed the Biometric.

    H4-EAD expiring on Apr 20th 2020 so thinking if I should upgrade to Premium or not ? Also the changes of H4 and EAD approval by doing that based on the previous trend.

    I was thinking of making the expedite request but without the H-1B approval, that request is not going to be accepted right ?

    Please help.

    1. Kalyan

      Hello Ketan,

      I think you should upgrade to premium processing. In general they are denying expedite request so it would be good if you have H1-B approval

    2. CSC_Aug28th

      Thanks Kumar for maintaining this site.

      Service Center: CSC

      H1+H4+ EAD Filed – 28th August
      H1 Approved– 4th September
      H4 Fingerprint – 16th September
      Expedite H4- 11th November
      Expedite rejected – 18th November
      H4 Approved – 9th Jan
      EAD – New card is being produced – 9th Jan

      1. Raj

        Hi,
        How did you file the H4 expedite request? Is there a form? Can you please advise.

        – Service Center – CSC
        – File H1+H4+EAD on 9/9/2019 in premium processing
        – H1B approved on 9/17/2019
        – Fingerprinting completed for H4 – 10/2/2019

        Still waiting for H4 & EAD Approval.

        I see Texas is processing faster with current date of Aug 21 whereas CSC has the current processing date of May 31.

        Please advise 🙁

  33. PJ

    Can anyone please tell me what’s the process to expedite case with congresswoman? My H4 and EAD is pending with CSC with RD April 30th.

  34. Gurmeet

    Thanks Everyone for sharing timelines.
    Here are my timelines from Vermont
    H1b extension + H4 Extension + H4EAD (new) filed on 20th June under PP
    H1b Extension approved on 3rd July (2 weeks from application)
    H4 Biometrics on 21st July
    H4 Extension Approved on 23 Sept (About 3 months from application)
    H4 EAD – Got REF requesting I140 copy on 24th Sept
    H4 EAD RFE response received on 16th October
    H4 EAD Approved on 23rd December (about 70 days after they receive REF Response) Total time for EAD – more than 6 months.
    Card was delivered to my lawyer’s address and I got it today after about 6.5 months after application.

  35. Harish Kumar

    Hi Kumar,

    Just wanted to share my experience here.

    Today my EAD status changed to ‘New Card being produced’, this is the complete history of my case. Hope everyone here gets the approval soon.

    I applied for H1+H4+ EAD in premium processing, Vermont processing center.

    H1+H4+ EAD Filed – 1 Oct
    H1 RFE – 8 Oct
    H4 Fingerprint – 22 Oct
    H1 RFE response – 19 Dec
    H1 approved – 23 Dec
    Expedite EAD – 6 Jan
    EAD Expedite Request rejected – 7 Jan
    Expedite EAD (via congressman) – 7 Jan
    EAD – New card is being produced – 10 Jan

    I am not sure whether expedite request worked or not. thanks for this forum, it was very helpful.

      1. Kalyan

        You need to call them and after that a case # is assigned and you will get an email within 3-5 days ( typically you will receive an email within 48 hrs). You can only respond to that particular email you receive with all the supporting documents and letter explaining why your case should be expedited.

        1. priyanka agarwal

          Hi Kalyan,

          USCIS responded back asking for the document. I sent them the supporting documents same day. Do you have idea how much time it takes them to make a decision. Email they sent doesn’t mention anything.

          1. Kalyan

            Priyanka: Sometimes you might see a reply from them within 48 hrs (typically it’s very rare). I would highly recommend that after 3-4 days call USCIS with the case # you got in the email and ask to talk to Tier II officer and explain your situation.

          2. priyanka agarwal

            Thank you. I will wait for 3 days as i sent the documents last night. I work at not for profit organization and took a funding from Brain research institute to complete my research. I just attached the funding documents my recent publications showing how my funded research benefit the not for profit organization and few emails from company saying they need work authorization. I hope decision is in my favor. Fingers crossed. Thanks for guiding me throughout the process.

