H4 Visa Requirements and Checklist for Spouse

JAN 25 2009

If you are a regular visitor to my blog then you might be knowing I got married last month and came back to US leaving my wife back in India. I never knew about my wife before visiting India for a yearly vacation, the reason being I didn’t take the needed documents for processing my wife’s H4 visa. I had to come back for documents that my wife needed to submit to the officer in American Embassy for her H4 visa. After going to various web sites I made a checklist of things that I needed to send my wife for getting one H4 visa.

Here are the documents that anyone in India will need to submit while applying for H4 visa

  • You need to deposit the application fees at HDFC Bank, for details on fees and bank visit www.vfs-usa.co.in. You need to keep the original receipt with you and carry it along all the docs to the embassy.
  • You need to complete non-immigration visa application form DS-156. This will be done online after the required funds been deposited with HDFC Bank towards the Visa fees.
  • You also need to complete Form DS-157 online, be attentive while filling this form. You can save these forms and review it later before you click the submit button. This process can be saved for 7 days.
  • You will get an online appointment application letter at the end so carry a hard copy of that letter.
  • You need to carry one photograph: 2 and 2 inches square (50 mm square). If you are going to Kokata American Consulate then visit to Bombay Studio to get
    a perfect picture for your visa. This Studio is next to the embassy office so you just need to reach 1 hour early to pick your snap with yourself. US consulates are very strict on photograph so better you carry the one with their guideline else you will have to visit them once more.
  • Original marriage certificate is needed, there are two ways in India to get a marriage certificate, they are marriage registration, registered marriage.
    Registered marriage is applied upfront and date is scheduled after 30 days of your application, this is normally for couples those are not married and trying
    to get married. Marriage registrations is a process where you can get a certificate in a day, this is for couple who already got married with the social act and want to register their marriage with government.
  • A Wedding photo album with clear close-up snaps with all the family members taken separately and some snaps from the marriage puja.
  • Both side marriage invitation cards.
  • Photocopy of H1B holder’s passport, take copies of the pages that are not blank, doesn’t need to copy whole book.
  • A copy of approved petition I797 / form I-129 of H1B Visa holder
  • H1B holder’s employment verification letter is also needed. Get one from the current employer.
  • If current H1B holder is already working in US then need to produce 2 recent pay stubs.
Here are few expected questions that an interviewer might ask during the interview
What type/kind of visa are you applying for?
- I am applying for H4 visa.
When did your husband get his stamping?
- My husband got his stamping in 2006 Oct.
Why do you need a visa to USA?
- I want to live with my husband.
If you didn’t go for the H4 interview with your spouses’ H1B visa appt: Why did you not come with your husband for the interview?
- He is been working in US for last 3 years and I just got married last dec.
If going after spouse has left to USA: Why did you not leave with your spouse or why are you coming today for visa when you got married on so and so date?
- He had very few days towards his vacation after the marriage which was not sufficient to process my visa. He needed to go US to get me few of the documents as he wasn’t caring that here.
Who filed the visa application and where did you file it?
- I filed the application with help of my husband. I filed it online.
Who made the interview appointment?
- I made the appointment.
How did you receive the documents?
- Downloaded few docs from the web site and received rest by email from my spouse.
When did you get married or what is your date of marriage?
- Dec 12th 2008
Did you have an arranged or love marriage?
- I had an arranged marriage.
When did you meet your spouse for the first time?
- In his last trip to India, Nov 24th 2008.
How did you meet your spouse?
- At my home when he came to visit me.
Who arranged this marriage or how did you get this proposal?
- My parents arranged this marriage.
Where did you get married?
- I got married in my home town.
Is your marriage registered?
- Yes sir/mam.
Can I see some wedding photographs?
- Absolutely, here are some of the snaps that I got printed.
Where are you staying currently?
- With my in-laws.
Who are you staying with?
- With my husband’s parents.
Where will you stay in USA?
- Remember the address of the H1B holder’s address.
Who will bear the expenses while you are in USA or who will financially support you in the US?
- My husband, San.
Who will pay for your trip to the US?
- My Husband, San.
Do any of your relatives/friends live in USA?
- No sir/mam.
What is your spouse’s date of birth?
- Jul 4th 1978.
Which university did your spouse graduate from?
- Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.
What is your spouse’s highest degree?
- Masters in Computer Engineering.
Which company does your spouse work for?
- Gaebler Ventures LLC
Who is sponsoring in your husband’s H1B?
- Gaebler Ventures LLC
Where is his employer located?
- Chicago
Where are his clients located?
- All over the World (US, Canada, Europe, China, India)
What kind of work does your spouse do at the USA Company?
- He is a senior programmer.
How long has your spouse been in USA?
- It’s more than 5 years from now.
How long has your spouse been working for the sponsoring company?
- More than 3 years.
What will you do after your visa is completed/expired?
- I will come back to India.
How much he is earning or what is the pay of your spouse or what is the annual income of your spouse?
- ##,###.00 USD per Annum.
Can I see some pay stubs from your spouse’s paycheck?
- Yes, sure sir/mam.
Can I have a look at your spouse’s bank statements?
- Here you go sir/mam.
Have your spouse applied for green card?
- Not yet.
Does your husband have any relatives in US?
- No Sir/Mam.
What is your husband’s age?
- 30 years old.
What is your age?
- I am 22 years old.
Are you traveling alone?
- Yes sir.
Have you ever called your husband?
- Many times.
What is his number?
- ###-###-####
When did your husband call the last time?
- Right before coming for the interview.
How many times does he call?
- 2-3 times a day.
What is your mother-in-law’s name?
- Santilata Nayak
What is your father-in-law’s name?
- Rajendra Nayak
What are his timings at his current job?
- 9AM to 5PM
What is your full maiden name?
- Pragyan Suravi
What is your husband’s full name?
- San Nayak
What is your name?
- Pragyan Suravi Jena
How many members were present for your marriage?
- My side around 1000 and his side around 300-400.
Are you wearing the same wedding necklace?
- Yes sir, rests are kept in the locker.

 

Here are some of the questions that were asked to my wife during the interview

 

1. Is it a love or arranged marriage?
2. What company your husband is working for?
3. Where is your husband living in US?
4. Show the pictures of him with you from the marriage time.
5. How many in-laws, are they married, where are they, are they in US, show their snaps, what they wear?
6. Show some snaps with your father and mother in-law.

 

Tips

 

- Check your all the documents before starting your journey.
- Answer all questions slowly and clearly during the interview.
- Check your passport for correct name, date of birth, type of visa, validity date, etc after receiving a visa.

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Arpita Dey Says: August 29th, 2009 at 11:34 am

Hi,

I’m getting married in November, 2009. My fiance is working in the US. He is there since 4 years. I am residing in Gujarat, while my fiance’s family resides in Maharashtra. I am planning to get a social marriage conducted on 29th Nov and get a marriage registration done immediately the next day itself. My question is, is this certificate valid for my H4 Visa application or is court marriage a must?

I am confused simply because lots of people are giving us different opinions.

Do post your suggestions. It would help me a great deal in planning my transit to the US.

Thank a lot.

@Arpita You can get the certificate from the municipality office and that is called marriage registration, that means you are already married and just registering that with government of India. That is a valid one and i did the same for my marriage certificate. It works.

Anoop Says: September 9th, 2009 at 8:41 AM

Hi,

I’m getting married in Jan,2010. I will get around 4 weeks leave. Our plan is to fly back together after marriage. For this her interview should be scheduled within 3-4 days after marriage. Can I apply for VISA before marriage and go to the interview with the necessary documents? I can arrange to get the marriage certificate the next day itself. Let me know your thoughts.

@Anoop, I am confused. you said “Can I apply for VISA before marriage?”. Is that you mean if you can schedule a date before your marriage? You can’t schedule a date before your social marriage because you will be asked to show the mariage pictures. You can schedule a date anyday when you have the above documents to show the authority and prove them that you people are married, practically that will be after your social marriage. You can always schedule her interview date before 2-3 weeks of the expected date of the interview. Good Luck!!!!

Gaurav 2009/09/30 at 5:53 PM
hi!
im getting married Nov 23rd 2009. Want to bring my wife with me to US on H4 visa.
Q1. Is this a good time (i.e. today Sep 30 2009) for me to book a timeslot for the interview for sometime around Nov 25 or Nov 26th?
Q2. Can I accompany my wife in the interview?
Q3. Do I need to mention anywhere that I will be accompanying her during the interview?
Thanks much for your help.
Regards,
Gaurav
@Gaurav, Good luck for your marriage. US authorities don’t reject or select a visa based on time so any time will be good to book a date. The only thing you should remember that you need to have the above mentioned documents while approaching the interviewer. I think you can get the certificate in the meantime so go ahead and book a date, you can always reschedule it. I think you can’t accompany your wife, if you need to renew your visa then you both can schedule at the same time and go for it. I am not very sure on accompanying so better clarify it from experts. If you see any option where you can go for it with her then I am very sure you have to mention it somewhere before the interview.

Sriharsha 2009/10/01 at 2:21 PM

Hi San
Nice post and thanks for helping people like me
I am planning to get married in jan 2010 and planning to bring my wife with me. my question is i am on H1 and had valid visa until Sep 2010, recently i changed my company and got my visa approval but i did not have stamping with the new approval. so is it ok if my wife carry my latest approval and go for the stamping or do i need to get the stamping done before she go the stamping. please advice. can i receive the reply to my email id
Thanks in advance
@Sriharsha, Wish you a happy married life. I suggest you both go at the same time for the visa stamping. I just said that to Gaurav above.

@Priya (Oct 24th) – Yes, you can apply individually. My wife applied alone and I was in US that time. You need all the documents, not your husband at the interview. After you receive the H4 visa it is upto you to decide the date of journey, no hard rules.

@Priya (Nov 11th) – 1. If you go to local municipality office with all your documents after the marriage then you should get that in a day, it will be handy. At least I got that in a day in Orissa. 2. It depends, normally you will get it in 5-7 days but I will advise you not to buy your ticket before you have your passport with visa on it. Rather just book a ticket and carry the ternary to the consulate.

@Revant – Both go on the same date and slot. I think you need to go to the site or ask some experts on this but I know both can go together for the interview as my friends did in the past that I know at least.

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Name: Gaurav

hi!
im getting married Nov 23rd 2009. Want to bring my wife with me to US on H4 visa.
Q1. Is this a good time (i.e. today Sep 30 2009) for me to book a timeslot for the interview for sometime around Nov 25 or Nov 26th?
Q2. Can I accompany my wife in the interview?
Q3. Do I need to mention anywhere that I will be accompanying her during the interview?
Thanks much for your help.
Regards,
Gaurav

Name: Hong

Hi there,
Iím currently an F-1 student in the U.S.
And I will get married with an american citizen at the end of this year, intended to applying my citizenship after the marriage.
So mind me asking whatís the process for me to apply?
Will it be exactly the same as it is discribed above as H4 visa?
Best regards,
Hong =)

Name: Anil

hi!
Iím getting married Nov 5th 2009. Want to bring my wife with me to US on H4 visa.
Right now I have my H1-B visa stamped with my previous employer and the documents need for my spouse like H1-B approval letter, Exp. letter and pay-stubs are on my existing employer. My VISA is valid till Sep-2010. My questions are:-
1). Should I get my H1-B stamped with new employer
2) If I dont get stamped will it be an issue for my wife.
Thanks in advance,
Anil

Name: priya

hi,
my husband got his h1b approved in september 2009. i did not apply with him since we did not register our marriage that time. now we got our marriage registered. can i apply separetely for h4 while he is in india?
he is planning to travel to US in 2010 januaryand i am planning go in march 2010.
Thanks & regards

Name: Revant

Hi I am getting married in November and I am planning to bring my wife with me. I renewed my H1 visa. I need to go for visa stamping. My questions areÖ
Should I have seperate appointments for me and my wife for the visa interview?
Or can she accompany me with my H1-visa interview?
Thank you
Revant

Name: priya

Hi,
I would be grateful if any one has answers to my below questions:
1. I am getting married in Calcutta and was wondering if anyone knows within how many days of registering marriage does one get their marriage certificate.
2. Also after the interview with the US embassy within how many days does one receive the passport back from the embassy with the H4 visa
Thank you for your response and time.

Name: San Nayak

Priya and Revant, I answered your questions in the article so scroll all the way to the bottom of the article and little above the comments to see the answers.

Name: Yan Niepa

Hi,
I am on H1B, my spouse is still in school but would like to complete her degree before moving here. I would like to have her apply for the H4 so she can be able to travel to the US in vacation. Do you think that itís possible? Would the consulate allow this?
Thanks.

