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. Hima

    Biometrics date is May 6th
    We expedited back in May around 37th, many times in July not sure what dates we did as we tried many times.
    Will update the end date after I know more when i receive the card

    1. H4EAD-MAYNSC

      Thanks @Hima…As you said expedite request denied many times.So its reflect in your case status or your case status just case was received?
      My expedite request also denied many times.Still waiting for approval.

  2. RB

    Got my H4EAD approved today. @Nebraka Service Center

    H1+H4+H4EAD in PP – receive date is May 7th @ NSC
    H1 approved – May 9th
    H4 – Pending
    Biometric Appt – May 17th
    H4 EAD – New Card produced Aug 13th

      1. RB

        LIN19165516XX.

        Litigation not filed. But tried to expedite, which got denied.

        I have one more complication.. . I applied for COS from H1 to H4 10 days back (I had H1 few years back) and it also got approved today. Now need to analyze situation with dates and current status :(.

        1. RB

          Oops correction
          I have one more complication.. . I applied for COS from H4 to H1 10 days back (I had H1 few years back) and it also got approved today. Now need to analyze situation with dates and current status :(.

    1. sk

      Hi RB,

      Once you receive your card, can you just check and post here if your EAD is extended to a date same as your primary H1 applicant’s current visa end date. I was worried that EAD gets extended to current petition end date and not the new approved petition end date. Thanks in advance

    2. administrator
      Kumar

      Thanks RB for sharing. Do share us how the dates would work out and timing of H4 arrival vs H1B arrival. I have added the case to above article for general guidance on timelines though.

      1. RB

        Thanks Kumar.
        Both my H4 and H1 approvals are on same day 8/13. They both had same I94 numbers also.
        H4 i94 is upto end of Jan 2020
        H1 i94 is upto end of Dec 2020

        Any idea on what status I am in now?. My attorney says I am in H1 as COS from H4 to H1 is applied.

        1. administrator
          Kumar

          Very interesting…same day…
          Well, go with your attorney advise. Also, logically thinking your most recent application was for COS from H4 to H1 right ? If so, it makes sense as that is that latest action or last action…You can call USCIS as well or visit their office to get clarity.

  3. Hima

    Hello Everyone

    Got my H4EAD approved yesterday. This is my case
    H1+H4+H4EAD in PP – receive date is April 15th NSC
    H1 approved in a week
    H4 – Pending
    H4 EAD – New Card produced Aug 12th

    Tried everything Senate, Congressman and USCIS direct Expedite request. Got denied request atleast 4 times. Happy that it was approved yesterday as my current EAD ends Aug 28th. Didnt 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 wouldnt affect my EAD extension on time so in my case not filing was a good option. Good Luck everyone. My receipt no. is LIN191495XXXX

    1. Sve

      Thanks for posting your timeline. Can you provide dates you raised your Expedite Requests? Also, did your case status reflect expedite request denied at any point of time?

    2. Sk

      Hi Hima,

      Once you receive your card, can you just check and post here if your EAD is extended to a date same as your primary H1 applicant’s current visa end date. I was worried that EAD gets extended to current petition end date and not the new approved petition end date. Thanks in advance

  4. Vigbal

    This is now getting too frustrating… when ppl who applied in May and June have started getting their approvals and April 2nd receipt date is yet to get approved

  5. Ninad

    Curious about receipt numbers, I see all receipt numbers with WAC19197XXXXX currently getting approved, I submitted in June and my receipt number starts with WAC1922, any 192 got approved or other status than case received?

        1. NSCTooSlow

          This is how receipt numbers are read:

          WAC – Service Center
          19 – Year
          Next 3 digits – Number of day from Oct 1st.
          Last Digits – Unique ids

  6. Yugan

    Hi Guys,
    My timelines as below.

    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
    May 4th, 2019 -> H4 Biomterics Appointment Notice Received with an Appointment Date on May 13th, 2019
    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”

    Took 12 days from Received Date for H1B Transfer to be Approved.
    Took 15 days from Received Date to get the H4 Biomterics Appointment Notice.
    Took 24 Days from Received Date for the H4 Biometrics Appointment
    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.

    1. KC

      Service Center: California.
      Receipt Num: WAC19191XXXXX
      05/13 – USCIS received H1/H4 application in PP
      05/25 – H1B Approved.
      05/29 – Biometrics notice generated
      05/30 – Attended Biometrics.
      08/09 – Status changed to “New Card is being produced”.

