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 


  • 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.


H4 Biometrics Process Experience # 16

Another User Sachu Timelines on H4 + H1B with Biometric Processing 


  • 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


H4 Biometrics Process Experience # 17

Another User Navisha Timelines on H4 + H1B with Biometric Processing 


  • 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.

We have many more experiences shared by users in comment, do check it out.

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Comments ( 993 )

  1. Prasenjit

    H1B and H4 (not EAD)extension filed in premium. 26th Marc. RFE 8th APril.
    RFE reply 11th April
    Approved H1b 12th April
    H4 biometrics notice mail received 16th April .
    18th April: biometric given at local ASC
    07/12 – RFE H4.

    does H4 gets an RFE. it is not even H4 EAD.
    My spouse i94 was valid till 06/16. Is this rfe because she is out of status .

  2. Nick S

    – H1+H4+H4 EAD applied in PP in April 8,2019, California SC
    – Received RFE on April 11
    – Initial bio metric appointment was on May 3rd, rescheduled to June 4th
    and completed bio metric on June 4th.
    – Responded to RFE on July 3rd
    – H1 Approved on July 12, H4 and EAD status shows invalid number from
    beginning in USCIS case status site. When I created account in USCIS,
    status shows as “case received”.

    Question: As biometrics were already completed by the time USCIS starts working on my case on July 3rd, any chance H4 and EAD will be approved along with H1 as well? Did any one face such situation?

    1. administrator

      USCIS has not been adjudicated in premium processing for H4 and H4 EAD, so you may not get that along with H1B. Many are waiting with Biometrics completed as in above experiences or comment section…

      1. Nick S

        Thanks for the response Kumar!.
        I have read the experiences above and in the comments section. But my case is little different, as due to the RFE, my biometric process as been completed by the time my response was submitted. So logically, when my case is worked on, the USCIS officer should have biometric info already…only question is if he will approve H4 and EAD as well or adjudicate them later. Thanks!

        1. administrator

          got it. Well, we do not have data of any sort for your kind of situation…Please share your case status, if any changes, so that community can be informed.

  3. NK

    H1B + H4 + H4 EAD Filed in Premium : April 29th 2019
    H4 Receipt Generated : May 1st 2019
    H1B Receipt Generated : May 1st 2019
    H1B Approved : May 13 2019
    Biometric Appointment : May 14th 2019
    California Service Center
    Waiting for response for H4 and H4 EAD

    Any timeline for CSC ?

  4. KS

    H1B Extn / H4COS/H4 EAD : California Service Center

    Application data : May 2
    H1B Extn approved : May10
    Biometrics Appt: May 31

    On July 12:
    H4 COS Status says: Case was Received
    H4 EAD Status says : Request for additional Evidence was sent.

    Did anyone get a similar response?

    Will post more details once i receive the letter.

          1. sk

            I didn’t get rfe, still waiting for any decision, but did hear abt some cases who got rfe because of photo quality..

  5. HJ

    Hi All,

    Here is my H1, H4 and H4-EAD experience so far,

    04/18 – 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.

    Waiting for H4-EAD. Status of H4 and H4-EAD still shows as “Case Received” on USCIS website.

    1. administrator

      Thanks for sharing. Did you get the H4 approval notice to your address ? Do share more updates, once you have them.

        1. administrator

          Cool. Please do share once you hear anything on H4. I have posted your experience in above article for everyone’s benefit. Thanks.

  6. NSP

    Hi All,
    Can you please let all users know about your H4 and EAD approvals between January 2019 and March 2019 from Nebraska service center .

    Please share complete details like when you applied and when it was approved….so on.

    Based on the responses for above question will help us understand how much time it is going to take post biometric.

  7. Kunal


    I have H4 extension applied for my wife. We gave bio-metrics on 11th June and still awaiting result. We have a travel coming up in first week of September.
    Is it fine if we travel to India with Extension still in process?
    Also, our visa is expiring this July, so we have to go for Visa Stamping as well before returning. How does it impact this extension?

    1. administrator

      You may go to India, couple of users have reported that they got H4 stamping done and returned and their H4 application was also processed here… If you do not hear back before you travel on H4, one of the things you could do is to send a withdraw letter to USCIS before you travel back and get H4 visa stamping done in India.