Name: Kamal

Hello sir,
I m in US since last 16 months,I m married but when i came to US i told my visa cosular that i m single.At that time i did mistake but now i got my H1b approved n i want my wife here wid meÖis that possible without going back to my country?or i need to go back n show the marriage papers again n come wid her???please help me.

Name: Radha

Hello sir/madam,
I have the same problem as of Mr.Kamal.
Actually i m in india,my husband got married n went back to US but he said the same thing as Mr.Kamal did that he is single during interview.Now he wants me to come to US,How can i apply H4? PLease waiting for the answer.

Name: San Nayak

@Kamal, @Radha - It is more important to show the valid proof that you are married than what you or your husband said at the consulate. There should be no problem to get a visa as long as you show them all the documents. Logically this is not correct as a person leaving the country said not married and someone following him is saying married to the same person but i think they will not be hard on that. This is my thought, you need to put this question in front of experts and hopefully there is a chance of 90% that you will get through the interview to get the visa.

Name: Devi

Hi,
I am going to get married in Feb 2010. My fiance is working in U.S. He is there since 9 years. He is holding H1b visa. Due to some personal reasons we were not able to arrange for social marriage and we are planning to have it as a simple register marriage. In such a case how can I submit the following documents for H4 visa.
1. A Wedding photo album with clear close-up snaps with all the family members taken separately and some snaps from the marriage puja.
2. Both side marriage invitation cards.
Is it possible to get H4 visa then? Can you suggest/guide me pls.

Name: Biraj

Hello sir,
I am getting married on 26th Jan 2010. Planning to apply for USA L2 visa for wife. Where can I register my marriage to get the marriage certificate immediately ?

Name: dave

hi san
i came to us 4months back i got married on feb4 and now i am trying to bring my wife to states.there is no one else to help me out except u i got few imp information regarding documents.my question is do i need any paperwork from my employer is so what r they.please respond

Name: Raamapriya

Hi Sir, I'm getting married in dec 2010 my wouldbe is working at US. he is holding H1b visa. Sir plz let me know if i apply for visa after my marriage within how many days can i get my stamping done so that i can go with my wouldbe to US. Now he is in India he is leaving on 12th march if i can't get visa after my marriage can i apply now my showing my engagement album and get my marriage registration certificate and will apply for visa. plz suggest me which one will be good. i just want to go with my wouldbe after my marriage so plz respond soon.

Name: San Nayak

Raamapriya, You can get your visa stamped passport from the US consulate in 5-7 working days. I will advice you to book a date just after your social marriage and take the marriage album with you. Ask your expected husband to stay in India for at least 10 days after your marriage. I am not an expert but all i know social marriage photos are needed and they ask for it at the interview. Wish you a happy married life and good luck for the Visa. Do let us know your experience here.

Name: San Nayak

Dave,
you need an employment verification letter from your current employer. It will be a simple letter saying that you are employed and will keep working with them.

Name: Supreetha

Hi San,
I am getting married on march 25th 2010. I am planning to leave with my husband. He will be here for 3 weeks, including a week after our marriage. We want to go for registered marriage since we dont have much time after marriage to finish process and hence dont prefer marriage registration. Is it possible to schedule a visa appointment as soon as we get the marriage certificate and before the social marriage. Wouldnít a register marriage suffice ? Is the wedding album necessary?
Thanks,
Supreetha

Name: San Nayak

Hi Supreetha,
It is a requirement for them so try to fix a date just after the social marriage. You can print some of your snaps and carry an album if you schedule a date after a day or two of your social marriage. If you are socially getting married and it is more likely your husband will stay there for couple of days after the marriage then why not to take an appointment after the social marriage.

Name: Salve

Hi San,

Firstly I would like you to thank you for this super info posted on your website. There are not many active links people have for getting help on H4 visa. My question is after the marriage is it necessary for the dependent to have a new passport which would be having her new surname or the old passport would do.

Name: San Nayak

Hi Salve,

I really donít know how the change of name works in India but i definitely mentioned my name as the husbandís name on my wifeís passport. I never needed my wifeís name on my passport as i am not on a support visa rather she is. So what i did was, paid Rs 300 as the application fees and got it hand-written & stamped by the passport authority about her marital status on the passport. Her name remains the same, i never wanted it to change as she has her original name on all the certificates. What you can do is keep the name same but update her passport about the marital status so that she can show it during the stamping about her marriage to you. You will submit the passport for this to the officer and will get it back in evening. Good luck!!

Name: v

hi, me and my wife are applying for J1 and J2 visa next month. the problem is that we have done registered marriage and we dont have any photographs of our wedding. her passport mentions my name in spouse section. should i still worry coz i dont have the album? thanks for suggestions.

Name: San Nayak

Hi V,

In almost all the religions practice a social marriage so the officials ask for photos as a proof. It is something to worry about because they have the certificate but still they ask for photos, i think they want to make sure by looking into this pictures as well. If you put me in your shoes then i will make sure to arrnage snaps either by getting married socially or by a mock one. Good Luck!!

Name: Sachin

San.

Thanks for the great post! Is getting your spouseís name on the passport a requirement or optional if one the certificate and albums?
Thanks.

Name: San Nayak

Thanks Sachin,

I donít think adding husbands name in the passport is mandatory, i did it as an additional prove. If I remember it correctly it was not asked by any expert but it is a status change that we all should do as we are international travellers and updates can prove us to be a couple at any hassels. Good Luck!!

Name: Sonia

Hello,

I am a Canadian PR and have US Visitorís VISA (B2). My fiance is in US on H1B Visa. We are getting married in September in India. I work in Windsor and my husband is in Detroit. We both can keep our jobs and he is planning to come live with me in Canada. M question is, should I apply for H4 and then enter US while we come back, or should I just fly from Canada and come back and apply for H4 here in Toronto. Are there chances they may refuse H4 or delay it somehow. I donít want to book my flights of coming back to US, if I wonít have H4 by then. And I suppose entering on visitor visa while youíre already married is not a good idea. Please Help !

Name: San Nayak

Hi Sonia,

I have a friend who has a Canadian PR, I asked him to help us in this situation. I am waiting for his response, please wait for the update. Infact he graduated from University of Windsor and settled in Toronto now. Lets see what he has to say on this.

Name: Rinku

Hi Sonia,

As Per my knowledge you dont have to worry about H4 Right away. Its best to enter US from Windsor and you can continue to use your Visitor Visa. We guys fear the US Entry too much. No need for that. You are a Canadian PR and have a Valid US Visa. Assuming you have a valid I-94 you can just drive in by showing your passport and PR Card to security. Your Personal visas dont get cancelled because of your marriage. I think it is perfectly legal to be in US of you own Visa ( B1-B2, H1, L1 Etc..) While you are married to a US Resident.

In your case you can apply H4 Both in India or Canada. But under general case it is best to apply at a location where you have spent most of your last few years. Assuming you have spent most of your last few years in Canada and you have a Canadian PR you should apply your H4 in TORONTO. The ties with Canada are well established. Infact you are a canadian resident right now (Windsor). you are a visitor to India where you are just going for marriage, and you might have more problems if you apply for Visa in India.

I am not a legal expert but based on my Experience ( I was in windsor myself and have crossed the border at detroit many times) I would suggest Marry and come back to canada. Book a US Visa appoitment at TORONTO, and until then continue using your Visitor Visa. Entry with a Valid VISA and I-94 is not difficult and mostly there would be no hassles.

Relax and All the best for your Marriage.

Name: Sonia

Thanks a lot for your help San & Rinku.
I agree with the fact that I can get my H4 here in Canada, and that would be a better option. However, I have heard cases from people that cross the border and then if they mention that they are going to meet their spouse, the immigration people at the border object your entry as visitor, when you might just stay in US. That is why they ask you to get the valid H4.
However, it will be my husband who will travel back to Canada most of the time, but my concern was when we are flying back from India. Our marriage would have been legally registered, and it might be hard to hide the fact that I am married considering if there is an India working there who recognises some of our traditional signs of being married. I just wanted to know if itís safe for me to come back in US on my visitor visa and then go to Windsor. Because, I believe if they find out that I am married but still havent got my H4, they may object me enterin gwith my husband on B2. So I guess a good idea would be to fly back to Canada and then file for H4.

Name: San Nayak

Sonia,

I donít know a lot about it but just my thoughts, while coming back to US from India if you are interviewed by someone knowing lot about indian culture will know that you are married but until you are asked about your husband it will remain as a secret that he works in US. I can guess that the questions will be why you are in US, you can answer like visiting friends or relatives. It is less likely that he will ask you about your husband. There will be no passport update so he/she canít know or will try to know more about your husband. On returning day, make sure the bindis are less visible and donít dress like a newly married dulhan. ha haÖ

It will be always a safe bet to return Canada directly though.

Name: Rinku

Sonia,

It is always better to enter US from Land Border. The Airports usually have more security and more questions. So If I were in your shoes I would first come back to Canada and then think about H4. Applying from India when u reside and work in Canada is not wise either. they might redirect you to canada either way.

Just one suggestion. Keep an eye on US Visa appointments in Toronto and monitor in regularly. Its not easy to get one. Book one when u get it and then reschedule it later if you need to.

Please leave your comments when you are done with the process.

Best of LUCK.

Name: Sona

Hi San,

I'm from India just wanted to know few things related to H4 Visa.
1) As My husband's employer applying for H1 visa, then i will be on H4 visa, so at the time of stamping my visa, my husband's name displayed by the embassy on my visa or not.
2) Is it necessary for H1-B visa holder to have his spouse name on the passport.

Name: San

Hi Sona,

1. There will be a mention of your husband's name on your H4 Visa by the US embassy.
2. It is not necessary for H1-B holder to have his/her spouse's name on the passport as he/she will be not in US on a sponsor visa. It is better for dependents to have that mentioned in the passport. I don't have my spouse's name on my passport.

Good Luck for you Visa!!

Name: Karthik

Hi San,

I have a question. I recently got my H1B Petition extended and got new H1B I797 peition and new I94. My wife and kid are in India. My Visa stamping in my indian passport is now expired with the previous visa stamping.

Can my wife and kid appear for dependent H4 visa processing in US Embassy in USA without my presence or Do I have to physically go to visa stamping with them?

Is my extended H1B Visa documents enough for my wife and kid to get stamping without me?

Please this is kind of urgent and I'm awaiting your earliest reply.

Regards, Karthik

Name: San

Hi Karthik,

I believe your wife and kid will go for stamping in India than US that you have mentioned in the comment.
1. You don't have to be there, they can go directly to the US Consulate for stamping.
2. Send them your extension prove like I797 and I94, that should prove your status but don't forget to add other documents.

Good luck to you and your family for the visa.

Name: suneetha

my husband has h1b visa. we got married on October 2009, presently he is not working there, can i go for h4 visa stamping without recent pay stubs, he have pay stubs of 1 year back worked.

Name: San

Hi Suneetha,

I think no, don't go for visa stamping as they will need a support letter from the employer and recent pay stubs. Even if you get through without it somehow, you will be needing the same stuff during the immigration. You can not get into the country without it. I don't know why you need a H4 but there are other ways to get into the US like visitors, business, etc. Good Luck!!!

Name: srini

hi. i'm on H1B visa and my future wife is in india and we are getting married on may 27th...can i take an online appointment date for h4 visa for june before may 27th? please advice...

Name: nisha

Hi, My fiance is in india, i am on H1. We are going to get a court marriage in june 2010. does anybody have any news on how difficult or easy it is to get h4 approval for a guy. i want him to have a visa so he can travel to and fro to see me. he has no intention of staying in the us. do we need any additional papers other than the regular. any help is appreciated. Thanks.

Name: San

Hi srini,

You have not mentioned if your marriage is on 27th may or june. If you are trying to book a date before your marriage date then don't do it. You cann't produce the social marriage pictures by then. If you still can arrange that without getting married socially then feel free to book a date anytime that you think the pictures of your marriage will be ready. Officers will surely ask you for your marriage pictures. Good luck for the visa and i suggest to book a date after your social marriage date. Please comeback and let us know how your visa interview went.

Name: San

Hi nisha,

I never heard a case anyone going and getting a dependent visa based on the registered marriage only. I really don't know if he will be able to get through that or not but i have a friend who got married socially and her husband had no problem in getting a H4. Good luck for your marriage and fiance's visa, let us know your experience as well.

Name: srini

hi san,

thanks! for the reply. my marriage is on may 27th this year and i would like to take a date for the H4 visa interview, the date would be first week of June. for that can i book the visa interview now for first week of June in advance? Please advice.
thanks, srini

Name: San

Hi Srini,

You can book a date for h4 interview any day after May 27th. You are planning for June first week so go ahead and check the website for booking a date around that time. You need some formalities to be done like payment of fees and all. Ask someone back in India to do that and handover the receipt number to you so that you can book a date from now for June first week. Good luck for your marriage and visa.