      1. WD

        Service Center: California. CSC.
        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”.
        08/12 – H4 still no update, “Case Was Received”.

        No expedite requested.

  7. Vimal

    Here is my Experience

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

    1. VJ

      Could you please share your receipt number until the last three digits please.
      My Receipt date is April 11th too. Biometrics was done on April 29th. I haven’t received the approval yet.

      1. VJ

        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
        Like all other cases H4 case status is not updated. Both approvals (H4 and H4 EAD) and card will come in mail.

        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.

        1. administrator
          Kumar

          Thanks for sharing VJ, I have added your case to main article for everyone benefit. Please update once you have more info.

  8. Venkat

    • Service Center : Nebraska
    • H1B + H4+H4EAD Filed in Premium : April 11, 2019
    • H1B Approved : April 18, 2019
    • Biometric Appointment: May 1, 2019
    • Expedite request rejected 2 times
    • Status changed to “New Card Is Being Produced”: August 6, 2019
    • Status changed to “Case Was Approved”: August 7, 2019
    • Waiting for the physical copies
    o H4 Approved after 117 Days from initial application date
    o H4 Approved after 97 Days from Bio-metrics Completion
    o Joined RN law group litigation(July 5th)
    o My existing EAD will expire on August 15, received just in time 😊

  9. Ranjan

    Finally. 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
    H4/EAD approved – 8th Aug.

    PS – called USCIS to expedite under severe financial loss, they did not ask for any documents. Mentioned the loss of job.

    1. Neer

      Congrats Ranjan! It is great your expedite request got accepted. Did you take any help from congressman/senator?

      Many including my family have tried expedite request but they just get denied.

      1. Ranjan

        We reached out to congressman office, but they did not accept the request as it is still within the processing time (2.5 – 5 months).

    2. HJ

      Rajan,

      Can you please provide some details you provided for a financial loss? My wife is going to lose the job in 10 days as we are still waiting for H4-EAD, H4 got approved on 06/29 but no update for H4-EAD. USCIS received our case on 04/16.

      Thanks

  10. H4EAD-NSC

    H4-EAD NSC approval details.

    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 rcvd.
    H4 EAD approved on Aug 8th 2019
    Card ordered on Aug 8th 2019.
    No change in H4 status. Assuming it is approved since H4 EAD approval is dependent on it.

    1. VCEAD

      H4EAD-NSC – Are there two separate links to check H4EAD and H4 status. I do not get to see H4 EAD status separately on this link – https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/mycasestatus.do

      1. H4EAD-NSC

        The receipt numbers for H4 and H4EAD are different. You could create an account on uscis and add your receipt numbers to your account. This way you will receive notifications as soon as there is a change in status.

    2. administrator
      Kumar

      Thanks for sharing. I have added your case info to the article for everyone benefit. Do update here once you get the H4 approval notice.

      1. H4EAD-NSC

        Kumar,
        Thanks for maintaining this site. It is a treasure govenor information and was very helpful in calming my nerves during these stressful times.

        Here is an update:
        We received the physical EAD card on the 14th of Aug. EAD was approved on the 8th as mentioned in the above comment.

  11. Ranjan

    My H4EAD status says now “New Card Is Being Produced” but H4 is “Case was Received”. Any idea why is it so?

    Service center – NSC

    1. H4EADNSCDelay

      Hi All*

      Today my application case status changed to “Expedite Request Denied” from case was received.I know they denied my expedite request but they mention i did not submit evidence.
      Can anybody have any idea about this?

      Please response i will appreciate your quick response.

      Thanks

      1. H4EADWaiting....

        Same here! They denied it stating I didn’t provide evidence though the CSR didn’t provide means to do it. I called back and tried to raise one and ask if they needed evidence then i can provide it. The CSR lady told it is a standard message and nothing more.
        Probably it is on the discretion of the officer!

  12. Binay Khaitan

    We applied an extension for H1b+H4+HEAD in PP at Nebraska.
    We got receipt stating that Case was received June 19th.
    H1B approval status updated on June 27.
    We got Biometric appointment date on 07/10/2019.
    Now status for H4 is changed to Fingerprint Review was completed today as of 07/11/2019.
    H4 and Ead Expiration date: Nov 08 2019

    1. NK

      I am …we filed on April 29th and receipt date was May 1st. Have not heard back anything ….is there any estimate as to when will we get any response ?

