I have an H4 stamped until mid 2015, got h1b approved from oct 2013 through a consultant. However, due to personal reasons, I couldn't work, but have been running the payroll for a nominal amount, which I doubt is insufficient for h1b status for ~3 month. I have to go to India in July for about a month. Consultant is asking that I file for a COS from H1b to H4. but I have read that COS from H1b to H4 would take 3-4 months and I won't be able to leave the country when it is being processed. on the contrary, I have also read that I need not apply for COS and just go to India and come back on the h4 visa stamp that is still valid. Would the latter option jeopardize my ability to use the h1b in the future? I would like to come back on H4 and find another employer and then move to h1b again.