H-4 Visa FAQs

Husband not giving my H4 documents

Authored on: Fri, 09/16/2022 - 14:15

Question

Hello, I am on h4 visa with approved ead. My husband has a valid h1b and an approved I-140. The situation is my husband doesn't give my H4 documents like ead and approval notice which are required by my employer and university for establishing my valid presence in US. Is there any way I can ask any authoritative body here in US to help me in getting me access to my own documents? I know my husband will be the primary applicant on h4 visa given I am dependent on his h1b visa. But does that give my husband a legal right to withhold my own documents without my permission or approval? I have a 2year old kid and because of his inability to support us I have to study and get a job and his actions are preventing me from doing so.

Answer

I think you can try two things. First, ask the USCIS for a copy of all your immigration papers. Go here: https://www.uscis.gov/records/request-records-through-the-freedom-of-in… Second, speak with local lawyers where your husband resides. It may be possible to get the police involved to recover your immigration documents. Those should be considered your personal property.

H-4 visa if H-1B changes jobs

Authored on: Fri, 09/09/2022 - 10:40

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Hi, My husband is in USA working under H1B (his visa got expired last year) and I am a Canadian citizen living in Canada. We are Married for 18 years and we have 1son born in USA. We both applied for visa together (h1b for my husband and H4 for me) in Canada. We got visa interview date too but my husband’s company recently filed green card process for him. So, I believe he cannot travel to Canada if green card is under process. Can I go for visa interview by myself even if he is the main applicant and cannot attend visa interview?

Answer

Canadian citizens do not need a visa. Presentation of the H-1B approval and proof of relationship at the port of entry with proof of maintenance of H-1B status should be sufficient to gain H-4 status. See this entry also: https://www.immigration.com/faq/h-4-canadian-citizen I am unable to understand the rest of the situation. You are welcome to post a message for our next community conference call. We have one almost every other Thursday. https://forums.immigration.com/forums/free-conference-call-for-us-immig…

Main H1B applicant cannot attend visa interview

Authored on: Fri, 09/09/2022 - 10:35

Question

Hi, My husband is in USA working under H1B (his visa got expired last year) and I am a Canadian citizen living in Canada. We are Married for 18 years and we have 1son born in USA. We both applied for visa together (h1b for my husband and H4 for me) in Canada. We got visa interview date too but my husband’s company recently filed green card process for him. So, I believe he cannot travel to Canada if green card is under process. Can I go for visa interview by myself even if he is the main applicant and cannot attend visa interview?

Answer

The same H-4 visa can be used even if H-1B changes employment. As long as the H-1B maintains status, H-1B revocation has no impact on the H-4 visa.

H4 STAMPING

Authored on: Fri, 06/17/2022 - 07:47

Question

I transferred my H-1 to new company but my child still holds the old H4 which has validity till 2023 2023 March. Will he be able to use that H4 to get stamped while going to India now.

Answer

H-4 visa is not tied to your employer. Your change of employer does not affect a valid H-4 approval or visa.

H-4 visa stamping without H-1B stamping

Authored on: Mon, 05/23/2022 - 09:36

Question

Hello Sir, I was in usa on j1 till recently and am in india going for h4 visa interview for the first time in June based on my spouse h1 (she has valid i797 and expired visa). She is now traveling to india next week due to family related issues and has to book visa dropbox slot and got one in October. Can I attend the interview in June while she is in india and waiting for her visa dropbox slot which is in October? Thank you very much.

Answer

I am not aware of any law that prohibits attending H-4 visa stamping before H-1 visa stamping. Your spouse has an H-1B approval. But the consulate can ask you to wait till the H-1B visa approval. Email the consulate to check how they would want you to approach this.

Question about H4 stamping

Authored on: Mon, 05/23/2022 - 09:26

Question

Hi Sir, I have the H1B Extension approved and its valid till 03/2025. However, the H4 extension is still pending for my wife and son. I heard, even though the H4 extension is pending and H1 Extension is approved, dependents can get the stamping by referring to H1 Extension approval. Could you please clarify and if this is fine; let me know the process. Note: For personal reasons; my Wife and Son need to travel to India in June and they are planning to come back in October (Current stamping is valid 22nd Oct 2022)

Answer

H-4 visa stamping does not require any H-4 approval from the USCIS. The H-4 visa is approved based upon the H-1B approval.