  8. Ramesh

    My company has applied for my h1 extension in premium last week and upon the advice of my attorney -we did not include my wife’s h4 extension as part of the application. The advice was to go outside the country and get h4 stamped with my approved h1 to speed up the process and then apply for H4 ead extension as she is already working on H4EAD currently.

    The question I have is that once I get my extension, if I plan a trip to India -will both of us get an option for Drop box?

    And if we do, will it be a problem for my wife’s H4 EAD application when we come back, as she would have not given updated biometrics? Thank you.

    1. administrator

      Yes, you can do that and go for dropbox, if you fulfil the general dropbox requirements.
      No, it will not be problem. H4 EAD does not require biometrics, it is only for H4 application filed using I-539 form and NOT for EAD

      1. Ramesh

        Thank you for your response Kumar, ( and for responding to people giving them valuable information throughout the comments.)

        So just to be clear although she is working with h4 EAD now, since when we go to dropbox in india she is considered a ‘new’ H4 application, the request for Biometrics wont be required for her as we wont use the i-539 form?

        1. administrator

          If she never had H4 or H1B visa, then she may not be eligible for dropbox. Don’t mix up I-539 process with US Visa stamping, both are different and not related for biometrics.

  9. Deepa

    Filed at California center

    On June 6 we applied H1b , H4 and H4 EAD in PP
    H1 got approved on June 11th
    On June 17th walked in for Biometrics appointment
    On June 18th the status got updated “Finger print Review completed”
    June 21st called Usics to expediate the H4 visa on humanitarian aspects , as we have planned India trip for July 13th

    No any update after that , since we have stamping In Chennai consulate and H4 is not approved we are planning to cancel the trip

    1. administrator

      Thanks for sharing the timeline. FYI, you do not need H4 approval for stamping, you can use your H1B and get H4 stamping done.

      1. SR

        Hi Kumar, I also sent an expediate request they are asking for documentation to prove the expedite request. Do you have any format or template for this?

        1. administrator

          There are no specific templates that are given by USCIS. It can be a standard letter to submit what they have requested.

        2. Kit


          My ead has already expired .

          How are we suppose to raise the expedite request ?

          California center processing times are not same for everyone i think .

          So my job is at risk now .

  10. kym

    Heylo everyone, I have been following this group for a while now and here are my details.

    Service Center – California
    04/29/2019 – Filled H1, H4 and H4 EAD in premium processing.
    05/09/2019 – H1 B approved.
    05/22/2019 – Completed Biometrics appointment.
    07/09/2019 – Provided my case details to local senator office, they did followup 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.
    07/10/2019 – Case status for EAD shows “New card is being produced” while H4 case status still shows “fingerprint review completed”.

    Will update more details once I receive the approval and EAD card.

      1. KYM

        Senator’s office was not able to expedite the application. USCIS clearly told them that H4 and EAD are no more premium. I am not sure if the EAD status changed because of inquiry from senator’s office or just the timing.

        1. NA4448

          I think an inquiry from Senator’s office helped to speed up the process even though USCIS said no to premium processing. Can you please give us instructions how you approached senator’s office?

        2. KYM

          I just explained my situation to the immigration related person at the senator’s office. They took photo copies of receipts for H4 and H4 ead. Also provided H1 B approval copy.

          1. Ram

            Congratulations KYM, let’s hope you will get your EAD card soon. We have completed Biometrics appointment on 05/10, still, case pending only (H4 Biometrics completed, EAD(Case was received). I will also try the option of going and meeting Local Senator office.

            Please post once you really got your EAD card handy.

    1. administrator

      Thanks for sharing your details. It is great to hear. I will update your status in experiences above for everyone benefit. Please do share once you get the card and official notices.

      1. KYM

        07/15/19 – Received H4 EAD card. Nothing received for H4 yet, online status still shows ” Fingerprint Review was completed”. Still waiting for H4 approval notice.

    2. Anonymous

      So quick question in this case will your new h4ead card still contains old date since your h4status is still pending?
      Or will it be the new date?
      How is it related to h4status

  11. Sandy


    My applied for H1+H4_H4EAD in May last week. Got H1 approval in a week and i gave my Biometrics on June 10th. The service center is Nebraska.

