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Member Profile: AshishThakwani (79 posts)

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Hello, I'm AshishThakwani (report this user)
I am from India
I last logged in on 20 Aug 2015
I have been a member since 07 May 2014
I have added 79 posts in trackitt forums
I added my last post on 16 Aug 2015
AshishThakwani's Immigration Cases
 
H-1B case: Approved in 12 days (82 days less than average)   (12 comments)
User: AshishThakwani Nationality: India
Application Type:extensionService Center:California
Processing Type:premiumApplication Filed:15 Jul 2015
USCIS Received Date:16 Jul 2015Receipt Number:WAC15209XXXXX
RFE Received?:noRFE Received Date:
Reason for RFE:RFE Replied Date:
Application Status:approvedApproval/Denial Date:27 Jul 2015
TN Status:Most Recent LUD:
Total Processing Time:12 daysDays Elapsed:
Case Added to Tracker: 22 Jul 2015 Last Updated: 28 Jul 2015
Notes: Applied H1B Extension (I-129) + Change of Status of spouse from F1 to H4 with future date (I-539) + H4 EAD (I-765). Check cleared on 7/24. I-765 not approved with I-129 & I-539.

H4 EAD case: Approved in 20 days (48 days less than average)   (11 comments)
User: AshishThakwani Nationality: India
Application Type:new applicationService Center:California
Filing Method:paper-basedApplication Filed:15 Jul 2015
USCIS Received Date:16 Jul 2015USCIS Notice Date:22 Jul 2015
USCIS Receipt Number:WAC15209XXXXXRFE Received?:
RFE Received Date:Reason for RFE:
RFE Replied Date:Application Status:approved
Approval/Denial Date:04 Aug 2015Card Production Ordered:04 Aug 2015
EAD Received:17 Aug 2015Total Processing Time:20 days
Most Recent LUD:Days Elapsed:
Case Added to Tracker: 26 Jul 2015 Last Updated: 18 Aug 2015
Notes: Applied along with H1B Extension + F1 to H4 COS (with future date) via premium processing. I-129 & I-539 approved on 7/27. On 8/4 the status changed to My card is being processed then it changed to My case was approved. 8/14 Status changed to yo
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 16 Aug 2015
Topic: STEM OPT


yes, my spouse is currently working FT on OPT & looking fwd to apply for STEM OPT in OCT/NOV. With this news, we are very confused whether to apply STEM OPT or to apply for COS to H4 & H4 EAD (not sure, how long this process will take).



If you have I-140 approved, quickest way to get EAD for your spouse is to file for H1B Amendment/Extension along with F1 to H4 COS & EAD. File your H1B application under premium processing, your spouse should be able to get the EAD in 20-30 days without any break in employment.

If you can not apply for H1B extension, find out if you can apply for amendment + extension. If you have change in your title from your H1B application you can file for amendment + extension.
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Posted in I-765 (EAD) Forum on 14 Aug 2015
Topic: EAD for H4 Visa Holders

Are there any cases where card was received without any update after approval?

My wife's case was received by USCIS on July 16th.
July 25nd Notice received by mail.
August 4th Status changed to card was ordered.
August 4th Status was changed to case approved.
August 7th received approval notice in mail.

Haven't received card in mail or any further update on the case? Should I wait or call USCIS to find out ?
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Posted in I-765 (EAD) Forum on 09 Aug 2015
Topic: EAD for H4 Visa Holders

I can understand your frustration. it is very disheartening that you (and many other) had to go through it because of broken immigration system. Employers in US generally prefer people who have education from US and also have some experience. However it really depends on what field you are in. Engineering jobs are relatively easy to find compared to other professions.

You should know that with EAD you can also start your own small business. I just wanted to give you this information so that you can start thinking in that direction as well.

Good luck.
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Posted in I-765 (EAD) Forum on 08 Aug 2015
Topic: EAD for H4 Visa Holders

Great. Lot of people who have already applied to extension are waiting for approval before applying for EAD. Your case tells us that they should go ahead with EAD application.
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Posted in I-765 (EAD) Forum on 08 Aug 2015
Topic: EAD for H4 Visa Holders


Hi., Please let me know how long does it take for the approval letter to reach us. I got my ead card last week, but still waiting for approval notice



Approval notice is just the notification. For employment you need the EAD card. You are all set for any employment now. Enjoy :)
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Posted in I-765 (EAD) Forum on 06 Aug 2015
Topic: EAD for H4 Visa Holders

Thanks to you as well for actively participating during EAD Campaign.

Enjoy the freedom now :)
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Posted in I-765 (EAD) Forum on 06 Aug 2015
Topic: EAD for H4 Visa Holders

Congratulations. Good to see USCIS is now processing concurrent applications together.
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Posted in I-765 (EAD) Forum on 06 Aug 2015
Topic: EAD for H4 Visa Holders

You only have close to 4 months before your H1B expires. USCIS advises to file for extension 6 months in advance. Also if you are staring the process now, it might take 15 days for your employer to file the extension.
I recommend you pay for premium processing for yourself if your employer is not willing to pay.

Your spouse can not continue employment if the EAD is expired, the employer will most likely terminate the employment.

