My L2 EAD experience and how I got it without a biometrics appointment - Mission One Accomplished

**Update (05/05/2017) - Filing fee for form I-765 is now $410

I recently got my L2 EAD approved from USCIS. It took over 2 months for the entire process to complete. I researched a lot to make sure that I can have my work authorization in time. Although USCIS specify that the process takes maximum 3 months, I read about many cases that took longer. I was very worried but fortunately everything went well for my case. I am writing my experience and learning in this post, might be helpful for someone out there J

There are two options to apply for Employment Authorization: e-file or mail a paper application.

I applied using second option - mailing a paper application. The reason I opted for paper application was completely driven by my learning through different blogs and people’s experience at different sites. Later I got to know from some of my friends that they applied online and even they received the EAD in decent time. So can’t say if the paper application really works faster. But the one advantage I can surely write about in my case (paper application) is that I didn’t have to go for biometrics appointment. I am guessing that since the documents and photos were submitted in hard copy with signature, a biometrics was not required. Also, fingerprints are taken when entering US for the first time at the port of entry. As far I know all the e-file applicants receive the biometrics appointment (if you have come across any exceptions, do drop me a link or note).

Here is the list of documents you need to submit for L2 EAD application:

  • USCIS Filing Fee of $410 – Cashier’s check
  • Form G-1145 (form to request e-notification when USCIS accepts your application)
  • Form I-765 (EAD form)
  • Copy of passport (Spouse and Self)
  • Copy of US visa (Spouse – L1 visa and Self – L2 visa)
  • Copy of I-94 arrival/departure record (Spouse and Self)
  • Copy of marriage certificate
  • Two (2) photographs (self)




I mailed my application along with above documents and a cover letter to USCIS through USPS Express mail service. This was the fastest method and cost me ~$20. And this was the only option of getting a signed acknowledgement of application receipt. You know, I was very careful with this application so opted for Express mail. You can choose to go with normal mail or courier also, whatever works out better for you.


My application was received by USCIS the very next day. I received an acknowledgement email and also a letter from USCIS after a couple of days. Everything seemed to be going great but then the wait began... I didn’t hear anything from USCIS for almost 60 days. Many of my friends got the biometrics appointment 1-2 weeks after submitting the application. I was concerned about the likelihood of incrementally long delays heron if the biometrics appointment is indeed compulsory. I tried calling USCIS office couple of times. They said my application is under normal processing time and I should wait for 90 days. If I still didn’t receive my card by then, I should immediately inform USCIS.




After doing little more research on internet, I decided to write to Citizen and Immigration services Ombudsman (cisombudsman@dhs.gov) asking their help to expedite my case so I can assume employment at the earliest. In response, I received an automated message suggesting to submit requests for case assistance through their Online Case Assistance (OCA) portal (https://cisomb.dhs.gov/oca/form7001.aspx). I didn't submit the request on portal and decided to wait for some more time. I can't say if writing the mail to Ombudsman worked for me but fortunately in a weeks time my card was approved and I received my card without biometrics appointment.


Here are the dates for your reference

21st May: Sent the EAD form-I765 and other documents through express mail
22nd May: Application received at USCIS office
28th May: Acceptance confirmation over email
29th May: Received the acceptance confirmation letter through post
30th July: Mailed Citizen and Immigration Services Ombudsman
6th Aug: Application approved and status changed to “Post Decision Activity”
6th Aug: Status changed to “Card/Document Production”
10th Aug: Received the card


Good Resources:
http://www.immihelp.com/
http://www.trackitt.com/

Hope this helps!

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435 comments:

  1. hi..this was indeed very helpful. Few questions - Do we need to wait to get the SSN or start this process right after landing in US. What if i stay in hotel for 2 months and then move on to apartment which address should i give. Please guide me.Thanks.

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    1. Hi Kiruthika, glad to know that this post helped you. To your questions -
      1. You don't need to wait for SSN to apply for EAD. You can start this process anytime.
      2. I am not sure about the procedure to update address while the application is in process. If possible, you can give office address of the primary visa holder.
      Good Luck..!

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  2. Hi,
    I too have a similar case. I posted all documents with i765 application on 7th March 2014 by priority mail. On 13th March I received the acknowledgement of filing my application with the receipt number via e-mail . I was regularly checking my online status and gone with e-mail alert. On 25th March I applied online for asdress change as my L1 spouse moved from California to Iowa. On 27th March I got e-mail for address change. I even got the postal mail for the same on new address. On 7th April, I received e-mail notification of approval of my i765 application and another mail for new card production within 30 days. I am worried I didn't get any notification for my biometrics. I am worried if I missed some postal mails as I was in hotel for about a week. Also what's on ur Ead card in place of fingerprints? Is it stating that "fingerprints not available"?

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    1. Megha, Good to know that your application is approved.
      Yes, my EAD card states "Fingerprints not available". As you submitted the paper application, you might have not got biometrics appointment like my case. Since your application is already approved, it should be fine.

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    2. Hi Megha, I hope you have got your card by now. Congratulations! Wanted to know what was your service center? You got so soon! Also what was your application? Is it L2+EAD?

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  3. hi,
    thanks for the blog. very useful.
    Megha, which address you sent the priority mail ?
    Shikha, which address you sent the express mail ?

    reason for my query is USCIS show two different addresses (for both phoenix and dallas)
    depending on whether we use USPS delivery (address 1) or express mail/courier delivery

    http://www.uscis.gov/i-765-addresses#Lockbox Addresses

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    1. Hello, good to know that you find the blog useful. To your question, i sent my application to "express mail/courier delivery address".

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    2. Hi Shikha, Your blog is really helpful!!!

      Hi Neo,

      Could you please let me know the status of your EAD card.

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    3. Hi Sikha, your blog is very useful.
      I am applying for my wife's L2-EAD.
      You have mentioned that you had sent your application to "express mail/courier delivery address"...if I choose any private courior like Fedex, I should use same address that you used..right?

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    4. Hello Tyuio, yes you should use "express mail/courier delivery address". It's good to request delivery acknowledgement if possible and make sure you use right Lockbox address (Phoenix or Dallas) based on your location. Hope it helps!

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  4. Hi Swati... Your post is really informative. We (my husband and I) are in the same shoes as you were. I have L1 and he has L2 and we are thinking to apply EAD once we reach in US. We are just very confused whether or not we will be lucky enough to get an EAD approved for him. What is the rate of rejection vs EAD approval and job scenario if we get EAD? Is there some specific area in US where EADs approval rate is high? Please share with me your email id so that I can seek some guidance and other info from you. My email id is gaurigaur0104@gmail.com.

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    1. Hi Gauri, glad to know that you found my blog informative and sorry for the delay in my response. I haven't heard of any EAD rejection case. All the people i know with L2 visa have received EAD sooner or later. About the job, it depends a lot on your location and field/domain your husband is interested in. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Good Luck!

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  5. Hi Shikha,

    This blog is very helpful. We are also in process of applying L2 EAD. Do we need to pay $85 for Biometrics test along with the list you provided?

    Thanks in Advance,
    Stelatha

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    1. Hi Stelatha, nice to know that you found my blog helpful. I didn't pay any fee for biometrics test along with the application. In fact, in my case i got the EAD w/o a biometrics appointment. Hope it helps & all the best for your application.

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  6. Hi Shikha, this is an awesome blog! There is so much paperwork and formalities to go through when coming to the US - it is very useful to read real life experiences of people that have already gone through it. My wife and I moved here 2 weeks ago and are doing it all now.

    I have 2 questions for anyone that can answer:
    1. Do they still give out I94 cards? I thought this was all electronic now?
    2. What is the "Ali

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  7. Sorry I didn't finish writing that!

    2. What is the "Alien Receipt Number" that we have to write on the back of the 2 x passport photos?

    We are applying for my wife's EAD under her L2 visa

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    1. Not to worry, I figured out the answers to both of these! Applying for our SSN tomorrow. Fingers crossed!

