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Hi all,

My L2 and EAD renewal is in process, my i94 has expired.
Application was received by USCIS in Sep 2021. If approved I will have L2 EAD till Dec 2023.

My husband’s H1B and i140 is also approved, but we didn’t switch to H1B yet thinking L2 EAD approval is quicker than H4 EAD process.

Now I’m contemplating if it’s better to switch to H4 instead of waiting for L2 EAD. At least H4 EAD is valid for longer than L2 EAD.

But I have a few questions if any of you could share your thoughts and experience, it would be great
1. If we switch to H1B, do I have to first file H4 and then file for H4 EAD?
2. What are the current processing times for H4 EAD?
3. If we switch to H1B, and travel overseas do we need a H1B stamp to re-enter the US? If so, do we qualify for Dropbox appointments?
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