H4 extension and EAD- Is it better to apply from USA or get stamping from India/Mexico

Hi Anil,

Below is my current situation:

  1. I am currently on H4, with H4 EAD- expires on July 26, 2020. I did COS from F1 last year and already got my visa stamped in India in August 2019
  2. My husband got his H1B extension approved yesterday.
  3. I was not able to apply H4 extension with him due to some reasons (passport about to expire/ miscommunication with attorney)

My questions are:

  1. Do I still need to do bio-metrics though i already have H4 stamping?
  2. If I have to do bio-metrics, then is it better to:
  • Apply for H4 extension and EAD from USA, or
  • Go to India/ Mexico for H4 stamping and then apply for EAD once I come back? Can i even do that?
  1. What do you think are the usual processing times in both cases?

Thanks in advance!

Hi @monika

My suggestion is to file both H4 and H4 EAD within US.

Processing time is currently 5-7 months for both H4 and EAD. Both get approved at same time in most cases.

Biometrics is required for each H4 extension that you file. Biometrics is required even if you go outside US for H4 visa stamp.

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