H4 Biometrics USCIS Process and Experience Documents Info

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

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

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

H4 Extension with USCIS – New Biometric Process

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

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

H4 Biometric Documents Required at the Application Support Center :

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

Experience of Giving Biometrics at Application Support Center

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

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

What will USCIS do with the Biometrics given by you ?

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

 H4 Biometric Appointment Letter from Application Support Center (ASC)

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

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

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

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

Can I reschedule my H4 Biometric Appointment with ASC ?

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

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

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

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

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

What are not allowed at Application Support Center for Biometrics ?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

H4 EAD Biometrics Appointment Notice Sample

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

H4 Biometrics Completed - Stamped at Application Support Center

 

H4 Biometrics USCIS Status – “Fingerprint Review Was Completed”

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

H4 Biometric Fingerprint Review Was Completed Status USCIS

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

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

Approved H4 Petitions Experiences 

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

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

H4 Approved Status Online

H4 Visa Approved after Biometrics USCIS Status

H4 EAD Status updated to Card Ordered

H4 EAD Approval Card Status June 2019 after Biometrics

H4 Biometrics Process Experience #2 

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


Service Center : Vermont

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

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

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

H4 Biometrics – Premium Processing H1B  – Experience #3 

Thanks to our reader, anonymous for sharing their experience

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

H4 + H4 EAD Approval Case Experience #4

Thanks to Hima.

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

Vermont was the Service Center.

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

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

H4 Approval Case Experience #5

Thanks to Desi guy 

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

H4 Biometrics Experience #6

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

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

H4 Processing Timeline at CSC

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

H4 Biometrics Process Experience # 7

Thanks to user Neo29J for sharing the experience in comments. 

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

Vermont H4 experience Approved #8

Thanks to user H123123 for sharing the experience in comments. 

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

Vermont H4 Biometrics experience Approved #9

Thanks to user RC for sharing the experience in comments. 

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

California H4 experience Approved #10

Thanks to user kym for sharing the experience in comments. 

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

Vermont H4 experience Approved #11

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

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

Vermont H4 experience Approved #12

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

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

CSC H4 experience Approved #13

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

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

Nebraska H4 experience Approved #14

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

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

 

Pending / In Process H4 Petitions Experiences

H4 Biometrics Process Experience # 15

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 # 16

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 # 17

Another User Navisha Timelines on H4 + H1B with Biometric Processing 

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

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Comments ( 1,046 )

  1. James

    Service Center: Nebraska

    H1B + H4 Filed in Premium : April 1st
    H1B Approved : April 8th
    Biometric Notice Received: April 12th
    Biometric Completed : April 22nd
    Next steps in process.

      1. James

        I’ve travel plan to India in July-August.

        H4 visa expires by 12th July and I’m waiting for H4 extension approval.

        Can spouse and kids travel to India before approval?
        Does it affect drop box?
        What are the chances of H4 not approved by July?

        1. Raja

          Spouse and Kids can travel, which will abandon their H4 (I-539)applications.
          You have to attend the visa stamping interview in person along with your H4’s.

          No one can predict H4 approvals timeline.

          This is just my opinion, talk to your attorney if you are planning to travel prior to H4 approvals.

        2. administrator
          Kumar

          Should be fine. In general, it should not, if you satisfy the general H4 dropbox requirements.
          Well, we have very little data, hard to say…

  2. Prasad

    Any experience changing H1 extension to premium processing after Biometrics appointment? I was trying to figure out how soon we can apply for premium processing post-Biometrics appointment and if that makes any difference for H4 and H4EAD processing.

  3. Shu

    My I94 expires on Nov 30, 2019. We are applying for H1b renewal now in premium. If we get the approval in 15 days then can the H4 spouse and child take the approval papers of primary H1 for Dropbox stamping when we travel in October ? Or they have to go for the interview ?

  4. Adi

    I am getting nervous with all these delays with H4 and H4 EAD after biometrics. So here is my question.

    My H4visa & EAD expires on 1st July 2020. We will be filling for h1b renewal in Jan 2020 (premium processing). Assuming we receive the approval within 15 days without any RFE. Can we both go back to India in Feb 2020, get our visa stamped via dropbox and come back apply for h4ead which typically takes 3 -4 months.