      Thanks

      1. Sonali

        I see that many people updating in this page from June biometry has gotten some response or approved. Don’t know what’s wrong with ours…and they will not take a query now since it’s inside their projected date. However the date in their website for worst scenario has only advanced from early March to March 21. Mine is just a cos H1B to H4 so there is no valid reason to try to expedite. Not that they are entertaining requests. There is no order in the approvals for CSC.

        1. administrator
          Kumar

          The sample of what we have here is far less than the people who have applied, so do not worry…Yes, there is no order as such…try calling them, it may or may not help, but worth a shot.

  13. Sam

    I wanted to give an update, H4 approved through CSC
    6/14 biometric appointment
    8/2 approved
    8/6 received by attorney
    Online status was never updated, read Biometric fee received for several months, then case approved on 8/2
    No expedite request placed. Good luck to all

    1. SGR

      @Sam,

      Can you please share the first four digits of your receipt number please? I gave my biometric at the same time, so it would really help me. Thanks! – sindhu

    2. Sve

      Hello,

      I applied for standalone H4 EAD RD:4/30/2019 at Vermont Center. I haven’t received any update on my case so I have called them and raised SR. When I check the status of my SR I see multiple statuses from 8/1 like case was assigned to officer > we sent a response to your req to have your case expedited> your req to have your case expedited was completed.

      But I haven’t received any email or update from USCIS. Does this mean my req was denied?

    3. sravi581

      I asked to Expedite process by Customer care for H4 / H4 EAD renewal , mine was June 20th Received date at Vermont,
      My EAD is expiring this month end.
      They denied it without asking for any evidence saying You did not provide evidence of an extreme emergent need.

      I got to know that u need to fax documents immediately to have a chance while on the call with the customer service.

      Hope this experience helps someone.

      1. administrator
        Kumar

        This is mixed response. Some users told that they did not submit any documents, but got expedited when they told regarding their job loss, etc.
        How did you get to know that you need to fax ? Can you share more details on who informed so ?

        1. sravi581

          I expedited based on reading the experiences here on this website , I read on couple of different forums where the users had the same experience of Rejection that you need to ask CSR of fax number to attach documentation, U will have at least a chance for them to review the documentation , and its entirely luck
          based on the officer who reviews your request. now my status is updated as

          we denied your request for expedite processing of your Form I-539, Application To Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, Receipt Number EAC192065****. You did not provide evidence of an extreme emergent need.

          1. Ead Nsc Waiting

            You’re correct. It happend same to me. In the call they mentioned that they need documentation, and I said i can provide my insurance declined bills as part of my surgery and other stuff. Then they said, we can raise the expedite request, if documentation required we will let you know. As I know, i will get the same response, I informed them I will provide the documentation. In the end, they said not needed at this moment. End of the story, we denied your expedite request.

          2. H4EADWaiting....

            Just an FYI….
            Someone had mentioned that if your expedite case denied you can again try placing a call in the hope that the new request might be assigned to someone else.
            I did the same and the CSR guy had the logs with him. He simply mentioned that I had already placed a request earlier and that got denied and also refused to place one more as it didn’t make sense. A big embarrassment :-(!!!

          3. administrator
            Kumar

            yeah, it is based on luck…I am not sure, if sending fax immediately will help, but does not hurt…If they ask for anything, then you need to send…

  14. AXM

    Its Weird!!! I called USCIS asking for a status and requesting to raise a Service Request. They said they cannot do it my case falls in the stated 2.5 – 5 months processing time limit. I thought we were allowed to request a SR after 75 days.
    Not sure if this also depends on luck and and the guy on the other side of the call :-/

    1. Harsha

      What is Weird ? Where did you get this 75 days from, that’s weird
      USCIS is correct, you cannot raise SR before 5months (if that is that your processing center time)

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      So far, we have not seen anyone talk about Texas Center. Would be great, if you can share yours, we can share it with community.

  15. Anonymous

    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.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Thank you for sharing. Please update the community here once you receive the card, approval notices. I have added your case info to the above article for everyone benefit.

    2. Neeru

      Hi Anon,

      Could you please let us know the reasons you have specified for severe financial loss if you don’t mind.? That would be helpful for most of us.

