H4 application process with covid restrictions


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I have applied for COS to H4 visa from an F-1 visa in September 2020. But the expected ETA for an H4 visa currently is 14-18 months for the California center.

I am considering the following options as I want to start working asap. Can you let me know if it makes sense or share your comments on this approach?

  1. Since conversion with in the US is taking a long time, and I am planning to go to India and apply for H4 through the consulate (try for an emergency appointment)
  2. Wait till the appointment is confirmed
  3. Reach US on H4
  4. Apply for H4 EAD

Since the EAD has a 90-day restriction to get the card (after having H4), I may have a better chance of starting the job sooner by this approach. Please let me know what you think about this.


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