H4 EAD Documents, Sample new Application and Renewals

By Anil Gupta, 188  NRI

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H4 EAD is an H4 Employment Authorization Document (EAD) that allows H4 visa holders to work legally and that too without any employer restriction in USA. They can even start a business, employ other people and work in possibly any industry or job function. The work category can be anything and has nothing to do with the primary H1B’s job description and limitations.

Can H4 Work in USA?: Yes, they can, if they can are eligible for H4 EAD. Without getting this EAD, they cannot.

As far as H4 EAD jobs are concerned, you are allowed to anything or everything that you can do.

H4 EAD USCIS and DHS H4 EAD mean the same thing in the sense that you get the authorization to work in the US. In the real sense, your H4 EAD application goes to USCIS and not to DHS.

This article aims at helping you with filling the H4 EAD application form (I-765 form), collecting the supporting documents, creating an application package and mailing.


H4 EAD Eligibilty


Spouses of H-1B visa holders who meet the following criteria:

  • Are in valid H-4 status.
    • Are able to provide evidence of the H-1B visa holder’s approved I-140, Immigrant Petition. This I-140 can be from any U.S. employer and must not be revoked or withdrawn; OR
    • Are working in the US in your 7th year of H-1B status because you have a PERM application that was filed before end of your 5th year of H-1B status.

Documents required for H4 EAD application


The official USCIS list of documents is available here.

The most common set of documents and their order is

  1. A check for $410. Check for H4-EAD application should be payable to

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

    No short forms like USCIS or anything else.

  2. 2 Identical photographs (2×2 Inch). If you have photos that you might have got clicked in India for US visa interview, you can use them here.
    Write your NAME and i94 number on the back of the photograph with a light gray colored pencil. You can write SSN or Alien registration number, if you have them.

    Photographs should have been clicked within last 30 days.

    I have seen people submitting old pictures too, if the appearance (like fattening of face) has not changed a lot. It has worked but official USCIS instructions are to submit pictures clicked within last 30 days.

  3. Form G1145 – This is needed if you want USCIS to send you a SMS or an email once they receive your application.Use this form and attach at top of the application package.
  4. Completed I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. Sample I-765 form for H4-EAD is given below.
  5. Supporting Documents

    1. H4 Status:
      • Copy of H-4 visa holder’s I-797 Approval.
      • Most recent i-94 copy.
    2. A government-issued identification document with photo
      • Copy of Indian Passport’s front (with Photo) and back pages (with address).
      • Copy of USA H4 Visa stamp page from Passport.
    3. Relationship to the H-1B nonimmigrant: Copy of the marriage certificate issued in India or your country.
    4. Your basis for eligibility: Copy of I-797 approval notice for I-140.

Sample I765 form for H4 EAD Application


 H4 EAD i765 Sample Form

You can use this i-765 h4 EAD for new application sample form Just replace the values with your own and take a print out.The link opens in a new browser window.

H4 EAD application form H4 EAD application form

H4 EAD USCIS i-765 form sample – Click for larger view

Most of the points on this form are self-explanatory. If you have any doubts, you can read the FAQ’s or ask your question in comments below.

What is the answer to Question 22 on Form I-765 for H4-EAD? Which receipt number should I write? I have two receipt, one is H1B approval and other is i-140 Approval?


Q 22 is a new question just added to the revised I-765 specifically for H4-EAD applications.

You have to enter the H1B primary person’s most recent I-797 receipt number here.

You can find this receipt number on the I-797 form itself (page 1, top section), it you have the approved copy with you.

Please note that this is NOT the I-140 approval receipt number.



Documents required for H4 EAD RENEWAL application


I would strongly recommend to apply for your H4 EAD renewal well before 120 days of expiry. USCIS does not allow you to apply earlier than 120 days and hence, you have no choice.
These 120 days include weekend and holidays too.

The official USCIS list of documents is available here.

The most common set of documents and their order is

  1. A check for $410. Check for H4-EAD application should be payable to

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

    No short forms like USCIS or anything else.

  2. 2 Identical photographs (2×2 Inch). If you have photos that you might have got clicked in India for US visa interview, you can use them here.
    Write your NAME and i94 number on the back of the photograph with a light gray colored pencil. You can write SSN or Alien registration number, if you have them.

    Photographs should have been clicked within last 30 days.

    I have seen people submitting old pictures too, if the appearance (like fattening of face) has not changed a lot. It has worked but official USCIS instructions are to submit pictures clicked within last 30 days.

  3. Form G1145 – This is needed if you want USCIS to send you a SMS or an email once they receive your application.Use this form and attach at top of the application package.
  4. Completed I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. Sample I-765 form for H4-EAD renewal is given below.
  5. Supporting Documents

    1. H4 Status:
      • Copy of H-4 visa holder’s I-797 Approval. This should be the most recent one (H4 extension).
      • Most recent i-94 copy. This would be the NEW i94 that came attached with your H4 extension approval (i797).
    2. A government-issued identification document with photo and Proof of current EAD.
      • Copy of your current EAD card (both front and back).
      • Copy of Indian Passport’s front (with Photo) and back pages (with address).
    3. Relationship to the H-1B nonimmigrant: Copy of the marriage certificate issued in India or your country.
    4. Your basis for eligibility: Copy of I-797 approval notice for I-140.

Sample I765 form for H4 EAD RENEWAL


H4 EAD Renewal i765 Sample Form

You can use this i-765 Renewal h4 EAD sample form . Just replace the values with your own and take a print out. The link opens in a new browser window.

Please note that when you get your H4 renewed, it is possible that START date for this extension is in future.

For example,

If your H4 expires in September 2016, and you applied for renewal in Mar 2016, it is possible that your extended H4’s start date is Sep 2016 instead of March 2016.
Now, this is entirely dependent on the USCIS to give a current start date or future one (that correlates with your current H4’s expiry date).

For the sake of filling up the i-765 form, we would consider the most recent H4 approval irrespective of its start date.
Based on it, your i94 number and primary H1B i797 approval receipt number will be decided while filing i765.

  1. Q 14: Form i-94 number : Use i94 number provided on the most recent H4 approval (i797 form). You would find the new i94 attached to this i797 form at the bottom. If the START date of this i94 is in future, do not worry. Use this future date here.
  2. Q 15: Prior EAD application : Check ‘Yes’. Enter the details of USCIS office where you sent your earlier EAD application/s.
    ‘Dates’: Enter all dates when you have applied for EAD earlier. If you do not remember the dates correctly, write the EAD start dates mentioned on EAD card.


FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions


  1. Q 15: Have you ever applied for employement authorization from USCIS?
  2. Q 17: Place of Last entry into the US?
  3. Q 20 : EAD eligibitlity category?
  4. Q 21: What should my spouse answer for eligibility degree on Form I-765?
  5. What address should the H4-EAD application be sent to?
  6. Which color pen should be used for signature on Form I-765?
  7. Can the fees check be a personal check or should it be a banker’s check?
  8. USCIS H4-EAD fees payment check should be payable to whom?
  9. When will work authorization be granted?
  10. How much time does USCIS take to approve the H4 EAD application?
  11. Can you start a business on H4 EAD?
  12. Can we apply for SSN after getting H4 EAD?
  13. How can the application be filed with USCIS?
  14. If I change my employer at this time, and if my GC process is re-initiated would my wife be still eligible for filing H-4 EAD or NOT (in a situation if old employer revokes I-140?
  15. Is premium filing option available for H4 EAD?
  16. What if my spouse gets H4 EAD and still does not work?
  17. Should we staple all the documents together in application package?
  18. Can I Travel outside USA during my H4 ead application is in process?
  19. Should we take Lawyer or Attorney help to file H4-EAD application?

Q 15: Have you ever applied for employement authorization from USCIS?


If you are applying for EAD for the first time, then your answer here would be ‘No’.

If you are renewing your existing H4-EAD or you had any kind of EAD before (like L2-EAD), then you need to provide its information. Hence, your answer to this question would be ‘Yes’ and provide its details.

For H4-EAD renewal applications, your answer should be ‘Yes’. Then provide your old EAD (or current EAD’s) details. The ‘Which USCIS Office?’ is a vague question. We have seen people filing ‘Texas’ since that’s the lockbox address that they send their application to. The EAD’s have been renewed with no issues.

Question 17: Place of Last entry into the US?


You should enter the name of the Airport that you entered in US on your most recent entry. This should be recorded on your most recent i94 as well.

For example, Newark International Airport.


For some people, this airport might be a non-US airport like the ones coming from Abu Dhabi. They normally complete the US immigration process at Abu-Dhabi airport itself.

I would suggest to write either the “Port of Entry/Exit” as “MAA – ABU DHABI INTL” or the name of the US airport where you landed first.

For example, if you landed in Washington Airport after completing immigration process at Abu Dhabi airport, your i94 record will show the “MAA – ABU DHABI INTL” as the port of entry.
You can then either write “Washington Airport” or “MAA – ABU DHABI INTL”.

I think either option would be fine.

Question 20 : EAD eligibitlity category?


C26 is the correct answer for H4-EAD applicants.

Question 21: What should my spouse answer for eligibity degree on Form I-765?


For H4-EAD applications, you do not need to answer this question. You can write ‘N/A’.

What address should the H4-EAD application be sent to?


Use H1B primary visa holder’s MOST recent I797 approval’s receipt number and then use this table to find the address:

Receipt Number begins withSend application toSending by USPS? Use this addressSending by FedEx, UPS or DHL? Use this address
EAC or LINDallas USCIS Lockbox officeUSCIS

Attn: H4
P.O. Box 660921
Dallas, TX 75266
USCIS

Attn: H4
2501 S. State Hwy. 121 Business
Suite 400
Lewisville, TX 75067
WACUSCIS Phoenix Lockbox officeUSCIS

Attn: H4
P.O. Box 20400
Phoenix, AZ 85036
USCIS
Attn: H4

1820 E. Skyharbor Circle S
Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Source: USCIS.

Which color pen should be used for signature on Form I-765?


Only BLACK color ink pen are allowed. USCIS uses computer to read the forms and hence it requires BLACK ink.

Can the fees check be a personal check or should it be a banker’s check?


The fees can be any check i.e. either a personal check or a banker’s check or a money order.

You can see a snapshot below for a personal check (check visible on top of application bundle).

USCIS H4-EAD fees payment check should be payable to whom?


It should be made payable to:
U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
No short forms like USCIS or anything else allowed.

When will work authorization be granted?


Work authorization will be available once the application is approved and the EAD card is received by the H-4 visa holder.

How much time does USCIS take to approve the H4 EAD application?


Processing times with USCIS are expected to be at least 90 days from the date of the H-4 EAD application’s receipt, provided that the applicant is already in H-4 status.

They used to have an SLA (service line agreement) of 90 days earlier. It stands cancellled and now there is no official time frame. Currently, for normal EAD applications, it is taking anywhere between 90 to 120 days.

Can you start a business on H4 EAD?


Technically, an EAD (work authorization) allows one to do any job or even start a business.

There are no restriction like the ones we have for primary H1B holder of filing LCA for a specific technology, location and employer.

Can we apply for SSN after getting H4 EAD?


Yes, H4 dependents would be able to apply for SSN after receiving their EAD card. In the new EAD form, you have the option of directly applying for SSN once your EAD is approved.

If you want to do that, just select ‘No’ on Q 9.a. and then select ‘Yes’ on Q 10 and Q 11. You will be assigned and mailed a SSN number automatically after your EAD is approved.

How can the application be filed with USCIS? Is online filing available?


At the time of writing this article, the only option available was sending application by mail for H4-EAD.

You should preferably use USPS, FedEx or UPS with tracking.

If I change my employer at this time, and if my GC process is re-initiated, would my wife be still eligible for filing H-4 EAD or NOT (in a situation if old employer revokes I-140)


Your wife (or spouse for that matter) is eligible to apply and get an H4-EAD as long as your I-140 remains un-revoked. This is applicable even if you change your company.

But, if your old company revokes I-140, your spouse would not be eligible for H-4 EAD.

Is premium filing option available for H4 EAD?


No. There is no premium filing option.

What if my spouse gets H4 EAD and still does not work?


I don’t think there is any issue in not working even after getting EAD. It is personal choice. I would recommend applying for an EAD even if the spouse does not intend to work.

An advantage of the EAD would be your spouse’s eligibility to apply for SSN.

Should we staple all the documents together in application package?


Do NOT staple the documents. Instead, use a paper clip to bind them together. Here is a sample of final documents package.

H4 EAD application bundle

H4 EAD application bundle

Can I Travel outside USA during my H4 EAD application is in process?


