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Can I go for H4 stamping when holding valid H1?

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asked Sep 2, 2016 in H1B: H4 Visas,Stamping by Santosh (200 points)

Currently I am in India. My petition was approved for 1yr i.e. on 8-Dec-15 and valid till 7-Dec-16. And H1 visa was stamped on 1-Mar-16, but never used/traveled on it, and it is also expiring on 7-Dec-16. Still searching for US project through my company A.

My spouse working in US on H1. I am going for H4 stamping via my spouse's H1 and sponsored by her company B.

1) Will H4 stamping have affect on my existing valid H1 visa? Can they totally cancel it? Or will just make it invalid?

2) Or both H1 and H4 will be valid but I can enter US only with one status?

3) I have plan to search project on H4 status when in US, in my company A itself. When I get project, can I change status to H1? Is it legal?

4) For H4 stamping, being a H1 holder, should I carry any specific documents from my company?

Thank you in advance!

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answered Sep 27, 2016 by RaNa (14,778 points)

1) Will H4 stamping have affect on my existing valid H1 visa? Can they totally cancel it? Or will just make it invalid?

H4 will not impact H1B, however, they may cancel h1b on the passport at times

2) Or both H1 and H4 will be valid but I can enter US only with one status?

if they haven't cancelled, you may choose h1 or h4 to enter

3) I have plan to search project on H4 status when in US, in my company A itself. When I get project, can I change status to H1? Is it legal?

Yes, your new employer will file an h1 using previous h1 with COS

4) For H4 stamping, being a H1 holder, should I carry any specific documents from my company?

No, h4 stamping needs h1b principal applicants docs (Spouse docs)

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