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URGENT : H4 EAD Help needed

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Posted by nickjiit (15) 11 Jan 2018#1
Hi,
I was on F1 status (F1 Visa stamped) in 2017 and had applied for COS to H4 and H4 EAD in October 2017. Got H4EAD approval card starting at 1st Jan 2018 to March 2020.
Because of some urgent personal reason I need to travel to India for 1 week. Its not enough time to get H4 stamped. I am planning to re enter US on F1 visa stamp.
My question is, by doing this will my H4 EAD become invalid for future use ? If I again apply for COS to H4 from F1, will I need a new H4 EAD card or once My H4 COS is approved, I can use the old H4 EAD card (which had expiry date of March 2020). I need to travel in one week, any help will be much appreciated.
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Posted by h4EADWait4ever (6) 12 Jan 2018#2
to nickjiit:

In my personal opinion, it is not easy to come back on F1 after COS to H4 is already done. Do you still carry I-20 and are you still an active student? Your COS is already recorded and will be visible to the officer at the airport when you re-enter. You should have a strong convincing reason for traveling to India and coming back on a different status. On top of that you should posses all documents explaining your valid F1 status. If you don't have them don't even think of re-entry with F1 visa as you will be subject to deportation. Also your H4 EAD will be invalid simply because you will not be on H4 anymore. H4 Expiry date is as much valid as the H4 Visa is and if you lose H4 status, even if card says 2020, it does not carry any validity. It is not that easy to get EAD so better not take that chance especially if you are currently working.

please check this for some of the docs needed for valid F1 re-entry to US.
www.swcc.edu/f-1_travel_and_re-entry_handout.pdf

Even if you are traveling for one week, I always see Hyderabad Consulate having appointments as early as within next 10 days or sometimes even in next 2 days. Start filling out DS160 today- have someone in India pay the fees for booking appointment and check the next immediate available appointment. You can check the same in all cities where we have consulate in India-need not be the nearest one where you live and somewhere you can find the appointment that fits your schedule. No matter how difficult your situation is.. it is in your best interests to either re-schedule/extend your trip and get H4 visa stamping done and not to try other options especially after the COS is already done so as to not to get into trouble when coming back.
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Posted by nickjiit (15) 12 Jan 2018#3
Hi, Thanks for the reply.
Yes I am currently an student pursuing PHD. I moved to H4 status (COS) with H4EAD starting Jan1st 2018. My stamped f1 is valid till 2021.
I was planning to enter US on F1 and again file COS from f1 to H4, assuming my current H4EAD card would be valid to use as soon as go on H4 again. or I will need to apply for a new H4EAD card ?
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