    Is above thing possible?

      1. Adi

        I understand that but i have been bitten by USCIS (VSC) once before when we changed our status from L1 to H1. My h4 & h4ead was concurrently filed under normal processing after h1b approval, it took 6 months for them to process and i had to be on leave without pay for few weeks.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Yes, it is possible to do that…but there is no guarantee that you will get H4 EAD in 3 to 4 months in future. We hope some of these processes would get streamlined in the next few months…But, at this point, hard to say…Plan for backups as we do not have any data…

  5. August

    Hi, my company is going to file the H1b+H4+H4EAD for my wife and I concurrently. Considering the new biometrics collection for H4, there seems a significant delay between the approval of H1b and the approval of H4/H4EAD. I’m wondering whether the effective date of H1b and H4/H4EAD will be the same or the H1b’s effective date will be earlier? Thanks!

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Frankly, we do not have data to see how it would work. But, the general guidance is that, you are allowed to stay in the country with H4 pending. Once you get approval, you are fine, your status during all of that time would be considered to be in proper status, as long as you filed it before expiry of I-94.

  6. Anonymous

    I see in other website (22am Tech) that the first H4 approval after biometric is actually a mistake. The user, Ram, actually haven’t get the approval for H4. And 22am Tech also say they call USCIS and they are told that the H4+H4 EAD will be moved to regular processing queue after the biometric is taken. Just want to confirm here since the all information now is kind of confusing. Thanks.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      I did check with the user again, he did not indicate that it was not approved…Anyways, even, if was approved or not, the volume of 1 user is very low and could be an outlier…the trend is, it is taking an unknown amount of time at this point…

      1. Anonymous

        I know…and I also get information from 22am that the H4 + EAD will be moved to regular H4 processing queue after the biometric being done…which means the waiting time will be same as all the H4 extension and H4 change non-immigrant status…even if we file with H1b in PP… that’s almost the worst news I’ve heard today…

        1. administrator
          Kumar

          Cannot speak for other websites…but, the processing is definitely delayed and we have no data on how long it will take…

  7. Sind Reddy

    Hi,

    What is the processing time for H4 extension and EAD applied concurrently? Without bringing H1B extension into question, did they used to issue both simultaneously> Or did they issue first H4 in 6-7 months and then EAD in 4 months?

    Thanks!
    S

  8. Ramya

    Has anyone filed i539 form without the Alien registration no. ?i have my h4 ead but I was not aware that the no. In my ead card is the A number that I have to use in i539 form.Will I get a rfe for this ?or is it okay to file h4 extension without the A number ?

  9. Ramya

    Hi ,I have my H4 ead ,but I was not aware that the uscis no. In the h4 was card is the alien registration no. And thus I kept the Alien registration no. In i539 form blank,and my h4 extension is already filed with my husband’s extension.So is this anything to worry about or is it okay to file without the Alien registration no.?

  10. Anonymous

    Hi Kumar,

    Sorry this is a bit off topic from EAD processing times. I have a question regarding GC processing on H4 EAD. I completed my 6 years on H1 but employer didnot process GC as there was an issue in prewailing wage determinaion.

    Now my H4 EAD is in process. After i get my H4 EAD and start GC process, is it possible to apply for new H1 as cap exempt and without leaving US? Thank you

  11. Nilisha

    After how many days Biometric does the status change to “case was received” or similar? Shows received status on H4EAD but H4 case status is still unavailable.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Well, for some users, it changed after Biometrics like in next day or so…for some, it is in same “Case was Received” status…not very consisent…

      1. Nilisha

        In my case, it is showing error since May13 for H4 case. where as EAD status is “case was received”. BioMetrics were done on May 30th (yesterday). How long should I wait before contacting USCIS for the H4 status since even Bio metrics is done now.

          1. Pnn

            I have applied at nebraska, biometric done on 24th April, and case still shows case was received. So don’t think Nebraska does update status

  12. Ame

    Hi,

    I am in the same boat. Got my H1B approved in premium processing but stuck in H4 and H4 EAD processing. I am done with bio-metrics on May 10th but did not receive any update after that for H4. My H4 EAD is going to expire in Sept 2019. Could you please address a couple of my queries:

    1) Do you think this delay is because of the new Bio-metric step and once USCIS figures everything out, H4 and H4 EAD application will be streamlined.
    2) What options do I have if I don’t get my H4 EAD renewed before Sept 2019. Can I do to expedite the process or can I work on H4 EAD receipt.

