To either apply or "switch" to an EAD you must qualify for filing for Form I-485 AOS, either through marriage to a USC who petitions you or else must have an I-140 petition by an employer approved . You seem to have neither.
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I would need more information to answer your question. You are work authorized with your H1B status. I believe you want to know if you can switch to an authorization that is not tied to a specific employer. If this is the case you should contact an immigration attorney to determine your options.
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It is always best to maintain status. Nothing in your post indicates you would be eligible for an EAD.
J Charles Ferrari
Eng & Nishimura
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