Well, this is what USCIS says for travel:

You may travel if you are in valid H-4 status and meet all the admission requirements, including having a valid H-4 nonimmigrant visa. However, traveling outside of the United States could cause delays in your case. While you are outside of the United States, we may need additional information to make a decision on your Form I-765 or we may issue a Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) with an opportunity to respond. If you do not respond on time to a Request for Evidence (RFE) or to the NOID, we may deny your case as abandoned. Additionally, travel outside of the United States may also cause possible delays if we need to reschedule your appointment at an Application Support Center.

In simple terms, I would travel outside if someone in USA (like your husband) can receive the notices from USCIS and respond, if required. In a normal scenario, you do not receive RFE or need to visit application support center. But, if you do, you will have to come back to USA.

Should we take Lawyer or Attorney help to file H4-EAD application?


I have heard from reliable sources that attorney (lawyers) in USA are charging about $500 for filing H4 EAD application.
This fees is over and above the USCIS’s $380. So, if you use an Attorney, you would be spending somewhere around $830 on most conservative estimate.

I do not think that filing H4-EAD is tough enough to be not done all by yourself. It is just a simple 1 page form. You can just follow the above article and do it yourself and save at-least $500 in Attorney fees.

On the other hand, some of the consulting companies are paying for the H4 spouse’s USCIS and Attorney fees, if they start working for them after getting their EAD. This is a good arrangement too.

You can bookmark this page as I would be adding more information as and when I receive.

More questions or suggestions? Please share them in the comments below. I would try to answer to the best of my knowledge.

  • Sahil

    Hi Anil,

    Thanks for the information. It is really helpful in clearing the confusion on some of the questions. As its 05/26 already, can you confirm whether we can file the forms online if I am filing I765 using my I140 approval receipt? If yes, can you mention the list of documents (as we won’t be able to attach photos) while submitting documents online. Also which website we need to use in order to file it online?

    Thanks,

    Sahil

  • No, you can’t file it online for H4-EAD.
    USCIS has clearly mentioned that you should send the application by mail.

    Check the document list that I have used for myself. Or you can select the document list that USCIS has provided.

  • Harpreet Kaur

    they asked for alien registration number at the back of photo. Where to look up for that number?

  • It is possible that you do not have the Alien registration number assigned to you yet. It is mostly assigned while filing for Green card I-485.

    Also, i am not aware of the requirement where we have to write Alien registration number at the back of photo.

    If you want to write, you can write your i94 number. Read the question number 16 on the new i-765 form and it says you either write Alien number or i94 number.

    Let me know if you need more information.

  • Harpreet Kaur

    Thanks for your reply. On page 8 of Instructions for Form I-765 under photo specifications heading, they have instructed to write name and alien receipt number n the back of the photo.

  • Hi Harpreet,

    You are right. I think I missed those instructions all-together.

    Not sure if they mean the H4 I797 receipt number here. The word ‘Alien’ makes it confusing.
    I think you can write i94 number as you don’t have an Alien registration/receipt number assigned yet.

  • Harpreet Kaur

    Alright ! Thanks..

  • Rajiv Pandey

    H4 EAD tracker. Please post your case and update regularly

  • You are welcome Harpreet.

  • Hi Rajiv,
    Thanks for sharing the links. As a policy, we do not allow the links in comments unless they are really helpful and useful to our guests.
    Hence, I have removed your other two comments which contained links.

  • Deepmala Roy

    Anil i already posted my docs but in the form forgot to write in SSN no section Not applicable rather kept it blank, will that be an major issue? Plz reply

  • I think it should be okay.
    I have myself left couple of boxes blank with no n/a.

    Keeping my fingers crossed too.
    At max, they can return the documents and you can file again.

    There is no quota or time limit…so no need to worry.

  • Uffaq Mattu

    I forgot to write the name and I94 number behind the photos. I hope it won’t be a big issue.

  • Uffaq Mattu

    Also I did not fill the G1145 form. Is there a way of knowing the status of my application.

  • Lot of people I know have not written the i94 number or anything at the back of photos.
    Since this is the first time, we are not sure about the response of USCIS team.

    We are waiting for the responses and see what happens. I would think that it should not be a big issue and the application should go through.

  • G1145 form is optional. USCIS will officially send a receipt number by mail to all the application senders.
    G1145 is just to have a confirmation over the email and a text as and when they receive the application. Even people who have sent G1145 form have not received any kind of confirmation yet.

    I will update the article as soon as I get more confirmed and reliable information.

  • Mohan Dora

    Hi Anil,

    Thanks for the information. Glad to find you post on H4 EAD Filling instructions.

    –In SSN field should we fill ITIN or None.
    –Can the Check be anyone’s if the applicant doesnt have bank A/c.

  • Hi Mohan,
    1. If you don’t have SSN, write ‘N/A’. Do NOT write ITIN number.

    2. Check can be made with anyone’s bank account. In most cases, the H4 spouse would not have his/her own bank account. So, most of them would be paying through the primary H1b holder’s bank account check.

  • Phani kumar Mikkilineni

    for question 11 in -765 form . my wife had h1 for 2 years before should i mention that in question 11?

  • Select ‘No’ for Q 11.
    This question is specifically for answering ‘if you have ever applied for EAD before’. Since, you never did, you should answer it as ‘No’.
    Having an H1B visa is not equal to having EAD. They are two different things.

    Does that answer your question?

  • prasanthi

    Need help in filling EAD Application i have small doubt under 17 do we have to just put as N/A or

  • Just write ‘Not Applicable’ if your category in Q 16 is NOT (c)(3)(c).

  • prasanthi

    how can we track h4 ead application status

  • If you have received your receipt number (USCIS issues one, after receiving your application, and sends you a paper mail), then you can track its status on their website here:
    https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/landing.do

    if you had used For G1145, as mentioned in above post, you would have received an email with your receipt number.

    If they have not yet received the receipt number, your only tracking option is the mail service’s tracking.

  • Kumar

    My Spouse recently filed for change of status from H1 to H4 and it is still in pending status and can we file for her H4 EAD based on my I140 now or we need to wait until her H4 gets approved. If we can file now, then what we need to answer for questions 10 since her recent I-94 has H1 status and for question 15 since H4 is still pending. Also what supporting documents should we send for H4 while filing for H4 EAD.

  • I would suggest you to wait for getting H4 approval first and then apply for H4-EAD.

  • Kumar

    Thank you Anil!
    Incase if we want to file H4 EAD now while the H4 is still pending, is it better to go with the attorney or we can file ourselves…

  • It is your decision. I would talk to an attorney to discuss the situation before filing.

