H4 COS Approved, H4 EAD Pending

Hi Anil,

Good Day! I need some help to understand the possible outcomes in my case and potential bail out solution.

Service Center: California

  1. I had applied for H4 COS in the month of April 2020. I finally received my approval in the month of March 2021, valid until 29th July 2021(based on H1B). My biometrics was completed in the month of Feb 2021.
  2. I had filed for my H4 EAD(Initial (a)(26)) as a stand-alone application in the month of August 2020. The status is still pending(validity requested until 29th July 2021).
  3. We filed for H1B extension in Premium in the month of March 2021 and got the approval in the same month. We also filed for H4 extension and H4 EAD renewal along with H1B Premium processing. The H4 and H4 EAD is still in pending status.

Given my situation and current circumstances, what are the chances of me getting an EAD with validity matching my H1’s latest validity. Is there anything I can do to expedite the process Or request the H4 EAD to be processed inline with H1B latest validity date.

Any help in this matter would be highly appreciated.

Thanks and Regards,

I do not think that you can expedite the process. You can try calling USCIS and raise an expedite request.

You will get new H4 EAD approved with longer validity as and when it gets approved after H1B and H4 extension approval.

Thanks Anil. Will follow up with USCIS and see if I could expedite the process.

With regard to your response on H4 EAD, will the new H4 EAD be processed based on my initial filing, which was in Aug 2020 and with validity based on latest H1 approval Or based on my current H4(valid till July 2021).

If it is dependent on my H4 extension, based on current timelines, I don’t think I will have a valid EAD for good part of 2021/2022. Please confirm.

The H4 and H1B that you sent with H4 EAD will be used. They don’t usually look into the new most recent H1B/H4’s until you explicitly send/attach them.

Thanks Anil!!

Will wait to hear from USCIS. Given the current situation, there are no alternatives.