Name: Vinod

Hi,

I applied for H1 recently. I plan to get a court/registered marriage soon on my F1/OPT visa. But I will not be able to visit again to get my H1 stamping anytime soon. Can my wife get her H4 if my H1 petition is approved? Also, since this is a court marriage, I can only produce an album with our friends and the puja. No parents since they have made it clear that they dont want to be a part of it. Will this be a problem? Thanks

Name: San

Hi Vinod,

I am confused, you said you are on F1, planning for a court marriage and the puja. Where will you have this? In india i guess. I think if you do this right now in F1 then still you can get her in F2, your university should support her with a F2 doc, i guess a I20 for her. Sometimes university needs a marriage certificate and sometimes they don't care about it. There can be some ifs and buts by the interviewer but she should convince the interviewer that she is visiting US to spend more time with you and live here until you are done with your term of working in US. Puja is a requirement in Hindu marriages so no matter who all are there but there should be a traditional marriage and some proofs in terms of pictures. Again either she tells the truth about the parents being absent or make a fake one. I prefer being truth.

If you are planning to get her in H4 no matter what your plans are and you can produce the certificate and album then give your current status details to her like new I94, 797 and support letter from the employer. You also should make a photo copy of your passport and send her to have it handy during the interview. Remember nothing is mandatory because i got my visa stamping without having a copy of 797, you just need to convince your situation to the interviewer.

Good luck for the marriage and visa...

Name: Anu

Hi, My fiance is in USA on H1B visa and we are getting married by the end of this month. And planning to give interview for H4 visa by the begning of June. On last year Nov and Dec i tried twice for Student visa and my application denied. Do those deniel affect my H4 visa stamping? I heared it is good for me to wait for a year completion before giving the next interview. Can u advice me please?

Name: San

Hi Anu,

You can definitely go for a H4 interview in June. There is no such rule that i read that one have to wait for 1 year if he/she is rejected for 2 times. I personally think the reason of rejection is 99% dependent to that application not biased with previous one. This is totally different visa than F1, here the rejection ratio is very less as you are coming to US as dependent. Keep your nerves cool, get ready for the marriage. Enjoy the marriage, collect all docs for the interview and appear it. I bet you will make it this time, comeback and let us know how it went. Good luck for your marriage and visa.

Name: sainithya

My Husband has H1B visa. we got married on October 2009, presently he is not working there, can i go for h4 visa stamping without recent pay stubs, he have pay stubs of 1 year back worked.is there any problem during the immigration

Name: San

Hi sainithya, If your husband is not working then how come he is on H1B? If a person looses a job in H1B visa then he/she becomes illegal in US, officially there is no grace period to find a new job but if someone can secure another in a month or so then he continues to remain in status. If he has a job then he becomes legal and hence generates some pay stubs. I don't know details about his situation but if you don't have the recent pay stubs, employer letter, work details then don't go for the apply for visa.

Name: Neerja thakur

Hi, I have a question like my husband is H-1 VISA HOLDER. his travel date was 13th may 2010. and i am going for H4 visa on 24th may 2010 after 10 days. i don't have any pay stub . is any problem in getting h4 visa because of that. please help.

Name: San

Hi Neerja,

No, I don't think there will be any problem in getting a visa if your spouse is yet to receive the first pay stub. They can have a lookup and check that, i know many went with their husband to get the H4 visa stamping at the time of H1B stamping. Don't worry but take all other documents with you to the embassy. Good luck for your visa and let me know how it goes with your interview.

Name: Manohar

hi, I am an Indian and my fiance is Brazilian but she is working in U.S on H1B. We are planning to get court marriage in Aug 2010. Her employer has already filed her green card. where should we marry in India or in Brazil? After marriage I will apply for H4. can we take some pics in the court where we gonna marry? or we have to arrange a party and have some pics there. We are not planning to have big party. if we marry in Brazil my family will not gonna be there only me. but she is coming to Inida in july we are planning to have engagement party there in India and my family will be there but not her. we will take some pics also and then I will go to Brazil and marry there and register our marriage there. What do you think what gonna be better/easy for us so I get H4 visa.

Name: Manohar

we are going to marry in court we still need marriage invitation card?

Name: Sunanda

Hi San,
I think your website is very resourceful. Well my question is that I'm getting married to someone with an H1B visa status in July this year. I already have a multiple entry visitor visa to the US valid till 2019 and i've already been to the US twice since i got that visa. If i'm unable to schedule a date three/four days after my marriage for an H4 visa, is it ok to travel on a visitor visa after the marriage? Also, i dont think i will have the time to include my spouse's name in the passport. Will that affect my chances of getting an H4? Thanks in advance.

Name: Bhawna

Hi San,
I am getting maried in September 2010. My fiance is in US on L1 Visa which is valid till Dec 2010. I need to travel with him for a period of Three months. My concern is, that he will be coming to India for a period of three weeks and we are unsure whether we will be able to finish all the formalities with in three weeks including getting the marriage certificate, booking an interview date and getting the visa stamped in that time frame. Is it a good idea to get a visitor visa instead of dependent one, I am not sure. Please advise. Also he is based in Chandigarh and I am in Delhi, and marriage will be held in Delhi, Can we get the marriage registered in Chandigarh, and get the visa fast, or we need to get it registered in Delhi only.

Name: sainithya

my husband is h1b visa holder. his h1 is going to be expired in October. by dis month im going to be attend h4 stamping.is there any problem with h1 expiration.

Name: Sonam

Hi
My husband is working on H1b from the past 2 years. We got married on 8th Feb 2010. My parents did not agree for the marriage but my husbands parents were ready. We did a marriage on a very small scale without my parents consensus and so we did not call a photographer; and i dont have the photos. But later when my parents got to know about my marriage they agreed and then we got our marriage registered. On the same day we did a small gathering with friends and family. I have the photographs of that function.Will those photos work? Please let me know asap.

Name: San

Hi Manohar, You can marry in India or in Brazil but you will have to apply for H4 from India. Marriage pictures and invitation cards are supporting documents to prove that you are married to so and so but it depends on situation and religion of marriage as well. If you are asked for the following documents then either you have it or make them believe it was not needed in your marriage plan so you never had it. Hope this helps you and good luck on your marriage and Visa.

Name: San

Hi Sunanda,
It depends on you what visa you prefer to get into US. You can still keep the visitor visa and keep coming to US. I have less knowledge on visitor visa so if you think you will get better opportunities in H4 then you can apply anytime you feel like and convert it. Getting your husbands name on your passport is not mandatory it is just as an additional support to prove you are wife of H1B visa holder's. If you want you can skip it. Good luck for the marriage..

Name: San

Hi Bhawna,
You can still apply for L2, it doesn't matter if L1 is expiring in 3 months. Only thing you need to get it done before your husband leaves for US is marriage certificate. I know you can get it done from Delhi but kinda not sure if you can make it in Chandigarh or not. Every city is different but no one can deny a girl to take a marriage certificate from her own city and if the marriage is held there. Please ask your fiancee to get a word from Chandigarh municipality. You can always take a date in Delhi in advance and once your fiancee lands there then you both proceed for court marriage. You can book a date anytime after your marriage and you don't need your husband at the time of interview. Good luck for the Marriage and Visa.

Name: San

Hi Sainithya, I don't think so it will be a problem if H1B is expiring in Oct but make sure you have current pay stubs and employer support letter. Good luck for the Visa.

Name: San

Hi Sonam,
Sometimes they even don't ask for any picture. If they ask then make them know your story and carry all your pictures that you have and think can be of any work during the interview. Good Luck for your Visa.

Name: Sonam

I wanted to know that i have submitted the Visa Fees in Delhi, but i have not yet lined up my Visa Interview. My Husband will be coming to India in October. Can i give the Interview in Mumbai when he comes to India. Basically is there an issue if i have given the Visa fees in Delhi and i want to give the Interview in Mumbai?

Name: Manohar

Thanks for your help. I still some questions. we are going to marry in Brazil and only my fiance's family will be there not mine is that okay? before marriage my fiance is coming to Inida and we gonna have engagement (ring exchage) so that time only she is coming alone not with her family, is that okay? can we do our engagement in our house and have little party and take some pics for my H4 interview? In brief we are planning for engagement in India and marriage in Brazil.

Name: San

Sonam, you can deposit the visa fees in any city and that gets deposited to a central account. It will not matter at all. You should pick an embassy zone either from your residence city/your work city or your husband's city/work city. Suppose you both are not from mumbai and non of your employer is from mumbai then don't apply there, they will ask why you have applied here.

Name: San

Manohar, nothing guarantees a visa and for me your situation is logical so all that i can say is keep pictures of all the little and big ceremonies and produce when asked. Make sure to have a marriage certificate. Good Luck..

Name: jhansi

Hi,
My H4 Visa expired on Feb 2010, I will be going to India on 28 May 2010 for my H4 Extention. Do i have to take the same documents you mentioned above or are they any other doc's. And also can you tell me if i need to take form I 129 with me. (The Form I-129 is only for the principal applicant that is my husband i donot have a I 129 is that correct?)

Name: San

Hi Jhansi,
You should take all the documents except for the part where one needs to prove the marriage details. This is H4 renewal so they granted the dependent visa looking your records already. Now they will extend so they need the current status of your husbands H1B details. Take a copy of your husbands I94, I797, I129, passport, original employer support letter, etc.. Remember, take all the documents that you have and things that you can collect from the list above. It is better to have everything handy than be sorry later.

Name: sai

Can any one help me plz. i got married in october 2010. my husband has h1 visa. because of his father death he stayed in India for one year 2 months. In February month he went back to U.S and he got job there. now i have all documents including pay stubs. can i go for h4 stamping. is there any problem due to he stayed here for 1 year.

Name: San

Hi Sai, I don't think that will be an issue. If you have all the current documents then it should be fine. I have friends who go for 3-6 months vacation and comeback to a new job easily. You mentioned you got married in Oct 2010. It is still May and we will see Oct after 5 months from now. Good luck for your Visa..

Name: Sonam

i have my visa interview lined up on 18th June in Delhi Consulate at 9.00 am. Please tell me by what time shall i reach and is there any line outside the gate?

Name: San Nayak

Hi Sonam, before 30 mins should be fine but to be in a safer side try be there at 8AM. From my experience at Kolkata embassy once i saw a little line, probably we 3-4 guys were too early for them so they made us wait outside the building. You can check the official website for actual time. Good luck for the Visa...

Name: Hema

Hi,
My Husband and myself, we both work in different renowned IT companies. I had been to US on a H1 visa and came back just 4 months before it expired as I wanted to be with my family. My husband was also in US for quite sometime. We met each other in May 2009, when he was here for vacation. Then we decided to marry in December 2009 and so he came back for good. We got married and were in India for 2 months but then he got a offer and went back to US. His project is in Phoenix. When I talked to my managers, they too agreed to send me to US but our project is in Minneapolis. We thought we would try to be in our own companies and see if our companies can try for our relocation. However, during my L1 visa processing we realized that the lamination in my passport had come out. unfortunately I was misguided and ended up reapplying for a new passport with the name change. Its been 4 months now and I was planning to resign from my job and go on H4. But his visa is going to expire in August and he has applied for extension. Can I apply for H4 visa when my husband has just applied for his extension? I'll be joining him after 4 months, will it cause any problems? Is it easy to get my visa converted to H1 or L1 while I am on H4? Is it necessary for him to come back? Is it not sufficient if he sends me the soft copies of all his documents?

Name: San

Hi Hema,
- Yes, you can apply for H4 when your husband has just applied for extension. He should have at least 1 month valid H1B visa when you go for H4 stamping. Take his renewal application details as well.
- After the visa stamping it is upto you to decide when you will join him in US. Take the current documents like pay stubs and employer support letter when you travel to US.
- Yes, it is easy to convert. You just need a company who can offer you L1 or H1B.
- It is not necessary for him to comeback, you just need his documents' photocopy.

Name: kusum

Hi, I'm getting married in dec..my fiance is on an H1 right now.. i'm planning to go along with him to the US after our social wedding..while scheduling my appointment what should i fill in my status?? married or single?? because i'll be selecting an interview date after the wedding.

Name: San

Hi Kusum, mention that you are married because this application for a event that is going to happen after marriage, by the time you go for interview you will be married. Good luck.....

