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H3 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


What is the validity of H-3 visa?

The H-3 visa for a foreign national:

  • Trainee may be valid for a period of up to two years
  • Participant in a special education training program may be valid for up to
    18 months

Can I study or work on H-3 visa?

Yes, you may take a few credits at a university which might support your training program. However, you may not join a full length course like an F-1 visa holder. Your employment should be limited to minimum hours and should be in the field of the training program.

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Can I bring my dependents on H-3 visa?

Yes, your spouse and unmarried children under 21 years old may accompany you on H-4 visa and they may stay as long as you are on valid H-3 status.


Can my dependents work on H-4 visa?

No, your dependents may not work on H-4 visa. They have to apply for appropriate Work Visa.


Can my dependents study on H-4 visa?

Yes, your dependents may study on H-4 visa. They do not have to apply for separate F-1 student visa. They can study on the same dependent H-4 visa.


How do I apply for H-3 visa?

To apply for H-3 visa, your U.S. employer must submit Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, with the regional USCIS center that has jurisdiction over the place where the training will be offered.

Note: The petition should not be filed more than six months prior to the commencement of the program.

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