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 without Litigation 

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

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

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

H4 Approved Status Online

H4 Visa Approved after Biometrics USCIS Status

H4 EAD Status updated to Card Ordered

H4 EAD Approval Card Status June 2019 after Biometrics

H4 Biometrics Process Experience #2 

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


Service Center : Vermont

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

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

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

H4 Biometrics – Premium Processing H1B  – Experience #3 

Thanks to our reader, anonymous for sharing their experience

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

H4 + H4 EAD Approval Case Experience #4

Thanks to Hima.

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

Vermont was the Service Center.

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

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

H4 Approval Case Experience #5

Thanks to Desi guy 

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

H4 Biometrics Experience #6

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

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

H4 Processing Timeline at CSC

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

H4 Biometrics Process Experience # 7

Thanks to user Neo29J for sharing the experience in comments. 

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

Vermont H4 experience Approved #8

Thanks to user H123123 for sharing the experience in comments. 

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

Vermont H4 Biometrics experience Approved #9

Thanks to user RC for sharing the experience in comments. 

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

California H4 experience Approved #10

Thanks to user kym for sharing the experience in comments. 

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

Vermont H4 experience Approved #11

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

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

Vermont H4 experience Approved #12

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

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

CSC H4 experience Approved #13

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

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

Nebraska H4 experience Approved #14

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

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

California H4 experience Approved #15

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

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

California H4 experience Approved #16

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

Applied H1, H4 & H4 EAD in Premium processing.

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

Nebraska H4 experience Approved #17

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

Nebraska H4 experience Approved #18

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

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

California H1B to H4 COS experience Approved #19

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

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

Nebraska  H4 experience Approved #20

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

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

California  H4 experience, H1B RFE Approved #21

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

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

California  H4 experience Approved #22

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

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

California  H4 experience Approved #23

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

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

California  H4 experience Approved #24

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

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

Nebraska  H4 + EAD experience Approved #25

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

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

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

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

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

Nebraska  H4 + EAD experience – Approved #27

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

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

Nebraska  H4 + EAD experience – Approved #28

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

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

Nebraska  H4 + EAD experience – Approved #29

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

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

VSC  H4 + EAD experience – Approved #30

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

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

NSC  H4 + EAD experience – Approved #30

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

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

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

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

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

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #32

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

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

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #33

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

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

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #34

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

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

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #35

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

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

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #35

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

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

CSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #36

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

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

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #37

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

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

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience – Approved #38

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

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

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

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

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

CSC  – H4 + EAD experience Approved #40

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

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

Nebraska  – H4 + EAD experience Approved #41

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

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

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

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

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

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience Approved #43

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

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

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience Approved #44

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

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

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience Approved #45

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

  • H1/H4/H4 EAD: Case was received – April 16- Nebraska
  • H1 approved : April 18
  • Biometric: 24 July, it got delayed due to system error
  • H4 EAD: Aug 20- New card is being produced
    • H4 EAD Approved in 126 Days.
    • Assuming H4 Approved as EAD approved
      • H4 Approved in 126  Days from Filing
      • H4 Approved in 27 Days  after Biometrics 
  • No update on H4
    • I have raised multiple expedite requests in this whole process and It got denied immediately.
    • I have raised an another expedite request on August 19th as I have lost my job because my current EAD got expired on August 12th.

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience Approved #46

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

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

NSC  – H4 + EAD experience Approved #47

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

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

CSC  – H4 experience, EAD filed later Approved #48

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

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

NSC  – H4 experience, EAD filed later Approved #49

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

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

NSC  – H4 experience, EAD filed later Approved #50

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

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

Pending / In Process H4 Petitions Experiences

H4 Biometrics Process Experience

Another User LM Timelines on H4 + H1B with Biometric Processing 

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

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H4 Biometrics Process Experience 

Another User Sachu Timelines on H4 + H1B with Biometric Processing 

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

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H4 Biometrics Process Experience 

Another User Navisha Timelines on H4 + H1B with Biometric Processing 

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

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Comments ( 1,663 )

  1. Maharshi

    Hi Friends,

    I am filing the litigation with R & N lawgroup. Hope I want to share the info which I got the info from there..

    1) R & N law group file litigation every 2 weeks..
    2) As of now they filed 2 litigations, First litigation filed last month not sure on the dates they informed All of them got approved , It took 36 days to get them approved for everyone who filed litigation, some of them approved some ppl got late but all of them got approved in 36 days.
    3) 2nd litigation they said they filed 2 weeks ago.. few of them got approved until now and few of them are pending basically it will take 60 days to get them approved.
    4) So ppl who’s H4 EAD is still 60 days pending its right time to apply now, so that you wont loose the job.
    5) ppl who already lost the job and pending its up to you guys you can also file the litigation if you need it.
    6) To file litigation below are the conditions to eligible
    a) your spouse H1 should be approved
    b) your h4 and h4 ead should be applied and should be more than 30 days.
    c) Bio-metrics should be done.

    I am trying to apply guys Hope the info should help to you…

    1. needh4ead

      What are the repercussions of litigation. They might give the approval but what about future things like GC, next extension etc ? I know R & N law group says there will not be any repercussions, but remember they are attorneys.