  • Apurvaas

    How about OPT? I had OPT in 2010 and after that, I switched to H4. Should OPT count as EAD?
    Thank you

  • No. Opt is not equal to EAD.

  • More information: If you had applied for EAD with OPT, then you should specify it on your application.

  • Apurvaas

    Isnt OPT an EAD? you file I765 and you get EAD card with OPT.

  • Technically yes. I clarified it with reliable sources and they are of opinion that you should mention about your EAD with OPT on your H4 EAD application.

  • Vish

    Hi,
    My wife worked on H1B & now changed to H4, have few questions about applying for H4-EAD,
    1.she has SSN, should SSN be provided on I-765?
    2. She has a renewed passport, should she provide copies of both the passports?
    3. What is –765 work sheet?

    Your response is appreciated !

    Thanks.

  • Hi Vish,
    1. Yes, you should provide SSN.
    2. Yes, you should include copies of both passport to avoid any issues.
    3. i765 worksheet is not applicable for your case since you would be filing this application under category (C)(26).

    Let me know if you need more information.

  • Vish

    Thanks Anil !
    One more thing, we talked to one attorney to file for H4 -EAD, he is asking $550 towards attorney fee & filing fee is separate. Can we do it on our own, only thing to worry is about any RFE’s if we go without attorney.

    Any thoughts ? !!

  • Attorney will charge what they want to charge. It is up to you if you can afford it or not.

    I would fill it myself and apply for it.
    We have given all the details above and it is pretty easy.

    If there is an RFE, I am sure you know all about your case and can certainly give RFE response or involve an attorney if you find it difficult at that time.

    I can safely say that 95% of people in and around my reliable circle have applied it themselves using above mentioned details and they have got it without any RFE.
    Rest 5% have used an attorney’s service.

    Let me know if you need more information.

  • Vish

    I agree..
    Thanks for your quick response, Anil !!!!
    We are planning to do it ourselves.

  • Abdul

    Hi,
    My wife had H4 petition extension valid till September 2017,But she have visa till 09/30/2015 only. Can she apply EAD with H4 extended petition? Please advise.

  • Visa and petition are two different things.
    She must have got new i94 with the h4 extension (new) petition as well. What is the date on this new i94? It must be September 2017.

    Yes, you can apply for H4-EAD. You would need to get the visa stamped (with new H4 extension only if you leave the country and want to come back).

  • Vish

    Thanks Anil,

    This is a great work you have done here, just followed everything step by step, as it is mentioned here. we prepared all documents ourselves & applied for H4 EAD last week, just got the application accepted text & email from USCIS.

    FYI .. for the fellow applicants, we sent the personal check & it was accepted.

  • You are welcome Vish.

  • Abdul

    Thanks for your information Anil

  • Vish

    Hi Anil,

    My wife received her EAD card, today. She has an SSN( while she was on H1B), can she use the same SSN or does she has to apply for new one?

  • SSN is only issued once for an individual. You should use the existing one.
    There is no need to apply for a new one.

  • Vish

    Great ! Thanks for the quick response !!

  • andy

    Thank you very much for you tips. I just got approval within 20 days. Really appreciated.

  • You are welcome. I am glad it helped you.

  • sanjeev

    Hi Anil,
    Great info. and I am planning to file EAD for my spouse as recently got my I-140 approval. But before I do that got few question on form(I-765):
    Q#10: I94# My H1B got expired oct 31,2015. Got a new one but have not travelled out of country. So do not have it stamped on my passport. Do I use the recent- I 94#(wife) or use the old one which got expired in oct 2015?
    Q12: Last date of entry on my wife’s passport is not stamped(not sure why but H-4 is expiry is stamped) but I know what those dates/place where? should I mention that or what do I do?
    Q15: What is the answer for current immigration status for her: Spouse of H1B or H4? not sure please advise
    Q16: answer to that should be C26. Spouse of H1B.
    Thanks once again for all the help.
    Sanjeev

  • Hi Sanjeev,
    Q 10. Use the most recent i-94 number that you would have got with the new approved H1B Extension.
    Q 12. Yes
    Q 15. H4
    Q 16. C26

    Refer the screen shot of sample H4 EAD application given in the above article for more information.

  • chiru

    Hi Anil,
    I have applied for F1 visa and then requested for withdraw as my spouse got I-140 approval. now I am trying to apply for H4-EAD.
    my question is
    1. Do I have to wait until my previous decision is decided (as the decision by USCIS is not yet made on my withdrawal), or Can I file now ?
    2. Do I have to send my previous receipt numbers to USCIS (example: previous EAD’s, Previous USICS case receipt numbers ) ?

    Please let me know.

    Thanks
    chiru

  • 1. You can file your new application anytime.
    2. Yes, you will have to share the previous EAD details. There is a Question 11 on the i-765 form (sample available in above article) that need this input.

  • swati

    Hi Anil,

    Thanks for this forum.
    Is biometrics required for H-4 EAD new applicant?
    Did you submit paystubs of h1-b applicant?

    Thanks in advance

  • 1. No Biometrics are required.
    2. No pay-stubs are required.

    This is the list of documents that you require and nothing else for H4-EAD application:
    http://www.am22tech.com/h4-ead-uscis-form-i-765-sample-form/#documents

    Let me know if you need more information.

  • Akhil

    Can I submit copy of H4 visa & Driving license copy instead of Biometric pages of the passport?

  • Yes, you can.

  • AKHIL AHUJA

    Thanks a lot for the quick response

  • Mandeep Kohli

    For Q18: Which receipt number need to be written, i-797 receipt number from I-140 or i-797 receipt number from H-1B?

  • Hi Mandeep,
    if you read the FAQ’s, it has already been answered in above article here:
    http://www.am22tech.com/h4-ead-uscis-form-i-765-sample-form/#q18

  • Mandeep Kohli

    Thank Anil for quick update. It helped and answered my query.

  • Arushi

    Hi Anil,

    I was on H1b until 6 months ago and at present on h4. I want to apply for EAD through my husband’s i140. However i renewed my passport a month ago and have changed my name to take my husband’s last name as my last name (My previous last name is my middle name on my new passport) . This change is not reflected on my h4 or my ssn and driving license. Shall i apply for EAD with the new name and provide both passport copies. Or is it better to apply with the old name and include driving license as my National id( that too has the old name)
    intial name: arushi sharma. new name: arushi sharma patel

  • It is better to apply with new name. There is a question in EAD form (q no 2) which asks you to provide your other names ( that you may have used earlier). Use this question to share your old name.
    Also provide both passport copies as supporting documents.