          3. priyanka agarwal

            I checked my case history yesterday and it changed in the following order:
            1) On January 22, 2020, your request to have your case expedited, referral number xxxxxx, was assigned to an officer for response.
            2) As of January 22, 2020, your request to have your case expedited, referral number xxxx, is on hold while we request your case file.

            case on hold is really a concern for me. Should I call USCIS again or wait for a week?

        2. priyanka agarwal

          I raised expedite request for my H4 EAD and here are the updates.

          As of January 22, 2020, your request to have your case expedited, referral number xxxx, is on hold while we request your case file.

          Does anyone know what it means that they are requesting the case file? I have no idea what it means. Does anyone know if this is a problem or if it will slow down the case even more? anyone recieved the same message?

          1. Kalyan

            Priyanka: Don’t worry about the case status page. It’s their way of saying that your case is still pending. This won’t slow down your case.

  36. CSC_AUG

    Hello,

    CSC
    Aug 11- H1/h4 submission in premium
    Sep 3 – Biometrics
    End of sept – H1 approval after RFE
    H4 status: Approved 1/9
    No change in status after biometric. No attempt to expedite request.

  37. Sudha

    Service Center: Texas – Dallas
    Filing Date: September 10th 2019
    H1 approved
    H4 /EAD expired in December 4th 2019.
    I lost my job but Once my Visa approves I can rejoin immediately. Can I use this as a reason to apply for expedite process with additional medical bills provided?
    Or Do i need to wait for some more time? Guide me. Also guide me the process. Thank you all.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Sudha,
      You can try to expedite using that, it is upto USCIS…We have few users who have posted their experiences in comments, please read through.

  38. NSC_30th_Aug

    Thanks Kumar for maintaining this site and everyone for sharing your experiences and your inputs. This page has been our go to place for every single day for the last 4+ months and every single comment has been really helpful. Please find the details of our experience below

    Nebraska Centre:

    H1b Filing Receipt =>8/30/2019 => Day 1
    H4 Filing Receipt =>8/30/2019 =>Day 1
    EAD Filing Receipt =>8/30/2019 =>Day 1
    H1b Approval =>9/4/2019 =>Day 6
    Biometrics Appointment Letter Generated =>9/6/2019 =>Day 8
    Biometrics Appointment Letter Received =>9/13/2019 =>Day 15
    Biometrics Completion =>9/16/2019 =>Day 18
    H1b Approved Petition Receipt =>9/20/2019 =>Day 22
    H4 Approval =>1/7/2020 =>Day 131
    EAD Approval =>1/7/2020 =>Day 131
    H4 Receipt => Pending
    EAD Card Receipt => Pending

    Note:
    No expedited requests were made for the approvals.
    We did not travel outside the US during this period.

  39. SB_CSC

    Hi, Quick question. I lost my job as my current H4 EAD was expired. I requested for H4 EAD expedite (CSC) with USCIS and they sent mail seeking for supporting documents. I asked my employer to give me a recommendation letter and they took 3 days to give me the letter. Meanwhile, I wasn’t sure if my employer gives me a letter so I emailed all the other documents to USCIS yesterday without employer recommendation letter. As I got it today, can I send another email to uscis with all the documents including this as a separate email again. In the email that uscis sent, they clearly mentioned that send only one email. Please suggest.

  40. NSC_SEPT_12

    Thank you Kumar for the site.
    Thanks to users who shared the their experiences, it gave us update and some hope.

    Below are my cases and timeline. Filed H4 & H4 EAD after approval of H1B *No expedited request*

    Center: Nebraska Service Center

    08/29/2019 – Receipt date for H1 in PP
    09/06/2019 – H1B Approved email
    09/09/2010 – Received physical copy of H1B Approval Notice.
    09/10/2019 – Filed H4 + H4 EAD
    09/12/2019 – Receipt date for H4 + H4 EAD application.
    10/11/2019 – Biometrics completed
    12/08/2019 – Traveled to India. Stamping for H1+H4 is approved through Drop box.
    01/06/2019 – H4 EAD updated online as “New Card Is Being Produced”

    Waiting for the mail and physical EAD card.