  16. Hima Bindu

    I am in a difficult situation now. Current Ead and h4 expire aug 28th. And RN groups next filing is aug 16th and we need to enroll if we want to hold litigation with them between aug 2nd and 7th. My recve date is April 15th nebraska and see some approvals lately from there around starting april. Should I still hope on waiting or file litigation ? If I wait in normal process , it will be Sept 15th the latest to get approval as it Mark’s down the 5 month from uscis processing times. If I go with litigation also need to wait around 35 days atleast for approval which ends around that same time frame. Kindly throw some thoughts on what’s good for me.

    1. NSCTooSlow

      I am in exactly the same situation. H4 receipt date is 17th April and current EAD expires on Sept 1st. But for now I am not thinking of filing a litigation.I think we should get the EAD card by 1st or 2nd week of September. And as you have said, with litigation it will be around Sept 15th. So might as well wait and not go through all the litigation process. Till then try reaching the congressman again.

      This is my opinion.

    2. PP

      Hi @Hima,

      I already quit my job .but my manager keeps asking me for update of my EAD .My EAD got expired on 18th july and my H4 EAD renewal filed on May 13th still waiting for approval.Now thinking to join August 16th litigation.
      if it is 15-20 days delay so i don’t think your manager will mind to rehire you.

    3. Neeru

      Hi Hima,

      I’m in the exact same situation and i couldn’t decide if filing the litigation would help. Did you already approach your manager or are you still waiting?

      1. Hima

        I havent reached out to manager yet, hoping something will move but if nothing happens I will start to talk about it Mid Aug. WHAT A FATE..! UGHHHHHH

    4. Ead NSC Waiting

      I reached RN law firm for Aug 2 litigation in the mid of July, as my EAD expires on Aug 19. They clearly mentioned that case will not be approved as per the timelines. It will take min 30 days-65 days for them to take a action. So, based on their suggestions I haven’t joined the litigation.
      In my opinion, you will also fall under same boat. If you join with them or not you will loose your job. As we see couple of approvals in Nebraska for April. You can save money with out joining litigation.

  17. Anonymous

    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
    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.

    1. Anonymous

      KUMAR:

      I would like to thank you for creating this forum as this was the only website that I used on a routine check. Information shared helped in maintaining hope and kept us aware of the change in process.

      Once again, thank you!

      1. Sonali Sengupta

        I had my biometrics done on May 28th, CSC. But mine wasn’t premium, no EAD attached only H1 to H4 cos. They are even not touching regular H4s it seems 🙂 And here I thought CSC would be faster.

        Congratulations…

    2. administrator
      Kumar

      Thank you for sharing. Please do share with the community once you receive the H4 and H4 EAD notices. I have updated your case info above article for everyone benefit.

  18. Unlucky h4 ead person

    Hello Kumar,

    I am in a very tricky situation. Please help! By the time i was supposed to get my ead approval my leasing was ending so i updated my address in uscis, address change. But my card was in being produced status. As i was not able yo stay in the sane apartment i vacated and ask my friend to check my letter box. Usps website shows my ead card was delivered in online status in my old address but when my friend checked out my letter box he found apartment vacate card from post mail and their was no ead card over there.
    Now please tell me what can i do as usps office is closed on sunday and my monday i will be in different state. I also lost my job so cant stay unnecessary in that state so i relocated. Will i get my card or i have to re apply? Or will uscis or usps can help?

    Expected urgent reply!
    Thanks

    1. KB

      1) you can call USPS customer care and request for mail forwarding.
      2) Ask you friend to visit near by USPS office, they should have the mail if not already sent it back to USCIS.

    2. Pnn

      I had the same situation like you in 2015. Card lost in mail due to change in address and could not find it in either post office or in old apartment mail box. Unfortunately I had to reapply for the card and as per their norms I can only reapply after 1 month of duration after their card delivered. It was all over again same process I went which took another 3 months to received second card.

    3. Anonymous

      I had the same situation a couple of years ago.

      – Search for your post office on USPS web site. Get the local number. It is there on their web site. Call your post office directly.

      – Explain the situation. They will be able to tell you where it was delivered or who received it. Most likely it will be the apartment front office. Get a contact name at the post office for follow-up calls.

      – For me, even though the status showed as delivered, for some reason the mail was still with the post office.