      1. Mahi

        Its up to us guys.. if we need H4 EAD approval sooner and wants to work and dont want to loose our jobs we have an option to file litigation.. if we think something happens in the future then there is no answer to this. if we think something will happen on this we have to just wait ,,this option is only for ppl who wants there EAD sooner like me….if you guys want to wait please wait …

  2. Synia

    Hello,
    H4 extension and H4EAD renewal application is pending at NSC since April, H1b was approved in less than a week. Current visas are valid until September. Now we must travel to Canada in August. I’m very worried about it’s effect on the pending applications. If we cross the border via road, someone suggested that I-94 will not change and hence the applications would not be affected. Is that correct? Please help.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      if you use Automatic visa revalidation (AVR) for short term trip, and use the existing I-94 to re-enter, it will not change.

      1. Synia

        I thought that AVR was if the current visa was expired. Can you please confirm that current I-94 can be used for a short trip with a valid H4 visa which is valid till September but the trip is in August.

  3. SM

    H4 extension and H4 EAD renewal applications are still pending at the NSC since late April. H1 was approved in PP in less than a week. Now, we have to urgently travel to Canada next month. I’m worried what effect will traveling will have on the pending applications. Is it true that since the I-94 would not change if crossing border by road, there would be no effect on pending applications. Is that correct? Current H1b and H4 visas are valid till September.

  4. Hima Bindu

    Everyone I recieved this from uscis this morning after an expedited request , “We have researched your inquiry regarding your application. Although we are sensitive to your current situation, there is virtually no expedited processing available for this type of application. We apologize for the inconvenience. Your application is awaiting review by an Adjudications Officer and you may always review the status of your application by visiting our website at www.uscis.gov.”

    I know its denied request, but I dont understand what this means, can someone help me understand?

    1. Sri

      My H4 EAD is pending at NSC with the receipt date 4/22. I am already out of job on unpaid leave. I’ve opened several requests…

      5 expedited requests
      2 times Congressman’s office reaching out on my behalf for expedite request
      1 time Senator’s office (Reached out to USCIS, awaiting response)
      1 mail to NSC with all physical copies of the evidence.

      All of the above for nothing. Either they respond with ‘They are sensitive to our situation but the application type is not available for expedite processing’ or no evidence received we can’t grant the approval for expedite request’.

      Did everything at my disposal to open an expedite request, nothing as of now. Hopefully NSC may start approving the cases that were applied after biometrics sooner and we all start receiving the approvals. We are almost there.. Let’s keep faith.

      Good Luck All

    2. YA

      What kind of application you applied, H1+H4+H4EAD or only H4ead ? and how you received this response by mail? and after how many days of your expedite request ?

      1. Sri

        H1+H4+H4 EAD in Premium. Got responses to email when opened expedited request by calling USCIS contact center. They will respond in 1-2 days via email.

    3. administrator
      Kumar

      This just means that your petition is in the queue to be processed by USCIS officer…Just fancy way of saying “you need to wait”

  5. Neer

    People receiving H4/H4EAD approvals from Nebraska, please please PLEASE share the efforts you had to make to get your approvals.
    1. Did you join litigation?
    2. Did Congressman/Senator help you with expedite processing?
    3. Timeline

    And Congratulations!

    1. NSC H4

      Hi,
      My H4 Ead was approved July 23rd.
      Applied h1+H4+H4 ead pp at Nebraska center March 29th.
      I tried expediting through senator and uscis which didn’t worked. Finally joined litigation filed by RN law group and got approval.
      Hope this helps.

    2. NSC H4

      Hi,
      My H4 Ead was approved July 23rd.
      Applied h1+H4+H4 ead pp at Nebraska center March 29th.
      I tried expediting through senator and uscis which didn’t worked. Finally joined litigation filed by RN law group and got approval.
      Hope this helps.

        1. Nebraska_H1+H4+H4EAD

          We applied H1+H4+H4EAD on July 15th in PP to Nebraska.
          July 17th case was received.
          July 23rd H1b was approved.
          Waiting for biometric appt letter.
          H4EAD will expire on Sep 30th 2019.
          I have checked 1000 plus applications before my receipt date. Noticed one of the receipt has Finger print review completed 7 days before and for another receipt, new card is produced.
          Are there anyone who applied in July to Nebraska location and received biometrics appointment?
          Any idea, how many applications gets approved by Nebraska per day ??

          1. Hope2019

            Nebraska
            Applied July 10 H1+H4 in PP
            Received H4 Receipt Notice on July 12
            Received H4 Bio-metrics letter on July 16 for appointment on August 2.

            Elizabeth, Newark, NJ denied walk-in to Bio-metrics.

      1. PP

        Hi,

        Can you please give me details of RN law group.How i can contact them?
        And in how many days your EAD got approve after contacting them.please let me know i had to quit my job last week forcefully because EAD validity got expired.

        Thanks

  6. Ki

    Hi,

    My husband Has i140 approved and h1b extension approved . I went for biometrics for my h4extension on May 28th. It’s still in “case was received” status. My question can I be able to apply h4ead now?

    If so can I proceed in this scenario:

    H4ead applied in a week and leaving to India. H4 extension interview in India and getting the approval and coming back after three months. In this case when I leave the country h4ead will be pending since my h4ext case is pending. Once I leave the country current h4 will be abandoned. And I’ll get h4ext approved from India. So my h4ead will be continued with the h4 ext approved status and I’ll get h4ead in three to five months.

