Can I work on my H1B while my change of status from H1 to H4 is in progress?

Asked 6 months ago - Beaverton, OR

I have H1B visa with I-94 expiring on March 02, 2014. I am planning to take a break for a year so will be applying for change of status from H1 to H4. My employer has applied for my H1 extension but it will easily take another 3-4 months to get approved. So I have to apply for my H4 before my I-94 expires (March 02, 2014). I would like to work on my H1B until end of March. Now my question is, can I apply for change of status from H1 to H4 online now (in next 1 week) and continue to work on H1 until my H4 gets approved or until end of March whichever is earlier? or do I have to STOP working as soon as I apply online?

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  1. Ajay Kumar Arora

    Contributor Level 19


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    Answered . You can work for the H1B employer beyond the I-94 expiration date based on its filing of an H1B petition requesting extension of status prior to I-94 expiration. However, once your application for change of status to H4 is approved, you must discontinue employment immediately. You are not required to be employed by the H1B employer when the application to change status to H4 is filed (in case you were wondering about it). Consult with your current immigration attorney for case specific advice.

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  2. Maria J. Marty

    Contributor Level 17

    Answered . You can work on your H-1B until the change of status to H4 is approved.

    Due to the nature of this forum, Attorney Maria J. Marty does not have all the information required to provide... more

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