If you are looking to come to the US as an H-1B visa holder then you may wonder whether you can bring family members with you when you move. Thankfully, the answer is a resounding yes! If you have a spouse or dependent child under the age of 21, they can join you in the US via the H4 visa route.
The H4 visa route is ideal for the dependent family members of H-1B visa holders who are working in the US. In this article, we will look at the H4 visa to help decide if it's the right option for your family. As well as discussing the visa, we will also look at the application process in more detail.
The H4 visa was designed to be used by the dependent family members of H-1B visa holders. These are visa holders who are coming to the US to work and the H4 is offered so that family members could join their working family members during their stay. There are two types of family members who can use the H4 visa route to join their H-1B family members in the US: Spouses and dependent children (under 21 years of age). Unfortunately, because of the strict rules laid out by USCIS, these are the only members who may join an H-1B visa holder working in the US.
To be eligible for an H4 visa, the dependent will need to lodge their application once their family member has been approved for their H-1B visa. As well as lodging an application, the family member will also need to provide significant proof of their relationship to the H-1B applicant. Depending upon the relationship, you will need to provide documents to prove the marriage is legitimate (spouses) or a birth certificate for a child under 21 years of age or both if you are bringing a spouse and children.
For marriages, USCIS will ask you to provide significant evidence of the relationship. This may include objects from your wedding (DVDs, wedding photos and invitations, etc.). As many intended applicants try to defraud the system using fake relationships, there is an emphasis on proving a marriage is genuine. The onus is on you to prove that your relationship is genuine. If there is any doubt, it is unlikely that USCIS will approve your H4 application.
To apply for an H4 visa, you will need to make an application online with USCIS. You will need to fill out Form DS-160 - Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application. Once you have completed the form, you will be provided with a barcode number. This number is then used to progress your application through the various stages.
When you lodge your DS-160 form, you will need to pay the $190 fee online. Once this has been paid, you will receive a receipt for your payment. It is important that you keep hold of this receipt as it is one of the documents that will be submitted during the application process.
After lodging your DS-160 form and paying the relevant fee, it is now time to schedule your immigration interview. This interview will be held at your local embassy/consulate in your country of origin and will help to ensure that you are eligible to join your family member in the US. It is worth scheduling this as soon as possible as there are only so many spaces to go around and they generally fill up very fast. Also, the quicker you have the interview, the faster your application will be processed.
The last step before taking your visa interview is compiling your application documents. Depending on which relation you are, you will need to provide the following documents to support your application:
Once you have compiled this information, you are now ready to submit your application and attend your visa interview.
Like most applications, the processing time for an H4 visa can be lengthy. The time that the application takes varies between countries and also because of the primary visa holder's situation. We would urge you to ask your local embassy during your visa interview how long they expect the application to take. As they have the most current information, their answer should be relatively accurate.
If you apply at the same time as the primary visa holder, your applications will probably be processed together, this may be a positive or a negative depending on their eligibility. If you need more advice on the H4 visa route, please get in touch with our immigration lawyers and let us help with your query. We are experts at bringing families together in the US and can help with any query you have.
It's a shame that you dont have an 'Excellent' star rating on here, as my experience with Reiss Edwards is nothing short of an excellent rating. They handled my application for an Indefinite Leave to remain in April 2014 and did my husband's one very recently including my daughter. Every time i have approached them, they have continued to treat me with courtesy, respect and patience. Amar was indeed a very thorough and professional gentleman. He is very knowledgeable, corporative and engaging. He responded to my emails, calls and enquiries promptly. He was always reassuring. I could not have asked for a better Immigration service. I would recommend them over and over again for anyone looking for an immigration advice. They gave me a free immigration advice when i called them, and the quality of the advice was something other charge thousands for. If you need a particular, name, Amar would be it. He exemplifies, for me, the true, professional gentleman. He is a valuable asset to Reiss Edwards.
