Optimizing H-4 EAD options and bundling premium processing for H-1B and H-4 extensions

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Currently on an H-4 visa valid until June 2024. I'm seeking your advice as I try to figure something out.

I'm a bit unsure about when to apply for my Employment Authorization Document (EAD), and I am considering the following options:

Option 1: Apply for H4 EAD now (first time - applying separately) since my I-94 is valid until June 2024. If I do this, can I keep working after June 2024 while the H4 extension and H4 EAD are in the approval process if the H4 extension is applied before June 2024?

Option 2: Apply for H4 EAD (first time) + H1B extension + H4 extension using the Premium processing option, probably during June 2024. Will the H4 EAD be approved in 15 days if all three (H4 EAD, H1B extension, H4 extension) are applied together in premium processing? Also, will the H4 EAD have a validity of three years if the H1B and H4 extensions are approved for three years?

Please guide me on which option is simpler and better or any other better solutions.


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Handling H-4 and H-4 EAD options can be complex due to inconsistencies in government procedures following a lawsuit settlement. Initially, bundling H-1B premium processing with H-4 and H-4 EAD requests was agreed upon, but subsequent inconsistencies have caused uncertainty for applicants.

In considering options for extending H-4 status, it's crucial to note limitations such as the inability to work beyond the I-94 expiration. Exploring the bundling option cautiously, and attaching a copy of the settlement decision to the application, is recommended.

Overall, careful consideration and documentation are essential in navigating H-4 and H-4 EAD applications amidst uncertainties in government procedures.