      Hope to hear more of your stories soon :)

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    2. Hi Sam, good to know that you got the answers. All the best for your SSN and EAD application.

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  8. Hi Shikha, Thanks so much for the information shared in this blog. I had received my EAD within one month :)

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    1. Wow, congrats Charu :). This was really fast. Share your experience here if you did something different. Thanks.

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  9. June-6 Express mail sent to Phoenix USCIS
    June-7 Received at Pheonix USCIS (Signature proof from USPS online)
    June-12 Email/SMS notification of Receipt number & info that application forwarded to Nebraska service center
    June-16 I-797C notification by regular mail - Case received date June-9 & notice date June-11
    June-17 Status in USCIS website - 'Initial Review'
    aug-27 Status in USCIS website - 'Card/document production'
    sep-03 Email/SMS notification that card is mailed

    As you can see, my EAD process went in a normal way. Not early/and fortunately not late :)

    Thanks again Shikha

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    1. Great News. Congrats Nepo :). Thanks for sharing dates for everyone's reference.

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    2. Thanks. I received the card on Sept 4 :)

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  10. Hi Shikha,

    I just wanted to thank you for sharing your experience - it was extremely helpful!

    I just received my card 10 minutes ago and it feels like heaven to have it in my hands... :-)
    Until last minute I was afraid that something could have gone wrong. And your blog mainly helped to calm my nerves and to keep my hair on. ;-)

    So here are my dates:
    June 10th, 2014: Sent the EAD form-I765 and other documents you mentioned with USPS Priority Mail
    June 11th, 2014: Application received at USCIS office (tracked by USPS)
    June 17th, 2014: Acceptance confirmation e-mail (thanks to form G-1145)
    June 19th, 2014: Received the acceptance confirmation letter (notice of action, acceptance date June 12th, 2014)
    August 26th, 2014: Status changed to “Card/Document Production”
    August 30th, 2014: Notification that card was mailed
    September 4th, 2014: Received the card

    So as you can see, less than 90 days for the total process. Which is apparently good compared to others. :-) No biometrics appointment, which I loved.

    To all my poor soulmates out there still waiting:
    Please, for your own sake, keep cool!
    I know, it is terrible to wait and to not know how and when this whole wait will come to an end. It is terrible to go to interviews and not to know when your papers will eventually be sent.
    Relax, go on holidays (it's no problem to leave the country), go on the job hunt or just enjoy those 3 months!
    Most important: Don't read those blogs and postings about ead cards lost by USPS or stolen by neighbours and people stressing themselves out if the card will come 2 days earlier or later. It's not worth it!

    Send the right papers, triple-check if you have everything in your application envelope and then enjoy your time.

    Thanks again Shikha!

    Christiane

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    1. Hi Christiane, great to hear your story - Congratulations.!! getting the card after a long wait feels really like heaven :)
      I am sure people in the same boat would appreciate your advice. Thanks for sharing your experience. Good luck for your job..!

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    2. Hi Shikha,

      Your post is so helpful.....i have applied for my ead on august 2014, currently the online status in Initial Process. Mailed the ombudsman after ready your post. Hope to get my EAD asap!! Fingers Crossed..

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    3. Hi Latha, good luck for your EAD application. Hope you get it soon.

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  11. Hi Shikha,

    I just wanted to thank you for sharing your experience . it was extremely helpful for me to get my EAD

    So here are my dates:
    Sept 3: Sent the EAD form-I765 and other documents you mentioned with USPS Mail
    Sept 5: Application received at USCIS office (tracked by USPS)
    Sept 9: Acceptance confirmation e-mail
    Sept 19: Received the acceptance confirmation letter
    Oct 9 Morning: Status changed to “Card/Document Production”
    Oct 9 Evening:Status changed to “Post decision Activity”
    Oct 14: Notification that card was mailed
    Oct 17: Received the card

    Thanks again for your help

    -Greeshma

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    1. Wow, Congrats Greeshma..! glad to know that my experience helped you. Looks like you got the EAD in just over a month. That's excellent. Cheers!

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    2. Greeshma, when did your case status changed to initial review after you got the acceptance confirmation email? i mean which data? do you remember that? please help.

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    3. Sept 9th(Received acceptance Confirmation Mail) it self status was "Initial Review"

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    4. Ok. I received the acceptance confirmation mail. But still the online status says receipt number not found. So i was little worried. Thanks for your reply.

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  12. Did you find employment with L2 visa

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    1. Hi Nasia, yes i am currently working with L2 Visa.
      Greeshma - you will surely find great opportunity soon. All the best.

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  13. Hi Shikha,

    Thank you for sharing your experience here !

    I had a question on what name should the check be drawn upon ?

    I assume it should be in the name as "U.S. Department of Homeland Security" ?

    USCIS Filing Fee of $380 – Cashier’s check


    Thanks !

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    1. Hi Sandeep, you are right. the check should be drawn in the name of "U.S. Department of Homeland Security". You can find a sample check at USCIS website - http://www.uscis.gov/forms/paying-immigration-fees
      Good Luck.

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  14. Hi,
    Thank you for your informational blog. I just have one question, can I apply even when I am not yet in US?

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    1. Hi Ted, not sure if you saw reply from Kavita below. She answered your question already. You can't apply before entering US. The L2 EAD application requires to provide I-94 number which is generated on entry to US. Hope it helps. All the best.

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    2. Thanks Shikka for your reply.
      I would like to know how can I have a cashier's check? I don't have a US bank account. Do I need to open a bank account in US in order to have cashier's check?
      Thanks!

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  15. No Tel. You can,t. As when you arrive USA, a form I 94 is generated on your name. which is necessary to apply for EAD.
    But after applying EAD, you can go back to your country.

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    1. but according to this, I94 is optional: http://www.immihelp.com/immigration/employment-authorization-document.html

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  16. hi everyone... thanks for sharing your exp. I read it quite often whenever I count on my time left to finish 90 days. lol.
    I applied for it on 15th Oct and received the NOTICE OF ACTION (I-797C) on 17th Oct. Do I have to take some action after that like sending them a confirmation or something like that or just wait for the next confirmation from them. I guess the website has been changed a little. can you please give me the proper website address to check my status?

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    1. Hi Kavita, you can check your application status at this website: https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/landing.do

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  17. Thank you for a very informative post. I plan to apply online and pay off the fees online too. Do I still need to post the documents or can I scan/upload them?

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    1. Hi Megha, in case of e-filing you need to mail the required documents to the address listed on the confirmation receipt of your online application.
      You can read more here: http://www.uscis.gov/e-filing-i-765
      Hope this helps. Good Luck.

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  18. hi to make fee payment , i donot have a bank account so can i my husband make the payment from his check ? let me know pls

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    1. Hi Sheena, yes you can use your husband's account to draw check. All the best.!

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  19. Hi Shikha,
    May I have your e mail id plz??

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  20. hi Shika,

    Thanks for such a useful post. I have missed to enter last 2 digits of i94 in the form i765 and sent it to USCIS. Do you have any idea on how to fix it.

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    1. Gayathri - Try calling USCIS and they should be able to suggest something. I will keep you posted if i find a way to fix it.

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  21. Hi Shikha, Gayathri and everyone,

    I would need couple of information. It seems that once you apply for your EAD, the time taken to get it done is not constant by any means. It may vary from anything between 30 days to 90 days - as your experiences suggest. Now my question is, those who have gone to US in last year or so with an L2 in hand, for them how much time it took to get a job after receiving EAD. 3-4 experiences will help a lot, Thanks! - Avik

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    1. Hi Avik, i got my job in approx. one and a half month after getting the EAD. Hope it helps.

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    2. Thanks Shikha, Just one last question. Say you have applied for EAD and I am yet to receive the same. In between can I search for jobs? I mean do employers entertain such candidates at all? Or they ONLY look for those profiles with an EAD in hand?