    Will this scenario work? Pls advice

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      It does not work like that. As they are not together, you would get RFE for EAD to submit H4 approval. As you will not be in US, it may not work if you get RFE. Ideally, you should apply after H4 approval to avoid confusions..

  7. H4*

    Hello folks,

    I am in a similar boat

    H1B extension, H4 and H4 EAD extensions filed in premium @ Nebraska on April 16th.
    Biometrics on May 6.
    H1 Approved with in a week and still waiting on the H4 & H4 EAD approvals.

    On going through a few threads about expediting the case by contacting USCIS, I just spoke to the USCIS representative about expediting the case on financial and medical grounds.

    The representative clearly stated the following:
    – The case can be expedited only the financial loss to the company and supporting documentation states the same.
    – Humanitarian reasons, Asylum seekers on case to case bases and an administrative error from USCIS can be deemed as a reason to expedite.

    Medical grounds and personal financial loss are not an option for filing a expedite request.

    To all the gullible H4 people who are being tricked by the law firms into paying them to expedite the processing in hopes of a positive outcome, please don’t waste your hard earned money.

    Hope this helps.

    Thanks.

    1. Travel

      I applied at Nebraska center on April 12 for H4+H4EAD with bio metrics on May 8 . I called USCIS yest to expedite the case requesting of financial loss as we brought tickets to India and all and informed I have new born and it is essential for me to continue working as H4 EAD valid till sept first week and cannot travel with my case in process . Today got email my case cannot be expedited . Hoping they will start working on our cases soon.

    2. Anonymous

      @H4 all the reasons that you mentioned about expediting through USCIS are correct. Even I tried to expedite bunt they rejected .
      Then finally I opted lawsuit through Rn Law group and got my approval yesterday . It’s purely because of lawsuit. I have been waiting from past 3.5 for approval from Nebraska center and I finally got it yesterday. Please don’t blame people who are genuinely helping in getting things done. I don’t know about any other fake ones but Rnlaw group is genuine. That’s the only hope for people waiting from long time.

      1. Hima Bindu

        Hello , uscis recievd my case April 15th , I called RN group and they said they will file aug 2nd and my ead current ones expires aug 28th and they said that as I have very less time from 2nd to 28th , my quick approval chance is low. Its very frustrating now, dont know what to do

      2. WaitingH4

        Hi @Anonymous,

        May I know when did you join in lawsuit with rnlawgroup? June 26th or July 19th..
        I’m also losing job because of this. Your response will help me in joining the lawsuit.

    3. administrator
      Kumar

      Thanks for sharing…It is unfortunate, H4 holders are having this hard time…so many struggling and in unknown state…hope it gets better in future.

  8. H4SLOW

    my h4 ead got approved today (July 23)
    service center: NSC
    receipt date: March 29
    biometric date: April 28
    EAD approval: July 23

    H4 is still pending approval

    My lawyer called USCIS to expedite my case but got a denied letter.
    I called the congress man and they got response after 2+ weeks saying that USCIS finally assigned a case worker to my case.

    1. MAHIPALREDDY GOLI

      Please let us know if you provided any kind of supporting documents with congressman to expedite the process, if yes, please let us know to share template, Congress man I am talking to is asking for supporting documents to expedite – I do not have any.

    2. Anonymous

      Are you NSCTOOSLOW’s husband? Since I see another user called “NSCTOOSLOW “ posted below stated her husband’s EAD got approved with Nebraska…and have totally the same timeline with you…if you are not her husband, then we have 2 approvals from NSC now, that’s a good sign.

      1. NSCSLOW

        Sorry NSCROOLOW is me. Because network issue so I didn’t know my other reply went through. Initially I got a 502 after I submit the comment. Sorry about the confusion.
        But from others’ comments , seems NSC is moving forward, we will see more approvals I believe

  9. Kit

    Hello friends

    Receipt date – May 10 2019

    Just H4 EAD renewal .

    Today 23rd July -status is changed – card has been mailed to me .

    California center

    I was on unpaid leave as my ead had expired already before a week .

    Hope everyone gets it sooner .

    This forum has been really helpful and wanted to update you all !

  10. WaitingH4

    How many days does H-4 Visa person can stay after expiry of I-94 (Extension is applied before expiry of I-94) with H-4 Extension in pending status?

    1. DD

      Hi All,

      I have applied H4 and Ead along with h1b on 25th April. Completed biometric on 13thMay in CSC but nothing heard as of now. My congressman talked to uscis on my behalf and they said that they are processing feb applications right now. But I have seen lot of california cases getting approved which are filled in April end or May beginning. Not sure how uscis work. Any idea?
      Eagerly waiting for my approval

  11. Anish

    Applied H1+H4+H4 EAD on March 28th @NSC. H1 approved on April 5. Still no update on H4.
    Is it possible for my spouse travel to India without loosing the H4 & H4 EAD application? I have seen may people commenting that H4 will be invalidated when H4 applicant travel back to India. But i have seen many cases where H4 is getting approved even after applicant travel to India. Does any one have any concrete information about this? How do USCIS know that the applicant traveled back to India? Planning for a travel for my wife.

    1. WaitingH4

      Till when do you have existing H-4 visa? Your spouse needs to get H-4 visa stamped before entering US. I’m also little confused on H-4 EAD. Getting different responses from different attorneys on H-4 EAD pending application while traveling out of country.