    I’m not expecting this early, but my H4 and EAD expires on September 12th and i don’t have any hope that i will get approval by that time. I will loose my job if i don’t submit my approval in that week.

    Do i have any options now? Will i have hope if i go out of country and get my H4 stamped?

  12. NSP

    Hi All,
    Below are the my case details:

    Service Center: Nebraska
    H1+H4+H4AED filled in PP on April 15th, 2109.
    H1 Approved within 15days.
    Biometric for H4 is done on May 10, 2019.
    H4EAD status: Still status is showing as Case was received as of 07/09
    Raised couple of expedite requests stating i will have a financial loss and loose medical coverage if it is not approved by July 1, 2019.
    Both the requests were denied stating it is not eligible for expedite process.

    Spouse has to quit the job due to this. Any suggestions?
    H4 is also pending.

        1. anonymous

          Its waste of time. I tried all the ways. They made the criteria stricter these. They just don’t want the EAD’s to get approved by expediting. Believe me I submitted solid proofs twice . But they asked me the proofs that showcases failing of employer which is impossible to prove at least for IT companies.

    1. administrator

      I wish, there was another option. Unfortunately, there is no other option…You may travel out and re-enter to get H4 extended, but may not help as you will still need H4 EAD to work…

  13. Anonymous

    Any H4 Extensions and H4 EAD Approval after biometrics at Nebraska center?

    I filed on April 18th along with H1 extension in PP and done with biometrics on May 9th, but still waiting for Any updates on H4?

  14. RC

    Below is our timeline

    Processing Center: Vermont
    H1 +H4+H4 EAD filed under PP 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 Bio-metric Appointment was on : 5/22

    7/9 : H4 EAD Online status changed to “New Card is being produced”. H4 online status is still the same “…can’t provide information….”.


    1. administrator

      Thanks for sharing. Once you get the card and notices, please update here, I will add it with full timeline to the article for everyone’s guidance.

      1. RC

        @ Kumar.

        We received H4 EAD card today 7/12 and collected H4 Approval notice from employer’s attorney office today as well.

        1. RC

          Btw, H4 online still says “USCIS can’t provide information….”. H4 EAD status is “Card has been delivered….”.

        2. administrator

          Thanks RC for sharing it. I have updated your experience and timelines to above article for everyone benefit.

  15. Anonymous

    Service Center : Vermont Service Center
    H1B + H4 Filed in Premium : April 9
    H1B Approved : April 13
    Biometrics Completed : April 30
    H4 Approval : July 2nd
    H4 Approval Notice Received : July 5th

    Not sure if this helps but on July 2nd I called the uscis help center and asked them to expedite my case. I was told that I would receive a call in next 5 business days and I was asked the expedite reason. I mentioned that my job was at stake due to visa expiry.

        1. WaitingH4

          I called ‭(800) 375-5283‬ and was I couldn’t find entry on how to reach to Customer Care Representative to expedite the request. Can you please help me.

  16. Vineeta

    H1, H4, H4 EAD filed together with Premium Processing at Nebraska Service Center
    Receipt date – May 22, 2019
    H1 approved – June 3, 2019
    Waiting for H4, H4 EAD.
    In the meantime I have to sit out of my job since my H4 & H4 EAD expired on June 27.

    1. Nitya

      Hi Vineeta, I am also on the same boat right now. Will be losing my job as mine expires next week and my EAD status online says “case received” We had our biometrics on 5/28 (oakland,CA) and still awaiting for updates.

      1. Vineeta

        Hi Nitya,

        Same here. The status is Case Received. I did my bio-metrics on 6/12. It is very hard to keep a job in this situation and make ends meet. Our application is in the Nebraska Service Center. What about you? I have put in for an expedite request but haven’t heard back from them.

  17. sivaji

    My wife is currently out of status more then 10 months in June i have applied H4 with nunc pro tunc process along with H1B in premium process. My H1B approved and she got receipt and gave Bio-metric is on July 1st 19, wanted to know if she can stay in the country legally with the new receipt number and to wait for an approval ? 1st Aug 19 she will complete 1 year, if the approval is delayed beyond ?