    Thanks.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      1. Yes, it is because of biometrics…But, we don’t know the future, if they will streamline it…
      2. You cannot work with H4 EAD receipt, you need the copy of H4 EAD card in hand to work. So, you need to stop working after that.

  13. Praveen

    I got my H1 extension approved in premium and we applied for H4 extension for my wife and my son. Also, applied H4 EAD for my wife with H4. Basically H1, H4 and H4 EAD where all applied together in premium. Because of the new process, my wife and son went to bio metrics in second week of May and still not received the approval.

    We have travel plans. What will happen to H4 EAD if my wife travels out of country. She will get the H4 stamped in India and hence her h4 extension (539) application will become void.. What will happen to H4 EAD?

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Well, it is not fully clear…if you filed for Extension, some attorney says it will continue…the issue is your I-94 changes, when you exit and re-enter US, so that needs to fixed…we have no data or real experiences to validate this…

    2. Neer

      We are in the same problem. Spouse’s H4EAD has expired and she cannot go back to work. Attorney says if we travel outside the US, the H4+H4EAD application will be abandoned by USCIS.

  14. PeterRabbit

    Hello,
    I am also waiting for my dependent’s H4 Approval, as most of the people here in this group.
    My question is about travel before I receive the H4 approval and dropbox visa stamping option.
    When I submit my documents for dropbox, I think we have to submit the H4 I-797 as well in addition to Primary’s I-797. If that is the case, then I could not travel without H4 Approval.
    Please assist.

  15. Sheela

    H1 + H4 + EAD in Premium processing California Center
    Applied for H1 to H4-EAD with spouse visa transfer in premium on May 10 2019.
    I have biometrics on May 30.
    Until my H4 approves Can I work on my current H1?
    Will H4 and EAD approve same time because both applied together?

    Thanks in advance.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Yes, you can. Well, we do not know how they will process with the new biometrics, if they will come together or not. But, you need to have H4 EAD card in hand to work on H4.

  16. VCEAD

    03/26/2019 – H1 extension +H4 extension +H4EAD all filed together in premium @Nebraska Service centre

    04/05/2019 – H1 Approval received for my spouse
    04/12/2019 – I got physical mail for Biometrics appointment
    04/24/2019 – Biometrics Appointment
    Process was pretty straightforward. I could carry my phone inside but had to switch it off, that’s all.

    As on 28th May 2019, still no change in status – it’s the same as “Case Was Received”

    Q 1. I have plans to travel to India by end of June and I’ll be back in Aug. My I94 doesn’t expire until Sep 4. I have taken appointment for visa stamping for myself and my spouse (drop box), during out visit to India. Can H4 visa stamping be done on the basis of H1 Approval notice at drop box centre ?

    Q2. If I get the stamping done, will my H4 extension application still matter ?
    I think the only problem will to refile EAD application.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      1. yes, she can, if she fulfils all the requirements for dropbox. Read Sample H4 Dropbox experiences
      2. Yes, may need to file EAD…but, there are some attorney’s suggesting that EAD will continue to be adjudicated as it is not a Change of Status. Again, we do not have data or real experiences, so hard to say. Check with your attorney.

      1. VCEAD

        Thanks Kumar, I guess we will get more clarity on EAD in a couple of months. My argument is that, they can not expect people to not to travel while we do not even have any firm timeline on approvals. I’ll keep you guys posted on how my drop box process goes.

    2. Jagannadh Swarna

      I am in the same scenario. But I am going to India to get H4 Stamped as high process times. When I had a call with my attorney he told me no need to withdraw EAD it will get automatically processed once your H4 is extended with new I94.

      I am still not sure how are they connected without reference. I want still speak to an outside attorney.

      1. VCEAD

        Honestly, that should be the case. H4 EAD is an extension of H1 visa, the only catch is on how to get new I94 details updated with USCIS in previous EAD application. I hope your Attorney is right and we don’t have to go through the process of refilling of EAD.