Name: sai

hi. on June 7th 2010 i went for h4 visa interview and i got visa. but my visa validity they gave as till October 2010.because my husbands h1b will expire on October 2010. after expiration of two visas what can we do

Name: Kishore

hi! I got married May 24th 2010. After marriage I came to US without my wife. Now I need to bring my wife on H4 visa. Right now I have my H1-B visa stamped with my previous employer and the documents need for my spouse like H1-B approval letter, Exp. letter and pay-stubs are on my existing employer. My VISA is valid till March-2011. My questions are:-
1). Should I get my H1-B stamped with new employer or just the petition with the new employer is enough
2) If I dont get stamped will it be an issue for my wife. Thanks in advance
Kishore

Name: San

Sai, Congratulations... Your case is similar to my wife's case. You need to get into US before your visa expires, that is DEC. I guess your husband applied for an extension so once he gets that approved it is up to you people to get it stamped again or not. Normally you will need the stamp if you go out of the country. However your mission one is accomplished so come to US and wait for the H1B extension approval to think further.

Name: San

Hi Kishore, I am not an expert but from my experience i think stamping has less importance in front of I797 and I94. Send the photocopy of your passport but don't forget to pass on all your current documents. Your new I94, 797, employer letter, pay stubbs, ect. Good luck for your wife's visa. Let us know how it goes..

Name: KAPS

I got engaged with my wife on Jan 11 this year and did a registered marriage with Registrar of Hindu Marriage on 13th Jan. I have the Marriage certificate. We plan to do the social marriage in Nov this year. I want to apply and get her the H4 VISA before marriage which is why we got married in front of the registrar after engagement. My wife has my name as Husband on her Passport as well with my home address in india. We have tons of good engagement photographs(ring ceremony) and albums, but since it was an engagement - there are no photos of rituals, sindur, pheras etc.

Is it okay if my wife goes for the H4 Interview with marriage certificate and engagement albums and photos. What should be the answer if the interviewer points out that where are the rituals photo. Should we say we are married legally and plan to do social marriage in Nov. or do not mention about it?

Name: San

Hi KAPS, Social marriage pictures are additional stuffs to prove that you people are married. Same time they ask for certificate, passport, etc to prove the same. Situations might occur where one cannot produce marriage pictures but that doesn't mean they are not married. For your situation, if interviewer asks for marriage album then give him the pictures that you have. I don't think he will complain for not having pheras and all. If he does then say "my husband is coming for a week and we want to rap up everything before he arrives for the social marriage". I(your wife) will not have enough time when husband(you) comes to india for marriage so I am here to get the visa done before social marriage. Just give a marriage date that is very much close to the interview date.

Name: EJ

Thank you so much for posting such good information on H4 stamping. I need your advice for my case of H4 Stamping. I worked in USA on H1 visa for 5 years and I have pay stubs till Feb 2010. I became H4 on march 2010 and planning for India trip in Aug 2010. my wife h1 is valid till July 2012 but is not stamped in her h1b in her pass port. Is it safe for me to go for h4 stamping to india even though my wife does not have h1 stamped in her passport. I do have I-797 of my wife h1 and my h4 approval notice. Kindly let me know so that I can plan a trip to india.

Name: EJ

Hi San,
I also asked 5 lawyers and they said us consulate in india is the best place to ask this question and they felt it is ok to go for stamping of my H4 even though my wife h1 is not stamped in the her passport.

Can you kindly let me know from yours and your friends experiences if the consular officers in india consulate are asking for h1 stamp requirement and are rejecting h4s if they do not have their hubby or wife H1 stamp in their respective passports?

Name: San

Sorry EJ for late reply. Listen, Visa stamping is a second level of proof to someone's status. I-94 and I-797 are more important than a stamp on passport. Typically passport stamping is done to make a person come-in and go-out with less trouble but over the time this is been shown to consulate authorities as a status proof. I am not an expert and never heard anyone having similar issues but if you at all wants to take a risk then India is the best place, schedule an appointment, consult all the authorities on the subject and hopefully you will have less problems if you can show them your wife's status with I-94, 797 and other docs. On asked about stamping, tell them she is expecting and can't travel right now.

Name: EJ

Hi San, Thank you very much for your reply to my question. Regards, EJ

Name: geetha

hi san,
please help me urgently. My husband is on H1-B visa and i came to US on H4.Our visa's are valid till sept 30 2010 and applied for extension. i am going to india in August and should i go for stamping if i stay there till sept 30? how many days before i need to come back to USA without getting my stamping done. If i want to get my stamping done is it possible with my husbands extension documents without any stamping on his passport, because he is not going out of USA? can i get my stamping done only by knowing his status or do i require stamping on his passport?

Name: San

Hi Geetha, you can practically come to US any day before your visa expires on the passport, have the photocopy of extension document handy for the immigration at the landing airport. On asked, produce the extension proof.

I also explained this to EJ above, if you need to stay in India after Sept 30 then go for the stamping and produce 797, 94 of your husband's status extension with all other docs. Take a photocopy of the husband's passport but on asked say he is yet to visit outside of US to get this stamped on his passport. Things should be easy i guess, people asked the same question never cameback to this website to clarify what happened to them. If you go for stamping after Sept 30 then please comeback and share how it went. Good luck for your visa and have a nice time in India.

Name: geetha

Thanks a lot san... i ll definitely share the information.

Name: geetha

hi san, i am actually coming back on 28th aug. so as u said only extension papers will be sufficient to enter US. but my husband employer has changed so can i come on previous employers status. will there be any problem?

Name: RESHU

HELLO MAM, I GOT MARRIED ON 6 JUNE,10. MY HUSBAND HAS H1B VISA. HE CAME TO INDIA IN OCTOBER,09 AND WENT BACK TO US ON 12 JUNE. HE WAS ON NON PAID LEAVE FOR 8 MONTHS. PLZ GUIDE ME REGARDING THE DOCUMENTS TO BE CARRIED IN RELATION TO HIS GAP OF 8 MONTHS. I HAVE ALREADY GOT GREEN PAGE OF 221(G). THEY TOLD ME TO COME AGAIN IN WORKING DAYS WITHOUT TAKING NEW APPOINTMENT. WHILE INTERVIEWING, I GOT STRUCK UP AT HIS GAP PERIOD. INDEED DEY DIDNT SPECIFIED ANY DOCUMENTS TO BE BROUGHT AGAIN. I'M VERY MUCH CONFUSED ABOUT THE DOCUMENTS TO B BROUGHT. ALSO, TELL ME THE IMPORTANCE OF GAP PERIOD DOCUMENTS.

Name: San

Geetha, if you are coming back on Aug 28 then you just need the current employer details. I am guessing that will be a new 797 and 94 of your husband's status and copy of his passport visa. To be in safer side keep the extension docs ready but i bet you will not need those. You will have to carry the current employer support letter, recent pay stubs, current employer contact details. You keep all the docs with yourself that you think can produce to authority on asked, if not all at least the ones that i mentioned above.

Name: San

Hi Reshu, I am not a girl. However that is a genuine question for anyone who goes out of the country for more than 3 months. Your husband remained out of US for 8 months and there should be a valid reason to that. Produce the reason with facts attached and they will let you in as they did to your husband. I think you have already his status proofs in terms of documents. From your explanation here it seems like officers are having less problem with the current status, rather they want to know why someone stayed away with no payment for such a long time. Explain them. Good luck!!!

Name: Monty

Hi, I am from India and my fiancee is from brazil but she is working in U.S for last three years and we are together almost 2 years now. we had ring ceremony party in India on july and we are going to marry in Brazil in September. her employer have already applied for her green card and two phases of green card process have been completed. I am planning to apply for my h4 in October then she will put me under green card process. What do you think about my case? any suggestion will be helpful.

Name: San

Hi Monty, Your plan looks fine to me. Good luck for marriage and your visa.

Name: HV

Hi, I am from India, currently working in post graduate work permit in Toronto, Canada after completing Masters in Waterloo in April 2010. My husband is a Canadian citizen, working in US and we got married in sep 2009 in India, that time he was in TN visa and I stayed in US in TD visa till Dec 2009. Came back to Canada to complete my Masters. My husband is currently in H1b visa status in US. So I have now booked for an H4 visa appointment in Toronto consulate. It would be of great help if you can let me know the documents needed for h4 visa in Toronto consulate?

Name: San

Hi HV, documents should be same as mentioned above. Chances of getting the visa can be easier when you are going certain embassies but document for H4 will be same i believe. It is better to have all the documents handy though. Good luck!!!

Name: HV

Hi San, Thank you very much. Will it be a problem if we do not have bank statements, but having 2 recent pay stubs.

Name: San

Hi HV, probably it will work. It is not needed to take a statement from the bank or get it stamped from the banker. If your husband has a bank account then you can go to the online account and take a print of last 30-60 days transaction with latest balance.

Name: HV

Oh fine.. Thanks a lot San.

Name: Rimpy

Hi San,
First of all, thank you so much for helping lot of people for their Visa's questions. Your work is appreciable.

My case is similar to geetha. My wife is in India and her visa is expiring on 13 Sept 2010. My question is regarding taking appointment from US embassy. Can she schedule appointment date before Sept 13 i.e before expiring the Visa OR she can take date and interview after visa expiration?

Name: San

Hi Rimpy,
Thank you for visiting my blog and will try to answer all with my best of the knowledge. I read it somewhere, it is okay to apply for visa stamping before 30 days of expiration. To be in safer side call the embassy or write them. They will answer you really fast. Good Luck

Name: Manoha

Hi San,
I got tourist visa for Brazil and I am planning to go there and get married in September. Do I need a proof/certificate for my single status? if yes then how can i get it? thanks

Name: San

Hi Manoha, why you need a prove of your single status. By default the status of a person is single and it is always needed to prove with a certificate if you are married. Sorry to say, i am hearing for the first time about this. If anyone claims that you are married then he/she will have to prove with the certificate so you are good and single as of now. Get the certificate when you get married. You will need it. Good luck Manoha, have a cake on my behalf. Comeback and share it goes.

Name: Swathi

Hi, Am Swathi. getting Married in December. my fiancee is on H1-B working in USA. His Visa Expires in Jan 2011. He got his Visa Renewed with current employer. He has not yet gone for visa stamping. After the next day of Marriage, Can we both schedule appointment same time for His H-1b Stamping and My H4 Approval. What are the chances of rejection?

Name: San

Hi Swathi, It is better for you both to go together and get it done at once, if you go together then you will find less questions for you from the interviewer. Going together will not increase or decrease the chances of getting the visa stamped. The chances are more related to the documents, better take all the support documents and remain ready for the questions. Good luck for the marriage and Visa interview. Comeback and let me know how it goes.

Name: Senthil

I am now in US and I am married. My wife is in India and has to stamp the H-4 visa. Do i need to send my Original H1 Approval Notice and latest Pay stubs? Each sites has different answer, could you please let me know. waiting to send my documents

Name: San

Hi Senthil, I don't know what others say about it but i gave scanned copies of my documents to my wife for her H4 visa. She had non of my original docs.

Name: Senthil

Thanks San, Problem is Validity of my Visa in the Passport got expired. If the send the photo copy will there be any issue?

Name: San

Senthil, this is a tough call. No one here ever came back and informed us what they really did where the spouse's visa expired on passport. I always debated saying that passport is something that is needed for you and it is just an extra doc for your wife, she will more depend on your I94 and 797. Anyway, if you can make your originals handed over to your wife safely then send her those. Make a photocopy of the docs before sending them to her. Good luck.

Name: Swathi

@San, Thanks a lot San. I will let you know once i am done with Visa interview in December.

Name: Senthil

Hi San, In DS-160 form, Surname is mandatory but my wife passport does not have surname. I filled "NA" in surname will that be a problem?

Name: San

@Senthil, I would do the same. Just make sure the visa on the passport doesn't say the surname as "NA".

Name: puja

i am in process of getting married a guy who is indian but having Canadian citizenship, he told me that he needs 3-4 yrs to take me with him . i want to know is it true. Canadian immigration policies will take so much time. Please let me know before i decide something i will be greatfulto you

Name: San

Hi Puja, It is really hard to comment on your situation as i barely know what your fiancee's situation is. I have a friend in Canada who has a PR and had no problem in getting her wife from India. His wife was in Canada in 3-4 months only.

Name: venu

Hi, I am venu, my wife H4 visa is valid till 09-30-2010. She went to india on vacation and coming back on 09-28-2010. Just 2 days prior to her visa expiry. Recently i have transferred to new employer and got H1-B approval notice in august month.

Please clarify me regarding the following .

1. Can she enter USA on 28th Sep 2010 without any legal problems just 2 days prior to her visa by providing my H1-B approval notice, latest paystubs and marriage certificate? if i miss any documents please mention.

If "YES"

1a. What will be her I94 Validity date? is it her visa date (09-30-2010) or my new H1-B expiration date?

1b. If it is ( her i94 validity date) till my H1-B expiration date , can she stay in usa without applying h4 since her I94 IS VALID TILL my h1-b validity date?

1c. If it is ( her i94 validity date) till her visa i.e 09-30-2010. can we apply h4 in 2 days? is 2 days is sufficient?