H4 dropbox for my 2 year old kid

Authored on: Mon, 05/23/2022 - 07:54

Question

I have an approved I-797 from my current employer. I am currently in India with a H1B Visa expired in 2018 (I travelled to US in Feb '17 and stayed till June '17) from my previous employer. While scheduling an appointment for a visa interview for me, my wife and my 2 year old toddler, it was shown that we are eligible for VISA interview waiver. My wife has an Expired H4 VISA in 2018, so she was also eligible for dropbox. My question is, will my toddler have any problem with getting a H4 since he doesn't have any VISA stamped in his passport, if we schedule the same dropbox date as neither me nor my wife has a valid VISA? should I book my appointment first and after I get my VISA should I book one for my wife and toddler ? Please advise as I do not want to risk a H4 rejection for my toddler

Answer

Check the website of the US consulate where you're going for the procedures. To the best of my remembrance, children under 14 are not required to be interviewed.

Are you eligible to become a naturalized US citizen?

Authored on: Wed, 01/26/2022 - 04:04

Question

1. My Son was born in February 2020 in the USA, where my wife is on an F1 visa working on OPT. Due to the Covid19 pandemic, I couldn't meet my son for two years. Kindly suggest to me the way forward to meet my son and wife. I also tried to travel on a tourist visa and F1 Visa. Unfortunately, I got both rejections. I'm an Indian taxpayer and an IT employee. 

2. My brother is a US citizen, and he applied for our mother's green card. Everything is clear, all paperwork is done, but due to the pandemic, we are waiting for the interview date from March 2021. Do you have any information on how we get the date or how much time it will take?

3. My daughter is in Dallas, US, and under medical treatment. She is there with an IN40 visa. As a father, I want to be there during her medical urgency. How can I get a visa now to be with her in the US?

4. I am a US citizen currently in India. I am traveling back to the States in mid-February for two months and want to take my Indian-citizen senior citizen mother with me for that duration. Her last US tourist visa expired eight years ago. (She has an active Schengen visa on her passport) Is there a way she can get a short-term two-month visa to the US?

5. I stayed outside of the US for more than two years because of COVID-19. Am I eligible for naturalization? I came to the USA in August 2016.

 

Answer

*Please note that the queries have been put together and edited by the Economic Times to address similar questions at once and that the answers are clear and relevant to the audience.

1. My Son was born in February 2020 in the USA, where my wife is on an F1 visa working on OPT. Due to the Covid19 pandemic, I couldn't meet my son for two years. Kindly suggest to me the way forward to meet my son and wife. I also tried to travel on a tourist visa and F1 Visa. Unfortunately, I got both rejections. I'm an Indian taxpayer and an IT employee. 

You seem to be referring to a visa denial under Immigration and Nationality Act, section 214(b).

This law applies only to nonimmigrant visa categories. If you are refused a visa under section 214(b), it means that you did not overcome the presumption of immigrant intent required by law by sufficiently demonstrating that you have strong ties to your home country. Such ties are seen as a reason you will not be tempted to exceed your allowed stay in the USA.

When your spouse is already in the US, your ties to your home country are difficult to demonstrate. If you feel there is additional information that should be considered related to the visa decision, or there are significant changes in your circumstances since your last application, you may reapply for a visa. Note that visas like H-1, H-4 (if your spouse gets an H-1), and L-1 are immune from this problem. So, when your wife obtains an H-1B status, or you can qualify for an L-1 visa, you should not have the section 214(b) denials impede your visa.

2. My brother is a US citizen, and he applied for our mother's green card. Everything is clear, all paperwork is done, but due to the pandemic, we are waiting for the interview date from March 2021. Do you have any information on how we get the date or how much time it will take?

Because of the resurgence of the pandemic and a huge backlog of cases, it is unlikely we will see an immediate resolution of the delays. But consulates have indicated that give preference to families of immediate relatives, like parents, of US citizens. Also, the US consulates have started waiving some nonimmigrant visa interviews, which should streamline their operations for green cards as well.

3. My daughter is in Dallas, US, and under medical treatment. She is there with an IN40 visa. As a father, I want to be there during her medical urgency. How can I get a visa now to be with her in the US?