      – I gave them the new address and they forwarded it to me.

      – I had to call them multiple times to get this done though.

      1. administrator
        Kumar

        USCIS has implemented more secure mail delivery in 2018.. not sure, if they do forwards now… Call USCIS or USPS and confirm..,.
        Check : https://www.uscis.gov/forms/forms-information/how-track-delivery-your-green-card-employment-authorization-document-ead-and-travel-document

          1. H4 EAD

            I changed the address when h4 ead card was generated and h4 name was updated. So h4 arrived on new address. Put last name sticker in the letterbox. But h4 ead arrived at the old address early. It was returned to usps but my case status was updated as delivered. So I requested hold on the mail at usps and opened service request and AR at uscis. Went to usps office and collected .from supervisor. Ead card was already packed in return envelope. We waited for mailman to arrive for 2 hours and then he told supervisor where he has kept. As a thankyou note for usps we gifted them with dunkin donuts . 🙂

          2. administrator
            Kumar

            That’s awesome. You managed it well. Good gesture to give them donuts !
            What is the last name sticker ? You just called USPS or did it online ?

          3. H4 ead

            Me and my spouse last name is different . As on new address my last name was not present in the letter box. I ask someone to add a sticker with my last name and paste it in letterbox, otherwise My h4 document would have returned to usps on new address also.

  19. Anandi

    Hi Guys,

    Finally H4 approved! I might be a lucky one or maybe some fluke case!
    Here’s my timeline.

    H1/H4 filled under PP – May 16th in CSC
    H1 approved – May 22nd
    H4 biometric done – June 7th
    H4 approved – July 30th
    H4 paper received -Aug 1st

    I still have my daughter’s H4 to be approved. But getting my H4 was a relief because I live in NJ and after many unsuccessful tries I was without DL. Initially I was planning on traveling to India for stamping, but decided not to take than chance and some luck of mine paid off.

    I did make a call to USCIS around mid of June to find out how long it would take. They said that the timeline is 6-8months and I’m on track. I requested them saying that I have no DL and its very tough with 2 young kids. But they said they can’t help me with that. But looking at my approval now, I feel maybe that trigged it too.

    Thank you Kumar for your thread, because this is the only source which kept me going for all these days.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Thanks for sharing. Glad to hear….I have updated your case to the main thread as well for everyone benefit. Do update, once you have your daughter H4 is approved as well. The call maybe not, because, they would tell if they plan to expedite it…

  20. Hima Bindu

    I understand what you say but wish its just easy if we got it asap than thinking about this, I am sure you cant take pay for your work when after ur ead expired , your employer had ur copy of ead and he will know everything anyways if uscis doesn’t know

  21. Anish

    Service Center : Nebraska

    H1B + H4 Filed in Premium : March 28th 2019
    H1B Approved : April 5th 2019
    H4 EAD Filed : April10th 2019
    Biometric Appointment: April16th 2019
    H4 Approval : August 1st ,2019
    H4 EAD – Still Pending

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Thanks for sharing, do update, once you hear more. I have added your info to the above article for everyone benefit.

    1. sk

      But USCIS processing times page shows its still somewhere in march for H4-EAD and in february for H4 extension. Where did you see this info ?

      Thanks.

      1. NSCTooSlow

        USCIS processing times website shows the worst case scenario timings. Does not mean they are actively processing cases from only that date.

  22. Vanya

    Oops! I got my ead approved but my position was filled by new joiners. So again I have to start giving Interviews. Again change location, just for a month delay I lost not only salary , now I don’t know how many months it will take to start working again.

    1. Neer

      Hi Vanya! Sorry for your loss! However congrats on EAD approval and best wishes for your job hunt!

      My wife lost her job as well because of H4EAD delays and many others have or are on the verge of losing.

      Do you mind giving us a timeline of your case? The date of application, USCIS center, any expedite requests or joining the litigation

      Thank you!

      1. Vanya

        @Neer

        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 .

      2. Smita

        Do anyone knows what happen if I continue my job after my H4 EAD expires and waiting on H4 EAD approval. Please share the info. Thanks.

        1. Amrutha Gudimella

          You cannot work without a valid work authorization, it is against the USCIS policy and you will be violating the terms of your Nonimmigrant Visa status. If your EAD category is C(26), there is no automatic extension and you have to cease employment the day your EAD expires.

