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H1B TO H4 - Need to decide when can My wife quit her Job

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My wife and I works on H1B visa and have a question on Change of Status. What is the best time to quit her job as her COS is in process. No plans to apply EAD and work now.

Option 1. File for a change of status first and wait till its approved before resigning from the current job. Does she need to quit her job immediately after Approval? Any grace period? In Vermont Center, its showing 9 - 12 months of processing.

Option 2. File for change of status to H4 and quit the job after receiving the H4 receipt. As we have the receipt, is her status in US Valid or Invalid? Do we know, How long are we looking to get the receipt? She will not get any payslips after quitting her job. Does it harm her COS process?


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When a COS to H4 is approved, the person is in H4 status and can not work anymore. There is no grace period.

It is possible to quit while the H4 petition is pending.

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