      2. VCEAD

        Hi Jagannadh Swarna,

        Did you go for H4 visa stamping as yet ? I am wondering if anyone with pending H4 approval went for drop box visa.. please do share your experience.

  17. Neer

    My employers attorney submitted h1+h4+h4ead renewal in premium on 04/02.
    -H1 got approved by 04/12.
    -H4 receipt in mail 04/22
    -USCIS scheduled my spouse’s biometrics for H4 on 05/02
    -spouse’s current H4ead expired 05/22
    -No change in status on USCIS case status page.
    -Tried submitting an expedition request by calling USCIS under the category of extreme financial loss, because my spouse can no longer go to work.

      1. DSR

        I tried submitting expedite request, i don’t think it is going to help , it will get rejected. Waiting and hoping for best is the option

        1. SA

          Hi DSR,

          Any updates on your expedite request.My EAD also expired and tried to ask for help from senator it did not work. Case status has also not changed online,gave my biometrics on 5/8. My employer has kept my job on hold but don’t know how long they will hold. Please let me know if it worked for you I will also try to request expedite request.

          1. RB

            Hi SA,
            You mentioned ‘My employer has kept my job on hold’, are you put on unpaid leave?. Could you please let me know, as I am nearing my EAD expiry :(.
            thanks

  18. kv

    I am trying to apply h1+h4+h4 ead and convert to premium once i get done with biometrics, so hoping all the three will be processed in same time. Can i know do we even get biometrics before h1 approval?

  19. DR

    1.Applied H1B+H4 extension in PP on 04/04 as I switched employer. H1B approved on 04/12
    2.Biometrics for H4 on 04/22.
    3. Waiting for H4 approval
    (California center)

    My spouse is currently working on H4 ead valid till 06/2020. Due to some family emergency we have to travel to India and we are thinking to go for visa stamping. Can you please help with following questions..

    a. What will happen to current H4 petition in progress?
    ( I believe don’t have to worry about this as I am going to get new visa stamp)

    b. Can she continue to work on current H4 ead till 06/2020 after new visa stamping?

    Thanks

  20. VJ

    My h4 status never updated online. Always showed to contact uscis. I linked my case with uscis website.

    Today I got a email –

    We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time

    We will notify you when your case status changes. We last took action on your case on April XX, 2019.

    Called uscis they said there might have been a update in your case but since they could not find your case online I got that email. Is this true?

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      There are many inconsistencies with the data of the USCIS online system, so don’t worry too much regarding the statuses and info… Keep an eye on the mail for the physical copies of approval.

  21. Anonymous

    Question: Can I submit DS-160 and schedule a consulate appointment for H4 visa, while the H4- extension petition and H4 EAD is in progress at USCIS? Principal H1B has already been approved and we already have the receipt numbers for I-539. Will submitting the DS-160 and scheduling the visa appointment make the I-539/ H4EAD petition to be considered abandoned? Currently, the wait time is about two months for visa interview. If I wait until the I-539 is approved, I don’t think we will be able to schedule it during our trip. I don’t want to abandon the current extension application also.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Yes, you can. No, just scheduling will NOT make it abandoned…it will be only, if you exit US before the decision and pending with USCIS.

      1. Anonymous

        Thank you very much! I have one more question if you don’t mind– not directly related to I-539; but this one is about Visa stamping at the consulate.

        When kids of the age 14-18 appear for an H4 visa interview (applying alone- not with their parents) at the consulate:
        – Is it mandatory that one of the parents must be present at the Visa Counter with them?
        – Is it mandatory that one adult be with them at the Visa Counter?
        – Does consulate allow parents/ a family friend to go inside with the applicant for the interview?

        1. administrator
          Kumar

          No, it is not mandatory. There is no rule as such or guidance from US Consulate.
          Regarding allowing someone else, I am not sure, if they will allow all the way through until stamping, but they may, if you request at the entrance as guardian or something…You can call the USTravelDocs helpline to get it clarified.

  22. Ready

    Kumar,
    As these approvals start to come in please list the service centers. It looks like Vermont is processing these H1B+H4 premium joint applications faster. I heard of two other people on social media with similar H4 approval timeframes and the service center was Vermont.