      1. Anish

        H4 expired on Jun 15th. Yes, she needs to get visa stamped before entering US. But i am still in US and i can collect H4 approval notice, go back to India and get both of us stamped and come back togather.

    2. administrator
      Kumar

      Yes, H4 will be invalidated if you travel with H4 applied as COS for sure. But, for H4 applied as extensions ( though there is no official reference), couple of users reported ( see above experiences), they traveled out and after they re-entered they got their H4 and EAD approved… Read Travel with H4 pending to get some insights. Concrete or official information does not exist for extensions on USCIS…

  12. NSCTOOSLOW

    My husband’s EAD finally get approved! (cry)
    Timeline:
    service center: NSC
    receipt date: March 29
    biometric: April 28
    EAD approval: July 23

    Still waiting for his H4 to get approved

  13. lakshmi

    Hi All,

    I wanted to file litigation for my H4+H4 EAD approval, looks like few of them already contacted RN LAW group .

    can you please provide me more details if any one has.

  14. Sonali

    Is there any report of regular H4 or H1-H4 COS approval from CSC? I do not see any report of approval who didn’t have an EAD or H1B premium associated with it. I am H1B to H4 COS. Kindly update if there is any.

      1. Sonali

        Thanks Anais, our timeframe and center are almost same. I did my biometrics on May 28th, CSC. Please update if you get any news.

          1. Sonali

            Wow, great! Still waiting here, lets see. Could you let me know your first few digits? And did your online status change upon approval? Thanks and congratulations

          2. Anais

            My application number is WAC19902… and yes it changed online yesterday, I’m waiting to receive it by mail.
            I hope you will get yours soon!!!

    1. SV

      H1 to H4 COS – CSC
      I have applied for H4 and H4 EAD in May. Receipt Dates for H4 and H4 EAD are 31st and 28th May. During this time H1b was in RFE phase.
      Biometrics completed on June 19th. H1b approved on July 15th. Status of EAD was changed to ‘card production’ yesterday (July 24th) and H4 is approved today (July 25th).

          1. NK

            We filed ours with H1B PP(Which was approve on May 13th) on April 29th and did biometric on May 14th. Still have not heard back so was wondering what helped with the approval.

        1. Sonali

          Yes, thank you so much. I checked few other numbers in CSC and my general idea is I-765s are getting approved sooner ( and makes sense) also the attached I-539s are pulled and being approved. Please update. And cheers ( never thought we had to say congratulations for getting a mere visa approval) 🙂

  15. DB7

    I called USCIS last night and I was told I will be contacted for an interview in 60 working days. Is that even true, because I have not seen anything about an interview in any of the documentation for I-539.

    Also Can someone please provide what phone number and what options you need to select to talk to an officer.

  16. UJ

    Hey guys,

    I got my fingerprint done on April 29 but I still see the case status to be ‘Case was received’. My application center is Nebraska. Should I be concerned or is it ok for it to not be ‘Fingerprint was completed’. Also, please keep on giving updates if your case is approved as it gives us hope. Thanks much!

    1. Sonali

      CSC and still says fingerprint fee is received. They don’t pay any attention in updating unless the case is approved ( with few exceptions)

    2. administrator
      Kumar

      Nothing to be concerned…it is fine…In some cases, we only see that it still says “Case Was Received”…

  17. Navisha

    My H4 EAD status has changed today to new card is being produced. I called USCIS on 07/12 and requested them to expedite my request as I lost my job and all.

    1. Kit

      Hi

      Can you please tell how you did ?

      The number I called has no option to talk to someone .

      Mine also expired . Mine is California center .

      Can you please help ? Which center and what’s your receipt date

      1. Navisha

        I called the USCIS number provided online and chose the option something wrong with your case ( don’t remember the exact words). I asked the agent about expediting my request process. She said it has to be under these categories. I mentioned that I fall under first category of severe financial loss. She asked that do you have any documents to support. I told her that I have lost my job and sitting home from last three months and now it’s getting hard for me to meet up my daily expenses. Then she told me that she has raised the request. My service center is Vermont. I gave my biometric on 04/26/2019.

    2. Sweta

      Hey Navisha,

      Did you submit any documents to prove your case for expedite request? I have my case submitted on 05th April 2019 at CSC, biometrics done on 18th April 2019 and I too have lost my job.

    3. WaitingH4

      Was your Expedite request accepted and you submitted any documents. Please let us know. I raised a request yesterday and I got email saying no evidence was submitted. I was waiting for their email to submit documents. But didn’t get any and the request got rejected.

      1. th4ead

        @WaitingH4, I got the exact same response. I raised an expedited request on Friday July 19th and the rep told that the officer will contact me in 5 days asking for documentation. I was waiting but yesterday I got an email saying the expedited process has been rejected.

    4. H4 EAD

      I also called them -USCIS and requested just before my visa was expiring and they refused.it was around 45 mins call after waiting for an hour for rep. on the call to connect…supervisor also said no.

      Not only I lost job even I was relocated from my family, all rent, apartment lease, furniture , flights money etc etc gone….then also they didn’t expedite. You are quite lucky! Congrats!

      1. H4 EAD

        Nope I directly called and ask them to expedite for financial loss. I also ask him what method I can try other than this.

