Change of status from L2 to H4 with EAD

Hello Anil,
I am currently on L2 EAD.
My spouse’s H1B lottery got picked this year 2020.
His employer is willing to apply for premium processing for his H1B petition this June and apply for my H4 and H4EAD along with his H1B

Lets say my spouse gets his H1B approved in July.
In that case COS to H4 will be applicable only from October 2020 so does that mean my H4EAD processing can start only from October 2020 and I will have to wait 4-6 months starting October 2020 for my H4EAD?
Or will I have to wait for my H4EAD 4-6 months starting from July?

It is possible that H4 EAD gets approved earlier than Oct 2020 but the start date will be matched to H1B and H4.

You may get lucky if it happens but there is no guarantee.

Hi ANil,
Is there any way to get my H4 and H4 EAD approved before October 2020 so that I dont have to have any gap in work?

Hi ANil,
Will this strategy work for getting my approvals faster?
What are your thoughts?

I have already shared my thoughts. Your case is a change of status case and not H4 extension.

Both are different scenarios. The article is H4 extension and EAD.

Hi Anil,

Any help with my situation below is highly appreciated.

I am currently working on L2 EAD expiring Jun 2021 and have an approved i140. My spouse will be moving to H1B from L1 and as per information available online, H4 EAD can only be filed after returning back to US with H1 and H4 visa activated. So, is there a way I can avoid a gap in my L2 TO H4 EAD transfer?


Hi @Shweta94

Please read above discussion.