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  22. Thanks all for all the details shared in this link. It was very helpful during my application process. It's time for me to tell my EAD story.
    Sep 20: applied n paid online. Got my case number

    September 22: sent the following docs in courier with the cover letter and the confirmation page I got after epayment.
    Mine n my husband's(L1 holder):-
    •Passport copy (front n back page, visa stamped page)
    •I94
    •copy of our marriage certificate
    •copy of my husband's job posting letter
    •2 copies of my photographs

    September 24:courier delivered

    Meanwhile I also created a login ID n registered to get the status in mail n mobile

    October 3: got I797

    October 6:got biometrics date

    October 8: address change done online

    October 16:biometric done

    December 17:case approved n card under production

    December 21:got approval mail

    December 24:card mailed

    December 26:card received:)

    Just be patient n your case will be approved within 90 days. Mine took 83 days to get approved n approximately 90 days to receive the card.

    Once again thanks everyone for sharing your experience.

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    1. Congrats Nithya! Thanks for sharing your experience.

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  23. Hi Shikha, thank you for sharing this informative post with the rest of us... it is so helpful... I checked the website and it says.. 380 as fees and 85 as biometeric fees.. a total of 465... so really confused... can you shed some light on this..

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    1. Hi Suku, the biometric fee of $85 is only for eligibility category (c)(33) which is consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals. There is no biometric services fee for any other employment category. Hope it helps.

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    2. Hi Shikha, just received my EAD and after thanking God yours was the first name that came to my mind... Thank you very much for writing this post and helping many like me. Feb 2nd to May1st it took exact 90 days, but my wait period I was enjoying in India :D :D .. Thank you very much once again xoxo

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    3. Hello Shikha/Sunita,

      I have few questions to both of you. Please go through the steps below that I have planned and please let me know if all look good:


      1. I am planning to visit US under L2 visa taking 3 weeks leave from my current employer (in India). Right after reaching US(within 2 days or so) I am planning to apply for SSN and EAD simultaneously. Is this fine? I mean is there any interdependency between these two while applying?

      2. Suppose I receive SSN after 15 days post applying for the same (while I am still in US). Then I come back to India while the process for getting my EAD is undergoing. Is this fine as well?

      3. Once I come back to India I put my papers and serve the notice period to my current employer and go back to the US after 2/3 months(serving the notice period of course). Within this time-frame my EAD also arrives (as expected). Sounds fine?

      4. Now with NO current job in India can I start applying for jobs in the US using this EAD. Cool?

      5. If I go to US under L2 visa after completing the biometric in India, is it going take place again in the US? I guess not. 

      6. Lastly, it seems like once I apply for EAD upon reaching US its NOT mandatory for me to be present physically in the US during the processing time. Am I correct?

      As you can understand I am planning all these just to diminish the unemployment time as much as I can. I don't really want to sit idle during the processing of EAD which takes about 2.5-3 months. Instead I can spend the same time serving notice period to my current employer in India. Does this plan sound good? Or is there any glitches/risks involved with this? 


      Please let me know at the earliest so that I can plan accordingly. Thanks a ton in advance.

      Regards,
      Avik

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    4. Hi Sunita/Shikha,

      Would dearly appreciate your prompt response on this. Could you please answer to my above mentioned questions? I have tried referring to some other blogs but have failed to get a solid answer. I am sure I would get some logical answers in here. Even if you are not sure about all of the questions, partial answers would also help.

      Thanks,
      Avik

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    5. Avik,
      Let me try to answer some of your questions based on my learning.

      1. Yes, you can apply for both SSN and EAD simultaneously. They are not dependent on each other.

      2. Based on my understanding it should be ok to go back to India after applying for EAD but i would recommend to check other blogs to learn from people with similar case.

      3. Yes, you can apply for jobs in US with L2 EAD.

      4. I believe that the biometric done for visa is separate than biometric for EAD. Since i got my EAD w/o biometrics, so can't say. My EAD card states "fingerprints not available", which kind of indicates that separate biometric appointment is needed for EAD.

      Hope it helps. All the best.

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    6. Thanks Shikha,

      Yes, I spoke to some immigration attorney offline and they also said its fine to go back to your country after applying for EAD. But we need to make sure that in case bio-metric is scheduled we need to be present there to get it done. So that is the biggest question here. A lot of people said hard copy filing generally does not require a biometric to be done where as an online application does. Is this an established truth or just statistical data?

      Also if biometric has to take place generally within how many days it happens after EAD filing? 3-4 weeks?

      Regards,
      Avik Dutta.

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  24. Hi, this is Poornima and I am applying for EAD for the first time. While filling out the I-765 form, for the question# 10, I am able to input only 9 digits instead of 11 digits of my I-94 Admission Record Number. Could you please through some light on this? Thanks.

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    1. Hi Poornima, that's surprising. I am able to enter 11 digits. Try this link to the form: http://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-765.pdf. You can try opening in different browser as well. Hope it helps. All the best.

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  25. Hi Sikha

    Thanks for sharing such an informative block. want to apply EAD on my L2 visa. I Lot of queries are already answered. Can you please help me out with my questions

    1. What is the "Alien Receipt Number" that we have to write on the back of the 2 x passport photos?

    2. Can I start posting my resume before I get EAD or will be it helpful?

    3. My spouse's L1 visa expires on august, 2015. So, I assume that my EAD will be valid till visa expiring date. Do I need to quit the job then if at all I have any and apply for EAD renewal?

    4. On 12 & 13 column of i-765 form the last arrival date and place to US were asked. Does that mean the recent travel detail or the previous travel date and place.

    Thanks in advance
    Nabanita

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    1. Hi Nabanita,

      1. You may not have an alien receipt number yet. You can write your name, dob and I-94 number on the back of your photo.

      2. Yes, you can start posting your resume. If you find a job and your EAD is not approved in the normal processing time, you may be able to raise a request to expedite your case.

      3. Your ead will be valid till visa expiring date. You can apply for renewal before the expiring data if your & your spouse's visa is extended.

      4. I entered the recent travel details in this section.

      Hope it helps. All the best!

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  26. Great blog. Thanks. Just applied for my EAD card. Forgot to write name, dob, I94 number on the back of the photo. :-( Ugh. Should I let it be? Please let me know If you know. Thanks again.

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    1. Hi Queena, USCIS asks to write name and alien number on the back of the photo. Since many of us don't have alien number at the time of applying for L2 EAD, i suggested Nabanita (above post) to write name, dob and I94 number. Not sure, if it's a problem to not write the name and alien number. You may want to confirm with USCIS.

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    2. Hi Queena,

      My wife applied for EAD yesterday, we did the same mistake. I like to know what happened in your case, please, share your experience.

      Thanks,
      Bhargav G

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  27. Thanks Shikha, Just one last question. Say I have applied for EAD and I am yet to receive the same. In between can I search for jobs? I mean do employers entertain such candidates at all? Or they ONLY look for those profiles with an EAD in hand?

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    1. Yes, you can start searching for job. It depends on employer and their timeline to on board you. If you find a job and your EAD is not approved in the normal processing time, you may be able to raise a request to expedite your case.

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  28. Hi Shikha your blog is so warm and encouraging.... im applying for ead next week im in L2.... I have just 3 silly question to ask you.... where did you buy the envelope to seal and mail the docs, photos where did u take them becos im in philly and i dont see any photo center around me and last and most imp question...where do we need to go for biometrics..thanks angel

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    1. Hi Lisa, here are the answers to your questions:
      1. You can buy the envelope from the post office. In fact, if you are sending the mail through express mail service, you would get it as part of this service.
      2. You may want to try CVS pharmacy or Walgreens.
      3. I got my EAD w/o biometrics, therefore no biometrics appointment for me :). I believe, they will send you the address in case you receive biometrics appointment letter.
      Hope it helps.

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  29. Thank you a zillion ton...God bless

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  30. Hi Shikha,

    Your blog is very informative.. hats off to you..
    I have few questions.. i new to the US.. i will be leaving to the US shortly..
    hence i would like to keep all my documents ready.. i mean to carry the documents from India..
    1. can i take 2 photos in India itself or is it necessary for me to take it only in the US? if i can take, what is the requirement of the photos? i mean size & dimension & background?
    2. To which mail id should we mail our forms? can you please guide me?
    3. what is the mode of payment for all payments that has to be done?

    thanks a lot in advance!

