Current USCIS processing times of H4 Visa Applications for 2020
Processing times last updated on : September 27, 2020 (GMT) Latest processing times for H4 Visa are daily pulled from USCIS website. Below are the Processing times for H4 Visa by USCIS Service Center. Also, read common FAQs onthe processing times at the end.
California Service Center (CSC, WAC)
H4 Visa Case Type
Service Request Date
Change of Status(COS) to H4
14 Months - 18 Months
April 08, 2019
14 Months - 18 Months
March 31, 2019
If your H4 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.
If your H4 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.
If your H4 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.
If your H4 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 are the H4 Visa processing times listed here ?
The H4 processing times that you see on this page are the USCIS processing times for procesisng either Change of Status to H4 visa or Extensions to H4 visas within US. They are not related to processing times that are taken by consulate for visa issuance.
What is the average processing time for H4 visa petition
The processing times totally depend on the service center and if it is change of status or extension. In general, the processing times can vary anywhere from 2 months to 18 months depending on the service center. The H4 COS petitions at California service center is relaly long taking over 16 months in 2020. In the past Vermont Service center used to slow, but CSC is much slower now. So, it all varies by the service center and year. The processing times on this page should give you a glimise on how they all can vary
Is H4 Visa Stamping at US Consulate faster than H4 Change of Status (COS) ?
Yes, if you can get an appointment at US consulate in your home country or wherever you plan to get stamping. With H4 visa stamping, you take out the long processing times dependency with USCIS and get visa stamp in passport. With Visa stamp of H4 in passport, you can enter US and do not need the H4 approval notice from USCIS.
Is there Premium Processing for H4 Visa ?
No, there is no premium processing option for H4. It is only available for the H1B holders.
If H1B is filed in Premium, will my H4 be processed Faster ?
Not anymore. In the past, USCIS was processing H4 petitions faster, when the H1B was filed in premium. But, since the introduction of Biometrics process for form I-539, they do not process H4 petitions faster, even if H1B in premium. There are some lucky cases that may get faster processing. But, mainly, they are dependent on Biometrics, so the delays
Can I travel when H4 COS Application is pending with USCIS ?
If you travel out of US, when your H4 COS application is pending with USCIS, they will consider that you have left the country and abandon your application. Once your H4 COS is abandoned, then it will denied and not processed any further.
Can I travel when H4 Extension application is pending with USCIS ?
You may travel out of the country, but USCIS may or may not process the petition. In some cases, USCIS continues to process the H4, in some cases, they do not process it. Also, if they process it and you get H4 extension with I-94, that can have I-94 mismatches. So, consider that before you travel
Is there a way to expedite H4 Visa processing ?
Yes, if you have an urgent need and if you meet USCIS Critiera, then you can expedite processing of H4 petition. Usually, it is done when you have H4 EAD tied to H4.
Does upgrading H1B petition that was filed with H4 Petition after Biometrics gets faster processing ?
No. USCIS does not process H4 in premium processing. There are some lucky ones, who get the processing done faster, but those are expceptions.
Is H4 Extension Faster than Change of Status (COS ) to H4
Not always. In most of the cases, the processing times for H4 Extensions is similar to H4 COS, but in some service centers like CSC, the processing times for H4 COS are longer. This can change by service center due to the load. This maybe differnet as things change. Refer to the processing times on this page to get current status on the same
What Form is used for H4 Extension or COS with USCIS ?
You need to use form I-539 with USCIS to file for H4 COS or Extensions