USCIS to Process H1B, H4 (and EAD) together Starting Jan 25

Originally published at: USCIS to Process H1B, H4 (and EAD) together Starting Jan 25 - AM22Tech

USCIS has reached a settlement agreement to process the H1B, H4, and EAD together (as they used to do earlier) starting Jan 25, 2023. During Trump’s government, USCIS added the H4 biometric requirement and started processing the H4 and EAD separately. This added unnecessary delays and increased processing time by up to 2 years. To…

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Is this applicable only for folks who apply for H1, H4 and H4 EAD together?

Both I and my spouse are already on separate H1b. If I convert to H4, will I receive H4 and H4 EAD at the same time?

Its only applicable if the H4 and/or EAD are applied with H1B at the same time.

If you file separately, then this rule won’t apply.

To answer your question, you are talking about H4 COS, which will be considered ‘together’ only if you file H1B extension and then spouse’s H4 COS at the same time in same package.

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Hello Anil, firstly thanks for posting great information. Please comment on this one. As of now waiting for Perm, will file I140 in premium. After that, I could file concurrently for H1B, H4 extension and H4 EAD under premium processing per the new policy. Hope my understanding is right. Thanks.

Thank you Anil for clarifying.

Hi Team, can we know is it eligible for people who already applied before 25th? Thank you

No, they said that they will start implementing it for new filing starting Jan 25.

Hello Anil, I couldn’t find a way to post a new message here. So, I used the reply option. Sorry for that. Could you please comment on this one. I’m waiting for Perm and will file I140 in premium. After that, I could file concurrently for H1B, H4 extension and H4 EAD in premium processing per the new policy. Is my understanding right. Thanks.