I'm currently employed and my H1B visa is valid till Feb, 2016. But I'm planning to apply for H4 and the Change of status. As per the current processing time, it takes about 4 months for the H4 to be approved. Can I continue to work in my H1B visa till H4 COS is approved? or should I have to quit my job, right after I have applied for my COS? Appreciate any input regarding this... TIA.
The 'processing times' shown on the internet are not accurate ... do not make plans based on those inaccurate numbers.
Yes, you can work on the H-1B .. until February 2016, or when the COS to H-4 is approved.
Once the COS is approved ... there is NO GRACE PERIOD .. you must stop work IMMEDIATELY.
Yes, you can quit your job ... after the COS papers have been received by CIS.
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Yes if the h1B visa is still valid during the pendency of the H4 and the conditions of employment did not change.
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You can continue to be employed with the H-1B status until such time that the request for change of status to the H-4 is granted.
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