Immigration Advice Service
1844 290 6312 (local rate)

Mon - Sun, 8.30 am - 8 pm

Menu

Attorneys based in the
USA and the UK
Licensed USA
Immigration attorneys
We've had over 5000 applications approved
Get the correct advice from qualified immigration experts
4.7 rating 414 reviews
H4 Visa (Dependents of H visas)

H4 Visa (Dependents of H visas)

Get in touch with our lawyers to find out how your family can travel with you to the U.S.

Call us on +1 844 290 6312 for immediate help & assistance with your situation. We’re here to help you in person, via the phone or online.

Request a call back from our immigration experts

Fill out the form

What is the H4 visa?

An H4 Visa is issued to dependent family members of H temporary employment visa. In other words, it is available for the eligible family members of the following permit categories:

Once you get your dependent visa, you will be able to live in the U.S., pursue education, and open a bank account. You can also apply for an H4 Visa Work Permit.

To submit a successful H4 Visa application, get in touch with one of our immigration lawyers. You can call us on +1 844 290 6312 or ask for a free call back from our staff.

EXCELLENT
Immigration Advice Service 4.7 rating 414 reviews
Reviews.io Logo

What are the H4 Visa requirements?

To be eligible for an H4 Visa, you must meet the legal definition of “dependent”. This includes:

  • Spouses of non-US workers who qualify for an H Visa;
  • Children under the age of 21 of an approved H type visa older.

Children who are financially dependent from an H visa holder but are over the age of 21 cannot apply for this permit.

Since there is no cap on the number of H4 Visas issues, you can freely submit your petition as long as you meet the requirements.

What are the required H4 Visa documents?

As part of your H4 Visa process, you will need to upload several documents. Your evidence must prove your marital or dependency status with the primary H type visa holder. An adequate supporting portfolio must include at least the following:

  • Marriage certificate (original copy);
  • Birth Certificate;
  • Payslips from three months before your application, to show you can sustain yourself financially;
  • A copy of your passport;
  • A letter from the primary visa holder’s employer;
  • A copy of the principal H visa.

What is the H4 Visa application process?

To apply for an H4 Visa, you must file the Form DS-160 online. Do not forget to pay the application fee and to save the receipt: you will need it during your interview.

The H4 Visa has the same cost as the other H types permits, that is $190.

After filing your petition, you can schedule your interview appointment. This will take place at the U.S. embassy in the country from which you are submitting your application.

Can I get an H4 Visa renewal?

The USCIS will release an H4 Visa that has the same validity of your H visa. Your authorized length of stay will be printed on your permit, and you are not allowed to overstay.

However, you can apply for an H4 Visa extension. You can do this by filing Form I-539 before your visa expires.

To be eligible for an H4 visa renewal, you must resubmit evidence of your relationship with the primary H visa holder.

What should I expect from my H4 Visa interview?

There are no fixed H4 Visa interview questions. Based on your circumstances, the officer will investigate different aspects of your application. However, you will inevitably be asked questions about your marriage o relationship with the primary H Visa holder.

This interview is designed to identify people who may be part of a fake marriage to obtain a visa. In other words, you must demonstrate that your commitment to your family is genuine.

After the interview, you can check the status of your H4 Visa on the USCIS website with your application number. You will receive an official communication when your visa will be processed.

Can I change my status from an H4 Visa to Green Card?

Your H4 status is linked to the main H visa holder’s permit. Most of the visas that fall into this category are dual intent, meaning they allow a change of status.

However, the H4 application process to get a Green Card may take too long, since your current date will not have a high priority. In other words, it may take several years for your change of status to be approved.

A better way to get residency status in the U.S. is to change first your H4 Visa to a different immigrant permit. At this point, your Green Card petition may be processed faster, and you will gain extra time in the country while you wait for your visa.

Advice Package icon

Advice Package

Comprehensive immigration advice tailored to your circumstances and goals.