  18. Rixit

    Filed H1+h4 extension+ EAD – Apr 26
    H1 Reciept Date : Apr 30(Nebraska Service Center)
    H4 Reciept Date – Apr 30(Nebraska Service Center)
    H1 Approved – May 10
    Received H4 Bio-metrics appointment – May 15
    Biometrics appointment completed – May 20
    H4 EAD Reciept Date : May 22(Vermont Service Center)

    H4 status on the site shows “At this time USCIS cannot provide you with information for your case. Please contact the USCIS Contact Center.”
    This has been the status from day we received the H4 receipt.

    I created an account on the myUSCIS site and it shows
    “We received your case
    You do not need to do anything at this time
    We will let you know if we need anything else from you as we continue to review your case.”

    Waiting for H4 and EAD approval.

    1. gnit

      Hi Rixit,
      Looks like you filed H4-EAD separately while H4 extension is pending. I need some help. Did you leave I-94 column in the questionnaire blank and provided I-797C as the proof of status?.

      1. Rixit


        The whole documentation was handled by the company Attorney. I have minimal idea on the details entered in the forms.

    2. SJ


      Question – Our H4 and H4EAD are pending at Nebraska Service Center, We will be moving soon to a new location. Does address change effect/delay the processing in any way?


      1. Rixit

        I don’t think that would affect the current applications but you should update you new address so that the communications for the applications are delivered to you.

        1. Summer

          Hi Kumar,

          I filed the h4 extension separately on 06/20. It is Nebraska service center. I received the H4 notice on 07/10. I called USCIS about the biometric notice today but the representative said that there is no information about my appointment in the system. Does that mean USCIS has not generated my appointment notice yet? Or the representative does not have the right to see the information? Thank you and expect your reply.

          1. administrator

            It can take few more days to get the H4 Biometrics notice. See above users’ timelines in experiences, the biometrics notice arrives few days after the H4 notice.

  19. ninad sawe

    H1,H4, EAD in PP at California center
    6/17 Submitted
    6/24 H1 Approved
    7/3 mail with Biometric for 7/10 appointment received
    7/5 Walking for biometric with a print out of I797C( appointment notice) Done
    Case status unchanged, still says Case received.

    1. H123123

      H1 & H4 in PP at Vermont center
      3/26 Submitted
      4/5 H1 Approved
      4/9 mail with Biometric for 4/26 appointment received
      4/26 Walking for biometric with a print out of I797C( appointment notice) Done
      7/2 – H4 Approved.

      1. administrator

        Thanks for sharing the timeline ! Did you get the approval notice in mail or just the online status ?

          1. administrator

            Thanks for the update. I have updated the article and put in your experience as well.

  20. sk

    Hi All,

    One question please. I am currently in the same boat as most of you all with h1b approved for 3 yrs but h4/h4ead pending.
    I need to file h1b amendment for change in work location now.
    Assuming that I file it and it reduces my h1b validity to dec 2019.
    – would this invalidate the in process h4/h4 ead?
    – If current h4/h4 EAD does get approved, would that validity be 3 yrs or until dec 2019 as per my amended h1b petition?

    1. administrator

      – Well, it may not invalidate that as it is amendment and not change of status. I suggest you check with your attorney filing H1B amendment to be sure.
      – It will be based on your H1B validity usually, if anything changes on that side, similar things would reflect for H4.

  21. NSP

    Hi All,

    Need some suggestion regarding H4 visa for kids using Dropbox option.

    My kids are currently in India. H1 is approved and H4 for Spouse, kids are still in pending with USCIS post biometric.

    H1 holder passport has expired US visa, can I use dropbox option to get my kids passports stamped?

    Can anyone please help me on this ASAP?


    1. Anandi

      Hi NSP,

      H4 visa with Dropbox can be availed by spouse and kids if it’s valid for you. Considering the fact that your visa has not not expired past an year. Good luck with your stamping!

    2. administrator

      H1B expired visa does not matter. Yes, as long as your kids meet the general H4 dropbox requirements, they can go for it using the H1B approval notice.

  22. 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 5th July 2019, still no change in status – it’s the same as “Case Was Received”

    I travelled to India and went for Dropbox on 27th June and I got approved visa on 5th July. The effective start date is 3rd Jul and end date is the expiration date of H1 visa. I had existing visa valid till 4th Sep. At least one hurdle passed, I’ll keep you guys posted on how things go at the port of entry when I’ll travel back to U.S. in Aug.

