H4 and EAD Average Processing times with Biometrics

H4+EAD Processing Times after Biometrics – User Data, Averages

In H4 Visa by KumarUpdated : 14 Comments

Since the introduction of the New I-539 Form with Biometrics, many of the H4 Visa Holders, who have filed H4 extensions / Change of Status along with their spouse’s H1B Petition in premium processing, have been waiting for their petition decision…Majority of them applied for H4 EAD, and were waiting for decision to continue working on H4 EAD. It has been a painful wait for many…Some have ended up going the litigation route and filed H4 EAD Processing Delays Lawsuit and were successful getting their H4 + EAD decisions in that route…But, many have been have been waiting for the decision with hope and trying routes like calling to expedite or going to senators for support…all with very little success….

Many of our blog readers, who are part of this waiting journey, shared their H4 Processing Times with Biometrics Experiences in comments over the past 4 months or so and have been very active helping each other. It can be very difficult to go through 60 experiences on the blog page or comments and verify dates by service center to get a sense of average processing times…so, we have consolidated them in Google Sheets using the data shared by users in comments on our blog, so that all of you get an idea of the overall average processing times and plan accordingly.

We will continue to update the new experiences timelines in the Google Sheets, so that the graphs will be autoupdated… so, do add your timelines so that the stats gets more accurate.

Thanks a lot to every single person who have shared their experience and timelines in comments on the blog…it is great community effort to help everyone !

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Below Data and Graphs for H4, EAD updated as of Sep 15th, 2019

S. NoService CenterH4 Filing DateH1B Approval DateBiometrics Completed DateH4 /EAD Approval Date
1VermontMar-26Apr-3Apr-11Jun-12
2VermontApr-3Apr-8Apr-25May-16
3VermontApr-12Apr-30May-22Jun-24
4VermontApr-13Apr-19May-10Jun-19
5VermontApr-29May-7May-21Jun-20
6CaliforniaMar-26Apr-4Apr-26Jun-24
7VermontMay-7May-15May-29Jun-30
8VermontMar-26Apr-5Apr-26Jul-2
9VermontMay-3May-13May-22Jul-9
10CaliforniaApr-29May-9May-22Jul-10
11VermontApr-11Apr-18Apr-29Jul-15
12VermontApr-18Apr-29May-6Jul-11
13CaliforniaApr-25May-7May-23Jul-15
14NebraskaApr-26May-28May-10Jul-17
15CaliforniaMay-10May-17Jun-7Jul-25
16CaliforniaApr-8Apr-15Apr-30Jul-16
17NebraskaJun-3Jul-23Jun-27Jul-25
18NebraskaMar-28Apr-5Apr-24Jul-30
19CaliforniaMay-28Jul-15Jun-19Jul-24
20NebraskaMar-28Apr-5Apr-16Aug-1
21CaliforniaApr-8Jul-12Jun-4Jul-30
22CaliforniaMay-16May-22Jun-7Jul-30
23CaliforniaMay-17May-23Jun-5Jul-31
24CaliforniaMay-2May-9May-21Aug-1
25NebraskaMar-28Apr-5Apr-25Aug-8
26CaliforniaMay-8May-18May-30Jul-24
27NebraskaApr-2Apr-9Apr-25Aug-8
28NebraskaMar-27Apr-11Apr-17Aug-8
29NebraskaApr-11Apr-17Apr-30Aug-9
30VermontApr-19May-1May-13Aug-6
31NebraskaApr-11Apr-16Apr-29Aug-12
32NebraskaApr-15Apr-22May-6Aug-12
33NebraskaMay-7May-9May-17Aug-13
34NebraskaMar-25Apr-10Apr-16Aug-14
35NebraskaApr-8Apr-10May-1Aug-14
36CaliforniaMay-10May-24May-31Aug-14
37NebraskaApr-11Apr-19May-2Aug-14
38NebraskaApr-17Apr-25Apr-27Aug-16
39NebraskaApr-9Apr-22May-1Aug-16
40CaliforniaMay-14May-22Jun-6Aug-16
41NebraskaApr-15Apr-22May-10Aug-19
42CaliforniaMay-1May-8May-23Jul-12
43NebraskaApr-5Apr-15Apr-26Aug-19
44NebraskaApr-22Apr-29May-13Aug-19
45NebraskaApr-16Apr-18Jul-24Aug-20
46NebraskaApr-15Apr-25May-10Aug-14
47NebraskaApr-17Apr-30May-6Aug-19
48CaliforniaMay-30Jun-10Jun-21Aug-17
49NebraskaApr-17Apr-25May-6Aug-21
50NebraskaApr-17Apr-25May-10Aug-21
51VermontApr-16Apr-26May-7Aug-22
52CaliforniaApr-17Apr-26May-7Aug-22
53NebraskaApr-18Apr-26May-9Aug-24
54CaliforniaMay-20Jul-23Jun-3Aug-17
55NebraskaMar-20May-14Apr-18Aug-26
56CaliforniaMay-21May-30Jun-10Aug-22
57NebraskaApr-19Apr-26May-9Aug-27
58NebraskaMar-25Apr-3Apr-16Aug-27
59CaliforniaMay-14May-25Jun-4Aug-12
60NebraskaApr-16Apr-20May-6Aug-15
61CaliforniaMar-28Jun-6Jun-10Aug-23
62NebraskaMar-22Apr-1Apr-18Aug-14
63NebraskaApr-11Apr-21May-6Aug-20
64NebraskaApr-18Apr-29May-6Aug-30
65NebraskaApr-23May-1May-3Aug-30
66NebraskaApr-22May-2May-13Aug-30
67CaliforniaApr-17Jul-18May-7Aug-30
68NebraskaApr-26May-10May-21Aug-28
69NebraskaApr-23Apr-25May-17Sep-3
70NebraskaApr-24May-8May-19Aug-29
71NebraskaApr-22May-8May-19Sep-3
72NebraskaApril-29May-10May-15Sep-4
73NebraskaMay-1Aug-5May-22Sep-4
74NebraskaMay-10May-17May-23Sep-5
75CaliforniaMay-20May-30Jun-3Aug-30
76CaliforniaMay-30Jun-10Jun-17Sep-5
77NebraskaMay-1May-10May-22Sep-5
78NebraskaApr-18May-1May-15Sep-6
79NebraskaMay-28Jun-1Jun-10Sep-5
80NebraskaApr-30May-7May-23Sep-6
81CaliforniaJun-11Jun-22Jul-1Sep-6
82NebraskaApr-8Apr-20May-2Sep-4
83NebraskaApr-2Apr-8Apr-24Aug-20
84NebraskaApr-25May-8May-14Sep-3
85NebraskaAug-5Sep-9Aug-28Sep-9
86NebraskaApr-9Apr-12May-9Sep-7
87NebraskaMay-29June-6July-9Sep-10
88CaliforniaMay-3May-12May-25Aug-2
89NebraskaApr-30Aug-5May-23Sep-10
90NebraskaMay-3Jun-11Jun-28Sep-11
91NebraskaApr-26May-10May-21Sep-12
92NebraskaApr-15April-25May-1Sep-12
93NebraskaApr-25May-6May-22Sep-11
94NebraskaApril-23May-1May-15Sep-4
95CaliforniaMay-30Jun-6Jun-17Sep-6
96NebraskaApr-4May-28May-4Sep-12
97CaliforniaApr-11Jul-12Jun-7Sep-5
98CaliforniaJun-5Jun-13Jun-17Sep-12
99NebraskaMay-6May-20May-13Sep-12
100NebraskaMay-6May-10May-25Sep-13
101NebraskaMay-13May-23Jun-9Sep-12
102TexasJul-1Jul-9Jul-24Sep-12
103NebraskaMay-2May-9May-24Sep-13
104NebraskaMar-26Apr-4Apr-24Sep-12
105CaliforniaApr-24May-9May-7Sep-14

