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Steps for getting EAD for L2 dependants

L2 visa holder can work in USA, with a  EAD card. An approved EAD allows you to work.

Below are the steps

  • E-file I-765 your application online or Download and Complete Form I-765 , Application for Employment Authorization Online(https://efiling.uscis.dhs.gov/efile/)
  • After completing the required instruction  you can pay the money using  your bank account online
  • Filing fee –  $380( As of June 24, 2010).
  • Once the document is submitted you will get an email which will have the confirmation receipt and the next set of instructions

You need to send the below documents to the USCIS office through a USPS registered post after submitting the link online(address to which the documents needs to be sent is given on the acknowledgement receipt sent in the email)

  • Covering letter
  • Copy of receipt
  • Two identical color photographs.
  • Copy of your current passport
  • Copy of the USCIS Form I-94, Arrival-Departure Document issued to you when you entered the U.S.
  • Copy of L1 petition , I94 as a evidence that you are a spouse of the principal visa holder

Some of the additional documents that i sent were

  • Two marriage snaps
  • I sent the deputation letter that my company had given me

Basically i was trying to send all the documents that my spouse took to consulate for stamping. it might not be needed but i did not want to take any risk

Within 1-2 weeks you will get a letter from USCIS by post which will acknowledge your application and also schedule an appointment to take the biometrics at any of USCIS biometric center located near your postal address that has been given to you. After biometrics is done, you just have to wait for the EAD document. when we went for biometrics it did not take much time as everything was scheduled properly

Once card is approved you will receive a  EAD card as given in above pictures. The validly period of this EAD  depends on the primary L1 holders L1 status, if the spouse lost his/her L1 status , the L2 becomes void and hence the EAD becomes invalid too. In our case we got 2 years validity and my visa is valid for 3 more months.

Also remember that for getting employment EAD card and SSN card is needed. You can start both the process same time incase SSN card is not present

You can get some help at the below link


You can Check EAD Status online @ USCIS using receipt number Or call National Customer Service Center 1-800-375-5283

If you do not hear from USCIS in 90 days, you can go to the nearest USCIS by clicking on  infopass appointment



9 thoughts on “Steps for getting EAD for L2 dependants

  1. Hi.. I applied for ead card on 13th Feb, 2015 and gave my biometric on 13th March. How can i get my EAD card in few days (without waiting for more 30days)?


      1. Thank you for your reply Amar. Actually, i have got an offer for job and need to start it and they are asking me to submit this card before i start. So just wanted to check if there is any way i can get the card earlier. Also, I called USCIS and they says that its still not approved and they are completing Jan, 2015 cases and then will work on Feb cases. I am worried that they should not take more number of days to send the card.


  2. 1) Is bio metric is mandatory for EAD ? If so after how many days bio metric has to be given ?
    2) After Bio metric can I leave USA?


    1. after submitting the EAD you will get a biometrics date based on the availability. within a week or 2 the allocated date letter will be mailed to u. on your second query I am not sure. you need to check with some lawyers or some experts


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