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    1. Hi Rohini,
      Here you go -
      1. Yes, you can bring photos from India. You can find the specs in this document (page 7) - http://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-765instr.pdf
      2. You can find details under "Where to File" section here - http://www.uscis.gov/i-765
      3. If e-filing you should be able to pay the fee online. I mailed paper application and paid the fee through Cashier check.

      All the best and welcome to US :).
      Cheers

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  31. Hi Shikha,

    thanks for creating just a useful blog!

    i have some questions
    1. it's been more than 30 days i have applied for an EAD ,when i check the status of my case online it's still showing as case was received,i read other people's experience their application status is showing as "initial review"just after accepting the letter.
    2.if we start applying for jobs before getting an EAD?what do we fill in the section of application"are you legally authorized to work in US?..:) i am totally confused in this part.

    Thanks

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    1. Hello Siya,

      I hope by now you must have received your EAD. How many days it took for you to get EAD? Whendid your EAD card staus changed to "Initial Review" from "Case Received"?

      Its almost 15 days when I had submitted by EAD Card application, but status is still "Case Received". It did not change to "Initial Review".

      Reply is much appreciated!

      Thanks.

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  32. Hi, question. Can I apply for EAD before landing in US?

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    1. Hi Jay, no you can't apply for EAD before landing in US. Form I-765 requires you to provide I-94 number which is generated when you enter US.
      All the best.

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  33. Hi, question. Can I apply for EAD before landing in US?

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  34. Hi,

    Could anyone please help me with the link where in I can register for Email notification once my case gets updated on USCIS website for L2 EAD.

    Thanks in advance.

    Regards,
    Divya

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    1. Hi Divya, you need to fill the form at this link http://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/g-1145.pdf and attach it to your application. All the best.

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  35. Also as per USCIS, Premium processing is proposed for i-765 form, Do you have any idea on this?

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  36. Can you please let me know if we need to send photocopy of old passport also for both applicant and primary L1 visa holder Or only new passport photo copy will work.

    Thanks,
    Vineet

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    1. Vineet, new passport copy should be enough. They need it as a government issued identity proof. All the best.

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  37. I thank to all those who shared their experiences here on getting the EAD. It is really really helpful.

    I would like to share my EAD experience. Hope it helps.

    Mine is L2 EAD Renewal Paper Based.

    Feb 20 2015 : Sent the following Documents through FedEx.

    * Cover Letter
    * I-765 Application filled and Signed
    * G-1145 for E-mail and Phone Notification
    * Money Order for $380
    * My Passport copy (Front and back page)
    * My Visa Copy
    * My I94 Copy
    * My Spouse L1 Blanket Petition
    * My Spouse Passport Copy
    * My SPouse Visa Copy
    * My Spouse I94 Copy
    * Our Marriage Certificate
    * My 2 Passport sized Photographs.
    * My EAD Speed Up Receipt Notice (Which I received during my first EAD from USCIS).

    Feb 23 2015 : Package Delievered to USCIS, Phoenix (Through the Tracking Reference).
    Feb 26 2015 : Received E-mail and Message Notification from USCIS that Case has been Received and forwarded to Nebrasaka Service Center.
    Mar 04 2015 : Received I797 Receipt Notice through mail.
    Mar 31 2015 : Card ordered for Production.
    Apr 06 2015 : Morning - Status changed to "Card mailed to the Address"
    Apr 06 2015 : Evening - Status changed to "Card picked by USPS at origin facility and provided a tracking Number".
    Apr 07 2015 : Card Delivered.

    My total EAD processing time took 43 days.

    Couple of my Observations:

    1. Even though I sent G-1145, I received only Case Received email/message notification, No Notifications after that.
    2. There is a App called "USCIS Case Tracker". Install it in your smart phone/iphone and Add your Case Numbers. You get each and every notification about your case.
    3. For EAD Renewal, please save the Speed up Receipt Notice which we get with the first EAD. Guess it speeds up a bit.

    Thank You All.

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    1. Congrats Nithya! Thanks for sharing your experience. It will help a lot of people in same boat :)

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    2. Can someone please help what this statement means?

      "If no prior EAD has been issued, you must submit a copy of a government-issued identity document, such as a passport showing your picture, name, and date of birth; a birth certificate with photo ID; a visa issued by a foreign consulate; or a national ID document with photo and/or fingerprint. The identity document photocopy must clearly show the facial features of the applicant and the biographical information."

      Do we need to submit an ID card along with the documents? Since I am new to US, I do not have any ID cards yet.

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  38. Can you suggest whether I leave middle name as blank or write None or N/A. I have read about people who has written None or N/A got incorrect EAD with N as a middle name. Please suggest what you guys have written in this field.

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    1. Hi Vineet,

      In my case, I left the Middle Name Blank.

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    2. Thanks Nithya, I am seriously confused about putting none because there are cases wherein none has resulted in N as middle name. So will go with blank. Hope no one has received any RFE because of this.

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    3. Hi Vineet, i also left the middle name field blank in my form and everything went ok.
      All the best.

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  39. HI...
    I applied online for EAD on 16th March and sent out documents on 18th March. They received my documents on 30th March. But since then, there is no update. I did not get any e-notification or mail of their receipt of my application.
    I am pretty worried. What should I do?

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    1. Hi Brinta,
      Since you applied online, i am not sure if you will receive notification of receipt of your application. How do you know that they received your documents on 30th March? If you haven't heard anything yet, i would suggest to contact USCIS. Good Luck.

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  40. Hi Shikha,
    Thanks a lot for starting this discussion and sharing your experience. It is indeed very useful to get insight of some personal experiences.
    I am currently in India and will be travelling to US on L2 visa in the month of May and need to apply for EAD immediately.
    Q1: I have been to US few months back and got my I-94 that time so can I use it and apply right now from India itself? Since my husband is already in US i have the required information.
    Q2: Is it mandatory to have SSN before applying for EAD?

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    1. Hi Sumedha, good to know that you found this post useful.
      1. I believe you should be in US to apply for EAD. I-94 is arrival/departure record and since you are already back in india, your I-94 will reflect that information.
      2. No, it is not mandatory to have SSN before applying for EAD.
      All the best.

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    2. Thanks Shikha, one more que:
      If I apply for EAD from US and then go back to India....and then come back to US after I receive my EAD. Will that EAD be still valid as my I-94 details would changed in the next visit even my visa details are same?
      I am planning to try this option so avoid the waiting time reqd for EAD so that meanwhile I can serve a notice period at my current company in India.

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    3. Sumedha, Based on my understanding it should be ok to go back to India after applying for EAD. I would recommend to read avikju's response on my blog, he had same concern and had checked with immigration attorney or other blogs to learn from people with similar case.

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    4. Hi Sumedha,

      I have recently consulted with few US attorneys online and have found out that it is NOT mandatory to be physically present at the US once EAD is applied (and yet to be received by the candidate). However it is mandatory for you to stay for at least for a month (~) because if biometric takes place you should be present there. Now ideally biometric happens within 30 days of applying for the EAD. But its not guaranteed. Also in most cases biometric does not take place at all. So as you understand its completely a luck thing. You can ask a couple of free questions @ Avvo.com website to these lawyers to re-verify.

      Thanks,
      Avik

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  41. Hi Shikha,

    I would really appreciate for the direction you have provided and to the people who have asked different questions that is making this portal a destination to stop by for all the information. There is no need to go anywhere and search for EAD information. My search for L2- EAD ends here.
    I am presently working here in MA on L1 B and my wife will come here for 2 weeks’ vacation. I am thinking to apply for L2-EAD for my wife but I am not sure whether 2 weeks is enough time to complete all dependencies on her. Although it takes max 90 days just wanted to confirm with you about how long her actual presence is required in this process as per your experience.
    1. Is having SSN mandatory condition before applying for EAD?
    2. Is 2 weeks enough time to submit I-765 online and get Bio metric scanning done?
    3. If I submit I-765 through paper form is there any probability to call for Bio metric Scanning?
    What do you suggest?
    Appreciate your reply.