Application Package icon

Application Package

Designed to make your visa application as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Fast Track Package icon

Fast Track Package

Premium application service that ensures your visa application is submitted to meet your deadline.

Appeal Package icon

Appeal Package

Ensure you have the greatest chance of a successful appeal. We will represent you in any case.

Advice Package image

The Advice Package

With our untimed Advice Session, our professional immigration lawyers will review your case and provide you with comprehensive advice, completely tailored to your needs and your situation.

Fill out the form

Request the Advice Package
Application Package image

The Application Package

With our Application Package, your dedicated caseworker will advise you on your application process and eligibility. Your legal advisor will then complete and submit your forms to the Home Office on your behalf.

Fill out the form

Request the Application Package
Fast Track Package image

The Fast Track Package

Our Fast-Track Application Package is a premium service for those who need to submit their application in time with their deadlines. Your case will become a top priority for our lawyers and you will benefit from our highest-quality services.

Fill out the form

Request the Fast Track Package
Appeal Package image

The Appeal Package

By choosing our Appeal Package, you can rely on our lawyers’ legal knowledge and experience to ensure you have the highest chance of a successful appeal. We will also fully represent you in any hearings/tribunals.

Fill out the form

Request the Appeal Package

Get in touch with our expert immigration attorneys to receive assistance on your visa application. Learn more

Request a call back from our immigration experts

Related pages for your continued reading.

Frequently Asked Questions

As part of your H4 Visa status, you can legally:

  • Apply for an H4 Visa Work Permit;
  • Get a driver license;
  • Pursue education in the U.S.,
  • Receive a social security number;
  • Open bank accounts.

In addition, you can apply for a change of status while in the US under the H4 Visa. For example, you can find an employer to sponsor your O1 Visa application, or enroll at a U.S. university under a Student Visa.

As part of your H4 Visa process, you will need to upload several documents. Your evidence must prove your marital or dependency status with the primary H type visa holder.

There is further documentation that you may wish to attach to your form to provide additional evidence. This includes:

  • Your wedding photo album
  • Pictures of the time you and your family have spent together;
  • Written statements from other people who know you both well;
  • Letters and correspondence with your family.

You H4 Visa processing time may vary based on the country from which you submitted your form. As a general rule, both the main H Visa and the dependent visa are processed together.

However, this only applies when both forms are filed together. If you submitted your H4 Visa application at a later time, you might incur in some delays.

In May 2015, H4 Visa holders officially became eligible to work in the U.S.

If you wish to apply for an H4 Visa Work Permit, you first need to receive an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). To be eligible for the H4 EAD, you must be the spouse or child of an H-1B Visa holder. Dependents of other H kind visas holders cannot be granted the EAD;

The H4 EAD allows you to work in any field and any legal job. You do not need an active employment offer, and you can start seeking a job only after you get the authorization. You are also allowed to start your own business and employ U.S. workers.

This status can be renewed as long as your family member maintains an H-1B status. If you wish to remain in the U.S. after this, you will need to apply for a different visa.

To get an H4 EAD to work in the U.S., you must file a Form I-765 and pay a fee of $410. Once again, you will be asked to provide evidence of your relationship with the H visa holder.

The H4 Visa EAD processing time is usually 90 days. Unfortunately, this permit is not eligible for premium processing, so you cannot pay to get a quicker response.

If you wish to join your family members in the U.S. while they are employed under an H type visa, we can help you with your H4 Visa process. However, this permit may be complicated to obtain, since the USCIS will carry out an extensive check of your case. Therefore, we are ready to offer the guidance of one of our best immigration lawyers.

Our services include:

  • Assess if you meet the H4 requirements;
  • Liaise with your family members living abroad;
  • Help you get your H4 EAD;
  • Offer guidance for H4 Visa renewal;

Call us on +1844 290 6312 or get in touch with our online contact form. One of our legal experts will be in touch with you at the earliest.