Individuals applying for a change of status to H-4, please be advised if you travel abroad before your Form I-539, Change of Status (COS) application is approved, USCIS will consider your application abandoned. This means USCIS will deny your application.
If you filed your Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, and travel abroad before your COS is approved, it will be considered abandoned, along with your I-539 application. This will result in a denial of your Form I-765 even if you are re-admitted as an H-4 nonimmigrant.
If you are re-admitted as an H-4 nonimmigrant, you will need to file a new Form I-765, with fee, in order to apply for employment authorization.
If you have questions about Change of Status or Employment Authorization applications and would like to speak with a knowledgeable attorney, Berardi Immigration Law would be happy to assist you –contact us today!