There are numerous advantages to getting a U.S. work visa, not just for the applicant but also for his or her family. As an illustration, holders of the H-1B non-immigrant visa are permitted to bring their immediate family members to the country on an H-4 dependent visa. This keeps families together during such a crucial time of adjustment. In this blog, we write everything you need to know about the USA H-4 visa category, including how it operates, how to apply for one, and the important documents required.
Legal spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21 of the H category (H-1A, H-1B, H-1B1, H-2A, and H-2B) visa holders are eligible for the H-4 visa. These kin are categorized as H-4 dependents. There are many advantages to temporarily coming to the United States as an H-4 visa holder, but there are also some restrictions to be aware of. You have the option to apply for an adjustment of status to become a green card holder while you are still in the country on an H-4 visa. This will allow you to move to an H-1B visa on your own.
Ineligible for entry into the United States as dependents under the H-4 visa status are parents, siblings, grandparents, cousins, and even domestic partners. There have been instances where an H-1B employee provides support for parents or other extended family members, but the H-4 visa's qualifying requirements are fairly stringent. If additional family members wish to visit the H-1B holder, they must apply for a separate visa category, such as the B-1/B-2 Visitor visa, or, in some cases, participate in the Visa Waiver Program.
For spouses, the original and copies of your marriage certificate, which, if it wasn't initially in English, need to be properly notarized and translated.
Outside of the United States, eligible dependents of H-1B visa holders can submit their H-4 visa applications at the American consulate or embassy in their country of origin or present residence. They can only submit an application once the initial H-1B petition has been approved by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Applications for H-4 visas may only be submitted after the USCIS has granted the principal H-1B visa beneficiary or at the same time as the principal H-1B visa beneficiary. Following are the steps on how to immigrate to Canada from the USA using H-4 visa:
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