  23. Rekha M

    Hi,

    My husband will soon file for H1B extension. I am on H4 with EAD which is valid until October 2019. I got accepted for PhD program which will start in Fall 2019. My question is, will H1B+H4+H4 EAD premium filing would be the best option for me or given the current situation should I be applying for H4 to F1 change of status along with H1B premium processing? Please advise.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Both are different visa types H4 and F1, it is your choice, which one to choose…In terms of processing, both H4 and F1 both may take more or less same amount of time as we are not seeing expedited processing for H4 along with H1B.

  24. Echo

    04/23 – USCIS(Nebraska) received H1b/H4 extension application in PP
    04/25 – H1b Approved
    05/03 – Biometrics notice for H4 received stating 05/23 is my biometric appointment
    05/23 – Provided biometrics. Just came back from the ASC, my appointment is at 10:00, I arrived at 8:30, they didn’t allow me to take a number and told me to come back at 9:30.

    No update on my case status, still shows case received, waiting now……

    1. Harsha

      You gave biometrics today May 23, 2019, so unless some miracle happens you need to sit in the boat and wait till your time. People from April 1 are still waiting for their H4/H4EAD approvals

      1. Echo

        I mean there is no update on “USCIS case status”, because some people’s updated to “Fingerprint completed” after the Biometric collection.

        1. Harsha

          That is fine, most of the times the case status doesn’t get updated properly.
          You may want to try registering your case here – https://myaccount.uscis.dhs.gov/ and trying
          But EOD its ok , if the case status still remains “Received” even after your biometrics
          It may remain the same even after its approved, so don’t be surprised 😉

    2. Echo

      Hi Kumar, Echo again…

      I’m now qualified for the H4 EAD, but my current H4 expires in Oct. 2019 and my H4 extension is pending for one month as of today…

      If I apply for EAD right now, I will get a EAD expires when my current H4 expires in Oct. 2019, correct?
      I think I have three options now:

      1. File EAD based on my current H4, expect to get EAD at the end of July, 2019, then immediately file a renew. (EAD will be valid from July to Oct, so I could work for 2 months..while waiting for the renewal, hopefully will get a new EAD before the old one expires)
      2. Wait until my H4 extension is approved, then file EAD based on the approved H4.
      3. File EAD based on the pending He extension.

      Thank you very much for your time…

      1. Echo

        OMG I forgot my question, my question is do you think option 1 is possible? If not do you suggest #2 or #3? Thank you again!!!!!

      2. administrator
        Kumar

        Well, with all the delays, it is hard to say, if you will get H4 EAD soon….Ideally, it is better to go for H4 extension and file H4 EAD along with it…though there is delay for EAD, it will at least be in sync with your H4 and you do not have too much uncertainty to work ( you cannot work on H4 EAD after it is expired and pending with USCIS, you need the card in hand to work).

        1. Echo

          Thank you Kumar!

          The thing is my H4 extension is already filed in April… Can I apply for EAD based on the pending H4 Extension? I know they won’t touch my EAD until H4 Extension is approved, but I agree with you, at least my EAD will be in sync with my H4….

    3. Fari

      05/22 -Biometric for H4 at 2pm . submitted
      Waiting for approval from USCIS.

      My question is they approve H4 & H4EAD both same time or separate ?
      My H4EAD going to expire o 6/16.

      1. administrator
        Kumar

        In the past, they were done together…but, with new process, we don’t know that yet. Many are still waiting…

  25. Sk

    Read about someone getting h4 approval after biometrics, but now the post/replies seems to be deleted, was that accurate news or a hoax?

  26. Ram

    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 Status still shows as “Receipt Recieved”. 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.

    1. Sri

      H4 approval notice doesn’t go to attorney. H4 and H4 EAD comes directly to the applicant’s residence address. I am not sure if H4 in your case is approved yet. Can you please confirm. There are lots of people waiting to hear H4 approval cases after 3/22. Kindly confirm. Thanks

      1. Ram

        Sri- Please check the 539 signed copy that you have send across to the attorney. Part 4 of the document has the option to select attorney’s physical address in section a and b. By default almost all the users select section- c which is the physical address of the recipient.