  18. H4 EAD

    Case Was Approved
    On July 18, 2019, we approved your Form I-539, Application To Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, Receipt Number LIN1913250777. We will mail your approval notice. Please follow the instructions in the notice. If you move, go to www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

    H4 EAD for many from 18th march to 25th March none I saw approved.

    1. sruthi Mandhapati

      How do we expedite the request through USCIS? 1-800-375-5283 is the number i found on their website, but i’m not getting any options to talk with the representative. Could someone please advise?

      I’m expediting through senator, and i would also like to give it a shot by directly expediting through USCIS.

      Thanks!

  19. Nilisha

    Hi Kumar,

    Is it possible to file a lawsuit for not processing requests sequentially? I see approvals from May 1-2nd wk getting approvals (only EADs) and the applications did in mid or start of April (h H1+H4+H4ead-pp and bio-metrics done by April End) are still pending! this makes no sense..

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      No, there is no regulation as such to file a lawsuit against processing sequentially. It is their internal operations and you may not challenge that…You may file it for delay in decision….Also, most of the data is misleading as the Form is used by many other visa types and NOT just H4, so people checking and concluding based on that is not true.

  20. Ram

    H1B+H4(Spouse,Son)+H4 EAD PP Extension in California
    1)All filed together on April,16
    2) H1B approved on April 22
    3) Biometrics done on May 06
    4) H4 EAD status approved and expected delivery on July 22
    4) H4 extension for spouse approved on July 19.
    5) H4 extension for Son case is not updated.

    1. h4eadwaiting

      Hello ,

      Can you please share the EAD reciept number by masking the last 2 digit . Just want to see if your was the only case approved or they are approving all cases.
      Thanks

  21. Jot

    &Kumar .So just received the rfe response califormia.
    We had applied for h4 .not h4 ead.
    The rfe says to give recent paystubs.
    Recent employer letter
    Recent i 94
    Passport photo copy colored
    My question is what paystubs and employer letter can we give .this is h4 and not eligible for work.
    Can you please guide.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      It should specify details on what is the RFE like prove status of the spouse, etc. Re check the RFE and respond accordingly. If you think it was a mistake on USCIS part, then explain that you do not work, etc and send additional details for the same.

  22. TruthIsOutThere

    I checked first 200 receipts from the range (LIN1913250XXX) which someone suggested had I-539 approvals , but I could not see a single approval between LIN1913250001-LIN1913250200. If whoever posted it can point out atleast a range where they saw the approvals, I can check and confirm that. Otherwise, seems to be false information. Not sure why someone will post something like this.

    1. H4 Extension Seeker

      @TruthIsOutThere You better check what Case Number I had started with, and I looked for 500 case processing from one LIN1913550200, and i can see some approval for I-539.

      I just share whatever findings to the community, I have no point to make fun and misguide anyone by my post. I am also one from you guys to waiting on my H4 Approval. BTW I saw one approval from your Case range and LIN1913250229 (I-539 case) was approved on Jul 17th.

      Now you decide what king of truth came out?

        1. H4 Extension Seeker

          I had install USCIS Case Tracker app through AppStorea while ago, but it looks like they took it down from AppStore. I am able to access it as i already have.

  23. NM

    Hello All,

    Applied H1B+H4+H4EAD on May 1st NSC. H1B approved, H4 and H4 EAD pending. My current H4 is expiring in August. Can i submit another application to vermont service center as their processing times are better.?

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      You cannot just file another application with another center like that, it does not work like that. There are clear guidelines on where your petition should go…so, you cannot and should not…

  24. Madhura

    Hey guys

    two questions,
    Application process based on when its filed or when biometric is given?
    Latest approved from CSC I saw was 25th May biometric anyone after that?

  25. NSP

    Hi All,

    Question regarding H4EAD:

    1. Applied for extension of H4 and H4EAD along with H1 PP at Nebraska service center.
    2. H1 approves. H4 and EAD is still pending with USCIS
    3. Travelled to India and H4 stamping is done through Dropbox
    4. What happens to my earlier H4 and EAD?
    5. Also one of my friend informed that I need to file fresh H4 EAD, is it true?

    Kindly clarify my doubts.
    3

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Well, one of our above had similar experience, they left the country and came back and had their H4 and EAD with them. They did not had to apply. The only trick is the I-94 number of the H4 that you get with extension vs. what you have when you enter US. Check with your attorney and act accordingly, also do share your experience with community.

      1. NSP

        Thanks for the response Kumar. Can you please let me know what happens if H4 and EAD is still in pending with USCIS? Do I need to apply for EAD again?

    2. Kumar

      30-May-2019 – H1, H4 and H4EAD Receipt Date (Current visa valid until Oct-2019)
      07-Jun-2019 – H1 Approval
      17-Jun-2019 – H4 Bio-Metric
      19-Jun-2019 – H4 Travel out of country
      24-Jun-2019 – H4 Drop-Box for visa (Chennai)
      03-Jul-2019 – H4 Visa stamped and passport collected
      17-Jul-2019 – H4 Back in US
      22-Jul-2019 – Attorney suggested to withdraw H4 and H4EAD and apply for new H4EAD.

  26. WaitingH4

    My Case Status
    H1B + H4 + H4 EAD – Applied in PP on June 3rd – Nebraska
    H1B, H4, H4-EAD Receipt Dates – June 4th, 2019
    H1B Approval – June 11th, 2019
    H4 Biometrics Notice – June 14th, 2019
    H4 Biometrics Appointment – June 17th, 2019

    Now waiting for H4 and H4-EAD approvals.