I am glad that i instructed Reiss Edwards on my visa matter. It started with a 20 minutes free immigration advice. I met with Amar to discuss my ILR refusal. He gave me a great deal of quality advice and decided to take on my messy case. I had doubts on the merits of my case by he was relatively convinced he could win it. That made me quite secure. To be honest, things did not start as quick as I would have wanted, but they kept on communicating the process and state of things to me.A big thank you to Verusha and Foram. They were also very helpful. Brilliant and informative. Their fee was fair and reasonable, especially if you compare them to other law firms and immigration law firms in London; some of whom even told me that i would not be able to get an indefinte leave to remain in this country. The process was long but was worth it. In the end, a big thank you to Reiss Edwards.
Investing over 2 million pounds is defintely not a routine decision. We had to make sure that the Tier 1 investor immigration lawyers that we'd be picking has to be one of the best within the Tier 1 investor category. We contacted Reiss Edwards and they were able to get us not only the Tier 1 investor visa but also suggested profitable investment portfolios in addition to what we already had in mind.
TI have just had British Citizenship application approved. Prior to making the application, i was not sure which law firm i should hire to facilitate the paperwork. After a few hours of research, i decided to go with Reiss Edwards and i must confess that i wasnt disappointed. The immigration lawyers at Reiss Edwards handled my case well and they really knew what they were doing. They were fully aware of what documents I needed and it was easy for them to tell if my case was going to be easy or not. At the end of the day, I have not received my British citizenship within 3 months. If anyone is looking for a good immigration lawyer to handle thier case, contact Reiss Edwards.
My wife's spouse visa extension application was refused by the Home Office and they gave her 14 days to leave the country. We contacted Reiss Edwards and they said "OK don't worry we will sort this out". They put together the list of documents for me to obtain and they prepared a bundle which was as thick as the printer it came out from.We followed everything they asked us to do and in the end we won our appeal and got our spouse visa. We can't recommend them enough and we have promised ourselves never to make any more UK visa applications without them.
The team of lawyers at Reiss Edwards are very professional and friendly people. Their experience in and around UK immigration law is quite extensive; be sure that you application is in safe and competent hands. My immigration matter was an indefinite leave to remain application based on Tier 1 on a self-employment basis. The immigration lawyers at Reiss Edwards made sure that the application was perfect and ready to be accepted. I got a positive decision and I recommend them highly for anyone who needs a UK immigration help.
I contacted Reiss Edwards to help me with my wife's UK settlement visa. They acted with utmost professionalism throughout the entire application. I spoke with Joe Dinh, he is an immigration solicitor and he is one of the best solicitors out there. He ensured that there was little to no room for error. At some point I thought he was over cautious. He remained calmed and continued to assure us on our immigration matter. Most people in his position would have panicked but he was calmed and continued to assure us. We received out positive outcome very quickly.
I have been using Reiss Edwards for three years now for my family's immigration application. Both for my initial application and extension. They are really affordable. The team of solicitors at this firm are probably one of the most efficient and economical in terms of cost. They offered free advice over the phone and spent good time with us before inviting us for consultation.
Reiss Edwards is a top notch immigration service company. The way they handled our documentation and also the list of documents they sent was efficient and top quality. They helped us professionally throughout the process. We are very happy with the immigration advice we received from the team. We highly recommend them.
I used Reiss Edwards immigration lawyers to assist with my immigration matter and that of my family. It was an EX1 application. They dealt with the matter properly and even when complications were coming up from the Home Office, they helped resolve the issue properly. They are very professional and are very popular in London. I am happy to have worked with them.
This is the only firm that i spoke with that didn't ask for money before listening to me, will be using them again.
I used Reiss Edwards for my Tier 2 visa application and it was successful. The team was ever present and happy to answer my question. The caseworker that dealing with my case went on holiday yet by case did not suffer one bit. Another lawyer stepped and took over the case without any hassle.
My Tier 1 Investor Visa was dealt with quickly and without issue. Would recommend Reiss Edwards as an Immigration law firm in London. Thank you to the team.
530 ReviewsREAD ALL REVIEWS