        1. Sri

          @ Ram – Oh Ok! I didn’t realize candidates chose attorney as the recipient address. But that’s fantastic news then.. getting H4 approval. Is that California or Nebraska you got the approval from? Now everyone are hopeful that USCIS is processing H4s (premium cases) that were submitted after 3/22. Good News!!

      2. Ram

        Sri- My Bad. I have submitted G-28 signed copy and that represents the Notice of appearance as attorney (or) representative.Please check the Part 4 of the document that would have the option to select attorney’s physical address in section a and b. By default almost all the users select section- c which is the physical address of the recipient.

    2. VJ

      Ram,

      My previous comment was deleted.

      Can you confirm your approval date from your Approval notice? how long after approval your attorney got the notice?

        1. VJ

          I meant the date in your notice… you might have got it a week later right?

          Also it would be great if you post in other forums as well… there are a couple if I am not wrong. Thanks.

          1. Neo29J

            So, according to your notice date, your H4 was approved before biometrics was done. That’s strange. Theoretically, its impossible. Are you sure its April 08 for H4?

          2. administrator
            Kumar

            The notice date is when the H4 receipt notice is generated to track, it is not the approval date.

    3. Echo

      Congrats!!!! You are the first H4 approval I could find after the Biometric rule! Thanks for sharing! Could you please let us know which processing center is it? Is it Vermont, Nebraska, or California?

  27. Anonymous

    H1, H4 and H4 EAD all applied in Premium processing on 29th April 2019 . Done with Bio metrics on 13th May 2019.

    My H1 approved and we are now wanting to travel to India while H4 and H4 EAD are pending.

    Fortunately we found a flight to India transiting through Canada. Our trip is for 25 days . Leaving to India via Toronto Canada and also After 25 days of trip in India, entering US from India Via Toronto/Canada.
    Can we request for AVR for wife, when we are entering the US that way wife can get same i94 and she can still have her H4 and H4 EAD process continued.

  28. Ramu

    Premium H1B+H4+EAD
    Date Received: 03/25/2019
    Approved: 04/03/2019

    Lives in Maryland Biometric Appointment given in New York, but I went to my local ASC.
    They accepted took 15 mins.

    Biometric given : 4/16/2019

    Still waiting

  29. Cindy

    I just received the Biometric appointment for H4 today. I currently live in Bay Area, CA, but USCIS assigned me to have my fingerprint in Texas. My question is can I go to an Application Support Center that is close to me? Or do I have to reschedule it? Thanks for the help.

    1. Sri

      @Cindy – You can call them to reschedule to your closest ASC. Alternatively there are cases where people just walked in to ASC and had the biometrics done. So if you know any ASC near your area – you can visit and explain them the situation that you got the biometrics appointment but was given in a different location, they will accommodate you (based on other cases). Good Luck!

    2. administrator
      Kumar

      Yes, many users reported similar issues and they were able to walk-in to their nearest ASC and were able to give Biometrics. You should give it a try.

      1. Cindy

        I went to the Support Center at Santa Clara, CA today and got my Biometrics done. Share my timeline below.

        5/03 – USCIS received H1/H4 application in PP
        05/10 – H1B Approved.
        05/10 – Biometrics notice generated
        05/20 – Received receipt numbers for H4 Biometrics with appointment date on 5/29 in Dallas, TX
        05/22 – Attended Biometrics in Santa Clara, CA. Walk-In.

  30. Sri

    Basically H4s are not adjudicated soon after biometrics as said by USCIS, since it’s new process probably it’ll take little time for the USCIS staff as well to get used to it. I am hopeful that USCIS will approve the H4s for H1 premium cases as soon as the new process is streamlined. I am in the same boat as many, H1 got approved but awaiting H4 and H4 EAD. Applied on 3/25. So lets all be little patient until we start receiving approvals for H4 followed by H4 EAD

  31. nayana

    Hello Kumar,
    I am on H4 and applied extension with my husband’s H1b. My husband applied for H1b extension in premium processing. He received RFE before 5 days. Still we do not know what is RFE and have not submitted documents for RFE. But today, I received mail for bio metrics. in mail, mentioned notice date is prior to RFE date. Can you provide inputs on this scenario? Thanks

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      It does not matter, we had couple of users in the same situation. H1B processing is independent of your Biometrics. Just submit the RFE required documents and go for your biometrics, nothing to worry.