    My wife current Status (H4, H4-EAD) both Expires on July 31st, 2019. She needs to leave the current job if doesn’t get approved by then.

    I have below questions on travel.

    1. As her current H4 Visa status expires on July 31st, 2019. Can she travel out of country (if needed) and get H4 visa stamped with my H1B new approval (which is valid Aug 1, 2019 – July 31, 2022) and she is eligible for Dropbox.

    2.If she travels after her H4 visa expires on July 31st, 2019 and she travels on August 5th, 2019 to India. Does her stay between August 1st, 2019 – August 5th, 2019 considered as illegal stay? (Her H4 Extension is in pending status with Receipt date – June 54th, 2019)

    3. If she travels to India, her H4 extension application will be abandoned. But what happens to H4 EAD extension application? Does it also gets automatically denied or is it still valid and we may get a RFE to submit the new H4 Visa stamp and new I-94? or We need to withdraw the H4 EAD Extension and file a new I-765 for H4 EAD?

    Please help me with these questions. I have read the Travel with H4, H4 EAD pending options link. But I’m still confused with below statement.
    “Yes, you can travel out of US with your H4 EAD in pending status, provided you meet all the H4 visa requirements to re-enter US. “

    1. Kumar

      30-May-2019 – H1, H4 and H4EAD Receipt Date (Current visa valid until Oct-2019)
      07-Jun-2019 – H1 Approval
      17-Jun-2019 – H4 Bio-Metric
      19-Jun-2019 – H4 Travel out of country
      24-Jun-2019 – H4 Drop-Box for visa (Chennai)
      03-Jul-2019 – H4 Visa stamped and passport collected
      17-Jul-2019 – H4 Back in US
      22-Jul-2019 – Attorney suggested to withdraw H4 and H4EAD and apply for new H4EAD.

  27. H4 ead

    Good News!

    Nebraska center 25th march h4 renewal got approved today on 18th july. I was following this case since may as mine is in april just to get the heads up.

    1. KK

      Great, is it your case or your friend’s case? Did you or your friend get this approval from the official website or by mail?

    2. Anish

      Can we get more details of this case? When was bio metric done? Any attempts to expedite the case? Does myUSCIS site shows status change? Mine is on March 28th.

      1. H4 Extension Seeker

        I also have notice atleast 10 cases between March 26 and 28 applied got approval, Thats Good sign.

        Looks like NSC start processing H4 after taking long pause.

        Hope they continue with their process and we will see more movement next week.

          1. H4 Extension Seeker

            Yes, I do. I use USCIS Case Tracking App, and you can look for 500 case status at once. I put LIN1913550XXX and search from there. and I can see I-539 approvals.

          1. H4 EAD

            March 22nd? That too late… you gave biometrics? Most of them before 23rd March got approved along with H1b premium without biometrics.

            There are many on I-539 who got approved. All can’t be only L2 visa.
            Nebraska was about premium and no change H1b visa. L1 visa is mostly big indian IT companies who hardly apply premium and they rarely change location so they won’t apply from Nebraska.

            By August April approval will start for h4 visa, ead I have not seen any.

          2. Ready

            H4EAD: that is not true. Biometric requirement started after March 11, 2019, regardless of the form version

          3. Ready

            Kumar: The press release is describing the new form and when that will be the only form accepted. The biometric fee is tied to the new form but individuals who applied with the old form after March 11 still have to do biometrics but did not have to pay the biometric fee. I know this first hand.

          4. administrator
            Kumar

            As you experienced first hand, would you mind adding more details on what happened in your case ?

        1. shabana

          Are you serious? Lets be positive. Hope all of us get our EADs super fast. How do you track the applications? Were this for H4? Were these based on litigation?

        2. Ag02

          This is not right. My H4 receipt date is 22 March. Till now no approvals have come. The approvals u have seen online are not for H4 extension. Form I539 is used for multiple reasons including H4 and L2 extension. The approvals we are seeing are definitely not H4 approvals. Don’t want anyone to loose hope but wanted to put forward the truth.

    3. Satya

      Are you part of the lawsuit or did you get the approval without it? Did you expedite it? Thanks. Your reply will give a reference to many of us.

    4. Ranjan

      Please share more details if you have on march application? EAD also got approved after H4 approval? was it expedited by any means?

    5. H4 ead

      I just randomly put case number filed on 25th march in USCIS website and saw it got approved on 18th July. LIN1913250XXX. And yes all cases filed after 23rd march have given biometrics. but I saw none for ead approval by 25th march.

      1. Anonymous

        This could be an L2 case as well right? It need not be H4 unless we know it from recipient. I539 can be either H4 or l2

    6. Anonymous

      Just have a question, Is this your case or if you know the the case holder? Otherwise, how you know the case is H4 renewal?

  28. Nilisha

    Hi Kumar,

    I am seeing 4-5 cases of RFE on H4 at CSC in last 2-3 days . Is there any specific reason for RFE? any idea?

  29. Vijay

    @SK
    Could you please let us know the timelines of litigation process and money spent on that.

    @SK
    When did you filed litigation with R & N law date ?

    When it got approved ?

