12 Jan 2023

I am in H1B status and have an approved I-140. I recently got married in India and my wife is waiting for her appointment at the consulate to apply for an H-4 visa stamp. Can she apply for an H-4 EAD now, while she is still in India?

Answer Typically, it is not permissible to apply for an H-4 EAD while the applicant is outside the United States. (12.Jan.2023)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online services, click here. Access more FAQs here.  Copyright ©...

29 Dec 2022

My I-539 application to extend my H-4 status is pending. I am traveling to India soon and have an appointment for my H-4 visa stamp. My husband is remaining in the U.S. Do I need the I-539 approval to get my new H-4 stamping done?

Answer An approved I-539 is not necessary to apply for an H-4 visa "stamp." To get the new H-4 visa, one must provide proof of the marriage to the H1B principal spouse and evidence that the H1B spouse is maintaining valid status. (29.Dec.2022)Sheela Murthy and other...

22 Dec 2022

After I was laid off from my H1B job, I filed an I-539 application to change to H-4 status. A few weeks later, I got a new job offer, and that company filed an H1B change of employer petition, which was approved. I would now like to withdraw my pending H-4 application. Is there an official form or format to withdraw that case?

Answer There is no official form or format used to withdraw a pending I-539 application. When we need to withdraw a pending I-539 for a client, we typically draft a short, simple letter that says we wish to withdraw the application. In the letter, we include...

22 Dec 2022
15 Dec 2022

My wife’s H-4 EAD extension is pending. I was just offered a new position, and the company plans on filing an H1B change of employer for me. Will this create problems for my wife’s pending case?

Answer Ordinarily, an H1B petition requesting a change of employer would not impact a spouse's pending H-4 EAD extension.  (15.Dec.2022)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online services, click here. Access more FAQs here.  Copyright © 2022,...

08 Dec 2022

I applied for an H-4 EAD a few months ago, and that case is still pending. I understand that I cannot start working until the EAD is approved. But, am I allowed to start applying for jobs now?

Answer Immigration law does not really limit the ability of an H-4 dependent to apply for a job before the EAD is issued. So, submitting a job application typically would not be considered a violation of H-4 status, so long as the H-4 spouse does not...