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Hello All,

I entered USA in June 2019 with H4 Visa stamped till Dec 2021. Changed to H1B in Jan 2020. But last month lost my job. So my h1b status will be valid only till Aug 15,2021. Have couple of questions about the other steps.

1) If not able to join another job before end of 2 months, Do I need to file I-539 for change of status to H4 even though i have visa stamped till Dec 2021 ?

2) If suppose I-539 is filed since its taking long time for approval now a days. If i travel out of country , will this application be automatically revoked ?

3) Will I be eligible for dropbox for H4  Visa stamping ?

Thank you.


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  • 3 weeks later...

1) Yes you must file for COS to H4..........your H4 visa stamp in passport has no bearing on this since a visa stamp is ONLY used to ENTER the US

2) Yes, if you leave US while H4 COS is pending, then the application is deemed to be automatically abandoned

3) You already have visa stamp till Dec 2021 which you can use it to reenter the US in H4 status. Most likely you will be eligible for dropbox if you still decide to renew your H4 visa

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