    How much money did you pay to R & N for litigation?

    Thanks

    1. KARTHICK BALASUBRAMANIAN

      Hi SK,

      We also filed H1, H4 and H4 EAD in Nebraska on 04/04, with almost similar timelines as yours. My h1 also got approved on May-28th after we responded for RFE,

      Can you please let us know when did you file the litigation with R&N law firm?
      How much was the money spent on that?
      Could we be added into that litigation?
      Time frame within which your case got approved ,after you filed the litigation .

      Thanks

  30. needh4ead

    If I go with the litigation route do I need to take the permission from my husband’s(H1 applicant, got approval already) employer ? As it was the husband’s employer who had filed my H4 on behalf of me ?
    Also what I see is that husband’s employer name will come in the litigation petition :

    https://nfap.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Plaintiffs-Filing.June-6-2019.pdf

    @Kumar please suggest

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Probably, you need to work with your spouse’s employer as well and keep them informed. Talk to your spouse’s company’s attorney. Ideally, their attorney should be the one handling it…

  31. Hima Bindu

    Hi

    Center : Nebraska
    H1+h4+h4 ead – receive date – april 15th
    H1 approval – 25th April
    Biometrics finished- may 6th
    Been 94 days after case received on 15th april, no update since then and my ead expires august 28th next month, have only 38 days left to lose my job.
    Tried local congressman with no use. What are my options now? Nerve wrecking tension also have a new born for us, cant afford to lose my job.
    Kindly suggest me something, would law suit work with reddy’s work ?

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Well, one user said that their petition got approved after lawsuit, but they also tried other factors like congressman, etc..so, not fully sure, what really worked…If you can afford, it does not hurt to file a litigation…They say that the same results cannot be guaranteed as well…take an informed decision.

    2. Sandy

      Hi Hima Bindu,

      What did you your Local Congressman say? Did they contact USCIS? My H4+H4EAD expires on Sep 14th and i’m in the same situation.:(

      1. Hima Bindu

        Uscis got back to congressmen saying potential loss of job isnt a criteria for expedition, there has to scenario like
        Financial loss severly( which anyways happens after we lose jobs, but they dont agree right away untill we lose so wait to watch the horrible thing coming up than preventing)
        Health issues like long hospital stays. So finally uscis denied the expedition though it went via congressman so ultimately congressman got back to us saying to provide more evidence for expedition criteria, so am just waiting here to lose my job so I fall under there criteria, this is ridiculous I just dont know what happens next

    3. Sk

      We applied Nebraska, Premium, H1 H4 and EAD. Got RFE for H1. Yet to send reply. H1 and EAD expiring Sept 19th. Very sad situation for us.

  32. SK

    Below is our timeline

    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.

    1. Vineeta

      Thank you SK. This is the first H4/H4 EAD approval I have heard of from NSC which is a big relief. My receipt date at NSC is May 22.

      1. NA4448

        Congratulations.. This is the first Approval from Nebraska after biometrics. I am also in the same boat. Biometrics completed on 05/13. Hopefully I will receive my approval soon. This is definitely a BIG relief.

    2. Vigbal

      I guess the RFE you received for your H1B ended up being a lucky charm for your spouse, coz application receipts dated as early as March 23 haven’t been processed yet!!! congratulations

      1. SK

        Honestly we tried many ways to get it approved . we contacted the senator’s office and congress man’s office last week for help regarding the approval and we were part of the litigation as well not really sure which really helped us.

        1. needh4ead

          Ah so you were one of the 4 who filed the law-suit initially ? Or you got added later ? What is the process of joining the litigation ?

        2. lakshmi

          @SK

          Hi , congratulations !!

          most of us on the same boat waiting for approval from NSC, it will be very helpful if you can share the details , how approached senators office and congress man’s office ..procedure to file litigation.
          so that ppl who are loosing the job , just because they dont have approved EAD . we all can get benifit out of it.

          hope you can share the information.

          1. SK

            Hello. If you intend to join a litigation you can contact the RN law group and they will take it from there . Regarding contacting senators office we just found out who the local senator is and reached out to them using the details in their website

          2. Maharshi

            @SK
            Could you please let us know the timelines of litigation process and money spent on that.

            When did you filed litigation with R & N law date ?

            When it got approved ?

            How much money did you pay to R & N for litigation?

            Thanks

        3. Neer

          Reaching out to Congressman is not helping. I guess it is just litigation route then. Especially for applicants who are stuck in Nebraska

          1. administrator
            Kumar

            You reach out to the rnlawgroup using their contact info on their website. They will give you all details.

      2. anonymous

        This is strange applications filed in march were not approved yet. Anyway congratulations. I hope the prior applications will be also be processed very soon.

          1. fari K

            Congratulations SK,
            Happy to see at least one approval from Nebraska ..
            I completed H4 Biometric in May22nd 2019 ,I am waiting for approval…My visa expired on June 16th 2019, i quit my job forcefully because of pending visa.

    3. administrator
      Kumar

      Thanks SK for sharing ! Please share with community, once you get physical copies. I have added your case to above experiences.

    4. fari K

      Congratulations SK,
      Happy to see at least one approval from Nebraska ..
      I completed H4 Biometric in May22nd 2019 ,I am waiting for approval…My visa expired on June 16th 2019, i quit my job forcefully because of pending visa.