    Thanks!!!!
    Nischal Kumar

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    1. Hi Nischal, good to know that this post is helpful for you. To your questions:
      1. SSN is not required for EAD application.
      2. I believe it might take longer than 2 weeks to get the biometric appointment notice.
      3. Not sure about the probability. I submitted paper application and didn't have to go for biometric.
      Hope it help. All the best.

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  42. Hello Shikha,

    As so many people above have already expressed thanks for starting this helpful blog, I would just increase the count by one more by adding my name. Simply wonderful blog!

    I've a few questions related to Biometric appointment and was wondering if someone on this blog can help me with their experiences..

    Background: L2 dependent visa holder and paper filed EAD for new card on April 6, 2015

    Question: I'm wondering if I'll have to go through the biometric test once again as I've already gone through this once in Jan 2015 while applying for Visa.

    Also, can anyone share the dates on when did they receive an Biometric appointment letter/mail and the actual Biometric appointment date. This shall help me know the buffer time we have to make the arrangements for commute to USCIS office.

    Thanks in advance guys!
    Sarika

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    1. Sarika, I believe that the biometric done for visa is separate than biometric for EAD. Since i got my EAD w/o biometrics, so can't say. My EAD card states "fingerprints not available", which kind of indicates that separate biometric appointment is needed for EAD. All the best.

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  43. Hi there

    Thanks Shikha for sharing your experiences.
    I filed my EAD based on your blog.


    Now, I am, may be in a unique situation.
    I had applied for an opportunity, I have got a green signal for.
    The issue is that confirmation is pending till the time I have some idea about the status of EAD.
    My application was received on March 23, I can access that online but there has been no change till date in the status.
    I wish to get my case expedited if that is an option.
    Can anyone suggest how ?

    Best

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    1. You can try submitting request to expedite your case on Online Case Assistance (OCA) portal (https://cisomb.dhs.gov/oca/form7001.aspx). I believe, If you find a job and your EAD is not approved in the normal processing time, you may be able to raise a request to expedite your case. All the best.

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  44. Hi Shikha

    Please let me know if my understanding is correct.
    One should log in a complaint only when the normal processing time (1 to 3 months) has passed which does not apply to my case.

    Waiting to hearing from you.

    Best
    Manika

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  45. Hi Shikha,

    Thanks for the sharing the experience. It's really good.

    I applied for EAD at VSC. On Feb 18th, 2015 the application status was changed to "Initial Review". After that, the status has not changed at all. I neither received any biometric appointment too. Is biometric mandatory? What should I need to do process my application faster?

    Anybody else facing the same issue? Please help.

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  46. Hi

    My application was received on March 23, 2015. I have not received any appointment for biometrics. I wish to contact customer care and enquire about my case but when I call I am asked to enter my receipt number which is alphanumeric. I do not know how to enter alphabets while talking...so I have not been able to speak with anyone.
    It is quite annoying that after paying the hefty fees...things just come to a stand still and the applicants are left wondering when will the next step happen.
    Is this fair ?

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  47. https://secure.ssa.gov/apps10/poms.nsf/lnx/0110211420#g1

    I read this interesting article which states that one can take up employment while on L2 visa without an EAD.
    Can anyone cross check this and share some practical experiences ?

    Best

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  48. Hi Shikha,

    One question! Say my spouse's address is expected to change within the time frame of EAD processing. So is it safe if I provide her office address as the US mailing address? Or would that create any issue?

    Regards,
    Avik

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  49. Hi Shikha,

    My EAD was approved and dispatched, According to the postal service (USPS),it was delivered to me on the third day by priority mail, But i never got it, All
    attempts to track it have failed.
    Any help is appreciated.

    Rgds,
    Kitty

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  50. Hi Shikha,

    Thanks a lot for this thread,it really helped.
    I had a question regarding my case status.

    My case was received by USCIS on May6th and status was 'Case received '.
    On July 6th,case status was changed to 'Case Was Approved' and:
    On July 6, 2015, we approved your Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization , Receipt Number XXX. We will mail your approval notice.

    How long does it typically take after this status to receive the card,should case status change to 'Card production'?

    In the thread,I dont see this status posted by anyone.The next status I see is '“Card/Document Production” or “Post decision Activity” after acceptance confirmation.

    Anyone else seen this status and what was the time after this status to receive the card?It has been 60 days from the day case was received.
    Any help is appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Dhruthi

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    1. Hello Dhruthi,

      Do you know what was the status of your case before it changed to "Case was Approved"?

      Thanks,

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    2. Hello Sajjan,

      Status was always 'Case received' ,I did not check it for 2-3 days ,maybe it was different then.
      I received the approval notice by mail and it says I-766 was sent under separate cover.Case status shows 'Case approved' only.
      How long till I receive the I-766?

      Thanks

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  51. Dhruthi,

    Once your "case approved" USCIS will send an approval notice you will get it in 2 days and you have to wait for 2-3 days then status will change as "My card was sent" along with USPS tracking number. you have to be very care full this time and u need to check your delivery status every one hour in usps online tracking system.better you call your local post office once item has reached and personally go and collect your card.

    In my case I have lost my card in mail last week :-(

    Regards,
    KItty

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  52. Dhruthi,

    Once your "case approved" USCIS will send an approval notice you will get it in 2 days and you have to wait for 2-3 days then status will change as "My card was sent" along with USPS tracking number. you have to be very care full this time and u need to check your delivery status every one hour in usps online tracking system.better you call your local post office once item has reached and personally go and collect your card.

    In my case I have lost my card in mail last week :-(

    Regards,
    KItty

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  53. Did any of you applied for L2 EAD extension?
    Do we need to send the photos again.

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  54. hi...
    Can anyone help me on how to proceed further as my USCIS processing time has crossed 90 days?
    I applied EAD( holding L2 visa) through online on April 12th 2015.
    Service center: Nebraska.
    My documents were received by USCIS on April 27th 2015 and the status changed to " Correspondence Was Received And USCIS Is Reviewing It " and there is no change in status since then.
    I have raised couple of SRs online, but it was futile.(just received a mail that "We ask that you allow additional time for this process to take place since we process these cases in the order received.")
    Please advise what should I do next...

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  55. Hi Shikha,

    Thank you very much for sharing such an informative thoughts.

    I am Vidya currently on L2 Visa ( Spouse ) would like to apply EAD,
    I have the below queries while filling the I 765 Application
    1)Date of Last Entry into the US & Place of Last Entry into the US(Field # 12 ,13 ) :
    This means the Recent Entry into the US ?? or Previous Entry... Kindly Clarify.

    2) Status at Last Entry : Do I need to mention current status : L2 Spouse ??
    3) Current Immigration Status : I don't understand the difference between Status at Last Entry and Current Immigration Status.

    4) Do I need to pay the Tax even if I am not employed.

    Thanks in Advance for your time.

    Thanks,
    Vidya

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    1. 1. Its the most recent entry and most recent place of entry.
      2. Yes
      3. It can happen that you entered as H4 at the time of entry and converted to L2.
      4. No need to pay tax if you are not employed.

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  56. Hi Shikha and Everyone,

    Can anyone help me on how to proceed further as my USCIS processing time has crossed 90 days?
    I applied EAD( holding L2 visa) through online on April 12th 2015.
    Service center: Nebraska.
    My documents were received by USCIS on April 27th 2015 and the status changed to " Correspondence Was Received And USCIS Is Reviewing It " and there is no change in status since then.
    I have raised couple of SRs online, but it was futile.

    Please advise what should I do next... I am desperate being in home, so please help.

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  57. Hi Shika,

    I have greatly benefitted from this forum. Thanks for all your inputs.
    Its time for me to give back my positive experience .