I am not sure what type of visa your daughter has, but your choice appears to be the same as for any other foreign national, a B visa. The consulates usually issue a B-1/B-2 visa or a B-1 visa for medical issues and attending family members.

4. I am a US citizen currently in India. I am traveling back to the States in mid-February for two months and want to take my Indian-citizen senior citizen mother with me for that duration. Her last US tourist visa expired eight years ago. (She has an active Schengen visa on her passport) Is there a way she can get a short-term two-month visa to the US?

You will have to apply for her tourist visa again.

5. I stayed outside of the US for more than two years because of COVID-19. Am I eligible for naturalization? I came to the USA in August 2016.

It appears that the continuity of your stay required for naturalization has been broken by an absence of one year. An absence from the United States for a continuous period of 1 year or more (365 days or more) will automatically break the continuity of residence. It appears you could apply after 4 years and one day after returning, or easier, 4 years and 6 months after returning. The USCIS provides the following example for your situation:

“An applicant for naturalization under INA 316 departs the United States on January 1, 2010, and returns January 2, 2011. The applicant has been outside the United States for exactly 1 year (365 days) and has therefore broken the continuity of his or her residence in the United States. The applicant must wait until at least January 3, 2015, to apply for naturalization, when the 5-year statutory period immediately preceding the application will date back to January 3, 2010. At that time, although the applicant will have been absent from the United States for less than 1 year during the statutory period, the applicant will still have been absent from the United States for more than 6 months (180 days) during the statutory period and may be eligible for naturalization if he or she successfully rebuts the presumption that he or she has broken the continuity of her residence.

If the applicant cannot overcome the presumption of a break in the continuity of his or her residence, the applicant must wait until at least July 6, 2015, to apply for naturalization, when the 5-year statutory period immediately preceding the application will date back to July 6, 2010. During the 5-year period of July 6, 2010 to July 6, 2015, assuming the applicant did not make any additional trips outside the United States that would cause USCIS to presume a break in continuity of residence, the applicant was only absent from the United States between July 6, 2010 and January 2, 2011, a period that is not more than 6 months. Therefore, no presumption of a break in continuous residence applies.”

H-1B Visa and seeking emergency visa appointment

Authored on: Tue, 09/21/2021 - 05:39

Question

We are the parents of a minor (5 months) old U.S.Citizen daughter who is currently in India. We need to take our daughter to the U.S. for her 6-month vaccination doses. My H-1B visa and my spouse's H-4 visa need to be renewed, but unfortunately, there are no dropbox appointments available in any city. Is there a way an exemption can be made for our travel? I am a civil engineer who has built commercial facilities and will be building more commercial facilities in California, USA.

Answer

You can try seeking an emergency visa appointment based on medical reasons applicable to your daughter.

 

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AC21 Job Portability

Authored on: Thu, 04/15/2021 - 05:25

Question

Previously I was on H1B when my I-140 was approved. Currently I am on H4 status, not employed and my priority date became current.
Previous employer has provided Supplement J and I have filed I-485, I-765, I-131 concurrently. The Supplement J indicates (#9 in Part 6) I am not currently employed with the sponsoring employer.

Q1) Upon receiving AOS EAD, can I directly join a new employer after 180 days of pending I-485 if sponsoring employer doesn't have any open position?

Q2) Can I start searching for new job before 180 days of pending I-485, but join after 180 days? Or, I must have to start searching and interviewing for new job, only after 180 days?

Q3) At the time of filing AOS, my Supplement J indicated that I am not currently employed with the sponsoring employer. If I join the sponsoring employer upon receiving EAD, then do I have to send USCIS new Supplement J indicating that I am now employed with the sponsoring employer, knowing that it might take a decade for my Final Action Date to become current and I may not be employed with the sponsoring employer at the time of GC interview?

Q4) What if I need to change my employer after GC interview, but before receiving GC?

Q5) I heard, after 180 days of pending I-485, even if I change my job couple of times, I can take the Supplement J only from the employer with whom I will be working at the time of GC interview. But can I still send new Supplement J to USCIS from each employers everytime I change my job? Is that legally allowed? or, is there any concern? Because, it might take a decade for my Final Action Date to become current and within that timeframe I might have to change job 2-3 times.

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