    There should be no issue in it.

  • Arushi

    Thanks Anil. I will apply per your advise. Do you also recommend adding an explainatory letter along with it? I will be changing name on other documents as well, but it will take time. It won’t be changed by the time EAD is processed.

  • I don’t think there is any need to add any extra explanation letter.

  • Arushi

    Ok. Thanks Anil! This is very helpful.

  • Arushi

    Hi Anil,

    I am wondering if they will issue me a EAD with the new name, when my H-4 shows the old name. I will be updating the H-4 as well, but i do want to receive my EAD soon without having to wait to update H-4. Do you think they will issue the EAD?

  • They should. I don’t see a problem.
    But, I am not an attorney and you may want to consult one, if you have doubts.

  • andy

    I am doing application for H4-EAD renewal, so what should I write in question#11? I think, yes and address is the Lewisville, TX where I have applied before. What about date, if you don’t remember exact date.

  • If yo don’t remember the application date, you can write the EAD application approval date (or EAD start date).

  • andy

    Thanks

  • Vino

    My sincere thanks to the author of this article. It is written in simple English and answers all the key questions. I have found this very helpful.

    I have a question regarding the cheque. Can i use a friend’s cheque to pay the fees (ensuring he maintain’s funds) as I have run out of cheques and it will take some time for my cheques to arrive and I don’t want to lose time waiting for the cheques

  • Yes, you can use your friend’s cheque. It does not matter. You can even send a cashier’s cheque or money order, if you can’t arrange a personal cheque.

  • Vino

    Awesome. That was really quick. 🙂 Thank you.

  • Vino

    Hi Anil,

    For the basis for eligibility USCIS site and your blog says that we have to attach “Form I-797 approval notice for Form I-140”. I am not sure what this means. I have an approved I-140. I don’t see I-797 written anywhere on that document. Does this mean I should attach I-140 and the I-797A of the Principal applicant as well?

    Thanks a lot in advance for your help.

  • You will see I 797 written on top right corner of the i140 approval.
    See is the sample image attached.

  • Vino

    Thank you Anil. I now understand why I was confused. The scanned copy that my employer provided me did not have the header section that shows ‘I-797, Notice of Action’. Just the top half inch is missing. Everything under ‘I-797, Notice of Action’ is visible in the scanned copy. Do you think it will be a problem if attach this doc?

  • It should not, but i can’t really say how the guy who works on your case would really take it.
    I would suggest to get the full scanned copy from your employer to avoid wasting to-and-fro with government resources.

    If they decide to give RFE, it would really be a loooong process…so, its better to get it from employer.

  • Vino

    Thanks Anil. I have requested a full scanned copy from my employer.

  • AJ

    Hi Anil, You are doing a great job on this forum!

    Here is my case history: Held F1 -> Secured Employment Authorization Card for ‘Student Post Completion Opt’ -> Held H1 -> Now I am on H4 visa and looking to secure an EAD via my husband’s H1.

    On for I-765, question #11, should my answer be yes or no? I am confused specifically regarding my EAC card and H1 visa.

    Appreciate your help!
    Thanks
    AJ

  • Your answer should be ‘yes’.

  • AJ

    Thanks Anil. On the same question, they also ask USCIS office and date.
    1. Is it correct to enter ‘Vermont Service Center’ as the office as this is where my EAC petition was filed?
    2. What date should I enter – start date of EAC, date of EAC approval notice or date of EAC approval receipt at the Vermont center?

  • 1. Yes, Vermont.
    2. Start Date of EAC is fine.

  • AJ

    Thanks a lot!

  • AJ

    Hi Anil, The FAQ for supporting documentation suggests including a copy of H-4 visa holder’s I-797 Approval. I applied for a visa in India (don’t believe i have an I-797). Is a copy of Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record, showing my admission or extension of stay as an H-4 nonimmigrant sufficient?

    Also given my case history below, should I include copies of my EAC cards and prior H1/F1 approval notices in the application?

    case history: Held F1 -> Secured Employment Authorization Card for ‘Student Post Completion Opt’ -> Held H1 -> Now I am on H4 visa and looking to secure an EAD via my husband’s H1.

  • 1. yes, copy of i-94 will work.
    2. Yes, you should include all documents related to your EAC.

  • Vino

    Hi Anil – I am applying EAD based on my I-140 approval. Should I also attach the Primary H1 holder’s I-797 (for I-129) also. I don’t see this in the supporting documentation. I know we are recording I-797 # in Q18 however I am wondering if the copy also need to be attached?

  • No, you don’t need to provide it.

  • Vino

    Thank you. Appreciate your help.

  • Ivan

    Hi Anil. Your blog says that we have to attach “Form I-797 approval notice for Form I-140”, but I have NOA for Form I-129. Can my wife get approve for H4 EAD? Thank you.

  • Hi Ivan,
    Is your i140 approved? If not, then your spouse is not eligible to apply for H4-EAD.

  • ABHISHEK KUMAR

    Dear Anil,
    I am filing my H1B extension, my wife’s H4 extension and also renewal of her H4-EAD all together.
    On the form I-765, I had two questions.
    Question 18, what should be our response. Some one suggested we write “concurrent filing”. Other suggested receipt number of my current I-797 ( which will expire soon and my wife’s current H4-EAD also expires on the same day)
    Regards
    Abhishek

  • I would agree to write ‘concurrent filing’ in Q18.

  • melanie

    Dear Anil,
    My husband’s EAD is due for renewal in the next few months. He was issued an EAD under c9 category based on my approved I140 but renewed it under c26 was the H4-EAD became available. I am thinking that he should apply for his EAD renewal under c26 category again. Will this pose any problem?

  • There should be no issue in renewing it under (C)(26) again. Do you see any problem?

  • athi

    Dear Anil,

    I am on a H4 and currently living outside US visiting my spouse occasionally. I plan to move to the US soon. I will be travelling to the US to file my EAD. However, I need to leave the US once my EAD is filed. Will I be called for biometrics within a month or so after my EAD is filed? What are the chances?

