H1B is already approved and is valid till July 2023. H1B extension will be filed in Feb 2023. If I file H4 COS and H4 EAD in Feb with H1B, I may not get H4 approval and H4 EAD approval by June 2023 (even with premium processing).
As I said earlier, I do not want to take a break from my work and want a smooth transition from F1 OPT EAD to H4 EAD.
I am thinking of applying H4 and H4 EAD within 1-2 months. What’s your thought on that?
You can apply now based on your spouse current I-797 however if H4/EAD gets approved before the H1B EOS approval (to be applied on Feb 2023), the H4/EAD validity will be only till July 2023.
In above scenario, once the H1B EOS is approved, you can visit Canada/Mexico border to get your H-4 I-94 extended inline with the newly approved H1B. You can then file EAD extension before it expires and get auto-extension for 180 days so that you can keep working. Hopefully your EAD will be approved before the 180 days auto-extension expires, otherwise you need to stop working.
Thanks for your input. But I don’t think that I-94 extension at border is applicable in my case because I am on F1 visa. I don’t have H4 visa. I will have to go to stamping first before entering back to US.