    I e-filed the form , for 2 reasons ,
    1) i know there can be no error from entering our names (still chances for error)long surnames
    2) i know a friend of mine who e-filed and got ead in 45 days.So basically e-filing and paper filing took almost same time.So was confident to go by e-file
    Still I know, I have to go for biometrics .

    Here are my time lines :

    may 27 - efiled and got receipt number, and I was asked to mail documents to vermont service centre
    may 28 - mailed the supporting documents (usps signature confirmation)
    may 30 - documents reached vermont service centre
    may 30 - i received receipt notice for efiling
    june 5 - got biometric appt letter for june 18
    june 8 - status showed "initial review"
    On June 8, 2015, we received your correspondence for Form I765, APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATION, Receipt Number xxxx. We are reviewing your correspondence, and will mail you a notice if we need something from you. If you move, go to www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

    june 10 - made a walkin and gave biometrics(As was out of state for the june 18 appt .I called service centre to postpone the appt.they asked me mail the notice back,so I asked can i postpone ar give biometrics on doing a walkin. They said its upto the ASC centre.I was clearly not sure ,whether they will accept my request , but i thought I will give a try. Only when no one was there for their appointment , around 4 pm ,they allowed me (long waiting time since morning 10am) , but were kind enough to accomodate.

    july 9 - status changed to "card was approved"
    on July 9, 2015, we approved your Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization , Receipt Number XXX. We will mail your approval notice. Please follow the instructions in the notice. If you move, go to www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

    july 15- status changed "card was mailed to me"
    On July 15, 2015, we mailed your new card for Receipt Number xxx,to the address you gave us. If you do not receive your card by August 14, 2015, please go to www.uscis.gov/e-request to request that we send your new card to you. If you move, go to www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

    july 15 -Received I-797 notice of action for application approval

    july 16 -Received card

    The more documents, the better ,in that way you know ,possibility of RFE is less

    I have sent the following supporting documents , along with the receipt confirmation page , i got when applied online.

    1)I-765 form
    2)L1 approval notice of spouse
    3)Copy of Passport (self and spouse)
    4)Copy of Visa (self and spouse)
    5)Copy of I-94 (self and spouse)
    6)Copy of Marriage Certificate
    7)Two photographs

    Thank you

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    1. Congratulations! Thanks for sharing your experience on this forum.

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  58. Hello All,

    Here is my experience for the L2-EAD process. It took less then 40 days to receive the card.

    Date Status
    8-Jun Mailed from normal post to dallas lock box
    11-Jun expected delivery
    18-Jun email received stating case received and fwded to Vemount Service center
    22-Jun letter received stating receipt date as Jun 15
    23-Jun Case received at USCIS
    10-Jul New Card Is Being Produced
    10-Jul Case was Approved
    16-Jul Approval Notice received
    16-Jul Status change to Card was mailed.
    17-Jul Status chnaged to card was delivered
    17-Jul Card received in mailbox

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    1. Wow, this was really fast. Congratulations and thanks for sharing the details.

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  59. Hi Lucky,

    Thanks for sharing your experience and congratulations as well. Could you elaborately mention the documents you mailed to dallas lock box. Please include everything, if any cover letter + check issued etc.

    Regards,
    Avik

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    1. 1. Passport Copy self and spouse including the visa and the entry stamp page
      2. I-94 Self and Spouse
      3.Marriage certificate
      4. SSN copy Self
      5. $380 Bankers Check
      6. Cover Letter
      7. I-765 and Electronic notification form

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  60. Hi Everyone,

    i just wanted to know if anyone else received two EAD cards.
    I received one on July 15th and another one on July 20th.
    On July 15th,status was changed to'Card Was Delivered'.
    I have not requested for a new card,not contacted USCIS at all after receiving card.I stopped checking case status too.
    After I revived another card,checked the status.It says'On July 20, 2015, the Post Office delivered your new card'.

    Is this a problem?Should I check with them.
    The information on both cards match except for the card number at the back of the card at the top.


    Thanks,
    Dhruthi

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    1. You should call USCIS and let them know about multiple cards.

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  61. Hi Shikha

    I have applied for my EAD.. i had mailed my documents on 18th of May.. got an acknowledgement on 26th may 2015.. but i havent got the appointment for my biometrics..but my status is changed to -- "your name was updated".. what does this mean?

    is this a problem? is biometrics mandatory?

    How do i check the status?

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    1. Rohini, I haven't heard of this status. Try calling USCIS or you can submit a case online. I mailed paper application and didn't get the biometrics appointment.

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  62. Has anyone tried the self-check tool from uscis?

    http://www.uscis.gov/mye-verify/self-check

    Every time I try it,it says invalid last name or technical error.Am providing the name as per all ID proofs.

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  63. Hi,

    I have applied for my wife's EAD by courier, it reached on 24th July. I want to know how long it will take for USCIS in general to acknowledge the application.

    -Bhargav

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    1. It took a week for email acknowledgement in my case.

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  64. Hi Nasia, Congrats for getting the EAD that too so fast. I feel it was quicker due to your pre - issued offer letter. That must have helped for faster processing . What was the joining date on your offer letter? Also how much prior work exp you had?

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    1. Joining date was Feb. I have ten years of experience in India

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  65. I wanted to thank you for all the information provided here. I have to mention that I got my EAD in a never expected very short time frame of about a month!!
    I will include every detail so that I can help someone the way you helped me.

    Documents I included
    1.USCIS Filing Fee of $380 – Check
    2.Form G-1145 (form to request e-notification when USCIS accepts your application)
    3.Form I-765 (EAD form)
    4.Copy of passport (Spouse and Self)
    5.Copy of US visa (Spouse – L1 visa and Self – L2 visa)
    6.Copy of I-94 arrival/departure record (Spouse and Self)
    7.Copy of marriage certificate
    8. Offer Letter (I already had an offer letter with a prior joining date)
    9.Two (2) photographs (self)
    Few of the documents I included in addition to this are, ( I read in few other websites that they asked for RFE with these documents)
    10. My husband's or principal L1's I-129S
    11. Principal L1: G-28
    12. Prinicpal L1: Petition for Intracompany transfer
    13. Prinicipal L1: I-797
    14. Principal L1: Offer Letter and Pay stubs

    My (miracolous) time lines
    1st June I mailed it Send everything my mail and didnt register online. As recommended in this blog.
    9th Junr: I received email from USCIS saying its accepted
    This is the only email I got, The rest of the status updates I didnt get via email or sms.I however got ordinary mails in the postbox with all the updates. I checked the my case status in the USCIS link.
    11th June Got mail in my post box saying the same thing.
    30th June Case changed to Approved in the USCIS website
    6th jul: Card mailed
    10th july: Recieved Card

    One another thing I did, but no idea if it helped is on 10th June as soon as I got the email from the USCIS saying recieved application, I contacted my local congressman through his website. Gave him my EAC number and told him about my previous experience and current offer letter etc. They didnt reply. And I have no idea if it helped, but I would like to believe that it did.
    I also was never called for a biometric appointment, I also didnt have an SSN number while applying.

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    1. Hi Nasia,

      I have couple of questions here.

      1. You said "1st June I mailed it Send everything my mail and didnt register online. As recommended in this blog." - what is this online registration you have mentioned?

      2. "One another thing I did, but no idea if it helped is on 10th June as soon as I got the email from the USCIS saying recieved application, I contacted my local congressman through his website". What is this all about? By local congressman what you actually mean? Any attorney or something?

      Thanks,
      Avik.

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    2. Hi Avik,
      Regarding #2 above...
      As far as under stood that, local congressman means ...In your area you can find congressman (Politician) you can search in Google. Nasia can confirm on the same.

      When googled on EAD stuff.. I did find mention of approaching local congressman for faster process but I have question

      Few of my friends commented that approaching local congressman is like double-edged sword... Some of the congressman are in favour to immigration and some of them may not..so picking up right local congressman could be prob...
      As Nasia followed this approach she can post comments/ her research or exp which will help others.