  • Hi Athi,

    Well, this is what USCIS says for your question:
    “You may travel if you are in valid H-4 status and meet all the admission requirements, including having a valid H-4 nonimmigrant visa. However, traveling outside of the United States could cause delays in your case. While you are outside of the United States, we may need additional information to make a decision on your Form I-765 or we may issue a Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) with an opportunity to respond. If you do not respond on time to a Request for Evidence (RFE) or to the NOID, we may deny your case as abandoned. Additionally, travel outside of the United States may also cause possible delays if we need to reschedule your appointment at an Application Support Center.”

    I am sure you would have already read it earlier. In simple terms, i would travel outside if someone in USA (like your husband) can receive the notices from USCIS and respond, if required. In a normal scenario, you do not receive RFE or need to visit application support center. But, if you do, you will have to come back to USA.

    Does that answer your question?

  • MG

    Hey AJ,
    Can you please let me know all the documentation you provided regarding EAC? I am guessing front and back copies of OPT cards, all H1 approval notices. Did you also submit the I-94 card front and back when you were on F1 and visa stamp pages (for F1 and H1)?

  • AJ

    I submitted everything you listed above. Thought it wiser to err on the side of more than get an RFE.

  • MG

    Thanks AJ. My F1 visa stamps are on an old passport. I am wondering if i should send the biometric pages of that passport too?

  • AJ

    i was in the same bucket. But I did not send biometrics for the old passport. Thats just what I decided to do after scourging the internet for information. You may want to ask some expert on this forum if you prefer otherwise.

  • MG

    Did you application get accepted? Better yet, approved :)?

  • Kumar J

    Thanks Anil for the great info!! For Question 18 as well as address to mail- assuming should be based on the receipt number on I797 of I140 approval notice and not H1B. correct? Appreciate your help

  • Hi Kumar,
    For Q18 and ‘mail to ‘ address:
    It should be based on primary spouse’ H1B extension’s receipt number (i797).
    Please note this is NOT i140 receipt number (this is also i797 form, but is NOT to be used here).

  • Kumar J

    Awesome!! Thank you very much for your quick response 🙂

  • You are welcome.

  • Angel Com

    I have clarification related to i765 for question 18 c 26 for renewal. I have already applied my H1 B Extension and received Receipt number and its pending with USCIS. In case of Q 18 c 26. I should update new i797 receipt number which is not approved yet or the old i797 approval notice receipt number.

  • Hi Angel,
    You have fill in the most recent i797 number here. This would certainly be the one that you have just applied for.

    Also, I would advise you to wait for this extension’s approval and then apply for H4 EAD. Remember that the EAD’s final date would be the same as the one on your extension approval.

    You would need to provide a photocopy of the H4 petition’s copy with this EAD application.

  • Angel Com

    Tha ks or clarification.
    I am applying H4 extension and H4 EAD together…Also, I have learned from other forum that if we file it together (H1 + H4 + H4EAD) and then convert the application to premium.. all application will be approved together….If i file the H4EAD later then the approval for H4EAD will not come on time.. before expiry of H4EAD

  • Yes, it’s a good idea to apply concurrently.
    I am not sure but I have read on various forums that you can write ‘concurrent’ filing at the place where u r supposed to write the I797 number.

    Yes, u will get it fast if you will it together and that too premium.

  • Angel Com

    So in my case i should update “Concurrent” or I797 new Receipt number? or both

  • Hi Angel,
    If you are filing concurrently, how will you get the new i797 number, even before filing?

    Not sure how you are planning to do it, but the EAD application has to go in same packet as your h1b extension for concurrent filing.
    And you would get receipt number only when it reaches USCIS.

    As per my information, it should be ‘concurrent’ in i765 form.

  • Angel Com

    hi Anil

    Actually my H1 B is already filed and i received Receipt number and now i will be filling my H4 renewal and H4 EAD renewal.

    So now i am confused with H1 Receipt number in Question 18 c 26. for i765 form of H4 EAD renewal..

  • Hi Angel,

    1. In this case, this is NOT a concurrent filing. Your H1b Extension has already been filed. Sorry, i think i missed your H4 filing point.
    If you file it in premium yourself, you should write the NEW H1B extension’s receipt number on Q18 C26.
    2. You cannot file H4-EAD now unless you get the new approved H4. You would need to attach the copy of this new approved H4 with your H4-EAD application.
    3. Your case (for H4-EAD) will not get the benefit (undocumented) of the premium filing. It is only supposed to be extended to H4-EAD only if you apply within the same packet as the H1B application, which is NOT the case with you.
    4. You are supposed to get the H4-EAD’s extended date to be same as your extended H1B’s petition. If you write your EXISTING i797’s approval receipt number, you will get the OLD date.
    Hence, you should write your NEW receipt number.

    Does that help your confusion?

  • Vasu

    Hello Anil,

    To which address i need to send the H4-EAD documents packet, my I-797 petition filed in Vermont center, its starting with EAC.

  • You should send it to USCIS Dallas LockBox.
    http://www.am22tech.com/h4-ead-uscis-form-i-765-sample-form/#address

    They will internally route it to other centers (may be Vermont in your case).
    But, you SHOULD send it to DALLAS. Check the link above or on USCIS website for correct address.

  • Vasu

    Thanks , that works.

  • sravanthi t

    Hi Anil,
    Thanks for article, it was great help, my question is- My husband staying from 6+ years, and his I-140 applied before 6 years, and been approved, but husband employer is changed now, so his old employer who applied I-140 revoked it, still I can apply for H4-EAD right? based on under AC21 rule? If so do we need to submit any extra documents? We are kind of confused, please help. Thank you.

  • Reddy Raam

    Hello Anil,

    I have clarification related to i765 for questions 16, 17 and 18. Please explain me about these questions?

    My H1 B Amendment is in process and received receipt number and it’s pending with USCIS, so do you want me to wait to approval of amendment?

    If apply H4-EAD can use new i797 receipt number which is not approved yet or the old i797 approval notice receipt number?

    Thanks
    Ram

  • Hi,
    1. It does not matter if you wait or not. The H4-EAD process times (of 90 days) will start ONLY after your current H1B amendment is approved. So, it is up-to you if you want to wait for approval and then apply or want to apply using amendment’s receipt number now. Both are going to same time.
    2. You can use old i797 number IF IT HAS A GOOD amount of validity available. As per my information, your H4-EAD’s (if approved) will carry the same end date as this i797 date. You will have to apply for renewal then.

  • Reddy Raam

    Thanks Anil for your quick response.

    We applied amendment in the month of January 2016, but still it is showing as in progress. but my old I-797 is valid up to Sep’2017.

