H4 EAD validity after switching from H4 to H1 and back to H4
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You need a new EAD. The EAD is based on your valid status at the time the I-765 was filed. Although you are in the same status now, your H1 broke the continuity of your previous H4 status and, thus, invalidated the EAD. Stated another way, almost all EAD's are based on an underlining status or pending application. Although the EAD may give a time of validity, the work permit is only valid as long as the underlying status remains valid. Here, your initial H4 ended when you changed status and so the EAD was invalidated.
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It appears that you must seek a new EAD based on your new lawful status.
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