Some background: My H1B was recently extended till Jan 2025 (I-140 approved), we could not file my wife’s H4 extension because she was out of the country. Her current visa stamp, I-94 and I-797 is valid till Oct 2022. We want to apply for her H4-EAD (first time EAD). Questions:
- If we apply for an EAD using her current I-94, the EAD’s validity will only be until Oct 2022. Is this understanding correct?
- If H4 and EAD are filed concurrently, the processing times seem to longer than standalone EAD. With this in mind, should we get an H4 visa stamped (either India or Canada) and then apply for her EAD?
- Can we go to a Canadian land border and extend her I-94 till Jan 2025 using my H1B approval notice? Does USCIS do this when there is no H4 visa application pending? Or should we file a H4 extension application and then go to the border for the I-94 extension?