      Above comments are my just my understanding..its not hurt anyone or system or personal.

      Thanks

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    3. Hi Avik,
      Regarding #2 above...
      As far as under stood that, local congressman means ...In your area you can find congressman (Politician) you can search in Google. Nasia can confirm on the same.

      When googled on EAD stuff.. I did find mention of approaching local congressman for faster process but I have question

      Few of my friends commented that approaching local congressman is like double-edged sword... Some of the congressman are in favour to immigration and some of them may not..so picking up right local congressman could be prob...
      As Nasia followed this approach she can post comments/ her research or exp which will help others.

      Above comments are my just my understanding..its not hurt anyone or system or personal.

      Thanks

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    4. Hi Nasia,
      I will really appreciate your response on this.
      Could you please answer to above mentioned questions? I am sure your logical answers will help to proceed further.
      Even if you are not sure about all of the questions, partial answers would also help.

      Thanks

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    5. I am so sorry no idea why I missed these posts. Hope I am not too late. I googled local congressman, and found the one in my zip code and sent him an email. that's it. They didn't reply but I got mine very soon. no idea if it helped. not attorney. it is congressman.

      We can apply for EAD online. I didn't. I applied by mailing the application form. That's what I meant by didn't do it online

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    6. http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
      Website to find congressman., about them not liking immigrants. We are technically not immigrants. Don't u remember seeing non-immigrant visa. :-D we are NON immigrants here to work. Again I have no idea if it helped, but my time lines were much shorter.

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    7. Hi Nasia,

      I got to know about my local congressman from the same website as you have mentioned. Upon contacting his team by email they sent me a "CASEWORK AUTHORIZATION FORM" over email. In there I need to fill up some information such as My Name, Address, SSN number, Case number with USCIS, the problem I am facing etc.

      I am asked to send the filled up form to his team over email/fax so that they can take necessary actions. Did you follow the same process?

      Regards,
      Avik

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    8. they never contacted me back. Maybe they never worked on my case at all. hmm. I included all the information mentioned in my email. But I have no way to confirm.

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  66. Congrats Nasia. It seems like you are very excited and thus have posted your experience quite a few times :-). But jokes apart, congrats one more time. One thing that stands out for sure, even before applying for EAD you got a job offer! Great indeed!

    I have heard a few cases where people have received job offer after applying for EAD but before receiving the same. But even before applying for an EAD, great job done indeed. Best of luck!

    Regards,
    Avik.

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    1. Lol. Actually no. Its a big task getting anything done with a toddler. So apparently lot of buttons were pressed and I also got the dates wrong the first time. Thanks

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  67. Hello All my name is sanjeev sharma i have some q like i got approved I797A (L1A) and my wife I797A(L2) we applied for SSN on june 30Th they said it will take 2 to 4 weeks and not today when i inquired they said our I 797A is not verified from home office i there any way i can contact home office to know the status and i wanted my wife to help me in my business for that i need EAD for here can you please advise how to apply EAD for her as she have approved I797A( L2 ) Thanks.

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  68. Is there anyone in this group who has both
    1. paper filed l2 ead and
    2. had to go through biometric appointment.

    In most cases I saw e-filing required biometric appointment where as paper filing didn't. I want to know if someone has gone through both steps 1 and 2. Prompt response would help dearly.

    Thanks.

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    1. We have filed e-filing twice but called for biometrics only the second time.
      My friend did paper filing and he called for biometrics.
      So they may call for biometrics case by case.

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  69. This comment has been removed by the author.

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    1. Can anybody reply on this question please

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    2. Nothing to worry, it just means your finger prints not available.

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  70. Thanks for the reply. So u mean its not a matter of concern.

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  71. The blog provides very good insight and information that helps to file L2 EAD.
    During June 2015 using information and details in posts i filed L2 EAD.
    Now completed 70 days but status on USCIS website as "CASE RECEIVED" which is making nervous and worry. Spoke to USCIS Customer Care Executive (1800-375-5283) recently and understood from them that its required to wait till 90 days. If any body faced similar situation, kindly help with suggestions or leads which would definitely lift my spirits up.

    I am providing few details of my case,

    July 01 2015 -- Application received by USCIS on July 01 2015 (Docs sent to Phoenix AZ June 26 2015)
    July 06 2015 -- Received 'Notice of Action' from USCIS -- I-797C and given address as California Service centrer to contact for any queries.
    Case details on July 01 2015 -- "On July 1, 2015, we received your Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization .........."
    Current status (Sept 07 2015) --- "On July 1, 2015, we received your Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization...."
    So from 70 days no update in status.

    thanks

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    1. Vishnu,
      In my case, the status remained the same for almost 60 days. Once the application was approved, status changed to Post decision activity and then Card production on the same day. As per USCIS process, you need to wait for 90 days before you can escalate your case. Hope it helps.

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  72. Hi All,

    If any body faced similar situation please let me know what steps we can take to make sure that case moves forward.

    Awaiting for responses for the members.

    thanks

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    1. Hi Vishnu,

      Did you try the Online Case Assistance (OCA) portal https://cisomb.dhs.gov/oca/form7001.aspx ? If not, please do so.

      Regards,
      Avik.

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    2. Thanks Avik for response.

      Raised service request after 75 days. Awaiting for response.

      Not sure if I raise query in OCA its going conflict with previous query.

      Open for suggestions or advise.

      Thanks

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    3. You will receive a call after 5-6 days from Ombudsman team regarding your query. Make sure you ask if 90 days is over whether you can visit the local ASC and if they will provide you with a temporary EAD till you receive a new one.

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  73. I am currently on L1A while applying for L2 EAD for my spouse can I use her offer letter (It is from Indian Company from India but she can work after EAD in same) with EAD application to get this processed early.

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  74. I am sure this post has been helpful to many people including me. So sharing my experience (bad so far).

    Applied in 1st week of June 2015 this year (e-file)
    No status change/notification of biometrics appointment despite subscribing to e-notification. Did not receive appointment notice via mail also.
    Had scheduled an infopass appointment for regular case status check and fortunately then got to know about bio-metrics. Anyways, appeared for the same.

    Was asked to wait for 90 days every time i tried to query. In last week of 90 day, status changed to RFE issued. Was horrified when i saw RFE asked to same set of documents again, which were submitted with the application.
    Anyways responded to RFE and still waiting for the EAD after 110 + days.
    I am supposed to wait for 60 days after submitting RFE :(

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    1. Hi Blogger84,

      Which service center did your application move to?

      Also what did you mean by "Had scheduled an infopass appointment for regular case status check", can you please confirm?

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  75. My application is being processed by Texas Service Centre.
    By infopass appointment, i mean meeting an immigration officer by appointment : https://infopass.uscis.gov//

    Immigration officer can tell you a little more about your case compared to what you see online or what you are told by phone agent.

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  76. USCIS has started posting more realistic timelines on -"https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/processTimesDisplayInit.do"
    Earlier they would post only expected timeframe (e.g. 3 months)
    Looks like TSC is experiencing huge delay (5.5 months) in processing other (such as L2 EAD) I-765. God bless L2 EAD applicants !!!



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    1. Hi Blogger84,

      I went through the link you have provided but couldn't see anything that suggests USCIS is taking 5-5.5 months to process L2-EAD. Infact when I checked for processing timelines for Nebraska Service Center (where my case is undergoing) for L2-EAD i.e. all other I-765 it still shows 90 days. And this timeline is updated on 31st July 2015 i.e. the latest one.

      Anything I am missing out on? My application has been received some 38 days back by the USCIS. Please respond.

