H4 change of status is taking 2 to 12 months. California Service Center is processing H4 and L2 Change of status faster than Vermont.
Vermont has slowest processing time of 8 months. USCIS Nebraska Center is approving at same speed as California.
|CALIFORNIA||Fastest Approved Case||Raise USCIS SR Date|
|VERMONT||Fastest Approved Case||Raise USCIS SR Date|
|NEBRASKA||Fastest Approved Case||Raise USCIS SR Date|
|NATIONAL BENEFITS CENTER||Fastest Approved Case||Raise USCIS SR Date|
|TEXAS||Fastest Approved Case||Raise USCIS SR Date|
|POTOMAC||Fastest Approved Case||Raise USCIS SR Date|
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Is H4 Visa Stamping faster than H4 COS?
The H4 stamping outside USA in US embassy using H1B approved i797 is fastest way to get H4.
If you are planning to start work using H4 EAD approval, it is better to go out of USA and get H4 stamped in passport instead of filing H4 Change of status application.
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H1B to H4 Visa Dropbox
H4 Visa and H1B are in same class of visa H and hence are eligible for dropbox. Check your Dropbox eligibility for India.
Travel while H4 Pending
Your H4 COS application will be rejected if you travel while approval is pending.
You should NOT travel while your H4 extension is pending. If you leave US, your H4 extension may not be approved with new i94.
You can get H4 visa stamp to re-enter USA though. In that case, you would not need the H4 extension application that you have filed (and is pending) in US.