  32. Vins

    H1B + H4 Filed in Premium at NSC : Apr 25th.
    H4 Receipt Generated : Apr 25th
    H1B Approved : May 2nd
    H4+EAD Receipt Notice received : May 2nd
    Biometric Notice Received : May 3rd.
    Biometric done : May 14th

    NO UPDATE ON H4/EAD SINCE THEN. Do you know if USCIS will honor premium processing in this case ?

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      No, they are not doing that anymore. Many are stuck in the same boat as you…Do keep the community updated, if your status changes.

  33. j

    we have applied (H1+H4+H4EAD) together and H1b got approved and gave biometrics on April 30th till date there is no update on h4extension. Meanwhile, we have also applied for h1(cap) COS it was picked in the lottery
    Question1: can we upgrade my H1b application to premium when my h4 extension is in pending
    Question2: If H1b gets approved in 2 weeks(premium) what will happen to my h4extension ?
    Question3: H1b is effective from OCT, Incase H4extension gets approved after OCT will that override H1b? or do we need to withdraw h4?
    please advice
    Thanks

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      1. You can, once USCIS makes it available.
      2. You need to withdraw it, if not approved closer to October 1st.
      3. That’s why you need to withdraw it by writing to USCIS closer to october 1st. Discuss with your attorney of H1B on the timing of all of these…

  34. Dipak

    I am moving from one employer on another and have filed for h1b transfer along with h4 transfer for my wife in premium processing. I have a couple of questions:
    1. I got an email receipt for h1 transfer application, will there be a separate receipt with a separate petition number for h4 application?
    2. Will she need biometrics? If yes, I assume that might take some time and my h1 will be approved before that, can I join a new employer before her biometrics in done? If yes, can it cause any issues?

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      1. Yes.
      2. Yes, there will be biometrics requirement. You can join new employer. Biometrics are for H4 and not related to H1B.

  35. H4 visa + h4ead + h1b lottery selected

    H1b PP + H4 + H4 EAD applied on 1st april
    H1b approved on 5th april for 3yrd
    H4 biometric done on 23rd april
    11th May h4 eas got selected in h1b lottery .
    H4 expires on 14th june

    My question should h4 ead go for premium of h1b visa since my h4 will expire on 14th June?

    Second question what will happen to my job if h4 ead didnt came and visa expire? Can i work like h1b?

    Third question what will happen to my h1b if i my ead expires and h1b is still in process?

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      No, your H4 would not go through premium/faster processing based on experiences this year, it was a courtesy in the past… now they are doing it anymore. No, you cannot work, you need the physical new extended H4 EAD Card, your H4 EAD extension is not automatic. You are H4 or H1B ?

        1. administrator
          Kumar

          They are not related directly…If you filed H1B as COS and it is approved, then your status would be changed to H1B from Oct 1st.

  36. DRMC

    I understand that the processing time for h4 and h4 ead will be delayed by 1 to 3 months. The question I have is what will happen to the applicant if the processing time for h4 and h4 ead goes beyond the current expiry date of the h4 and h4 ead ?

  37. Ram

    Small update what i received from my lawyer.
    My lawyer confirmed that he hasn’t received any H4 approvals after biometrics. He confirmed that although USCIS said they will adjudicate H4 after biometrics, he hasn’t seen any approval till date.
    As i have plans to travel this month he recommended me to.
    1) apply H1 in premium.
    2) Go to India. get H4 stamped
    3) Apply H4 EAD once we return in regular processing.

    He said filing all together now might not help as H4 will be abandoned if my wife travels out of US which will lead for I765 denial.

  38. Anonymous

    04/30/2019–> Case was received- California SC. (H1+H4+H4EAD+PP)
    05/01/2019–> Case Was Received and A Receipt Notice Was Emailed.
    05/06/2019–> Case Was Approved.

    H4: Case Received on 04/29/2019
    H4 EAD: Case Received on 04/29/2019
    ———————————————————————————————–

    05/03/2019–> Biometric Notice Generated
    05/11/2019–> H4 Biometric Letter Received with an appointment date of 05/24/2019.
    05/13/2019.–> USCIS in my city gladly accepted bio metric walk in today.

