I am living in the US. I was a J2 visa holder for 5 years, and early this year both my visa and EAD have expired. While my spouse was switched to H1B (premium), I had to wait for the approval of H4 for 8 months. Fortunately, a few weeks ago I was able to receive the approval for my I-539 application to switch to H4 from J2. The question I would like to ask is when I apply for EAD under the new H4 visa, should I consider it the renewal of my old EAD or first application, and could renewal or first application be matter in terms of processing time of Uscis? Actually, I just received a job offer from a small company where I had applied for last year. I am wondering if I can get into this job with no valid EAD.