      Regards,
      Avik

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    2. Hi Blogger84, Avik

      I do see status of I765 for TSC as,

      I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on a request by a qualified F-1 academic student. [(c)(3)] 3 Months
      I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on a pending asylum application [(c)(8)] 1 Months
      I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on a pending I-485 adjustment application [(c)(9)] 3 Months
      I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on TPS for El Salvador [(c)(19)(a)(12)] 3 Months
      I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on TPS for Honduras/Nicaragua [(c)(19), (a)(12)] 3 Months
      I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on an approved, concurrently filed, I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (c)(33). May 16, 2015
      I-765 Application for Employment Authorization All other applications for employment authorization February 28, 2015

      where last column gives processing timelines as on July 31 2015,
      last time when i saw the processing timelines for i765 based on L visas shows as Jan 31 2015 (processing timelines updated till June 30 2015)

      I never understood significance of these dates and could not interpret them
      but worrying with statements given in link as "If the field office or service center is meeting its goal for processing a form, you will find the timeframe listed in months. For example, if the office is processing Form N-400 naturalization applications in five months or less, then the chart will say "5 months." However, if the office is experiencing a processing delay, you will find the filing date of the last case that the office completed before updating the chart."

      This scenario exists for Texas Center, California Center

      somebody can help me in interpreting quoted lines....

      Thanks

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    3. Avik and Durga,

      As you noted, when the actual date is given in last column instead of timeframe (e.g. 90 days). This means the category is experiencing delays and the last case completed at the time of generation of this table (31st July) was the one submitted on 28th Feb. This is 5 months- a worrying sign...I also checked this table sometime back and it had had 5.5 months gap. So i hope they are catching up...

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    4. Thanks for details.
      I hope processing delays will be reduced in future.

      Thanks

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  77. Hi All,

    As some of them are experiencing processing delays on their I 765 (going through pain), I want to provide details which are interesting regarding when can Immigration officer can pick up your Form for processing (Guesstimate)...(myself not convinced on this theory and have lot of questions )

    Lets look at theory ...
    1. Take your Receipt number
    2. Browse link https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/landing.do sign up for an account
    3. once logged in enter Receipt numbers above & below yours (do search for 10 records above & below of your receipt numbers) check history of each case, this will give some fair idea that how other cases are being processed.. based on these details you can come up with rough idea about your case.

    Questions that popup on my mind after applying theory..
    1. Don't know from which service centre they are processed
    2. Time-lines mention will not be matching with "https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/processTimesDisplayInit.do"
    3. Not sure if processed 'I-765' are based on L2 or GC based application

    I am sure theory mentioned above have flaws but it will give some relief to L2 EAD applicants that some thing is happening around their case (I know that most of them are interested about their application :) ).

    *** Fundamentally above theory is based on assumption that... Each application processed by each Service Center in order they received.

    Hope above information helps...

    Thanks

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  78. Hi Durga, First of all thanks a lot for your latest post.

    I have few things to say/ask regarding the 3 questions that you have posted above.

    1. "Don't know from which service centre they are processed" : I guess, it is mentioned in the case status itself right? When you go to the page https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/landing.do and enter your receipt number it tells you that YOUR CASE WAS RECEIVED and the application has been forwarded to XYZ service center and all. So you may get it here right?

    2. "Time-lines mention will not be matching with https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/processTimesDisplayInit.do" : what do you mean by that?

    3. "Not sure if processed 'I-765' are based on L2 or GC based application" : thats true. It might take longer for GC applications. Which can't be identified from the case status page.

    But couple more questions that I have are:

    1. This searching for 10 records above & below of my receipt number MAY only work when it is pending for more than 75 days right? Because anything like 40-45 days (which is my case) will always be CASE WAS RECEIVED. Right?

    2. Any of your friends/known person have applied for an L2-EAD recently? And what was his/her service center and processing times?

    Regards,
    Avik.

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    1. Hi Avik,

      1. This searching for 10 records above & below of my receipt number MAY only work when it is pending for more than 75 days right? Because anything like 40-45 days (which is my case) will always be CASE WAS RECEIVED. Right?
      I don't think any restriction like that, saw some case history which got EAD with in 45 days.

      2. Any of your friends/known person have applied for an L2-EAD recently? And what was his/her service center and processing times?
      Did not met anyone who recently applied for L2 EAD.

      Thanks

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    2. What about your own experience Durga? I mean did you apply for an L2 as well? If so then what was your timelines?

      Regards.

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    3. Hi Avikju,
      Filed L2 EAD on July 10 2015
      Service Center: Texas
      Current status: Case Received

      Waiting for stars to turn on my favor.

      Thanks

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    4. Hi Durga,

      So I assume its already been more than 75 days since your case was received by the USCIS. In the following page it says clearly "You can now submit inquiries about the status of your Form I-765 after your case has been pending more than 75 days.".

      https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/processTimesDisplayInit.do

      So did you try doing that?

      Regards,
      Avik

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    5. Hi Avik,
      Its app. 70 days.
      I think once 75 days are complete then USCIS accepts SR.
      After going through so many reviews and comments, have a feel that raising SR or Info pass will not be helpful
      just waiting for some responses on Congressman stuff... if gets some details, i think this will be much better approach.

      May be sometimes having more information and multi approaches confuses lot & will not able to decide which will be better way etc.

      Thanks

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    6. Ok. All the very best Durga. One last question, did you apply online or by paper? And have you gone through biometric as well?

      Keep us posted.

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  79. Hello Guys,

    I do see reference of congressman here and some other blogs too... Please post experiences on this approach..
    If possible at-least cover the experiences which includes like,
    1. Difference between Senator Office vs Congressman office
    2. Irrespective of ideologies on Current Immigration Policies will the Offices work (At the end of day because of not favouring Immigration it should not make more delays)
    3. If we have Offer letter and waiting for EAD.... sending offer letter to Immigration office or Congressman or Senator is it going to help.

    Thanks

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  80. Hi All,

    I received L2 EAD card on Sep 24 2015. Finally stars shine on me and card received on 76th day.
    Not sure if sending documents to congressman on Sept 18 2015 helped to get card or speedup process.

    Check-list of documents sent for filing of EAD
    Below list of documents finalized after going through good number of blogs
    USCIS Filing Fee of $380 – USPS money order
    Form G-1145 (form to request e-notification when USCIS accepts your application)
    Form I-765 (EAD form)
    Copy of passport (Spouse and Self)
    Copy of US visa (Spouse – L1 visa and Self – L2 visa)
    Copy of I-94 arrival/departure record (Spouse and Self)
    Copy of marriage certificate
    Two (2) photographs (self)
    Photos (2) of marriage
    Bank statements

    Dates for reference how things went,
    05th July: Sent the EAD form-I765 and other documents through USPS Priority express mail (has facility of ACK)
    10th July: Application received at USCIS office
    14th July: Acceptance confirmation over email
    18th Sep: Sent documents through Congressman
    21st Sep: Application approved and status changed to “Post Decision Activity” and evening status changed to Card mailed
    24 Sep: Card Received

    Hope details furnished above might help others

    Thanks

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    1. Awesome Durga..Congrats!!!

      I had almost given up hoping that anyone can get EAD within 90 days keeping current scenario in mind.

      I was waiting for some time before contacting congressman i think i should do it now.

      Can you please share with us, how did you approach congressman (or senator)..any specific grounds you gave for seeking help...what all documents did you provide?

      Thanks in anticipation.

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    2. Congrats Durga! Few questions:

      1. When did your status changed to Case was approved or anything other than Case was received before you received the card? Was it on 21st Sept 2015 to “Post Decision Activity”?

      2. Did you find the local congressman using this URL? http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

      3. "Sent documents through Congressman" : can you elaborate this step a bit further? What did you exactly do?

      Regards,
      Avik.

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  81. Good news (delayed though..) from my end too..case is approved on 25th Sept. Will post all the timelines once i receive the card.

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  82. Avikju,
    No I didn't do any of that, which makes me wonder if they ever worked on the case.

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  83. Ok Nasia,

    So you just emailed the contact you got from the website mentioning all the details of your case? That's all you did right?

    Any documents you attached with the email as well? If so, please do let me know.

    Regards,
    Avik

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  84. I attached my offer letter. That's all. Mentioned my EAC number too.

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    1. Thanks Nasia. By EAC number you mean the Receipt Number right? Starrting with something like LIN... ?

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