      1. Ash

        Did you not withdraw you’re existing h4 extension application, before doing Dropbox? And then reapply for h4 ead when you returned to the USA.?

    1. Ash

      Did you not withdraw you’re existing h4 extension application, before doing Dropbox? And then reapply for h4 ead when you returned to the USA.?

      I ask because my wife has to go to India anyway , and we have the Dropbox option, but someone recommended us to withdraw the h4 extension application, return on newly extended H4 and then reapply for h4 ead.

      It seems like you did not withdraw.. do you have a new H4 approval notice? Or did you not get one after returning from India?

      1. NSC_SEPT_12

        We didn’t withdraw extension, the reason being is that we applied extension in Sept and travel date was on Dec.. (didn’t want to miss the queue)

        If my travel date was in Sept then I have could have first completed the travel, stamped h4 and then apply for H4 EAD

        we referred – https://redbus2us.com/travel-out-of-us-with-h4-extension-cos-or-h4-ead-pending-options/

        (Can you Travel out of US, when your H4 Extension is pending? I-94 Mismatch.)

  41. srini

    Hi ,
    Finally after so many days,status got updated to “New Card is being produced ”
    here is the timeline
    June 6th – Applied H1 Transfer + H4 + H4 EAD in premium
    June 15th- H1 Approved
    July 5th – Biometric appointment for H4
    Sep 24 – H4 Approved .Got RFE for H4-EAD asking for copy of I140
    Oct 1 – Status updated as “Response Received for RFE”
    Jan 6 ,2020- Online status updated to “New Card is being produced ”

    Now waiting for the card .

    Between Oct 1 and Jan 6 ,we raised couple of expedited requests both were denied .
    Also tried through senator and congresswoman,that also was denied .
    Only thing it did was updated last status on website to “Expedite Request Denied ” .
    Also tried through Ombudsman ,but did not help either.

    Thanks to this site as people shared experiences ,it gave us some hope .

    Hopefully this would help others ..

      1. srini

        Jan 8th status changed to “Your card was mailed ”
        Jan9th status got updated to “Card was picked by USPS ” with tracking no.

        now waiting for card ….

  42. NSC_SEPT_03

    Thanks Kumar for the site.

    Below are my cases and timeline.

    Center: Nebraska Service Center
    09/03/2019 – Receipt date for H1B + H4 + H4 EAD in premium processing.
    09/06/2019 – H1B case upated online as “Case Was Approved”
    09/09/2019 – H1B Approved Electronic Email
    09/13/2019 – Biometrics Appt Notice for 9/24
    09/16/2019 – H1B Approved
    09/24/2019 – Biometrics completed (NO status update online)
    12/06/2019 – Expedited request which was denied on same day
    01/02/2020 – Current H4 EAD expired
    01/03/2019 10 AM – H4 EAD updated online as “New Card Is Being Produced”
    01/03/2019 6 PM – H4 updated online as “Case Was Approved”

    Waiting for the postal mail and physical EAD card.

    1. NSC_SEPT_03

      Fixing date typo’s in the timeline (last 2 rows)

      01/03/2020 10 AM – H4 EAD updated online as “New Card Is Being Produced”
      01/03/2020 6 PM – H4 updated online as “Case Was Approved”

  43. VermontCenter- ABZ

    Vermont Center
    H1B In premium & H4 RD – Aug15th
    Biometrics- Aug24th
    H4EAD RD- Sept12th filed separately.
    H4 approved Dec11th.
    H4 EAD approved on Dec 31st
    Waiting for the card now.
    Did not expedite in any way, H4 and EAD came through.

  44. Gautam

    J2 to H4 COS at CSC, RD Sep 2019

    Service Center : California Service Center
    H1B + H4 Filed in Premium : Sep 24th 2019.
    H4 Receipt Generated : Sep 25th 2019
    H1B Receipt Generated : Sep 25th 2019
    H1B Approved : Oct 2nd 2019
    Biometrics Completed for H4 : Oct 17th 2019

    My H4 COS RD is Sep 25th at CSC and I am still waiting for my H4 COS to be approved

    Any approval for H4 COS at CSC for Sep RD?

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