H4 EAD Eligibility Check 2020- Is i140 Approval Required?

H4 EAD eligibility: i140 is approved or H1B 7th year extension applied with PERM. H4 physically in US. Cannot be filed from India. Job offer not required.

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta          Updated  2 Mar, 20 #H1B work visa

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You can get H4 EAD work permit if you are currently in US on H4 status with your H1B spouse.

You can use this step by step H4 EAD eligibility checker test to find if you fulfill the H4EAD i765 application requirements. Your answers to simple questions will decide if you fulfill all USCIS requirements for H4 EAD.

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Who is Eligible for H4 EAD?

As per the official USCIS rule for H4 wife or husband, you are eligible to work in USA if H1B spouse can fulfill any one of these two criteria:

#1 H1B Spouse has I140 Approved OR

The approved i140 can be from any past or current H1B employer as long as it has not been revoked by USCIS for fraud, misrepresentation or errors.

If the previous i140 has been withdrawn by old employer but has not been revoked for any the above mentioned reasons, you can still use the i140 for filing H4 EAD application.

The i140 category is not relevant for filing H4 EAD. All three employment based categories of EB1, EB2 and EB3 are eligible to file H4 EAD.

#2 H1B Has been Extended Beyond 6 Year Quota

You can file H4 EAD even if your H1B i140 is not approved yet using AC21 rule by USCIS.

This is possible when H1B has already spent 6 years in US but is waiting for PERM approval.

H1B can work beyond 6 years in USA by filing 1 year extensions if

  • PERM is Pending for 365+ days
  • PERM is Approved
  • PERM Audit is Pending for more than 365 days
  • i140 is pending after PERM approval

The pending or approved PERM allows you to file H1B extensions in 7th, 8th and further years.

The H1B spouse should have worked in US for at-least 6 years in USA using H1B visa. The total time should be added including vacation time outside USA. Do NOT add the time when the person was on any other visa like F1, L1 etc in USA either before H1B or between H1B time.

Can I file H4 EAD from India?

You cannot file H4 EAD application from India. You should be physically present in USA at the time of filing H4 EAD application.

Can I travel out of US while H4 EAD is pending?

You can file H4 EAD application and then travel outside USA.

There is a chance of getting H4 EAD RFE if your travel but it can be managed by your family if they are in US.

Can I file H4 EAD with Revoked I140?

You can file H4 EAD with revoked i140 as long as USCIS has not revoked it for fraud, misrepresentation or errors.

Can I file H4EAD with Old Employer’s i140?

You can file H4 EAD application with old employer’s approved i140.

It does not matter if you have changed jobs using H1B transfer after the i140 approval from previous employer.

Can I file H4 EAD and i140 Concurrently?

You cannot file H4 EAd and i140 concurrently.

Some attorneys do claim that H4 EAD and i140 can be filed concurrently but we do not know of a real life case which has been filed.
Hence, we recommend to wait for i140 approval before filing H4 EAD application.
The fastest option is to file i140 in premium and get approval within 15 days.

Is H4 child Eligible for H4 EAD?

H4 dependent child is not eligible for H4 EAD work authorization.

Do I need a Job offer for Applying H4 EAD?

There is no job offer required for applying H4 EAD card.

Is there any Quota for H4 EAD cards?

There is no quota for H4 EAD cards. Anyone can apply and you will get H4 EAD open work permit card if you are eligible.

Can I Open my Business or work from Home with H4 EAD card?

You can open a business or work from home with H4 EAD card.

Is H4 EAD affected by California AB5 Law?

California’s AB5 law is only asking companies to convert contractors to employees.
If an H4 EAD person is doing the work as a contractor and is doing it for multiple clients, then there should be no issue.




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  5 Useful Questions & Answers

  1. Fighting for equality
    Fighting for equality 31 Jan, 20 at 4:25 pm

    Hey I have a question for a friend. My friend is on h4/h4 ead, what happens if she does a cos to h1 and then cos back to h4? Should she apply for h4 ead again or will the previously approved petition be valid?


  2. viddu2429
    viddu2429 6 Jan, 20 at 1:22 pm

    Hi Anil,

    We have applied for H1 – H4 Change of Status and H4 -EAD application in month of October 2019 and we are waiting for the decision. What happens to my Wife’s H4-EAD application, if she travels to india and get her H4 Visa stamped in India through Visa interview. Do i have to apply for H4-=EAD again by paying the fees or i can have the same application linked to her newly stamped H4 visa.

    Thank you


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 8 Jan, 20 at 1:41 pm

      Please read the options and risks of travel while H4 EAD is pending.


      • viddu2429
        viddu2429 8 Jan, 20 at 1:41 pm

        Thanks Anil. Can you tell me if we have any risk in going for H4 stamping in Canada now as we have already applied for the COS to H4.


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