    Waiting for H4 and H4 EAD approval

    Some one please kindly share your inputs.
    We have already made plans to go to India. What will happen to wife h4 and H4 EAD.
    Wife is planning to attend h4 Stamping using my new h1 approval that was approved on 6th may 2019 . Any inputs are highly appreciated.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      If you leave the country, your I-94 closes on exit, so technically the H4 petition is abandoned and consequently, H4 EAD is also denied. So, you will need to re-enter after H4 stamping in H4 status to US and re-apply for EAD, after you enter US.

  39. PK

    Below is my status

    H1 and H4 Filed on April 26th.
    H1 Approved on 5/2.
    received H1 Approval copy on 5/11 to Attorney.

    No Receipt for H4 Generated nor received any Biometric Notice as of 5/17. Anyone in same boat?

    really not sure what is going on.

    1. Ahmed

      Ask your DSO to generate a I-20 for your wife, in that way you will get a receipt number from your DSO, since your h1b already approved. Use that receipt number to check case status. Sometimes USCIS don’t find suitable appointment for nearest ASC center, as a result it takes time to get the appointment letter. Check with your attorney as well if he/she received any letter yet so far.

      Since, you already have your approved h1b, I will assume everything will go smooth with H4 approval.

      1. PK

        Thanks Ahmed. My wife is on H4 previously. This is our extension. I believe atleast receipt number should be generated right?

        1. Ahmed

          Oh ! I didn’t it was an extension.

          Anyway, You should have receipt number by now. But, I will suggest you not to panic. Just wait for couple of weeks. This is really a pick time along with ongoing 2020 H1B cap. Service center may be taking little bit more processing than as usual.

  40. AG

    04/23 – USCIS(Nebraska) received H1/H4/EAD application in PP
    04/25 – H1 Approved
    05/03 – For H4, Biometrics notice received stating 05/13 is my biometric appointment
    05/13 – Provided biometrics
    H4 & H4 EAD status still showing as “application received”

    Basic details form(Name, DOB, Race ..) that I filled, they returned to me after taking finger prints(Not sure why they ask to fill it up).

    In the ASC I visited (Santa Clara, CA), every one is having phones/iPads with them in silent mode and you can go out of the room and speak if you want to.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Thanks for sharing ! Good to know, you can keep your phones in silent mode…Do keep the community updated as you hear more info.

  41. Paul

    Hi guys, can anyone help answering my question:
    Before my wife is in F1-OPT and I am F2. Her H1B is approved last month so her F1 status is invalid now. I finished my H4 biometrics on May 3rd, and still in process for the H4.
    I got the I-539 receipt notice (application to extend/change nonimmigrant status) from USCIS. My question is what my status right now? Since the H4 is still in process, and will take a long time.
    I am not out of status right? Thanks.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Was her H1B picked in FY 2020 Lottery or is it from Previous year ? Was your COS filed, when your I-94 was valid ?

        1. administrator
          Kumar

          add more details in the previous question as well…also, cap exempt by previous lottery or university ?

  42. SST

    04/26 – USCIS received H1/H4/EAD application in PP
    04/27 – Email Notification received for H1 application
    05/05 – Biometrics notice generated
    05/06 – Received receipt numbers for EAD & H4
    05/07 – H1B approved
    05/13 – Biometrics notice received
    04/14 – Gave biometrics in different ASC Center (The one given in my letter, did not entertain us, so went straight to other on). Took probably 10-15 min max.

  43. Test

    Once we receive the Biometric appointment letter,

    1) can we go to ASC center anyday before the Appointment date mentioned on letter (or) only on the appointment date mentioned
    2) Can we go to different ASC center

    1. Victor

      It depends on officer. I am from NYC and I have 2 biometrics center in 20 miles range from my home. I tried both and did not work. In 1 center the person was racist and she even tore the paper form which the security asked to fill in front of me at the counter. Security did not check my appointment time and gave the form to fill.

      I am planning to go for appointment date, since no one has confirmed giving early appointment has helped them to get EAD earlier. I think they would process in the order which they receive only once biometrics is there. (My Guess)

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