   

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Comments ( 14 )

  1. MumbaiMS

    Hi Expert,

    My wife is having most recent expired H4 visa on her old passport with maiden name. She is in INDIA now. And she got new passport with new name after marriage.
    Is she eligible for DROPBOX option ?

    ANSWER to all below question is YES

    1. I have a previous U.S. visa in the same class as the visa for which I wish to apply
    2. My most recent visa was issued in India
    3. I received my visa after January 1, 2008
    4. My prior visa is not annotated “Clearance Received” or “Department Authorization”.
    5. My most recent visa (in the same class for which I am applying) was issued on or after my 14th birthday
    6. My most recent visa (in the same class for which I am applying) was not lost/stolen or cancelled.
    7. I have no refusals for a visa in any class after my most recent visa issuance
    8. If I am applying for an H or L (individual) or R visa, my prior visa in the same class is still valid or expired within the last 12 months.

  2. Kirthi

    Hello,

    I got my H4 EAD on Aug 24th,but still no updates on my H4 approval.Online status for H4 says”We cannot provide any information at this point”.

    Due to which ,I cannot renew my license.Has anyone renewed license with H4 -EAD?Any inputs on this thought would be appreciated.

    Center:Nebraska
    My receipt date is -April 2nd (H1,H4,EAD all filed in premium)
    H4 Ead Approved-Aug 24th

  3. Dk

    Hi I have a query.
    If H1b and H4 EAD are filed together concurrently filed under premium processing do both decisions comes together in 15 days ? And the 15 days also includes biometrics ?

    Please help?

  4. AB

    I filed H1+H4+H4EAD extension in CA processing center on April 18th. After RFE the H1 got approved on June 3rd. Biometrices happened on May 6th. Its been 5 months and status shows “Case was updated to show all fingerprints were taken and case is in process”. Unable to raise SR and it was denied.
    Anyone in the same boat? If I go to India and apply for DS160 and go for H4 Stamping will the current H4 extn cancelled? In that case existing H4 EAD application is enough or I have to submit a new one and wait for another 3 months?

  5. Vaishali Gor

    Thank you so much for updating this information. Its very helpful .
    For Vermont center, the stats shows average of 79 days but when i check it in online tracker in another forum, it shows approval mostly after 150 days (sorry for referencing another forum). Also, after line#13, I can see hardly any approval details shared for Vermont Center.
    I totally understand that the data is based on details provided by others but want to get your perspective for Vermont center.
    My application is submitted in Vermont center recently .

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      I wish, I had an answer….The user contributed data for Vermont is very low, we have only 12 cases…I cannot speak for other forums, I tried to put all the info we got in our Blog and WhatsApp groups here. My perspective is, data could be skewed as the sample is low… If they have similar stats like here, then you can go by majority of cases.

      1. Anonymous

        I applied for my ead renewal in March 25 and I was not asked for a biometric . My h4 visa got approved in April but still now no news on ead approval. The status shows case received on April 3. Is there anything I can do to expedite the case?

        1. xXiXx

          Hi, you should be able to raise service request. I think the date provided in the “check processing times” would be higher than yours.

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