    1. JG


      Thank you for your message. How did you renew your H4 visa while it is still processing? Was it based on your husbands h1b approval? If you could please help.

      Thank you,


    2. anonymous

      @VCEAD Even we applied for H1B+H4+H4 EAD on march 28th at nebraska service center and they are still pending. When I asked about traveling outside country my attorney suggested not to do that as it would cause issue in approvals. But seems like it is very easy in your case. Any update on your EAD?

      1. VCEAD

        No updates on H4 and EAD approval as yet. Case status still shows pending. My travel plans were inevitable hence I took a chance on Dropbox. I am glad that it worked.

  23. Neer

    Hello people stuck at Nebraska center for H4+H4EAD please retweet, like and reply to my tweet here – https://twitter.com/Neer01392224/status/1146529249978802176?s=19.
    Or please tweet yourself by tagging @USCIS and @USCISCuccinelli

  24. Anonymous

    Applied H1 Extension, H4 Extension and H4 EAD Extension all together in premium processing in April 2019

    California Service center

    1) USCIS Received date 04/26/2019 for H1 Extension, H4 Extension and H4 EAD Extension in premium processing
    2) USCIS Notice date 04/29/2019 (receipt notices i797c for H1 Ext, H4 Ext and H4 EAD Ext)

    3) H1 approved on 05/06/2019 for 3 years until Aug 2022.
    4) H4 biometric notice received on 05/10/2019
    5) actually scheduled biometric appointment for 05/24/2019 but we did direct walk in on 05/13/2019. So we did biometric 9 days before actual scheduled appointment date.

    After my H1 approval and biometrics, we were waiting like any others for H4 Ext Approval and H4 EAD Extension approval.

    6) We had to travel to India when H4 Ext and H4 EAD Ext where in pending state, our travel was un avoidable. So we both left the country on 05/25/2019.
    7) We both did drop box in India for h1 stamping on 3rd June.
    8) I got H1 stamped in drop box, spouse got 221g asked to come in for in person interview.
    Many people told that our H4 and H4 EAD are going to be considered invalid as we traveled outside the country when h4 and H4 EAD were pending
    9) I came back in to the country.
    10) Once i reached home i see approval notices in mail box for H4 and H4 EAD (i765).
    11) Notice date for H4 and H4 EAD (i765) is 06/25/2019. Which is like 1 month and 13 days after biometrics.
    12) Approval for H4 and H4 EAD is until August 2022. My H1 is also approved until August 2022 on 05/06/2019
    13) Online case status shows correctly for H4 EAD but not for H4. For H4 Case status says application received when i have an approval H4 i797A original in my hand . I also have the i94 copy for H4 approval. Spouse is still in India trying to attend in person interview for H4 Stamping

    Admins, i am happy to share any other additional details, you can reach out to me if you need any masked copies of my H4 i797, i765 i797 and H4 EAD to display on your website

    1. Anandi

      Hi Anonymous,

      I am in the same boat, traveling to India in mid of July and have dropbox. So, according to your case your wife(H4) was issued 221g and asked to come in person – did she had to schedule and appointment? usually 221g will ask the person to come in person but no appointment is needed right? Please clarify becoz I am H4 and I am worried that I would have to face the same situation and my child is in middle school, so I don’t want her to miss school.

    2. Anandi

      Also, in which consulate did you apply for dropbox? Becoz to my knowledge 221g in Chennai is to appear in person in any Weekday(T/W/T) with no appointment necessary.

      1. Anonuomous


        spouse got email on her email about 221g asked to come in for in person interview in Hyd Consulate. We got this email after 11 days from the day we dropped our documents.

        In the same email , we where asked to login back to the UStraveldocs website. when we logged in it prompted automatically with a list of dates which were 2 week away from the current day and we choose the first day on the list and appeared for the 221g inperson interview for H4 in HYD consulate . In the 221g interview at HYD asked some basic questions. We were told that visa approved but was also told admin processing will take time. As of today 4th July 2019, Still waiting for response its been 3 days already after attending the 221g interview.