I applied all 3 application concurrently under premium processing and it got approved in 20 days (11 days for ext & 20 days for EAD).

Another option is to file under regular processing and upgrade to premium processing later when you are close to November, but there is a possibility that USCIS will process H1B & H4 ext under premium processing and takes normal processing time for EAD. Speak to your employer or attorney.
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Posted in I-765 (EAD) Forum on 06 Aug 2015
Topic: EAD for H4 Visa Holders


Do you guys think getting a job on h4 will be more difficult than getting one on green card.


No there shouldn't be a problem, with EAD employer doesn't need to sponsor you.
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Posted in I-765 (EAD) Forum on 06 Aug 2015
Topic: EAD for H4 Visa Holders

Sure. I'll let you know. I am yet to collect my I797 from my attorney as well.
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Posted in I-765 (EAD) Forum on 06 Aug 2015
Topic: EAD for H4 Visa Holders

It was california center
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Posted in I-765 (EAD) Forum on 05 Aug 2015
Topic: EAD for H4 Visa Holders

I got my wife's EAD approval today. Applied along with H1B extension (premium processing) & Change of Status from F1 to H4.

Application Sent - July 15th
USCIS Received date - July 16th
USCIS Receipt generated - July 22nd
H1B Extension + COS from F1 to H4 approved on July 27th.
EAD status changed to New card ordered on August 4th.
EAD Status changed to EAD approved August 4th.


How long does it take to get the card once ordered?
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Posted in I-765 (EAD) Forum on 02 Aug 2015
Topic: EAD for H4 Visa Holders

Congratulations Anirban. All the efforts finally paid off.
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Posted in I-765 (EAD) Forum on 01 Aug 2015
Topic: EAD for H4 Visa Holders

All information is there in my profile. Please check.

Applied H1b Ext + COS F1 to H4 + EAD concurrently with premium processing.
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Posted in I-765 (EAD) Forum on 31 Jul 2015
Topic: EAD for H4 Visa Holders

I hope what you say is true. Let me know the status of COS when you get EAD in hand
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Posted in I-765 (EAD) Forum on 31 Jul 2015
Topic: EAD for H4 Visa Holders

Did you get both approval on same day. I got I-539 approval with premium processing, still waiting for EAD.
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Posted in I-765 (EAD) Forum on 30 Jul 2015
Topic: EAD for H4 Visa Holders


Hello,
I am currently on a working on a F1 visa with OPT EAD till June 2016 under EXT. My company will be applying for the H1B in April 2016 again as my OPT EAD is valid till June 2016. I am considering switching to a H4 visa with H4 EAD. I am getting married on Dec 4th, 2016 in India. My fiance is currently on a H1B visa with an approved I-140. I am considering applying for the H4 and H4 EAD in January 2016. My fiance's H1B extension application will be applied by her company in January as it expires in July 2016.

1) Can i cancel my H4 application for COS if H1B is picked in the lottery?
2) Can i continue to work on my F1 EAD till the H4 EAD is approved?
3) Can i request a delayed COS of H4+ H4 EAD right after my F1 EAD expires?

Any light on this would be appreciated.

Thanks




I can answer question 2 & 3. You can give future date of july in your COS to H4 that way you can apply in jan with July date. This will prevent any break in employment.
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Posted in I-765 (EAD) Forum on 30 Jul 2015
Topic: EAD for H4 Visa Holders


Hi,

My H1b Extension and H4 EAD are filed in first week of July. If I make it as premium now, shall we get the EAD also faster. Has anyone applied in last 2 weeks ?

Thanks



I applied H1b ext + F1 to H4 COS + EAD. H1b ext & COS was processed concurrently in 12 days, however EAD is still pending. Also I read somewhere that if you upgrade to premium processing later, USCIS only process H1b application in 15 days. Do check with your attorney what is the current scenario for later upgrades to premium processing.

Check my status on trackitt for timelines of my application.

Hope this helps,
Ashish
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Posted in I-765 (EAD) Forum on 29 Jul 2015
Topic: EAD for H4 Visa Holders

Hi Ravi,

H4 COS date is 9/25. Because I applied under premium processing I believe they didn't want to hold because of I-765 processing/card production delays, that's why they approved I-129 & I-539 sooner to meet 15 day timeline. Hopefully I should see the update for I-765 soon. I'll update the case in tracker, you can click watch on my case to get automatic update in your email.

Hope this helps,
Ashish
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Posted in I-765 (EAD) Forum on 29 Jul 2015
Topic: EAD for H4 Visa Holders


Could you please tell me when u did premium processing, if the receipt number for H1 extension and COS were the same or were different? Also, did u receive updates on both same day or one after another. Please its very urgent as I am in the same situation.



Please check my application status in tracker all the information is there.
I got both notification on same day, the receipt numbers were 20 numbers apart for all three applications also the receipt number for EAD is in WAC15209XXXXX series.

Application applied - July 15th
Application received by USCIS - July 16th
Notification - July 22nd (email to attorney for H1B & in mail receipt for COS & EAD)
Premium processing check cleared - July 24th
I-129 & I-539 Approved - July 27th
I-765 - Awaiting
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