H4 EAD is an H4 Employment Authorization Document (EAD) that allows H4 visa holders to work legally in H4 EAD jobs without any employer or location restriction in USA.
Q 29 on Form I-765 for H4-EAD? Which receipt number should I write? I have two receipts, one is H1B approval and other is i-140 Approval?
Use H1B primary person’s most recent I-797 receipt number. This is NOT the I-140 approval receipt number.
The document list is the same for renewal (or H4 EAD extension) as for new H4-EAD application mentioned above.
USCIS does not allow you to apply earlier than 180 calendar days including weekend and holidays.
Update May 19, 2018: Several users have reported that USCIS is now issuing RFEs if you file for renewal 180 days before expiry. RFE claims that you can file only 120 days before expiry.
Refer comments by users.
Officially, USCIS allows filing renewal 180 days in advance. We recommend people to be careful as the H4 EAD withdrawal is coming soon. We have covered the news and USCIS discrepancy in detail here.
It is possible that the START date for this extension is in future.
If your H4 expires in Sep, and you applied for renewal in Mar, same year, it is possible that your extended H4’s start date is Sep instead of March.
It is on 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.
Q 21a: Form i-94 number: Use i94 number on the most recent H4 approval (i797 form). Use this START date even if it is in the future without any issue.
H4 EAD USCIS and DHS H4 EAD mean the same thing. The application is mailed to USCIS.
|H1B Receipt Number begins with||EAC or LIN||WAC|
|Send application to||Dallas USCIS Lockbox office||USCIS Phoenix Lockbox office|
|Using USPS?||USCIS Attn: H4 |
P.O. Box 660921
Dallas, TX 75266
P.O. Box 20400
Phoenix, AZ 85036
|Using FedEx, UPS or DHL?||USCIS Attn: H4 |
2501 S. State Hwy. 121 Business
Lewisville, TX 75067
| USCIS |
Attn: H4 1820 E. Skyharbor Circle S
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Applying H4 EAD for the first time, Choose 1.a.
If you had any kind of EAD before (like L2-EAD), then you can consider H4 EAD as new EAD.
For H4-EAD renewal applications, select 1.c. – renewal.
Enter the name of the Airport (Port of entry like Newark International Airport) in the US on your most recent entry.
For some people, this airport might be a non-US airport like Abu Dhabi where they complete the US immigration process at Abu-Dhabi airport itself.
I would suggest writing 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 the 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”.
For H4-EAD applications, you can write ‘N/A’ or leave blank.
Only BLACK color ink pen is allowed as USCIS uses computer scanning to read forms.
H4 EAD 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 canceled and now there is no official time frame.
Yes, H4 EAD can do any job or even start a business. There is no restriction like the ones for the primary H1B holder of filing LCA for a specific technology, location, and employer.
If you do not currently have SSN (which most first-time EAD filers will not have), just select ‘No’ on Q 13.a. and then select ‘Yes’ on Q 14 and Q 15.
You will have to fill Q 16.a., 16.b. with your (H4’s) father and mother name to get SSN card.
Your SSN card will be automatically generated after your EAD is approved within 3-4 weeks mailed by USPS.
Do NOT staple the documents. Instead, use a paper clip to bind them together. Here is a sample of final documents package.
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 the 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 the USA.
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