Current USCIS processing times of H4 EAD, L2 EAD for 2020

Processing times last updated on : December 05, 2020 (GMT)
Latest processing times for H4 / L2 Case Visa are daily pulled from USCIS website.
Below are the Processing times for H4 / L2 Case Visa by USCIS Service Center. Also, read common FAQs onthe processing times at the end.

California Service Center (CSC, WAC)

H4 / L2 Case Visa Case TypeProcessing TimeService Request Date
EAD13 Months - 17 MonthsJuly 20, 2019

If your H4 / L2 Case Visa application was filed at California Service Center (CSC, WAC) on or before Service Request Date in above processing times table, you can raise a Service Request with USCIS as a follow up. Click on the below button to raise the same.


National Benefits Center (NBC)

H4 / L2 Case Visa Case TypeProcessing TimeService Request Date
EAD5 Months - 7 MonthsMay 19, 2020

If your H4 / L2 Case Visa application was filed at National Benefits Center (NBC) on or before Service Request Date in above processing times table, you can raise a Service Request with USCIS as a follow up. Click on the below button to raise the same.


Nebraska Service Center (NSC, LIN)

H4 / L2 Case Visa Case TypeProcessing TimeService Request Date
EAD5.5 Months - 7.5 MonthsMay 02, 2020

If your H4 / L2 Case Visa application was filed at Nebraska Service Center (NSC, LIN) on or before Service Request Date in above processing times table, you can raise a Service Request with USCIS as a follow up. Click on the below button to raise the same.


Potomac Service Center (YSC)

H4 / L2 Case Visa Case TypeProcessing TimeService Request Date
EAD3.5 Months - 5.5 MonthsJune 28, 2020

If your H4 / L2 Case Visa application was filed at Potomac Service Center (YSC) on or before Service Request Date in above processing times table, you can raise a Service Request with USCIS as a follow up. Click on the below button to raise the same.


Texas Service Center (TSC, SSC, SRC)

H4 / L2 Case Visa Case TypeProcessing TimeService Request Date
EAD1.5 Months - 5 MonthsJuly 08, 2020

If your H4 / L2 Case Visa application was filed at Texas Service Center (TSC, SSC, SRC) on or before Service Request Date in above processing times table, you can raise a Service Request with USCIS as a follow up. Click on the below button to raise the same.


Vermont Service Center (VSC, ESC, EAC)

H4 / L2 Case Visa Case TypeProcessing TimeService Request Date
EAD4.5 Months - 6.5 MonthsJune 02, 2020

If your H4 / L2 Case Visa application was filed at Vermont Service Center (VSC, ESC, EAC) on or before Service Request Date in above processing times table, you can raise a Service Request with USCIS as a follow up. Click on the below button to raise the same.


What form is used to file with USCIS for H4 EAD or L2 EAD ?

You need to use form I-765 for filing Employment Authorization Document (EAD) application with USCIS for H4 or L2 visa categories

What is approximate H4 EAD application average processing time?

H4 EAD processing with USCIS can take anywhere from 2 months to 12 months. The processing times in Service centers like Texas is faster with lesser procesisng time and some Service centers like California can take anywhwere up to 12 months. It all depends on the load of the service center. Check the data on this page for approximate processing times by service center

Can we expedite H4 EAD or L2 EAD processing with USCIS ?

Yes, if you have a valid reason like financial loss to company you work for or medical related situation, then you can request for expedite processing of H4 EAD. Once expedited, your H4 EAD will be processed faster

Does H4 gets processed faster, if I expedite H4 EAD ? How about L2 ?

Yes, if your H4 EAD expedite request is approved, you will get H4 processed faster. Same is the case with L2. The reason is that, the processing of H4 EAD dependes on H4 approval, so they process H4 faster.

Is it required to have EAD Card in hand to start working on H4 EAD ?

Yes, you need the physical H4 EAD card in hand to start working. You cannot work based on the approval that you see online for H4 EAD ?

When do I get EAD Card in hand after USCIS approves H4 or L2 EAD ?

It can take anywhere from a week to 10 days to get the EAD card in hand. Usually you would see the status Card was sent for printing status and after that it can about week to 10 days

What does USCIS Status of New Card is being produced mean for H4 EAD ?

It means that your H4 EAD application was approved and the EAD card is being prepared to be printed. It will be mailed to you after the EAD card is producted

What is SSN Processing time after EAD is approved by USCIS ?

Usually Social Security Number (SSN) Card can take about 5 to 6 weeks to arrive after the EAD card is approved. To get SSN, you should have selected the option related to SSN on the EAD application form I-765

I do not have SSN card. But have H4 EAD approved, can I start working using ITIN ?

No, you need to have the SSN to start working on H4 EAD. You cannot work using the ITIN number. You can wait for SSN card to be delivered or check with SSN office on the same after 5 to 6 weeks on the status. If needed, you can apply for a new SSN and they can help you verify, if somethig is pending with them

Can I work on Expired H4 Card, with H4 EAD pending with USCIS for upto 180 days ?

No, H4 EAD category C26 is not eligible for 180 days automatic extension. You need physical valid EAD card in hand to work. It is required for I9 compliance. Only certain EAD categories are eligible for automatica 180 days extension and H4 EAD is not in that list.

EAD application sent to Dalls or Phoneix Lockbox, does it mean there are service centers for Dallas or Phoneix ?

No, there are no EAD processing centers at Dallas or Phonexi. They are basically lockbox option to send applications and eventually they are sent to USCIS service centers for processing

What happens if I get H4 or L2 EAD RFE ? Does it delay a lot ?

If you get RFE for H4 EAD, you need to respond at the earliest to them for avoiding delays. It can take anywhere from 60 to 90 days for processing of the EAD applications after RFE response was submitted.

Can I still file H4 EAD - I see that there is Rule making in process to revoke H4 EAD ?

As of now, there is no concrete action to revoke H4 EAD. There is no official regulation that is passed to revoke H4 EAD. The process to revoke H4 EAD has been stuck for few years now. Until there is a final H4 EAD revoke rule published and USCIS gudiance on the same, there are no restrictions to apply or work on H4 EAD