My wife is on F1 - OPT (valid till May 2019) and is currently working (full-time) on her OPT and I am on H1B (valid till November 2018). We are thinking of applying her H4 COS, EAD and H1B extension in premium processing concurrently.
1. We want to make sure that there is minimum disruption in her work. Can I specify future start date date for H4 and EAD, say 6-7 months from now? If not, since H4 COS and EAD will be filed concurrently with my H1B extension in premium processing, we don't want to land in a situation where her H4 is approved and EAD is still pending. Would you suggest first applying H1B extension premium processing, wait for approval and then apply for H4 and EAD?
2. If her H4 and EAD gets approved (when my H1B extension is filed in premium processing and my wife's H4 COS/ EAD are filed in normal processing but all filed concurrently assuming this is possible), what would be end date (validity) of her H4/EAD i.e. would it be valid till November 2018 or November 2021?
3. In case we file my H1B extension first, then her H4 and EAD, would her H4 and EAD be processed at the same time? What is the expected timeline for getting both H4 COS and EAD?
You should seriously consider talking about all these things with the lawyer who will be filing all of this for the employer.
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