    Please suggest me

    Thanks
    Ram

  • If you apply using your old i797, you will most probably get the H4 EAD till the Sep 2017. At that time, you will again ahve to spend 380$ for its renewal.

    It is your choice if you want to do it or not.

    If your spouse wants to work after getting H4-EAD, then I would suggest to convert your H1B amendment to Premium processing. That way, you will get results immediately.

  • Reddy Raam

    Thank you!!

  • Reddy Raam

    Anil, I have one more question?
    Have you ever before applied for employment authorization from USCIS? for this question, if H4 previously on h1b visa and converted to H4, then what option we need to chooses?

    is H1b also employment authorization??

  • This is specifically for EAD. If you have never applied for EAD before, then answer is NO.

  • Reddy Raam

    Hi Anil, after applying H4-EAD with some address, if you move to different address, so what is the process to update address to USCIS?

  • Use this link to change your address with USCIS.
    https://egov.uscis.gov/coa/displayCOAForm.do

  • gdevalla

    Hello Anil, I am filling my H1+H4 and H4 EAD concurrently. Can you please let me know what should i write in Question 18 for EAD application and also do i need to provide old approval notice while submitted the applicaitons

  • You should write ‘concurrent’ filing.
    I am pretty sure you are filing your h1b with the help of attorney. He would guide with respect to documents to attach in the whole packet.

  • Abhinav Gupta

    Is there any H4 EAD renewal fee? Do we have to again pay the $380 fee?

  • Yes, you have to pay the fees again. It is 380$.

  • Durga Kalyanam

    When can i apply for H4-ead renewal? can i apply well before 120 days of current EAD expiry?

  • No, you can’t.
    You can only apply before 120 days of expiry.

  • visainfo

    Hi All, My spouse is currently on H4. An employer applied her H1 (in COS) but it got RFE, response has not yet been submitted. In the mean time, my I140 got approved and I am planning to apply for her H4 EAD. Can someone please clarify following If my spouse’s H1 RFE response and her H4 EAD application are applied/submitted at the same time and H1 gets approved before H4 EAD, what happens to H4 EAD application. Will that be valid?

  • Both are two different things and are not related.
    It does not make any difference to H4 EAD if the H1B gets approved for your wife.
    The H4 EAD will have its own result.
    Later, when your wife wants to work, she has to choose what status (h1b or H4 EAD) she wants to use to work.

  • visainfo

    Thank you Anil.

    Since H1B is filed in change of status request, so if it gets approved before H4 EAD, status of my spouse will be H1 and not H4.

    Will it impact her H4 EAD application result or will that be a problem in future H4 EAD applications.

  • I don’t think there should be any issue as such.
    I believe change of status happens only when you do it explicitly.
    You may want to take attorneys advice but as far as I know, merely filing for H1b application does not change your status ( even after its approval). You have to use it to work or enter the country with that status.
    If she had entered US with H4 stamp, the her status would remain same u less she explicitly applies to change it.

  • visainfo

    This was a great help.

    Thank you Anil for your advice and prompt response.

  • Naresh

    Hi may i know c 26 belongs which category….

  • C 26 category is specifically for H4-EAD.

  • raju kumar

    H4 EAD fee has been incresed … now its 410$.

    And also I797 Form is updated.Please download it from USCIS site

  • Yes, the fees has been increased.

  • raju kumar

    Please update your site…

  • Sure.

  • Dutt

    I have clarification related to i765 for question 18 c 26 for renewal, By mistake I enter Approved I-140 no instead of “Concurrent filling” . I should have come here first 🙁 . What could be consequence ?

  • Your question is not clear.
    Have you written something else for Q18, other than C26?

  • viru

    Hello Anil, I am filling my H1+H4 and H4 EAD concurrently. Can you please let me know what should i write in Question 18 for EAD application ?

  • You should write ‘concurrent’ filing.
    I am pretty sure you are filing your h1b +h4 +H4EAD with the help of attorney. They would guide you too.

  • viru

    Hi Anil, As far as I know , I will have to fill the form for H4 EADand send to my Employer who files for my H1B. So, I will have to write ‘Concurrent’ in that field?

  • Yes, that’s what i can tell to the best of my knowledge.

  • Anup DP

    Hi Anil ,

    I have question on Qn18: My wife entered US recently for first time and she dont have I-797. Should I enter my(H1B applicant’s) I-797 number ?

  • Please note that Q18’s answer is ALWAYS primary H1B’s i-797 number. If your spouse is applying for H4-EAD, then this should be YOUR H1B’s i-797 number ALWAYS.
    It does not matter when your wife has entered US.

  • Milan Patel

    Hi Angel,
    I am in same situation as you were. Could you please explain which receipt number you entered when filling your H4 EAD extension? I think you already filled your H1 and then filed H4 EAD separately.

  • Milan Patel

    Hi Anil,
    I am on H1, my employer filled my H1 extension. I am filling my wife’s H4 extension (I539) and H4 EAD extension (I765) by myself. I have same question, what receipt number I should write in form I765 question 18? Should I write my new receipt number which my employer filled recently or should I wait for my H1 renewal and then file my wife’s H4 EAD extension? My wife is currently working, so she need H4 EAD extension filed. And currently they stopped H1 premium process. So I am not sure how long my application will take.

    Thanks!
    Milan

  • If you are filing all H1B, H4 and H4-EAD extension all in SAME packet, then you sould write ‘Concurrent’.
    If the applications are separate (as I guess since you have your H1B Extension receipt number), you should use this NEW H1B extension number.

  • Milan Patel

    Thank you much Anil!

  • Deepa Anand

    Hi Anil,

    I applied for H4 EAD this week and only today realized I forgot to write my name and alien registration number on the back of my photos. Will this be a problem?

    Thanks,
    Deepa

  • If there is any problem, USCIS has the option of sending your application back or go ahead with it.
    If they decide it is a problem for them, they will send it back and you would need to re-send it again with corrections.

    Other than that, you can’t do anything.

  • saurya tomer

    Hi Milan,

    I am in same situation as yours. My employer already filed the H1 extension and i need to file my wife’s H4 and H4-EAD extension. Did you get the approval of your H4 and H4-EAD extension?

  • Milan Patel

    Hi Saurya,
    Unfortunately I had to file my H1 in regular process. So my wife’s H4 and H4 EAD is not approved yet. I guess H1 in regular process will take around 10-14 months, and so H4 and EAD will also take more than that.

  • Kurian Manavalan

    Hi Anil,

    H1 expires on 12/31/2017. We have filed for H1 and H4 extension. I had the following questions.

