Delay in NSC Processing of H-4/EAD Applications Filed with Premium Processing H-1Bs

The Nebraska Service Center (NSC) delaying adjudication of H-4 related I-539 (Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status) applications and I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization) applications for H-4 Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) that are filed concurrently with H1B petitions for premium processing.


While there is no premium processing available for H-4 or EAD applications, if they are submitted concurrently with a corresponding I-129 H1B petition that includes a premium-processing request, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) typically will adjudicate the H-4 and EAD applications in an expedited manner. Because premium processing service for H1B petitions is being suspended temporarily for up to six months, effective April 3, 2017, the NSC is being overwhelmed with requests before this April 3rd deadline. Because of the large number of cases, the NSC will first adjudicate the I-129 petitions, and then process the H-4 and EAD applications one to two week later. Applicants who don’t receive notice on about their H-4 or H-4 EAD applications by the end of April are advised to contact the USCIS National Customer Service Center.


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