        1. VCEAD

          Hi Anonymous,

          Can you please confirm what was the status of your spouse’s visa on ustravels website. Was it ‘Administrative processing’ or ‘visa issued’, when she got email for 221 g interview?

    3. VCEAD

      Thanks for sharing your case info. QQ, how did you come to know about 221g, was her status still shown as under ‘Administrative Processing’ in ustravels website ? I am in the same situation, completed my drop box formality last week and I am now waiting for the next step. My status changed to Visa issued today but not sure if it means that it’s through or is there still a chance to get 221 g when I’ll go to collect the passport. This wait is very frustrating. Please do let me know.

  25. KK

    According to USCIS official website info, NEBRASKA service center is only dealing with the case submited in Jan, 2019….I guess this is not the real time situation right?

    1. DB7

      Jan 2019 is worst case scenario cases. So if you check processing times website, Nebraska Service Center has a timeline of 3.5 to 5.5 months. These numbers mean that 50% of the cases are approved in 3.5 months and 90% are approved after 5.5 months. Remaining 10% go into outside processing times. So Median for approval is 3.5 months.

        1. DB7

          Yeah I don’t think posting on their Twitter is going to help. USCIS twitter account is already flooded with processing delay posts (especially I-130 form, not sure what that is). I think the best way to proceed is to go to your local congressman and ask them to help you out. (I did it last time when my EAD card was lost in the mail, not sure if it helped but I got the card earlier than usual processing times). If that does not work then file a litigation with RN law group. I am going to go ahead with this in 3 or 4 weeks if nothing happens.

  26. DR

    H1B + H4 in PP due to employer change : 04/04
    Visa/i94/H4 EAD valid till 06/2020. Attorney suggested not to file EAD before 180 days of expiry

    H1B approved : 04/12
    H4 Biometrics : 04/22 and then waiting for approval
    (California center)

    1. Travelled to India in 3rd week of June.
    2. Submitted dropbox visa application for H1b and H4 using new H1b I-797. (Technically it was not required as old visa is valid till 06/2020. Still decided to get new visa stamp)
    4. H4 I-797 is not required
    3. Got passports with new visa stamp in 1 week valid till 04/2022

    I will update about immigration experience and dates on i94.

    1. Anandi

      Congrats! Your H1/H4 stamping gives me hope. I am going for dropbox in mid of July and in the same boat. Hoping for successful stamping and return.

  27. Neer

    Hello can people comment here who are stuck with their H4/H4Ead application for NEBRASKA center? Can we join together and reach out to USCIS on Twitter and see if they can expedite the process?

  28. Ninad

    Can I take a scanned print out of biometric appoint receipt(I797-C) to give biometric? or they need original?
    Thinking of going today rather than waiting for my lawyer to send me original in mail.

    1. administrator

      You can give it a try, it does not hurt. If you look at the sample, it says to bring the notice, does not say This original notice..
      No one has posted such experience. If you chose to try, do share the experience with community.

  29. Putran

    Got my wife’s H4 Approval in mail yesterday, processed at the California Service Center. She had her biomterics done in late april.

    1. BeingOptimist

      Congrats! I am stuck with Nebraska. Just wanted to confirm, both H4 and H4 EAD were approved at around the same time right?

  30. victor

    WAC19901990** .. . EAD was approved today for California center .. this application was filed around 1st April .. hoping for more of such positive news

  31. Sri

    Hi Kumar,

    Thank you for maintaining this site and this page. It is very very helpful to see experiences from people in similar situations! Sorry for the long post in advance. I have a couple of questions about my unique case. It is as follows:

    I have an approved H1B and my spouse has approved H4 both stamped and valid until Oct 2019. My company filed for my H1 extension in premium processing along with H4 extension and H4 EAD and my H1 got approved last month(valid from OCT 2019 – OCT 2022) but both H4 and H4 EAD are pending. Both of us wanted to travel to Canada and our attorney suggested that we should go by air so that both of our I-94s would get updated for sure to end date of my latest extension approval(until Oct 2022). In this case even if my wife’s H4 ext and H4 EAD gets denied due to travel while pending, we won’t have to file for her H4 as I-94 would get extended when we come back(we would just re-file H4 EAD if denied). So taking this advice into consideration, we traveled to Canada and came back via flight. However at the border, officer did not update both of our I-94 to my latest I-797 end date(even after showing him the I-797), he said he cannot give I-94 until that date because the petition has not started, it will start in October. Instead he gave I-94 with new number but same OCT 2019 expiry. My questions on this are as follows:

