Transitioning from H-1B to I-485 GC EAD: maintaining status and re-employment considerations

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I have received my GC EAD based on my dependent status and am currently on an H-1B visa. However, the project I am working on will soon come to an end.

Do I still need to maintain my H-1B status, or will I automatically be in GC EAD status if I stop maintaining H-1B?

If I take a break from work while on GC EAD and then resume working after a 3-4 month period, will my immigration status be unaffected?


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It is recommended to maintain the H-1, H-4, L-1, L-2, etc., statuses because it provides an additional layer of protection in case of any government errors or complications with the I-485 situation. If, for any reason, the government mistakenly or intentionally targets your I-485 application, having an H-1B to fall back on can be advantageous. The H-1B status remains intact and offers continued benefits. 

On the other hand, the EAD (Employment Authorization Document), unlike H-1B, grants you the freedom to choose whether to work, not work, work multiple jobs, or even start your own business. However, there are certain limitations to consider. Interestingly, the derivative beneficiary, which refers to your spouse, may have more rights under the EAD compared to your own. It's important to exercise caution and be mindful of these distinctions.