Traveling on H4 while applied for H1


Right now I’m on h4. Planning to go for a vacation to India in next. also planning to apply for h1 in April 2014. In this case which is the best time to travel and enter safely ? Before applying for h1 or before h1 is being approved after it is applied or once approved so that stamp and return ?



If you are applying for H1B in April of 2014 with Change of Status ( COS), you should not travel during the H1B Visa Processing time, until your petition decision is given by USCIS.

In my view, the best time to travel would be on H4 status before April 2014. It will give you the advantage of doing a COS and start working from Oct 2014 without leaving country…

Hi Kumar,

In case somebody travel to India after the approval from USCIS and came back on same H4 then she need to do some extra steps for start working on Oct 1st.