    1) I read about the last action rule and there are conflicting opinions on this. According to last action rule, last action taken governs the stay, in my case my I-94 at CBP, so would that invalidate my approved H1B extension? Do we have to re-file H1 Extension or do I have to leave just before October and get a stamp and come back? but if extension is no longer valid, would I be able to get a stamp? My attorney is suggesting, I don’t have to do anything and my extension is valid and would get kicked in normally after in Oct, I am looking for more opinions on this. Has anyone faced this before?

    2) Regarding H4 extension and H4 EAD, they might both get denied as they are still not approved and we traveled. However according to the first experience posted on this page, both of them got approved regardless, so should we wait for a month or so to see if they get approved? First experience posted on this page is very similar to my case but it had all best case outcomes. Both H4 and EAD got approved regardless of travel and most importantly I-94 got updated to H1 Extension expiry date(even though H1 start date was in the future similar to mine), which in my case is the major problem.

    Has anyone had similar experience? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!

    1. administrator

      Your situation is exactly like the first experience. As far as that user is concerned, they also got different I-94 at the entry and at least for them, they got H4 approval with old I-94 with extended date and it was not abandoned as it was an extension it seems. It is a grey area and seems conflicting info on this as per USCIS website as well…So, Maybe you can give it few more weeks and then take a call as you still have date till October. There is very little data on this. Please share your update with community, once you hear anything back…

  32. Vijay

    it will take around 7 days for dropbox approval. administration processing is valid state. You will get approval in few days.

    1. Anandi

      HI Vijay, Did your H4 had the same scenario of H4 with pending approval + biometric done while you submitted your documents for dropbox?

    2. Saurabh

      Hi Vijay,
      Thanks for your post. I am also planning to travel to India to apply for new H4 visa via Dropbox, once my spouse’s H1b is approved (in next couple of weeks). Our Lawyer told us that it is very difficult to predict how much h4 status I will get for a approved H1b extension with a future date (November 2019 to November 2022). Could you please inform us about your situation. Did you have a H1b approved for a future date and how much h4 visa stamp were you approved and how much h4 status you were granted at the port of entry?

    3. VCEAD

      Thanks Vijay, How many days did it take to get the passport once your passport status changed to ‘Visa issued’ on ustravel website. My passport status is ‘Origination scan’ from last 2 days.

  33. Neo29J

    05/07 – USCIS received H1,H4 COS and H4 EAD application in PP (Vermont).
    05/15 – H1B Approved.
    05/29 – Attended Biometrics.
    06/30 – H4 EAD case status changed to “New card is being produced”. H4 COS status is not yet changed.

    1. administrator

      Great. Thanks for sharing. Do let the community know, once you have the documents of H4 and EAD. H4 should also be approved as EAD is dependent on that, just that it could be the online system is not updated.

    2. VJ

      Am In same boat waiting since April 24th. H4 cos with h4 ead. No updates yet. Completed Biometrics May 6th.

      Great that yours got approved fast. Gives me hope. Did you have a future start date on h4 ? Or immediate date

    1. Anandi

      Hi Vijay,

      Firstly Congrats on visa stamping. I am waiting H4 extension with biometrics done. Will be traveling in couple of weeks and have dropbox in Chennai consulate. Was there any questions at dropbox submission for no H4 approval notice? No 221g? Please advice.

  34. Vijay

    For Visa stamping/Dropbox you just need the primary H1B approval. You dont need the H4 approval. I went for dropbox last week with just primary H1B approval

    1. James

      Vijay, here is my situation

      Visa expiry – 12 Jul 2019
      H1B approved on 8th April 2019, Biometric date: 22 April 2019
      H4 approval is pending

      Is it ok for H4 candidates travel to India now? If I travel by 20th Jul 2019, all of us eligible for Dropbox?

      Please advise.

