What is New Card is Being Produced Meaning (USCIS Case Status)
A new card is being produced. USCIS status means your EAD application has been approved and the card has been sent to print.
What is EAD?
The United States has strict laws governing the right of visa holders to work in the United States, and they have become even more stringent under the Trump administration. In order to work in the US with a visa, you need an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). EAD has been in the news a lot lately. You may be wondering what exactly EAD is. Here’s a look at the basics of work permit documents and how you can apply for them.
Certain visa holders (such as L2 visa holders) require an EAD before legally working in the United States. An EAD is a document that grants this authorization and right to its holder.
An EAD has a temporary shelf life. Most EADs are lawful for one year but vary from case to case. It is essential to restart your EAD before it expires if you intend to continue working in the United States.
It is important to note that an EAD does not allow anyone to stay in the United States. Visa or green cards allow someone to enter the US, not an EAD.
EAD processing time
You will now receive the new EAD card (i-485 EAD, F1 OPT-EAD, L2 EAD, H4 EAD, or others) within 5-10 business days after the USCIS case status update “New Card Is Being Produced.”
SSN card with EAD
The SSN application is submitted to the SSN office after your EAD is approved. It takes 4-5 weeks for the SSN card to arrive via USPS mail.
Biometrics is not required for H4-EAD and SSN.
Differences among an EAD card and a Green Card
How does an EAD differ from a Green Card?
An EAD authorizes and proves that somebody is eligible for employment in the United States. The sole purpose of the EEAS is to give the holder the right to be an employee. An EAD does not give anyone the right to enter the United States. Eligibility for an EAD also depends on your visa status. EADs are not issued to anyone without a visa or other qualifying document entitling them to stay in the United States.
A green card grants somebody residency in the United States. A green card is only valid for a temporary period. However, it can be extended if the application is successful. When traveling abroad, you can use your green card along with your passport to re-enter the United States. If you have a green card, you have also the right to work in the USA.
A New Card is Being Produced
This is the last phase or stage of the approval process. The department is already approved the EAD application, and the card has been sent to print. It also means that you will receive the email soon.
We have sent your New Card is Being Produced
This will be one of the last updates, and most of the time, it will inform you that the card was sent to the address you provided. At this point, online tracking options are available to you. You can reuse the USPS tracking number for all subsequent updates.
How long will it take for your EAD card to arrive?
Ideally, it will take 2-6 months for your EAD card to go through the processing system and reach you. However, in most cases, it will take much less time.
On average, it takes between 1.5 and 2 months for the status to change from “received” to “a new card is being produced.” This is where the actual approval process takes place. In the next 7 business days, the status should change to “Card was sent to me.” Once it reaches this stage, it will take 7-10 days for the mail to get your address.