26 Jan 2023

I have a valid H-4 visa stamp in my passport. I am applying for an H1B stamp in a few weeks. If the H1B stamp is denied, can I still travel to the U.S. on my H-4 stamp?

Answer If an H1B visa ‘stamp’ application is denied, one would ordinarily be able to continue using an existing H-4 visa stamp. However, consulates do occasionally cancel valid visas, even though they are not required to do so. (19.Jan.2023)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance...

29 Dec 2022

My I-539 application to extend my H-4 status is pending. I am traveling to India soon and have an appointment for my H-4 visa stamp. My husband is remaining in the U.S. Do I need the I-539 approval to get my new H-4 stamping done?

Answer An approved I-539 is not necessary to apply for an H-4 visa "stamp." To get the new H-4 visa, one must provide proof of the marriage to the H1B principal spouse and evidence that the H1B spouse is maintaining valid status. (29.Dec.2022)Sheela Murthy and other...

22 Dec 2022

After I was laid off from my H1B job, I filed an I-539 application to change to H-4 status. A few weeks later, I got a new job offer, and that company filed an H1B change of employer petition, which was approved. I would now like to withdraw my pending H-4 application. Is there an official form or format to withdraw that case?

Answer There is no official form or format used to withdraw a pending I-539 application. When we need to withdraw a pending I-539 for a client, we typically draft a short, simple letter that says we wish to withdraw the application. In the letter, we include...

22 Dec 2022
15 Dec 2022

My wife’s H-4 EAD extension is pending. I was just offered a new position, and the company plans on filing an H1B change of employer for me. Will this create problems for my wife’s pending case?

Answer Ordinarily, an H1B petition requesting a change of employer would not impact a spouse's pending H-4 EAD extension.  (15.Dec.2022)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 © 2022,...

08 Dec 2022

I applied for an H-4 EAD a few months ago, and that case is still pending. I understand that I cannot start working until the EAD is approved. But, am I allowed to start applying for jobs now?

Answer Immigration law does not really limit the ability of an H-4 dependent to apply for a job before the EAD is issued. So, submitting a job application typically would not be considered a violation of H-4 status, so long as the H-4 spouse does not...