If "NO"

2. i.e. she is not eligible to enter usa since only 2 days left

2a. do i need to apply h4 now only ? can we apply h4 while she is india?

2b. does she need to goto stamping for H4 with my H1-B approval notice( scanned document)?

Thanks, venu

Name: San

Hi Venu, Seriously you have some serious issues, I can advise you but that will have list of values in my eyes. You definitely need an expert for this, the dates are very close and issues are too many. I recommend you go to MurthyForum.

Name: Manohar

Hi, I am Indian my fiancee is from brazil but she is working in U.S on H1B. We met in Iraq we both used to work in Iraq for U.S Government. Now I am in India because we planned to getting married. So we decided to have engagement party in India and we did on 28th july, we invited my friends and my relative and exchanged rings we have photo album of our party. Now I am going to Brazil on 28th Sept to get marry. We gonna marry in court in Brazil we already applied for that and court gave us the date which is 30th Sept. After that we gonna have party in Brazil. After that I will come back to India and apply for H4 so I can stay with her. Her employer has already applied for her green card. What do you think I will get H4? We were planning to have social marriage in Nov or Dec After I get H4. please give your best opinion thanks

Name: Manohar

Is it required to do social marriage in India? We gonna marry in court in Brazil and have party there. Is it gonna effect my H4 if we dont do social marriage?

Name: Sunish

In July 2010 my wife went to Canada and she is PR holder now. Myself and my kid to have Canadian visa. I have 2 questions.

1. Currently I got my H1 B visa for US. I wanted to know the best option for my wife to accompany me in US. Does she wants to come down to India for stamping or is there any option that she can apply from Canada?

2. As I have the canadain visa also, I am planning to fly to Canada with my kid and take the PR before my assignment in US.

Hence after my H1 B stamping can I fly to canada and obtain the PR and then travel to US?

Please post a reply ASAP.

Name: San

Hi Manohar, I think it is a mandatory for people who get married in India as a social marriage is the must. You can show your Brazil pictures to the officer on asked. That should be enough. Good Luck....

Name: San

Hi Sunish, Your wife can visit to US on H4 from Canada directly, she need not have to visit India for that reason. For you i would suggest to land in US and later enter to Canada for Canadian PR formalities. If you already got your H1 stamped from India then you can land in Canada and enter to US with no problem though. Good Luck!!

Name: Sunish

Hi San
Thanks for your reply. The reason why I planning to Canada first is my assignment in US starts in Jan 2011. Hence planning to take vacation in the month of Nov and Dec and fly to Canada and complete the PR formalities there.

Do you have idea about the procedure of applying H4 in Canada such as how long will it take and other formalities.

Name: San

Hi Sunish, if you are going to live in Canada for 2 months before heading to US then it should be ok. Sometimes they see applicants made an entry to Canada for entering to US so they reject but in your case it seems that you gonna stay in Canada for more than 2 months. It should be fine I guess. I advised Sonia here at the top that she should come back to Canada after marriage and take a H4 visa to enter US. This is the one i think is more logical. It is about taking date in US consulate in Canada and her passport should be in hand just after 1 day if she is approved with a visa. Good Luck!!

Name: Mayank

I did Registered marriage on March 2010, and we dont have any social marriage and any photographs. We have only marriage certificate. I am going to US on L1 visa. Can i get my wife along with me on dependent visa? Is marriage photographs is a must?

Name: San

Hi Mayank, Congratulations on your marriage. See the snaps are required and the interviewer do ask about it. But they might consider and validate your marriage based on your marriage certificate, if you are not socially married then there should be a logical reason. That should sound logical to the interviewer. If you want you can take chances.. Good luck..

Name: ruchika

Hi San, I am applying for H4 Visa for UK. Please tell me is it required to change maiden name after marriage as we have already got our marriage certificate on my maiden name and all my certificates including passport with the same maiden name. Is there anything i need to change on passport issued before my marriage.

Name: San

Hi Ruchika, I am confused.. Are you applying for H4 visa from UK or for UK? I have no knowledge about visas for UK so if you meant that then i am sorry. If you are applying for US H4 visa from UK then you don't need to change any name. If you want then have your spouse's name mentioned on your passport. You can do it from Indian Embassy in UK or from any of the passport offices in India. You will have to pay Rs.300 in India to get your husband's name on the passport, you have to show them your marriage certificate. No need to change your name on passport after marriage.

Name: Sanjay Patel

I am going for H1B stamping on 21st Oct, my wife will accompling me for H4. Due to some circumstaces my marriage was registed on 27th April, 2009 but as per the Hindu tradition we married on 11th Dec, 2009(Have Album and Invitation Card). Which date we tell to Visa Officer? Will it create any problem?

Name: sheena

Hi san, my quest. is i am applying for a h4 us visa interview, i have my husband I-797 he just got recently. If they ask me about my husband stamping, should i say this answer " he did not have stamping, he will get his stamping when next time he visit india" is this answer will be ok

Name: San

Hi Sanjay, I am extremely sorry as i couldn't answer you on time because of my work load. I know you must be heading now to interview, anyway.. You certificate date is your marriage date so on asked you should say you got married on 27th April 2009. Good luck..

Name: San

Hi Sheena, Take a copy of your husband's old visa page and the copy of I-797. Anyway you should take a copy of all the colored page of your husband's passport. If the interviewer asks you about your husband's visa stamping then your answer should be "he didn't get a chance to visit India after the renewal, i guess he will get it done in his next trip to India". Good Luck...

Name: Kumar

Hi, I came to U.S in the month of september 2010. I got married in 2006. But that time i have taken the marriage certificate from the temple where i got married. Now for applying H4 visa to my wife, they are asking my marriage certificate. In the Registar office they are telling that my presence is also required to register my marriage. Please advice how i can able to solve this problem without going to india. Is there any other solution ..? Thanks in advance

Name: Sow

Hello, I'm on L2-Visa, just got our visa extension till Sep 2012.I need to go India due to some personal problem, so for coming back to US I have to get Visa Stamped again ( as earlier when I came it was stamped till Oct 2010).I am planning for a vacation in Nov10th 2010 and planning to come back on Jan 11th 2011. What document I need to take as i'm going alone, my husband won't be accompany. Is it possible to do online? What are the procedures for visa stamping? Please guide me.

Name: San

Hi Kumar, there is nothing that i know can fix your problem.

Name: San

Hi Sow, i have no knowledge on L2 visa. Sorry to say i can't help on that matter.

Name: Sneha

Hi there...
I got married recently and my husband is working in US on H1B visa. Im working for a PSU here in India and have resigned from my job before marriage. My problem is my H4 interview is scheduled in 2 days and i have not got my relieving letter from my company yet and might take atleast a week more. Please suggest what i should do.

Name: San

Hi Sneha, Sorry for the late reply. Anyway, i am on vacation for a month so forgive my late response. Don't be panic for the relieving letter, you can explain your situation to the authority on asked. Believe me or not they are very simple and straight, they believe what you say. I missed many docs and many times i am not even asked for a single pc. If you explain your situation then you are sure to get a visa. Good Luck!!!!

Name: Ashok

Hi San, Thanks for all the help to the forum.

I have a question. I came to USA in july 2010 on H1b visa. i am working for good client now. i am working since last 2 months for that client. I have one pay stub with me now. I am planning to bring my wife here. I have all the documents ready. but does one pay slip is enough for h4 stamping? please suggest. thanks, Ashok

Name: San

Hi Ashok, You went to US in July but you have only 1 pay stub so is it a recent one? It is okay if you have only one recent pay stub but if you have it for Aug then your wife will be in trouble. They will definitely ask for recent pay stub. If you have a current one probably they will not ask to show few more for previous months, if they ask then she can always say you were on leave and recently joined or you forgot send more than 1. Best is to wait and send at least 2-3 recent ones. Good Luck....

Name: diya choudhury

Hi SAN,we've done registered marriage on 7th dec,2010 but we are getting socially married on 12th dec,2010.will that affect my chances of getting my H4 dependent US spouse visa as the dates dont coincide?my visa interview is scheduled for the third week of dec,2010. THANKS.

Name: San

Hi Diya, you are perfectly fine. Nothing to worry, enjoy your marriage and good luck for the interview.

Name: geeta

Hi, Right now i am on H4 visa status and got my I-20 from ITU sunnyvale. Is it possible to get F1 stamping without GRE and Tofel score from India? I am planning to go India in Feb for few days, so will there be any problem if i go for F1 stamping with I-20 approved from that college as it is unaccredited? What if my F1 got rejected? Can i come back on same H4 or Do i need to file for H4 again? what is the exact process i need to follow? Or should i stay on H4 and study for 1st sem and then change my status to F1? could u please help me out. Thanks in advance..

Name: San

Hi Geeta, If you are not joining the school very soon then go and comeback to US in your existing H4 visa. If you already started your classes then I guess you have to get it stamped from India before coming back. If you are going for stamping then you have to take all the documents for F1 stamping with you, if you applied for GRE & Toefl then you must carry the reports. If this course is a short term then I guess you can complete it in H4 and don't have to change your status. I am also not very clear about your status on F1 rejection, they might cancel the existing H4 visa as well. Good luck!!!

Name: Hetal

Hi San,
Like everyone else, I am looking for some genuine and valid advice from you. Much appreciated.

I am a canadian PR residing in Canada for last 3 years and my fiancee is in USA on H1b for last 4 years. I have been to usa multiple times on visitor visa which is valid for next 10 years. We are getting married in India this March and I have a few questions.

1. Since we don't have time to get a marriage ctf and H4 in india for me, should we register our marriage in Canada? Can we do it now or after we come back? If we can marry now in Canada, can an H1B holder come to Canada on his visitor visa and marry and go back? Does he need to inform the border people about his intent?

2. Is it ok to apply for H4 visa without getting spouse's names added on respective passports?

3. Can we enter India being married but not showing updates on passports if we do marry now in Canada. the march wedding is for religious and family purpose.

4. I plan to enter USA with him from India directly and that is why I want to have H4. Am concerned if our passports don't show married then will I face problems entering India or entering Canada?

PS: We are looking for all legal steps and don't want to mess up our paper work at all since his company will be filing for his green card when queues clear up.

Thanks in advance. Hetal

Name: San

Hi Hetal,
Thanks for reading my post and writing me. I will answer all your questions with best of my knowledge, you are open to consult the experts though.

1. You can get married in Canada. You are planning to enter US directly from India. I will advise to enter Canada directly from India and then enter US. If you are still planning to enter US directly then I guess you will get a H4 visa in India. That way you need a mrg certificate before your India trip. If you gonna enter Canada then you can get yourself registered later, then go for H4 in Canada. A H1B person can get into Canada and get married. The options are open, he don't have to mention about the marriage plans if he has some ifs and buts in his mind.

2. It is okay to apply for H4 without having the names added.

3. Yes, you can enter India getting married here and you don't have to mention it. BTW, entering India won't be a tough task.

4. I don't think you will have any problem entering any country based on the mention in the passport. You can delay in updating the passport but if you mention it anywhere that you are not married but your government record shows married then you find yourself in trouble.

Good Luck, don't try to hide anything, try to get things done upfront.

Name: Hetal

Thanks San, I do have a follow up question. Let's say I get a marriage ctf in Canada and I also get an H4 in Canada before I leave for India. Then, when I enter India in March do i need to declare at the POE that I am married . My passport wont hvae updates but legally am married in Canada. Am concerned for that. Similarly, if passports dont have updates but I tell them am married while entering USA, is that a concern too, irrespective of H4? Thanks, Hetal.

Name: San

Hetal, If you want to get married in Canada then you can show your marriage certificate at indian consulate to get your husband's name mentioned. The decision of mentioning the spouse's name on passport is totally yours, if you want then you can skip this. I don't have my wife's name on my passport. But when entering India you should have your H4 and mrg ctf so do mention there that you are married. Similarly while entering to US if you have H4 and mrg ctf then spouse's name on PP becomes a list priority. Have a wonderful marriage and safe trip to India. Don't forget to comeback here to write 2 lines on your experience. I know you will forget to comeback. lol!!!

Name: modi

Hi San, I am currently in USA on H1-b. I got married in December 2010 in the court and I have marriage certificate but we are planning our marriage in 2011 December according to the Hindu rituals. Is it possible that just based on the marriage certificate, my wife can come on H4 to USA? Thanks.

Name: San

Hi Modi, This is a tough call. I also said in the past, interviewer knows that we in India value the social marriage more than the certificate. 9 out of 10 times i heard them asking for the album, if you want to take chances then go ahead but i will never suggest you to go there with out the marriage album. Good luck....

Name: Vijay

Hi, My wife works in US. Hardly one month got over for her. Can husband apply for H4 if his wife working in US under H1B visa. Am i eligible to apply for it.

