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Ganesh101

H1 to H4 then H1

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Hi,

I am currently on H1 visa (since oct 2016). My wife is also on H1 and her I140 approved in July 2017. I am not enjoying my work in industry (I am biology major).

I want go back to academics but most of the universities wont sponsor H1 ( they will do J1). I have couple of questions:

1, Can I get H4EAD with my wife H1 (as her I140 already approved) and resign to my H1 Job once I get H4-EAD and work in University.

2, In the future if I want to go back to H1. Is it possible? or do I have to go lottery again? or In the future (after 3/4 years)  If a company willing to transfer my unused H1  is it possible or my H1 is only valid for 2016 to 2022?

Thanks in advance.

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1. Yes.

2. You have 6 years of H1 status in total spread out over as many years as you can imagine. But realistically you can continue working in H4 status with EAD till her PD becomes current.

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