          1. Smita

            Thank you for a quick response.
            I understand your point. I think i didn’t ask question in right way.
            I wanted to ask is that how USCIS or IRS will come to know that an Individual is still working beyond the H4 EAD expiration date. Another point is, as the renewal is in process and if it approves the start date for the EAD will be the end date of the current EAD expiry date.

            I hope I am not making this complex.

          2. Amrutha Gudimella

            USCIS uses the I-9 system for employment verification which in turn will use your SSN for I-9 verification. Your wages and paystubs are tied to SSN and you will report that income to IRS and file tax returns which you will probably need to attach to immigration related documentation when you file I-485 and such. Once USCIS can see you have wages reported on W2 while you were not authorized to work, I dont think it is hard to know. Now if you dont use SSN, it is not clear how they can know. As far as EAD dates go, I think it will start on the date they approve and not backdate to when you request the EAD to start.

        2. H4Girl

          W2 is for whole year not by month to month. There is no way IRS or USCIS would know that you had worked when your EAD is in process.

          Yes i agree it is illegal way to work beyond expiration date. But there is no way anyone would know that you worked when EAD pending.

          1. Kumar H4EAD

            @Smita
            If you have good relationship with your employer and he pay you in cash then no problem, instead if there is any paycheck generated for the dates after your EAD expiration then there might be a problem. When you or your spouse apply for GreenCard (say I-485) everything gets scrutinized (your monthly pay checks, W2, tax returns you filed etc etc). There is a possibility for USCIS to miss couple of paychecks but what if they don’t ?
            Need to think, is it really worth risking GreenCard for couple of months of salary.

          2. administrator
            Kumar

            Everyone, do NOT engage in anything that violates your status. Please do NOT be misguided by anyone’s advice to take cash or USCIS will not know, etc…If your H4 EAD expired, please stop working for your better future and being in lawful status. There are many things people assume that USCIS cannot track or IRS would not know, etc….but trust me anything can be tracked, if they want to dig in…When you visit a store, just because no one is watching you or no CCTV in place, you cannot just steal stuff and run…be careful…all it takes is one mistake to end your future in US !

          3. Amrutha Gudimella

            Even if W2 is for the whole year, how will you justify making $80,000 if your EAD was valid for only part of the yearif IRS were to further question or audit your tax returns? Do you think getting paid under the table for 2-3 months is worth taking the risk and jeopardizing your legal status and getting banned for 20-30 years? Like Kumar said, DO NOT engage in unauthorized employment thinking USCIS or IRS cannot track things, trust me they can do and it is just a matter of when they will.

          4. garima gupta

            My husband’s h1b extension & my h4 extension were filed by his employer in PP. We did not file for my H4 EAD extension. My husband received the approval for h1b electronically within a week of his application. My h4 extension is still pending. The status of my h4 application is ” biometrics recieved” and application is being processed at California Service Center.

            My current H4 EAD expires dec 6th. I would like to know if I can apply for my EAD renewal before my h4 extension is approved?

          5. administrator
            Kumar

            You can, but the tricky part is that you may get RFE asking for H4 approval, if they get to your H4 EAD before the H4 Approval. It is slightly a tricky situation…One thing you can consider doing is to travel out, get H4 stamping and return on H4, then apply for H4 EAD…You can also submit a letter to withdraw your H4 application when you travel out. This way you would still have few months for H4 EAD processing…Discuss with your spouse’s H1B attorney and seek guidance.

  23. Satya

    Saw this on FB from someone:

    I got my h4 and h4 EAD approved yesterday from Nebraska. Filed on April 2nd and Biometrics on April 25th.

      1. Shabo

        Yes. I do not know what order they follow, but they take a random date ( any date after March 9th – worst case date for today), and do around 50 applications for that day. They do it for many dates at the same time. So few on 28th March are approved on same day as April 5 and April 15. So yours might be approved anytime in these 20 days. They do the same for F1 students. Some from June are approved and some from March are still waiting. So chill. You are Lucky as yours was filed in March. You will receive it this month definitely.

        1. Priyanka

          Hello All,
          Does any one know if we can work once the H4 EAD is approved or do we need to wait for H4 Visa approval too? I have applied for extension of H4 & H4EAD together but H4 is still pending.
          Thank you.