Name: San

Hi Vijay, As far as I know you are eligible to apply for H4.

Name: Hetal

Hi San,
I have filled my DS-160 to apply for dependent visa for USA. I am a Candian PR and my husband is in USA on H1b. I am in Vancouver and would now like to scedule my appointment for the interview.
The question is on the new NVARS website, who needs to schedule the
appointment (the h1b holder) or I myself under my passport? On the Ds-160 i had mentioned myself as not being primary applicant. And this website asks us to register for appointment by logging in with primary applicants information. Please guide if he needs to do it or I have to?

Secondly, there is no option for H4 catoegory in the appointment sceduling webiste. what cateogry do we choose?

PS: The NVARS booking website has been changed for Canadian and US residents as shown below.
http://www.usvisa-info.com/en-CA/selfservice/login
Thanks

Name: San

Hi Hetal, Primary applicant is always your husband who gonna sponsor the visa for you. He needs to fill it, here is the link http://www.immihelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=80635

He should proceed with H1 and just schedule an appointment for you not for him though. On any doubts please call the consulate to verify.

Name: Hetal

Hi San,

Thought would share this with everyone. I called the consulate and they let me know that to schedule the appointment for H4 visa, I (dependent) have to schedule my appointment on the NVARs website myself. The primary doesn't have to. Secondly, there is no option of H4 in the list when we want to schedule and we need to select H1 category. Thus, I did that as a dependent that is I selected H1 and it then prompted me for more details of my husband (primary). Finally I managed to get an appointment. The new website for Canadian/USA/Mexico booking is really messed up but the consulate phone numbers are useful to get info. Hoping things go well on the interview now:). Cheers, Hetal

Name: San

Thanks Hetal, I am glad you dropped these valuable info here. I bet your interview will go well, good luck....

Name: Deepa

Hi am getting married by march 6th 2011 and my fiance wil leave india by march 18th is it possible for me to complete the interview and go along with him(if i get the VISA)can you tell me the processing time for the h-4 visa??

Name: San

Hi Deepa, you have ample time to get your visa and leave India with your husband. You have to do many things upfront like book your appointment, ask your fiance to take all his documents from US, etc. Only thing you should do around your marriage date is marriage certificate. Good Luck!!!

Name: Deepa

Hi San, Thank you so much. hope i accompany him

Name: rashmi

I want to know that is it necessary to get my husband's name on my passport if I already get my marriage certificate with me for H4 visa

Name: VK

Hi, My marriage is in May 3rd week and my H1 will be expiring in Aug. I have initiated the H1 extension process. Can I book the appointment for my wife in May 4th week. Will the consulate officer approve H4 of my wife from May till Aug ? Thanks.

Name: San

Hi rashmmi, As i said it is good to have your husband's name on your passport and it also a requirement for consulates like Mumbai. If you can get that to work then go for it, if you can't due to various reasons then make sure you don't go to a consulate which has this as a requirement. Good Luck...

Name: San

Hi VK, Definitely. You can book a date for May 4th week. Ask her to carry all the docs and on asked produce your docs for renewal application. Good Luck...

Name: Sai

Hi, My husband is working in US for the past 6 months. Me n my kid are planning to apply for H4 Visas, Would they be asking questions about my education n career in India, n would it have some bearing on our getting Visa approval. Do I have to tell everything correctly or hide some details to get approved? Plz let me know.

Name: San

Hi Sai, interviewer might ask about your work and education. You should be true to them and carry your documents to produce on asked. It is normally noticed, they ask more questions if they find applicant is highly qualified and currently working with good salary. Good luck!!!

Name: kavi

hai san, my husband went to us on jan 20 2010. now only i got passport if i apply visa for (H4) on april month, how many months will take to get depandent visa.

Name: San

Hi Kavi, lets say you schedule 15th Apr as your interview date then your visa will be with you by 25th Apr so it takes about 7-10 days to get your passport back from embassy, you can also handpick the passport next day from the same office. Good Luck..

Name: Hardik

Hi San, My wife is a physcial therapist working on H1b visa in US. we got engaged(ring ceremony) in India in july 2009. I have a visitor visa and we got registered married in US(atlanta) in april 2010 and we have a valid US marriage certificate. I am a doctor and am preparing for US medical exam. I hve taken the date for H4 on 11th april 2011 at delhi. my questions are:
1. I'm a guy going for h4.. does that make difficult for getting visa?
2. If they ask what you will do in US after going there? what should be my anwer--shall i say i will pursue further studies or right now have not decided... any other ans possible? need in urgent help... thnks a lot in advance

Name: San

Hi Hardik, yes your chances of getting rejected increases because of your professional degree, being a male on H4, not having your social marriage according to hindu act, etc. What I would do if put into your shoes, if my chances of getting a student visa is very high then I will prefer to go for a F1 visa and avoid to show my marital status. If it is not coming very soon then go for H4 and let them know everything. You don't have to mention for your preparation on medical degree in US, rather show them that you are working for govt or a private organization and visiting US on a leave for 3 months. Show them that you have a huge responsibility in India and you will come back after 2-3 months of stay.

Name: Hardik

Hi San, By gods grace I got the h4 about which we discussed earlier.... Everything went fine.. She didn't even ask for my marriage certificate.... I received my stamped visa passport yesterday.... Although I have one more question.. I previously had b1/b2 visa which are valid upto 2014 and my new h4 is valid upto 2013.... They have not striped out my b1/b2 .. I know that I can use only one visa at a time... My quest is tht after my h4 expires I can still enter us on my b1/b2?? Means my visa will be still valid for that one year???? Thnks for all the help

Name: San

Congratulations Hardik, I appreciate you came back to inform us. I really don't know, normally they use to scrap the previous visa. One of my friend's H1b visa was cancelled when he applied for visiting visa. I have no clue why they left your B1/B2. Enjoy your trip now, will think about it later.

Name: Divya

Hie, i am studying in sweden right now and i am getting married in next month. My fiance stays in U.S. My doubt is that what will be the processing time for H4 visa. As i am planning to go back to sweden with in 10 days after my marriage, is it possible that i can get H4 visa stamped by that time.

Name: Harry

Hi - My fiance got his H1B in March 2011 and is currently in US. We are planning to get married by July and then I shall apply for my H4 Visa. We can get the marriage certificate next day as you mentioned under marriage registration proecess. My concern is that the wedding album might not be ready while submitting the documents initially - Is it required while submitting the documents or is it required at the time of interview? I can arrange it at the time of Interview. Also How long does it take from the application to the stamping if all documents are in place and can you also tell me the approximate cost if I am applying from Delhi? Thanks in advance.

Name: San

Hi Divya, it is possible to get the H4 visa stamped in 10 days. You need to book a date in advance though. It should be very next day of your marriage so that you receive your passport on time. You can also apply for H4 in Sweden, if you are in hurry then apply for H4 visa from Sweden. There might be a little difference in the procedure when you apply from Sweden so do some R&D before you opt for it. Good Luck!!!

Name: San

Hi Harry,
- you need the marriage photographs during the interview but you need one digital passport size photograph upfront for scheduling the interview.
- you don't have to submit any document before the interview date, only you require to fill some online forms.
- normally you schedule a date for interview before 6 weeks as the dates get picked up as soon as they are open for booking so if you plan to get interviewed in 1st week of July then keep checking for dates from May first week and book the date. Once you appear for the interview and get the approval then you will receive your stamped passport in 7-10 days depending your location.
- to book a date it costs roughly around Rs.8000/-, confirm this from the official website.
Good Luck!!!

Name: Kumar

Hi, I am currently on my stem opt(F1) valid till july 20, 2011. My employer has already filed my H1 and i have the H1 recipt as well. I got married very recently and my wife's F2 visa got rejected twice.
1) Is it safe to apply for the 3'rd time under F2 visa?
2) on both the occations her visa got rejected due to my stem opt basis(Opt is going to expire in july).
3) I am showing ample amount of money in my account, i have pay stubs, pay ch's for the last 12months.
Please suggest me what i am suppose to do in this case? is it really safe to go for H4 rather than this time? I am looking for your advise at the earliest.
Thanks

Name: San

Hi Kumar, I will say you what I would do in your shoes. I would wait for H1B approval then visit India for stamping. I would take my wife with me for her H4 visa and this has highest chances of getting the visa. At least don't take more chances with F2 and get her on H4. Another 5 months to wait but that will reduce tons of risks. Good luck!!

Name: amy

My wife was on F1 visa/OPT end date 7/23/11 had to go to india on an emergency basis. She went for F1 stamping and got refused. I'm planning for her to apply for H4 as I'm in US on H1.
1 - is there any issue if she goes back to consulate for H4 with in 2 weeks of her initial refusal.
2 - what happens if she enters US on H4 - is her F1/OPT still valid till the end date.
3 - do I need to be there with her at the time of interview to make it smooth.
Please advise. Thanks

Name: San

Hi Amy, do you know on what basis they declined the visa?
1. I don't think there is any issue as she will be applying on a new visa type.
2. One is permitted to live in US on a single visa at a time so while stamping or at the time of immigration clearance her status will be changed to H4.
3. I don't think you can accompany her unless you are also waiting for a stamping. If you need one stamping then probably things will be easier for her as the focus will be on you.
It is always advised not to travel in OPT, if you do then at least you should have upto date stamping. I don't think anyone will advise you for stamping in OPT because it is high likely to get rejected.
Good Luck!!!

Name: amy

Hi San, thanks for your response. I would like to ask you - if we go for H1/H4 stamping together would there be any negative impact of her recent F1/OPT rejection. -What should be a better answer as to why F1 was refused....they asked her when is she coming back as she had no specific answer - our situation is I'm here on H1(physician) and we have 2 US citizen kids. She has no intention to pursue the job. -should we take both kids to visa office. Thanks.

Name: San

Hi amy, If you both go together that will ease the pressure on her individual case. There is no negative side to it. I still doubt if she mentioned about her family living in US looking to the question "When are you coming back?". Anyway, gone is gone. If they ask the same question then she should mention I have no job right now and I have no plans to work as I have kids to take care of. After my husband's H1B duration we are coming back to India as we have old parents, lots of property, if any business to take care. Remember more symptoms you show them as a potential immigrant then your rejection chances are increased.

Name: VH

Hi San,
i'm having a H3 visa upto feb-2012. I'm getting married on 24 june-2011, i am planning for H4 visa for my spouse. my questions are for my Spouse for H4 visa:
1) Is change of surname is required for my spouse passport or only change of status will be ok
2) If only Change of status is ok. then what about my change of status because for supporting document i have to give passport copy..
3) Is it necessary to appear my name in my spouse passport
Please help, Thanks, VH

Name: San

Hi VH, if you want you can skip this step. If you have time then change your wife's status in her passport and no need to change the surname. It is totally fine if you don't get your passport updated. Good Luck!!!

Name: khushboo jadon

Hello sir, I got married on 13 feb 2011 @ right now my husband is working in usa. So i'm applying for H4 visa. I just want to know that what is a criteria of interview? Do they ask question very critical or simple?

Name: San

Hi khushboo, they will ask very simple questions related to your life. You can see the sample questions at the top. Good luck!!!

Name: rajesh tiwari

Hello sir, I got married on 17 mar. I did MS from nyk & now i'm doing job in california. Now i am staying here from S1 visa & i have applied H1 visa. My question is that can i get H1 visa till june. Bcoz i wanna bring my wife in jun. So plz suggest me what should i do?

Name: San

Hi Rajesh, are you on F1 right now? What is S1 visa? If you applied for H1B recently then it takes 3-4 months for approval. Fast approval can get you the result early but officially you can use the visa from Oct 1st. You can only get your wife after Sept. Good luck!!!

Name: Sarayu

Hi San, I got married 1 month back. my husband is on H1 and is back to USA .currently I am working with a US based MNC in India and my employer has filed H1B(2011) for me and I am yet to receive the recipt no. Now I would like to travel on H4 taking vacation, but My question is.will there be any problem for my H1B if travel on H4 ? Please suggest me.

Name: Sunny

Is it mandatory to show the marriage photographs? I have the marriage certificate. will that suffice? can the H4 visa interview be given in any Indian language other then English? Please advise.

Name: San

Hi Sarayu, not at all. Apply for H4 and enjoy your vacation. H1B processing will not be affected because of your H4 status.

Name: San

Hi Sunny, marriage pictures are must. 9 out of 10 times people are asked to show their marriage pictures, failing to show that can hinder your approval. You can take the interview in non-english languages, you can pick your local language. Good luck..

