H4 COS + H4 EAD or H4 Stamping + H4 EAD

Hi Anil,

Kindly provide me a best scenario for this case.

I would like to apply for F1 to H4 COS and H4 EAD together. OPT is expiring in September’19. I understand that there will be a gap in employment until I receive EAD card. My spouse’s I-140 is got approved recently.
Considering the possibilities -

  1. Is it better to apply for COS + H4 EAD now ?
  2. Or travel outside US, get H4 then apply for EAD?

which scenario is best? Also if option 2, when is it safe to travel? considering OPT date.

Thanks in advance.

I suggest to travel outside US, get H4 visa stamp and then come back to US and file H4 EAD to get things done faster.

Thanks Anil for the solution, but when is it feasible to travel to get it stamped… have opt till september… Can I get stamping with a particular start date, so that opt period doesn’t get wasted?

You will get the visa stamp based on the date when you apply.

You have to plan it that way.