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H-4 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


What is an H-4 dependent visa?

The H-4 dependent visa is a nonimmigrant visa which allows the dependent spouse and children of principal H visa holders to enter into the U.S.


What privileges do I enjoy on H4 visa?

On H-4 visa, you may:

  • Enter into the U.S. along with your spouse or join him/her later
  • Not have to maintain a foreign residence
  • Travel in and out of the U.S. or remain in the U.S. continuously as long as you are in the st
  • Study in any U.S. university

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How long can I stay in the U.S. on H4 visa?

Your H-4 status depends on the status of the principal H visa status. You lose your status once the H loses status.


Can I work on H-4 visa?

No, you may not work on H-4 visa in the U.S. The principal H visa holder has to support you.


Can I study on H-4 visa?

Yes, you may study on H-4 visa. You need not apply for F-1 student visa.


Can I extend my stay on H-4 visa?

Yes, you may apply for extension of stay on H-4 visa. H4 extension may be granted as long as the principal H visa holder maintains status.

Note: Your status depends on the status of principal H visa status. You lose your H-4 status once the principal H visa holder loses status.

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