Name: Sarita joshi

Hello sir, I got married on jan 2011 & my husband is working in USA at F1 visa. he has apllied H1 visa in april. Actually my husband wants to come to india in jun becoz of some family function. So my question is that can he come in june aft completing H1 visa bcoz i cant apply H4 visa before H1 visa & what is the level of interview question. So plz suggest me what should we do?

Name: San

Hi Sarita, your questions are very confusing. You can't apply for H4 before Oct as your husband will officially get into H1 status in Oct. The questions will be very simple, see the examples at the top. Ask your husband to contact me as he is advised not to travel in OPT/F1 visa unless it is super important. If he is required a stamping on visiting out of US then he should not go out before having the H1 in hand. Good luck!!!

Name: Sreejita

How long does it take to get the marriage certificate after marriage? Will it be possible to complete all formalities within 12 days of marriage registry and at the same time get the H4 visa and go to US with my husband.

Name: San

Hi Sreejita, I have done it in 5 days so if you work accordingly 12 days is more than enough to get it stamped. Problem is getting back the passport, it can take up to 2 weeks. Check with the embassy if they allow to pickup the next day. Good luck!!!

Name: Siril

Hi San, My wife went to US in july 2009 on visitor visa and later she got good opportunity and she picked up the job and got an authentic letter of H1B,but unfortunately she never got opportunity to come back to get the stamping on passport. Rest of all other documents she has.I want to apply for H4 visa now so is there could be any problem?I myself is a banker with 7 years of experience so can it be a problem? pls guide

Name: San

Hi Siril, you will have to take a photocopy of her passport though. If they ask why she isn't having it stamped it yet then come up with a good answer. Normally one should have the updated visa stamped on the passport in a year from the approval date. Good Luck!!!

Name: Sirl

Hi San,Thanks a lot for your reply.I will be greatful if you can tell me that what could be a good answer..She spoke to an immigration attorney as well few other immigration people in US and they told her that it wont be a problem whereas when I contacted few agents here in India,they told me that chances are high of rejection...What is your opinion...I request you to pls guide me as I am planning to take appointment by end of month.

Name: San

Hi Sirl, Lets say you will be not given a H4 visa so what will be your loss? You are in India and will remain there so it is better to take a chance than sitting idle. When you will be asked about your job and all say that you will be on leave and will be back to work soon. A good answer for her not stamping the visa will be "she remained too busy with the work and she is also planning to return India permanently in 2 months.". Just advise your wife to get it stamped to soon if she wants to remain in US for a longer time. On emergencies stamp on passport will be really helpful otherwise she will be at mess.

Name: Siril

Dear San, Really thanks a ton for motivating me....for sure i am gonna apply soon as I can take a chance and the same thing I will convey to her. Again i am really thankful to you and will keep you posted once I will be done with my interview.

Name: vishnu

Hi San. I am on h1b visa...i am planning to reach india on 18th nov....my marriage is planned on 25th nov..i would be able to get marriage certificate on 27th nov. now my question is can i book my wife's visa appointment (any date after 27th nov) before reaching to india?I m getting confused because when I would be in US and would try to book visa date, at that time I would still not be married and then also I am taking visa date for dependent visa? How is that possible? I know I will have to take visa date after 27th nov only but question is can I BOOK it before marriage i.e before reaching India? Plz help me..

Name: San

Hi Vishnu, don't worry. It is simple, you are in US so i will consider you to be a professional. In india have you ever filled JEE application before appearing 12th or +2? You don't have to produce any marriage document while scheduling the appointment. You can book a date any time after 27th, you can do it around Oct end or Nov 1st week. Follow my steps above.. Good Luck!!

Name: Siril

Hi San, I'm sorry for bothering you again...in case if I will be asked that if i am going for short period and if she is planning to come back permanently in 2 months then Why I am going on H4 visa rather than visitor visa? what are the possibilities of asking this and what could be the right answer as per you to this??

Name: San

Hi Siril, you are not totally bothering me. I have created this post to help people like you. You can say "you don't want to visit US as an independent visitor rather you will be on support by your wife so you thought H4 is the best one to opt for.". Normally they don't ask such questions like why this visa why not that visa. You have to justify the visa you apply for.

Name: karthick

Hi San, I am currently working in USA on H1B visa with a good job, my H1 is going to expire on 09-22-2011. So now can I apply for my wife dependent visa from india. Since i have just 3 more month for h1 expiry will they give H4.Or do i need to extend my H1 first then go for My wife's H4. I am in confusion please suggest me as you are helping so many people.I should appreciate your work.

Name: San

Hi Karthick, you can apply for your wife's H4 right away. I guess you must have applied for H1 extension already, if you have then passon the application details to her so that she will have it handy to produce on needed.

Name: Riz

I just got a job and my company applied for H1B visa which they estimate to be approved by August or September. I am already married but my wife lives in India. I plan to bring her with me when I go for H1B visa stampings in October. I am not sure about the process of going through the H4 visa application in my case. Please suggest the cost and everything you can help me with.

Name: San

Hi Riz, you will go through the same process like others. Opt for the family application and follow the process as mentioned in this article. Cost and details are above so read it.

Name: ss

Hi, I have applied for L2 visa in april last week and my interview date is on 8th june 2011. We got married last year. Now my husband is already in US, he entered US in the 1st week of May, his L1B visa expires in july 2011 but while entering US this time he got an I-94 till jun 2013.Now my question is when I will be appearing for interview of L2 visa, the validity of L1B visa will be only around 35 days, so will that affect my visa stamping? Or do I need to show my husband's I-94 form (which is valid till 2013) if the VO asks any question on coming for stamping at this point when L1B is about to expire? Pls help !!!

Name: San

Hi SS, it is still confusing to me. Is it a new I-94 that he received for L1 extension? How come he got a I-94 upto 2013 when his visa is expiring in jul? If it is a mistake then they will stick to the visa expiring date and if he got a new I94 because of the extension then you are good to go by showing that.

Name: ss

As my husband entered US just 2 months before the expiry of his L1B visa for a long term project, he had initially planned to apply for another 2 yrs (L1B extension) extension before its expiry. But fortunately at the POE he got the I94 extension till 2013. So will it be okay to show his I94 card copy in case there is any issue with less visa validity period of the principal applicant?

Name: San

ss, I have less knowledge on L1 but for H1B 797 is everything. Whatever date we see on 797 is the full and final one. It is bit tricky for your case, i don't know what document holds the max authority for working in US for date prospective. You should take all your documents though.

Name: Kumar

Hi San, I am currently on my Stem OPT and my H1 is approved but it will come into effect from OCT-1'st. Recently i got married and my wife's F2 visa got rejected, I have been advised to send my wife for H4 visa interview rather than for F2 VISA Interview.
1)Since i am not planning to attend my H1 visa stamping anytime soon, can she attend her H4 visa interview without my H1 stamping?
2)how soon she can attend her H4 visa interview, since my H1 will come into effect only from OCT-1'st.
3)If she gets her H4 visa, how soon she can enter the country(can she enter before OCT-1'ST).
Please provide me your valuable inputs in this regard.
Thanks, Kumar.

Name: San

Hi Kumar, your wife should apply for H4 now, don't apply F2 any more. She can officially get into US after Oct 1st. I am not very clear if she can appear the interview before Oct 1st or not show either you confirm with the official about it or just wait till Oct 1st to set her appointment. If you pick a date around Oct 1 then she should be with you around mid Oct. Good luck...

Name: Preethi

Hi, My Husband left to the US in the first week of May 2011 on H1. He is yet to receive his SSN. Hence he has not received his first pay stub as SSN is a must as per his company policy. Will this affect my H4 application. Secondly, i hold a H1 too (was in the US earlier for 3 months and now in India), however as i am not getting a project in the same location as his, i am planning to quit and go on a H4. will this affect my H4 application as well. Will my application be considered as a status change? how is this different from a fresh H4 application?

Name: San

Hi Preethi, I don't think you want to get into US in H1B, i have no clue when you came here in H1 and hence i think you want to enter in H4. Your process will be similar as of anyone else, change of status if for people who are already here and want switch from one status to other. When you apply for H4 then mention the authority about the pay stub, they will understand it. If your H1 is very recent and then visit US in same visa and apply for change of status from here. I have no clue how the change of status works for someone who is in India. Good Luck....

Name: Siril

Hi San, I am very glad to inform you that I got my H4 visa. I was so tensed about the interview but it was an easy interview as VO asked just 3 questions to me...the questions were:
1) since when is she working?
2) Company Name
3) Which part of USA she stays at?
the interview only lasted for a minute only and then the golden words that my visa is approved. I am thankful to you for motivating me despite of my agent demotivated me a lot and I took the initiative. Thanks a lot again for motivating me.
Siril

Name: San

Hi Siril, I am glad you got the visa. Have a safe journey and wonderful stay in US.

Name: Raj

hi San..need urgent help..i am on F1 status and on opt extension to next year aug2012. last month i got H1 approval and will be start from OCt1st 2011.i m working as full time employee and i married in feb 2011.i m planing to go India for 2 weeks(20 June to 5 july2011). few question i have in my mind is that

1. Can i come back usa on F1 status and is it safe to trip india at this time.
2. I apply for my spouse f2 visa on 22june. what type of question VO will be asking coz my h1 is already approved.

i got my updated i20 and her i20 from my school and all bank,and supporting documents.but no idea what type question will be occurred at visa time.
i ll thank-full to u, Raj

Name: San

Hi Raj, it is not safe to travel in OPT but I along my 3 roommates traveled to India in our OPT time. If you want to travel then go ahead but I suggest not to apply for a F2 for your wife right now. It is very risky and chances are high for not getting the Visa. She can wait till Oct to go for the Visa. If she is applying for F2 then be ready to face all kind of strange questions because OPT is a risky time and again support during that time is even riskier. Good Luck Dude...

Name: Dharti

My Self Dharti Shah and living in Ahmedabad,India. We Married on 23/Jan 2011.

1) My husband got H1 B visa at April 2011 quota and his status will be under F1 to H1 B by Octomber 2011 onwards. He has received his I 797/A & I 797/C letter. So its advisable to take h4 visa and go US before October 2011 ? Also if not possible to go before Oct'2011 then should i take H4 visa right now (i.e.June/July 2011) & will go to US after Oct'2011.

2) Also at the time of interview , Original copy of I-797 is necessary or it is ok with photocopy...

3) My husband has started his new job on Feb '2011 and now its difficult for him get leave & come india. So its not possible for him to come india for H1 B stamping on passport.,and same way i want to go US to live with my husband. so is it ok to take visa date before h1 stamping on my husband's passport.

Please need urgent reply as i want to book my appointment by 1st week of July

Name: San

Hi Dharti,
1. If you want to enter US before Oct then it will be only in F2 status as your husband's status is not changing till then. It is not advised to apply for F2 when your husband is in OPT. You can't apply for H4 before Oct. You can schedule a date for interview around first week of Oct and you need to do that online before 45 days.
2. Photocopy of 797 is fine.
3. He don't have to be with you or required to get his passport stamped for your H4. He can send his 797 and I-94(photocopies). All the documents are listed above so ask him to send you everything.
Good Luck!!!!

Name: Dharti

Thanks for your reply. My Husband got his h1 approval May'11 end.So i think his status will be reflect in system upto 3 months.so should i take interview date around August end or wait upto Oct.

Name: San

Sorry Dharti, I don't know the rules in details. All that I know the H1B official starting date will be Oct 1 so you can be given a H4 visa from Oct 1 only. I really don't know if you can apply for H4 from Aug or not, you need to clarify this from the embassy or from an expert. Even if you apply before Oct and get an approval then also you can't enter to US before your official start date that will be after Oct 1. Good luck...

Name: Priya

Hi, This is priya. My husband is holding H1 B visa and he is in US now. I m currently working in india and have applied for H4 visa. I am planning to resign my job and go to US. Will they approve my visa if i say i m working currently but will resign in a week?? Pls answer thanks

Name: San

Hi Priya, you can say so. You will have to resign from your job to live in US with your husband. I don't see any issues on that. You can say your HR asked to apply for reconsider in the same job when you return to India. It is hard to find such a long leave in private companies so you decided to resign. Good Luck..

Name: SL

Hi this is SL. My husband is currently on H1B and I am on H4. We are planning on expanding the family, will this affect his green card application?

Name: San

Hi SL, if you mean your extension is about having kids then that has nothing to do with the green card application. Good luck!!!

Name: Aruna

Hello, I'm a H1B visa holder & my husband from India went to an interview to Chennai Consulate on 06/16/2011,but his visa has refused with the reason of "short of salary" & it was true, I showed low salary. But my employer raised my salary after this happened. Now my question is after how long my husband has should re-apply & how much salary I've to show? one more question, every web site says that applicant has to bring a demand draft with documents at the time of an interview. I don't understand what type of payment that? & for how much amount should be?