    5. Anu

      Hi Kumar and Others,
      we have h1b+h4 receipt date of May 9th Nebraska center, we didnt apply for h4 EAD togather as we werent aware of the possibility. now i have a job offer but my EAD expires in September.

      as hearing from others there is no news on approvals from NSC.

      can travelling outside the US and coming back will get us a new H4 VISA?

      1. administrator
        Kumar

        Yes, you can go, get stamping and come back on H4. The only trick is with the I-94 number mismatch that you will have after your current H4 with USCIS is approved and it comes with your old I-94 details.

  33. lakshmi

    hi Kumar,

    I have a question related to H4 processing , my current application is with Nebraska service center.
    As of now i did not see any approvals from this center after biometrics,

    the question is what’s the possibility of changing the service center ,if at all its possible, do we need to send new application to different service center and withdraw old application or we can use existing application?

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      I am not sure, if it works that way…You cannot choose your service center by your choice, there are clear guidelines on where an application should go.

  34. Jit

    Same for me . H4 rfe . Waiting for the mail to know the reason . California center . Filed 26 th march . Biometric 22 nd april. H1b is approved.

        1. Sam

          It’s an old extension I think so it’s our 5th extension And EAD is also for second time . My H1b got approved on May 9th .

          1. Nilisha

            @sam Please update us when you receive the reason. was H1 filed in PP? in how many days was your H1 approved?

  35. Tan Sharma

    Hi,
    Can some of you please update your timeline for H4 extension when H1 extension is filed as regular and not Premium?
    Your help is greatly appreciated.
    Thanks

        1. sindhu

          Hi Anish,

          please update us , as of now i did not see any approvals from Nebraska post biometrics. I have a receipt date of June 26th

          1. Maharshi

            Hey folks I think it’s good if we can apply the litigation with Reddy & N group yesterday I looked the Reddy and N law group YouTube every Tuesday call they confirmed we can apply litigation after 1 month of applying H4 EAD .. so I think it’s time for us to apply for that especially Nebraska service center ..I called uscis service center couple of times they said they can’t expedite the case and currently they are working on January cases and the dates are not moving … so most of us applied in April May .. we have to wait another 3-5 months for sure … I heard from R & N group that they filed for litigation and they got approved in 15 days -1-2 months …I guess it’s better to apply instead of waiting every day … I see Vermont cases are approving but Nebraska service center not even 1 application approved …. I am planning to apply litigation in 1 week …I know it’s costs 2000-2500$ but better than loosing current job good to apply better than waiting for long…

          2. DB7

            @Maharshi

            I agree with you and I am planning to do the same thing. I still have a couple of months before my current H4 EAD expires, so I am going to follow up with USCIS and try to get help from Congressman. If all this does not work, I am going to contact RN Law firm. Good Luck!

          3. Ss

            Is it 3-5 months from filing date or 3-5 months from today we will get March approvals for Nebraska

          4. Matrit

            @ Maharshi

            Have you heard of any other law firm who is filing litigation for the H4/H4 EAD delays? Just wanted to see if there are options. I contacted RN and they quoted us $2800 to be co-plaintiffs in the case that they will file on August 2. We are contacting other attorneys ourselves too and will update here if we find another option. I agree filing jointly will be most productive.

  36. Anonymous

    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 Status on USCSIS web site still shows as Case Received.
    H4-EAD status showing as “Card Was Mailed To Me”

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Thank you for sharing. I am assuming you got your H4 approval notice as well in mail, please confirm. Also, I have added your case to the above experiences for everyone benefit. Thx

      1. Anonymous

        We haven’t received the H4 approval notice yet. Not sure if that will go to the Attorney’s office. Checking with them….

        1. administrator
          Kumar

          Ok. It should be approved as you have got the card. Please update community on the H4 notice, once you hear from attorney…

          1. Sonali

            My biometrics date is May 28th, receipt date May 9th. CSC and online case status still shows “fingerprinting fee is received”. My case is H1B to H4 COS. I noticed that my case number starts with WAC199** whereas other CSC cases are WAC191**. Is that because my case is COS or its really 800 cases apart?

          2. administrator
            Kumar

            I am not sure on the numbering part…In general after the year, it is the computer working day…

  37. Mary

    Hi,
    My husband’s H1 got approved and I completed biometric for H4 extension on May 13th. waiting for approval from Nebraska center. We did not apply for H4 EAD at that time. Can I apply for H4 EAD now or should I wait for my H4 approval?
    Thanks.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      It is better to wait for the H4 approval and then apply. The reason is, if you apply for H4 EAD now, they may ask for H4 Approval to give EAD approval, if your EAD application is processed before and you do not have the H4 by then, then you have nothing and it will be denied…So, better wait and apply after H4 approval. You can check with your employer as well and attorney to get guidance.

  38. Payal

    Hi for my H4 EAD today in USCIS case status it’s showing that document was mailed . So it’s quite confusing. Is it an error .

  39. Finallyy!!!

    Hello all,

    Below is our timeline

    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 Bio-metric Appointment was on : 4/29
    7/15 : recieve H4ead and h4 approval notices along with the new h4ead card.
    H4 online status is still the same “case was received”
    H4ead online status says “card was delivered ”

    Thanks

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Thank you for sharing. I have added your case to the above article for everyone benefit to estimate timelines.

  40. 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 .

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