      1. Anonymous

        we did travel to india when H4 Ext and H4 EAD Ext was pending. When spouse was still outside the country. we got our H4 and H4 EAD approved. California center.

    2. VCEAD

      That’s great news Vijay. Have you received your H4 stamped visa yet ? Officer at the drop box office told me that H1 approval is important but he in anyways took all my documents. I told him the same thing that H1 approval copy should suffice. He indicated that because of EAD situation it’s not a straight forward process anymore. I hope he is wrong.

      1. Anandi

        Hi VCEAD,

        Which consulate did you go? Did your H4 visa got stamped? I am traveling in couple of weeks and fearing about something similar(asking for H4 approval). Please advice.

        1. VCEAD

          Hi Anandi,

          I had opted for Dropbox and my application falls under Delhi consulate. I went to submit the docs on 27th June. My application status changed to ‘Administrative Processing’ on 1st July. Still awaiting further information. Not sure if Vijay also got similar status.

  35. Sindhu

    Hi all,

    H4 -expiring in October 2019.
    Submitted my H4+EAD along with spouse’s H1B on May30th.
    H1-B approval – June 4th
    Biometrics -finished on June 17th
    USCIS status – still “case was received”.

    I need to travel to Canada for a few days. I called CBP (Customs and Border Protection) and they confirmed I can re-enter using automatic visa revalidation. But they could not say what will happen to the pending H4/EAD applications. I called USCIS multiple times but they were not able to give a clarity..keep telling me to try again when a level 2 officer can take the call (which didnt happen so far after 5 calls 🙁

    If use AVR, will my pending H4 and EAD applications remain unaffected?
    Anyone has clear idea?

    1. administrator

      When you use AVR, the key thing is that you will carry your valid paper I-94 that you got previously and use that during re-entry. So, technically you are using the same I-94 and your I-94 number would not be changed. Essentially, it will be the same one that you use for H4 as well. So, technically it should be unaffected. But, we have NO experiences or proof that it will work. I suggest you check with your attorney on this and get clarity before you travel, so that all goes well with H4. Also, do share with the community after your experience, how it worked.

    1. administrator

      So far, couple of users reported that they got Biometrics notices for transfer after extension. Hopefully this will change. We have little data.

  36. th4ead

    An observation I made based on the different groups I am following for h4&ead. Looks Like Nebraska Service Center did not even start processing h4 cases after the change of March 22nd, where the biometrics were introduced. Anyone else feels the same way?

    1. KK

      yes…but I saw someone who previously posted message in this forum(around mid of June) mentioned that he called Nebraska center to check the application status, got the reply which is they were processing the H4 visa extention apllication submited in March…not sure if it’s true

      1. Ag02

        I have filed in Nebraska on Mar 25, and yes they have not yet started processing h4 with biometric cases. Infact I have a receipt no of H4 extension from Mar 11, and that case also is not proccesed.

  37. Nandini

    Thanx a lot guys… we are applying for h1+h4+h4 ead in premium processing on June 30. Can I leave India on July 10 th?

  38. Sam

    Completed biometrics on 6/14/2019 but USCIS still showing “Fingerprint Fee Was Received”. Is that a problem? Do I need to call them? We also have a trip planned for August, what are the chances of approval for expedited processing request? California service center

    1. administrator

      No need to call, it is normal. Unfortunately, we have not seen any California cases reported by users yet on our blog, all are primarily Vermont. We have no data on the processing times, need to wait. If something changes on your side, do update the community.

      1. Gilbert

        California center
        H1b filed on May 1st using premium processing
        H1b approval on May 7st
        H4 biometrics done on May 14th
        USCIS Case status : Case was received

        1. administrator

          Thanks for sharing. We have literally no info on California center. Would be great, if you share any updates, once you see anything.

          1. Sunny

            Nebraska Service center as well, the pattern is not just your site but across other forums too. Waiting to hear on Approvals from NSC after Biometric process. As it gives hopes to us.

          2. Vigbal

            this Info was shared by my attorney last week who filed my spouse’s extension..

            As an update, our office just received the first H-4 / EAD approval since the new I-539 procedure was implemented.
            To get a sense of timeline, this client’s applications were received by the USCIS (California Service Center)in early April, biometrics appointment was in late May, and the approvals were received today.

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