Are there any updates on when we will be able to use premium processing for H-4 and EAD applications?


The last official update on this came in March 2022, when the USCIS indicated that premium processing for H-4 and EAD applications likely would not become available until fiscal year 2025 (which begins October 1, 2024). So, it appears we still have a long wait.

One positive note is that we have seen processing times improve a bit in recent months. Further, in cases where the H-4 and EAD applications are submitted with the principal spouse’s H1B petition filed for premium processing, we sometimes are seeing the USCIS adjudicate all the cases at the same time. This practice (which was routine until a few years ago) is not consistent, though. Sometimes everything is adjudicated together; other times, the H-4 and EAD applications remain pending long after the H1B has been approved.  (30.Nov.2022)

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