19 Jun 2024

I am applying for a visitor visa and my brother in the U.S. offered to fill out an affidavit of support for me. Will that improve my chance of approval?

Answer If you have enough funds to cover the cost of your trip on your own, we typically recommend against submitting an I-134 affidavit of support when applying for a B-1/B-2 visa application.  (19.Jun.2024)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For...

12 Jun 2024

I am in H1B status, and my wife had been in H-4 status. We recently discovered that, when she last entered the U.S., her I-94 was shorted based on her passport expiration date, so actually has been out of status for the past several months. We are working to resolve her issues. In the meantime, though, will her status violation impact my H1B extension of future green card case?

Answer No. A status violation by one spouse normally will not have a direct impact on the other spouse's H1B or green card case. (12.Jun.2024)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online services, click here. Access...

18 Apr 2024

My daughter is a high school student in H-4 status. She was offered a paid summer internship that would be great experience for when she applies for college. She asked the company if she could accept the internship without pay, but the company said they must pay her because of Department of Labor rules. Is there any way get an H-4 EAD?

Answer Unfortunately, the H-4 EAD rule only applies for H-4 spouses. Regardless of the reason behind the request, the USCIS cannot approve an H-4 EAD application filed on behalf of an H-4 dependent child.  (17.Apr.2024)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law....

20 Mar 2024

I am in the U.S. on H1B, but my wife is remaining in India for another year while completing university. When she can, she will be visiting for relatively short visits, and then returning to India. Given that these will be short trips, should she just come on her B-2 visa?

Answer Although it is permissible to request admission on B-2 to visit one's H1B spouse, in most circumstances, it probably makes sense to obtain an H-4 dependent visa. As long as the principal H1B worker is in valid status, a dependent typically can request admission in...

01 Feb 2024

I was in H-4 status and was working based on an H-4 EAD. In October, my status changed to H1B, and I was working in that status until recently, when I was laid off. If I depart and return on H-4, can I work as a contractor based on my H-4 EAD?

Answer If you are able to return in valid H-4 status, and the H-4 EAD is still valid, it should be possible to resume working on that EAD. (01.Feb.2024)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online...

28 Dec 2023

My wife presented her passport and H-4 visa at the port of entry when she last entered, but her I-94 was not extended to match my latest H1B extension. Was she required to present my most recent approval notice in order to get her status extended?

Answer If the latest approval notice is not presented, the CBP officer at the port of entry typically will not admit the dependent spouse beyond the expiration date listed on the visa (which generally is the expiration date from the original H1B approval notice).  (28.Dec.2023)Sheela Murthy...

20 Dec 2023

My H-4 and H-4 EAD have expired and my extensions are pending. Is it true that I am allowed to continue to work for up to 180 days?

Answer Unfortunately, if both your I-94 and EAD have expired, you are not allowed to work based on the pending extension. The 180-day extension only applies if the EAD extension is timely filed and the H-4 spouse's I-94 remains valid. (20.Dec.2023)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys...

14 Dec 2023

I am in L2S status. I understand that I am automatically authorized to work, but that I am also eligible to apply for an EAD. Is there any reason to apply for an EAD while in L2S status?

Answer There typically is no need to apply for an EAD while in L2S status. There are some relatively unusual scenarios where, perhaps, it would have been best if the L2S spouse had applied for an EAD. But, for most L and E dependent spouses, there...

14 Dec 2023

Is there any problem if I am sponsored for an H1B change of employer while my wife’s H-4 EAD application is pending?

Answer An H1B change-of-employer petition ordinarily would not have any direct impact on a spouse's pending H-4 EAD. (14.Dec.2023)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online services, click here. Access more FAQs here.  Copyright © 2023, MURTHY...