EAD Processing Time: A group of twenty-three Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have sent a letter to Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, urging him to find ways to reduce processing times for applications for employment authorization (Form I-765) filed by H-4 and L-2 dependent spouses. The lawmakers note that most H-4 and L-2 life spouses are highly educated people and that these delays in giving employment authorization documents (EADs) are hurting both the individual candidates and the U.S. economy as a whole.
Suggestions to Improve EAD Processing Time
These members from Congress provide two specific suggestions to address the H-4/L-2 EAD backlogs. First, they suggest, in cases where the principal’s H1B or L-1 petition is filed simultaneously with the H-4/L-2 and EAD applications, that all the applications be adjudicated at the same time. As indicated in the letter, this was standard practice by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before the change by the Trump Government.
The second suggestion is that the premium processing service be made available for H-4, L-2, and EAD applications. As the lawmakers note, the USCIS could charge up to $1,400 for every application. And also, this income could pay for the additional expense of having to expedite the processing of these cases.
Moreover, we trust Secretary Mayorkas takes this letter in a serious way and rapidly moves to implement the two ideas. It has a significant impact on families, U.S. employers, and the U. S. economy when H-4 and L-2 dependent spouses are forced to wait months simply for the privilege of being permitted to work.