Currently on H4 planning to apply for H4 EAD and H1B got picked in lottery

Hi Team,

I have few questions.

  • Currently on H4 planning to apply for H4 EAD.
  • Also got picked up in H1 B lottery for the year 2023
  • Or I can apply both (H4 EAD and H1B Parallelly)?

Appreciate your response here.


You can apply both. Your H1B wont start until 1st October if filed with a change of status from H4 to H1B. H4 EAD processing takes a long time so if you intend to switch to H1B anyways, you may not apply for H4 EAD as chances are less that it will be approved before 1st October. If it is adjudicated after 1st October, most probably it will be denied as your wont be in H4 status anymore after 1st October and wont qualify for H4 EAD.