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Hello

I recently converted from F1 OPT to H4 and H4 EAD. My F1 OPT is valid till Jan 2017.

Thinking it might be delayed, to be on safe side I applied for future effective date from 11/25/2016. USCIS has honored the same in both the cases. So both my H4 visa approval and H4 EAD approval start from 11/25 valid till 6/2018.

Now I am thinking of travelling to India as I might be changing jobs. What happens now at H4 stamping? Should I travel only after 11/25 or is it fine to travel before and get a H4 stamping and then I can use the H4 EAD effective 11/25. Is COS approval to H4 and H4 stamping different or how does it work?

Thanks for your help.

Lakshmi
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Hi Lakshmi,

Quick question on future effective date: My wife  F1 OPT is going to end June 1st 2019, can she apply future effective date COS H4 and H4 EAD from June 1st 2019 now (which is concurrent filling )? Few are saying we can't apply future effective date with COS H4 and H4 EAD. Can you please share more details on that?

I would be great if you confirm and share

She will be on legal OPT F1 status until 2019 may 31st.

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You can appear for H-4 stamping even before 11/25. Just carry spouse's 797 and go for stamping.

You can return on that stamped H-4 visa. However, you cannot start to work until 11/25, which is the EAD's start date.
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Can you please answer if you have any idea?

Quick question on future effective date: My wife  F1 OPT is going to end June 1st 2019, can she apply future effective date COS H4 and H4 EAD from June 1st 2019 now (which is concurrent filling )? Few are saying we can't apply future effective date with COS H4 and H4 EAD. Can you please share more details on that?

I would be great if you confirm and share

She will be on legal OPT F1 status until 2019 may 31st.



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