          1. administrator
            Kumar

            You need the physical H4 EAD card to work. In general, most of the times, they arrive together…It is good to wait for few days to get H4 as well, so that you have proper h4 status, when you start work.

      2. Priyanka

        My application is Mar 26th and still pending..Hope we get it approved this month. My EAD is expiring on Aug 21st. Let me know if hear anything. Thank you

          1. Priyanka

            My H4 visa is still pending but got my H4 EAD approval. So, need to check with our attorney if I can continue my job with just H4 EAD. My receipt number is LIN1913350XXX.

        1. Hima Bindu

          Please keep us posted on what attorney says .ty . It helps us too mine is April 15th nsc and ead ends 28th and I have a nice job that I hate to lose. Plz keep us posted thanks a lot

  24. AXM

    Hello Everyone,

    Firstly, below is the case timeline – filed at Nebraska:

    5/22 – USCIS received H1/H4/EAD extenstion application in Regular processing.
    05/27 – EAD docs sent back due to some errors in filing.
    06/01 – Mailed the paper EAD application back to USCIS.
    06/04 – Case updated on USCIS website as “My case has been received” for EAD.
    06/13 – Biometrics completed.
    06/15 – Placed on LOP as current EAD expired.
    07/17 – H1 upgraded to premium.
    07/21 – H1 extension approved.

    H4 and EAD pending……

    I am on Loss Of Pay since 06/15 and it has been a bit difficult time since then.
    I am planning to join the litigation but before I reach out to the attorneys would highly appreciate if someone can advise if my case timeline is a fit for the same?

    Regards

  25. needh4ead

    @Kumar.. what are the implications of joining the litigation ? As it seems that is the only option to get it in time.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      You may be cutting close and the online status does not fully reflect the reality. If you try using the forward option of USPS, that may be better. You can try calling USCIS support and then act accordingly.

    1. Neer

      Employers have to update the Form I-9 with the new expiration date. Unpaid leave seems to be a continued employment which may not be legal. Would advise checking https://www.uscis.gov/i-9

        1. Satya

          Please go through this guideline on page no.2 and 3. It will help your employer make a decision whether you can go on unpaid leave or not.

          https://assets.fragomen.com/s3fs-public/andrew_greenfield_westlaw_article.pdf

          It is very interesting. Do read.

          1. Amrutha Gudimella

            Satya, that is a very interesting article, thanks for sharing. My EAD expires 9/13 and my employer mentioned I will be placed on unpaid leave if the renewal does not come on time. Interestingly, my employer’s immigration attorney is Fragomen Del ray and my understanding is that our HR got similar answers from them.

  26. NSP

    Hi All,

    Need your help or suggestion on next steps with my spouse H4EAD.

    Applied H4 and H4EAD in April 15 at NSC.
    Due to emergency she travelled to India and H4 stamping is done through Dropbox
    She will be back in USA shortly, but still H4 and EAD is pending with NSC
    She will loose her job if EAD is not approved within this month
    What should be our next step?
    Should we leave that applications with NSC as is?
    Or
    Should we withdraw H4 applied at NSC and submit H4 stamping and i94 for EAD application?

    Appreciate your suggestions.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Well, really hard to say…because you applied long time ago, you may get it anytime. You can try calling them to see, if your case is assigned to someone or not…Try creating an expedite request, sometimes they say that your case is already with an officer or not….As we do not have definite timelines, very hard to make a decision….Look at some timelines that users have shared in above article and then make a decision.

  27. H4 EAD worker Nebraska center

    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
    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 .

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Thank you for sharing… Good to hear, it is approved without any litigation. I have updated the article with your timelines as well.

      1. NSCSlow

        Can you please confirm if it says I-539N , I-539A or just I-539. Not sure what it signifies, but mine says I-539, but I have seem few with A, N or AN.

  28. Hima Bindu

    What’s everyone doing if there is a gap from expiration to ead to approval time? Taking unpaid leave or talking with employer? How should we face that awkward time ?

    1. Neer

      Depends on your employer. My wife lost her job but her manager will try rehiring her. AFAIK without a valid EAD one cannot work.

  29. Ranjan

    As per Nebraska processing time (USCISwebsite), for H4 EAD – the estimated time rang is 2.5 – 5.5 months, and they are currently processing the receipt date March 1st.
    Do you guys know if this is correct and can be relied upon?

