Can I return without stamping on my current valid H4 (as I only have a few days as I am attending 2 congresses in 2 places and may be tight for stamping before the return)? Will my H4 and H4-EAD that will be processing be affected?
I heard this from my legal team in the office but wanted to check in?
"If you would like to apply for a new H-4 visa, you may do so during this trip, although I don’t think 3 days would be enough to obtain a new visa. The visa is simply a travel document. It only needs to be valid at the time you are seeking admission to the U.S. Your current H-4 visa is valid till Sept, so you don’t need a new visa to enter the U.S. in H-4 status this summer. If you have travel plans after September then you will need to obtain a new H-4 visa to reenter the U.S. after that date.
If you present your husband’s new H-1B approval notice, you will be admitted until the expiration date of his new approval notice. This essentially has the same effect as extending your H-4 status in the U.S. It is not the same as obtaining a new visa, which can only be done at a U.S. consulate abroad.
And yes, you may enter the U.S. with your current visa, your current H-4 approval notice, and wait for the adjudication of your H-4 extension and H-4 EAD, which we recommend."