    1) Can I apply for H4 EAD renewal more than 120 days before expiry. The current H4 EAD expires on 12/31/2017.
    2) While filling out question 18 in for I-765 what should I write for H1 B spouses latest I 797 number, because the extension for H1 has just been filed?

  • 1. NO, you cant apply before 120 days before H4-EAD expiry. Even if you apply, they will return the application.
    2. If you have not filed H4-EAD renewal in the same packet as the H1B (and H4) renewal, then you will need to wait till your H1B gets renewed. ONce it is renewed, you will write the new H1B’s i797 approval notice number in Q18.

  • funkyrohin

    i have a question. my i 40 got approved recently. now for h4 ead what should i put in quest 18 , i dont have approved i 797 for h1b but i certainly do have i 140 receipt approval. should i enter that reciept number there

  • funkyrohin

    i am applying for spouse h4 ead

  • You mean you don’t have approved H1B number? How is it possible?

  • funkyrohin

    what i meant Amit was i have old h1b approved and new h1 transfer in process from past 9 months and recently i 140 arrived. so my question is should i fill reciept number of i140 in c26 related question where it ask for receipt number of 797

  • Yes, you can fill in the old H1B 1797 number.
    But, please NOTE that since you will be writing the old H1B number, you will get the H4-EAD validity date EQUAL to old H1B’s validity date.
    I am not sure if you would want to do it or want to wait for your H1B extension approval (to get a newer/extended validity based on extension’s approval).

  • funkyrohin

    ok thanks. but can we just put reciept number of 1 40 797, as that is also a 797 approval notice and uscis website says we can file h4 ead based on i 140 approval or 1 129 approval

  • No. As far as I know, It has to be H1B i797 number.

  • Reddy Raam

    Hi Anil, My H4 EAD is going to expire on 9/30/2017 and I applied for extension along with my wife h1b, but still it is showing in the process only, in this case, can I work after September 30th with h4 EAD receipt number? if possible please share me the USCIS link.

    Thanks
    Ram

  • As per the best of my knowledge, you CANNOT work on H4-EAD if you have NOT received the EAD card.
    You can’t even work on approval. The card has to be in your possession to start/keep working.

    I am afraid you have no option but to STOP working on Oct 1, if you do not receive your EAD card by then.

  • Reddy Raam

    Thank you for the info Anil.

  • Rayofhope

    Hello Anil…Please help me with my situation…I was on L1 when I arrived in USA…I applied L2 EAD for my wife…She never used it…It got expired, we did not renew it as she was not using EAD…Now, I am on H1…I want apply for my wife’s H4 EAD…I am told that we have to submit the previous EAD copy with the application, if EAD is ever granted…The issue is we lost the EAD card and are not able to find…I only have the file number, WAC…Could you please guide on what should I mention in the 765 form…YES, for EAD applied and granted before and attach the USCIS page showing the decision…or say NO, for EAD applied and granted…Your help is much appreciated…

  • You should say ‘Yes’ to the question and provide the file number.
    It is not advisable to intentionally write ‘No’ even if you have lost the documents. USCIS is pretty strict with checking what you mention on the application form and hence, whatever information you have is good enough, than to say ‘No’.

  • meenal sawant

    I have applied for EAD in 18 July. I see the status as case received. How much time does USCIS take to process H4 EAD.
    Can you please advise.

  • Earlier, they had an agreement of 90 days to process H4-EAD application but recently they removed this time limit and now, there is no such agreement.
    They can take as much time as they want.
    Check your processing center’s expected time here: https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/processTimesDisplay.do

  • meenal sawant

    Thanks for your reply. What details are required to know the processing time.

  • Check your application receipt notice It will have the information about your USCIS processing center.
    Use those details on the link i mentioned above and they will show you approximate time they are taking to process H4-EAD (for 765) applications.

  • robinpatra

    Need one input:
    Situation : I got my H1 renewed on Aug,2017 till Sep,2019. My I-140 got approved on H1 which was valid Aug,2017. Now i am planning to apply H4-EAD for my wife so need following advise :
    1) In H4 EAD i need to give new H1 renewed I-1797 number?
    2) I dont have Copy of approved I-140, i have I-140 number so will it work for H4-EAD?
    3) For Form I-1765 what shall i will be doing for question 16,17,18,19

  • 1. Yes, the most recent H1B’s i-797 number is needed.
    2. Copy of i-140 is required. Please ask your employer to share it with you.
    3. All the question’s answers are mentioned in above article with a sample pre-filled form too. Please go through it.

  • raju kumar

    Hello Anil..

    If i am applying first time H4 EAD then in form i-765 we need to fill I-94 number and in case of renewel it would be Uscis # or Alien Number (Printed on EAD card) . right?

  • No.
    i94 number is always i94 number. It is NOT replaced by Alien number.
    Read this instruction carefully for renewal:
    http://www.am22tech.com/h4-ead-uscis-form-i-765-sample-form/#sample-i765-ead-renewal

    Your i94 in case of H4-EAD renewal will be the most recent i94.
    In case you renewed H4 recently, this new i94 comes attached with the H4 approval.
    In case you are filing for H4 renewal and H4-EAD simultaneously, then, leave the i94 field blank as you do not already have it.

  • Subba

    Hi anil,

    This is for qn 20 on I 765 form right now C26 eligibility category when H1+ H4 and H4 EAD is being filed concurrently?

  • 6 months ago, the form was different and the current Q22 was Q18 in that old form.
    In new form:
    For Q 20 – You should write C(26).
    For Q 22 – As per my information, you can write ‘Concurrent filing’ in the answer.

    I have to update the article above to reflect the new H4 – EAD form too. I would do it soon.

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  • josmi jose

    Hello ANIL

    I am applying for first time H4 EAD. My i94 no in recent i797 approval notice is different from online i94 records (from the CBP website, which is the latest one). So please confirm which i94 no to be written for question no 14. Thanks!

  • josmi jose

    Hello ANIL

    I am applying for first time H4 EAD. My i94 no in recent i797 approval notice is different from online i94 records (from the CBP website, which is the latest one). So please confirm which i94 no to be written for question no 14. Thanks!

  • It has to be the most recent i94 number. If you traveled outside US after your last H4 renewal, you will find your most recent i94 number online.
    If you did not travel outside USA after most recent H4 renewal, then the i94 number is what is attached to H4 renewal.

  • josmi jose

    Thanks Anil!