I have applied for COS to H4 visa from an F-1 visa in September 2020. But the expected ETA for an H4 visa currently is 14-18 months for the California center.
I am considering the following options as I want to start working asap. Can you let me know if it makes sense or share your comments on this approach?
- Since conversion with in the US is taking a long time, and I am planning to go to India and apply for H4 through the consulate (try for an emergency appointment)
- Wait till the appointment is confirmed
- Reach US on H4
- Apply for H4 EAD
Since the EAD has a 90-day restriction to get the card (after having H4), I may have a better chance of starting the job sooner by this approach. Please let me know what you think about this.