    1. DB7

      I think 5.5 month is the limit for ‘Outside normal processing times’. Currently, date for which you can submit an inquiry is February 16. So I guess very few have reached that.

    1. Hima Bindu

      My recive date is april 15th and am waiting since then, current ead expires 28th aug, tried every possible way to expedite senate, Congressman, uscis themselves 3 times. Every attempt is just gone denied.

    2. Priyanka

      Our forms were received on Mar 26th – Nebraska Center and still waiting for the approval. Does anyone applied in Mar or Feb ? Any response ?

  30. Neeru

    Hello all,

    Does anybody know when R&N is filing their next litigation? We missed the timeline for Aug 2nd, so we are aiming for the next litigation? How long is it taking to get approvals after filing the litigation?

  31. Raj

    What is the average no of days it takes to get H4/EAD approved after filing the application. My application is submitted in California. Its been 3 months today. My application was filed on 04/26. Biometrics on 05/15.

    1. Raj

      I already tried to expedite using phone and using congressmen. Both of them rejected. My company gave them letter stating losses involved. Not sure what else they are expecting. Can I try expedite again.

        1. Raj

          Employer letter just stated projects involved and losses they will incur. Congress took 1 weeks time to respond. Can one expedite again? Also how much time approx is taking to approve H4 in California. As per processing time its taking 2.5-4.5 months.

    2. Waiting for H4

      My application is also pending at California Service Center since April 3rd. I have completed my Bio metrics on April 22nd and still no updates. I am not sure how are they processing these applications?

    3. administrator
      Kumar

      There is no definite timeline as such after Biometrics. Read the experiences in above article to get an average estimate.

  32. An h4

    Hi guys,

    Wanted to update, that h4 and h4 ead from CSC is approved

    Time line

    May 10th 2019 — h1b,h4,h4ead applied in PP
    May 17th 2019– h1 b approved
    June 7th 2019 — h4 biometric Completed
    July 25 2019 — h4, h4 ead got approved

    Hope this helps for the people who are around same timeline.

    Thanks guys

      1. An h4

        Yeah we did expedite,
        (1) on june 21st we called and asked to expedite based on huge financial loss
        (2) on July 7th went to local congressman for help.

    1. AP

      Congratulations. Did you expedite your case ? If possible please share first 4 number of your receipt number.

      My H1 + H4 + H4 EAD was filled in PP on April 19th at CSC with receipt number WAC19177***** . H1B approved on 30th April, H4 biometrics was done on 15th May . Both H4 and H4 ead are pending

  33. Nalini Narayanadas

    H1B +H4+H4EAD Applied at Nebraska Service Center 5/24/19
    H1B Approved 5/31
    Bio Metrics Done 6/21
    H4,H4EAD awaiting …
    Current H4EAD valid till 08/14
    Can we file H4 litigation case?

  34. BB

    Processing Center: Nebraska
    6/7: H1B + H4 + H4 EAD PP
    6/11: H1B Approved
    6/21: Biometrics Completed
    Waiting Waiting Waiting for H4 and EAD approval..

  35. MG

    Processing Center: Nebraska
    H1 +H4+H4 EAD filed under PP on April 15th.(4/15)
    H1 Approved: 4/22
    H4 Bio-metric completed: 5/10
    Current H4EAD Valid till Aug 31, still waiting for approval

  36. Priya

    Hi,

    Did anyone have luck with just expediting through USCIS if you are the primary insurance holder and have medical reasons and will loose your job if it’s not approved before the current ead expiry?

    Thanks!

    1. An H4

      Hi Guys,

      wanted to share positive news, Today Finally got my approval from CSC

      My timelines

      May 10th, 2019 –> H1B, H4, H4EAD renewal applied in Premium
      May 17th, 2019 — > H1B approved
      June 7th, 2019 –> H4 biometric completed
      June 21st, 2019 — > Request to expedite H4 EAD based on Severe financial loss to self& Company.
      July 15th,2019 — > Request to expedite Via Local congressman.
      July 26th, 2019 –> Status changed to Approved

      Hope this timeline help to friends waiting with the same timeline.

      1. YA

        Hi An H4,

        upon expedite request, did your case history reflected something like that ” your request to have your case expedited, referral number xxxxxxx, was completed.
        if yes, after how many days did you get response either by mail? or direct approval.

        because in my case, on July 22 it shows above message but no response after that…

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