Name: San

Hi Aruna, What you mean by how much salary you should show on papers? Show your real salary slip. If you are in H1 then there is a minimum salary required for this kind of visa and it supports H4 by default in that salary. Anything above 55K per annum should be good enough. You also need to show some bank balance and that should be about 10K. Your husband already went for one interview so he should know what all docs he needed, there is no need of carrying any DD. He can appear after 3 weeks I guess but verify this with the consulate or a consultant. Good Luck....

Name: Aruna

Hello San, Thank you for your quick reply. I think that I didn't present my query properly. By word "show" I wanted to ask you that my salary was low(around$22000 for part time job. On base of that my H1b has approved)But my employer rised my salary (around $42000)with rising working hours. does this salary okay for re-apply?

Name: San

Aruna, 42 is still low. There is a minimum requirement that varies with different zones. Make sure with your zonal cutoff and try to match with that. You are almost close though, it should be around 45-48K though.

Name: Anusha

hi San, I find your website very useful.My fiance is working in US since past 5 years and a valid H1B holder.We recently got engaged and will be getting married on october 9,2011.my fiance wil leave india by october 23rd,2011 , is it possible for me to complete the H4 interview and go along with him(if i get the VISA)can you tell me the processing time for the h-4 visa?? Also ,can we book a date(after oct 9,2011) ahead for the interview ?and how many days will it take for me to get the visa after i attend the interview and how long will my H4 it be valid in US?

Name: San

Hi Anusha, Thanks a lot for visiting my blog. You have only 2 weeks in between your marriage and your fiance's return date. Let's say you book a date on 11th and hand pick the passport from the embassy then only you can make it. By post it can take upto 2 weeks to receive your passport, it will be risky to buy a ticket upfront for 23rd, but you can always buy a ticket and keep the it open by paying about 200 USD extra to shift the date incase you can't make it for 23rd. Good Luck!!!

Name: ss

Hi San, I need one information.I have received L2 visa for 1 month as my husband's visa expires soon. My L2 visa will expire just 15 days after my travel to US. My husband is in US whose visa is also expiring on the same date as of mine but he has a valid I 94 till jun 2013 which he got at POE. Thats the reason he has not filed for any extension. I wish to know that if the spouse travels to US alone after husband, will it be possible to get the same I 94 as of husband if the spouse shows husband's valid I 94 copy? I need to stay with my husband as long as he stays in US. Pls reply. I am travelling after 2 days.

Name: San

Hi ss, it totally depends on the officer, he can give you a i-94 till the end of visa or he can also give you according to the husband's i94. He will ask for your passport and be generous to supply him husbands i94 copy before he/she even asks for it. Good luck!!!

Name: simran

Hii doin g8 job.. well im gettin married on 21st July, n my ques is can i fill d DS-160 form prior 2 marriag coz my fiance will b payin a short visit (10days) for marring, v want 2 leav fr USA 2gether..

Name: likitha

Hi, My husband got a 221g when he attended for his H1B stamping. It's been 8 months and there is no reply. We got married in march 2011. I am a valid H1B holder. so, planning to apply for a H4 for him. We are also trying to revoke his existing H1B so that he wouldn't have anything pending. He is planning to attend his interview in 3rd week of July. I went for H1b visa interview in Nov 2010 and got a 221g which is clarified and got visa stamped in feb 2011. So after marriage I came to US in May 2011. We are waiting for atleast 3 latest pay stubs(my emplyer runs biweekly). Would he be asked so many questions about his H1B? What can he possibly answer when the officer asks him about he changing his status back to H1B again after entering US? What would be the most convincing answer that he can tell. Please help..

Name: San

Hi Simran, you can fill DS-160 before your marriage. If you will receive your passport via post from the embassy then it is really tough to make it in 1 week. Postal will take about 7-10 business days so you better plan for a date to leave india once you receive your passport.

Name: San

Hi likitha, it is definite that he will be put into several questions for his H1B issues but be clear and ask him to say he is quite happy with his current job and plans to continue in India. It is only you who wants to spend some lonely time with him as you recently married, this is the only reason he is visiting to US. He can be creative to answer the questions because it is not at all predictable upfront. Good Luck..

Name: jasmine

Hi San, currently my boyfriend is in US working in hospital in H1 visa. Now he is coming to nepal on october for stamping and he want me to apply for H4 visa with him. Actually we wont be able to get ritual marriage coz of family problem and we are planning to get court marriage. So, my question is do i get H4 visa if we provide a court marriage certificate and wedding album just like a simple marriage in temple without our family just with friends. If it creates any problem then what would you suggest me in this case. Please guide me.. Lots of thanks.

Name: San

Hi Jasmine, if you are going for temple marriage with the marriage registration then you are all set. Sometimes the interviewer ask who all are your in-laws then you can point some random people from your album. Temple marriages are also a kind of social marriage so you should be fine.....

Name: Jateen Thakkar

Hi, my H3 visa is under process. Should be done in few days, my question was for my spouse and my kid applying H4 visa.My name spelled in my passport and marriage certificate is Jatin, while the name written in my wife and son passport is Jateen. Will this be an issue for her to apply as my H# will be in the name of Jatin. Do i need to make an affidavit or any other documents required. Pls advice.

Name: San

Hi Jateen, if it is on the passport then you can get it corrected. If you are running out of time then I dont think it will be a major issue.

Name: Roopa

Hi I got married 2009 and my husband is in india and I am currently working in us. I want him to come here for 6 months. Is it easy to get h4 for my husband? I liked your blog...Thanks,Roopa

Name: San

Hi Roopa, it is easy to get. Ask your husband to follow the process from this article and everything will be super easy. Let me know if you have any issues, you can also see the comments of Siril, he also applied as a support from his wife's H1B. Good luck to you and your husband.

Name: Suvadeep Ojha

Hi, My wife has an H1B Visa valid till 2013. She applied for the H1B Visa in August-2010 & got the Stamping done in February-2011. She is in the USA with her employer (who sponsored her H1B) since 30-May-2011 & will be in the USA till March-2012. I am employed in India & I am now applying for an H4 Visa so that I can visit her on short vacations as well as visit her in case of any emergency to look her up. I did not apply for the H4 at the time of her applying for H1. We are married for 3 years now. What do I say if I am asked as to why I did not apply for H4 when she applied for her H1 or why I am going for an H4 now after she has already left for the US ? And what happens if I am asked as to why I need to have an H4 for short-but frequent visits to the US to meet her ? Regards,

Name: Varun

Hi San, Its great to see you help, my scenario, I came on F1 student visa and I have received my EAD (OPT). I got married when I was still on F1 visa. Company I got offered job from will apply for H1-B visa this year as per from HR. My wife is still in India. If my H1-B gets approved(touch wood), can I apply for H4 visa for my wife without me going to India for first time H1-B stamping(I am planning to visit later in future not right away after approval for stamping, Will H4 visa process affected without me having H1-B visa stamping on my passport, I would really appreciate your reply and help.

Name: San

Hi Suvadeep, it is not mandatory that spouse should apply for the support visa at the time of initiation. No one is going to ask you that question, if you at all get such question then say "it wasn't clear if at all my wife is getting a visa and going to US so i didn't apply for it, now that she is there then i need to visit her and have the visa handy to go and see her when she needs me." Good luck!!!!

Name: San

Hi Varun, your wife's application will not hamper because of your passport not being stamped with latest update. You can send her all the required docs and if she gets a question that why your passport is not stamped yet then tell your wife to answer that you are busy with the work and didn't get a chance to visit India for stamping. You are planing to do it in 2-3 months. Good luck!!!

Name: raji

I came US and have my husband working in Chennai .I have applied for H4 for my husband and child. He will be here with me for few months and please confirm if my husband can travel by applying 2 months leave

Name: San

Hi Raji, he can visit you on a 2 months leave from his employer. Good luck...

Name: Dipu

Hi, I have been in USA for last 20 days on H1. My Visa is going to expire on 31st October. My wife has already gone for the H4 interview, and she is waiting for her visa. If I apply for my visa extension now, will her visa become invalid? I heard that she will not be able to travel after that. Please advice...

Name: San

Hi Dipu, If your wife went for H4 visa interview then she can come into US anytime by Oct 31. I think they must have given till Oct 31st, if you apply for an extension then she will also get a new 797, when you people go to India next time then you can get it stamped based on your new 797.

Name: Sam

Hi San, I need your advise. I am currently on H1 in US and my wife is a canadian PR right now. We are planning to get married in December. She will most like also get her canadian citizenship in February. Will she still need an H4 visa or can she just walkin in US without any visa as long as she is not studying.

Name: San

Hi Sam, I hope you wrongly quoted your fiancee/girlfriend as wife. Anyway she will have to go for a visitor's visa in Canadian PR and that will be 10 years multiple entry. I think rules will be different when she becomes the citizen, I am not very clear but I guess she can get into US and stay for 1 year without any problem.

Name: Somewhere Albacite

Hi san, I badly need your advice.I was not yet married when I applied for admission in a US university. I got my I20 form and my maiden name is on it.Recently I got married and my husband will aply for F2 visa.Can he apply even if my maiden name is on my I20 form?Is it ok if i have not changed my surname yet?thanks. please help me

Name: Dipu

Hi San, thanks for the quick reply. When my wife went for the H4 interview, she could not carry my US Pay slips as I have not yet completed one month here. So they asked her to submit my Indian pay slips, and she submitted it at the VFS office on the same day. How long does it take to get the visa in such cases? Also, is there any possibility of the visa getting rejected, or they again asking for any other documents (E.g.: My US Pay slips)? Please advice.

Name: San

Hi Dipu, once they approve it then she will receive the passport in 2 weeks. If they are not convinced then they might ask for additional docs, it seems like they are not going to ask any additional docs and she will get her passport soon.

Name: San

Hi Somewhere Albacite, he can apply. I don't think there will be any issues regarding this.

Name: Somewhere Albacite

thanks for the quick reply! More power!

Name: Ash

Hi Just a quick question. I want to know if i can schedule interview date before marriage?

Name: San

Hi Ash, you can schedule a date anytime but the date of interview should be after your marriage date. Good luck...

Name: Niki

Hi, I am getting married in Nov,2011. I am now working in India and my fiancee is working in US on H1B visa. I will be applying for H4 visa after our marriage. So, will there be any problem if i have not resigned from my job before visa interview? Kindly guide me when should i resign? before visa interview or later? Thanks!

Name: San

Hi Niki, resigning from your job is your personal problem, that has nothing to do with visa interview. No one is going to ask you why you haven't resigned yet or when are you going to resign. If you ask me then resign from your job after the interview and if it is required by your employer. Good luck....

Name: Bhavik

Hi , I got married before 2 month in india . My wife never been to US. I am on H1B. She went for visa Interview on 18th August in New Delhi. She provided all the documents with my I797 . But visa officer was confused and she asked for I797 with her name on it. IS this possible to get I797 for my wife when she never been to US ? If not then what can i do next? they gave her yellow 221G asking for " bring approved petition " Thanks for your upcoming help

Name: San

Hi Bhavik, I never heard about it. If she never been to US then she should apply for H4 with your I797. Are you sure you applied for H4. Is there any new rules that I am not awared of? Please follow this matter on the official website and on needed email the consulate explaining your situation.

Name: palu

Thanks for a very good article. What is the difference between legalization of marriage and marriage certificate? is legalization of marriage is necessary for USA dependent visa?

Name: SAM

Hi San, I am working in India and I got my I797 approval notice, so while going for my Visa stampping interview , can i take my Spouse for his H4 Visa stamping or should i wait for my H1 stamped then take another appointment for my husband ? Does the chances of my H1B stammping varies if i take my spouse with me ? We both work in India in different companies and my husband has already resigned to come along with me. Thanks, SAM

Name: San

Hi Sam, you can take your spouse with you for the visa but it would been safer if he could wait for 2-3 of your paystubs and apply then. Why he resigned so early, it was not required at all. Anyway, take your decision. good luck!!!

Name: Jalpa

Hi, My husband(H1B) and i(H4) are planning to go for the interview together. However, we are confused as to do I need to pay the fees? my husbands DS 160 we have mentioned that I will be going along with him. But no other information was asked in the DS160 form for my H4 visa. Do i need to pay the visa fees for H4? (his fees have been paid). Please reply...thanks..

Name: San

Hi Jalpa, you need to pay the same amount for yourself as well. You also need to give all the details online for scheduling the interview. Both of you will go as a family but information of your's with a separate fees for you is needed. Good luck..

Name: Anusha

Hi San, I am getting married on oct 9, 2011. My fiance is in US now on h1 and i will be going on h4 visa, I am trying to book an interview date after my marriage ,may be oct 13th or 17th due to personal reasons. If I book on 13th, I have to leave the same day at 4pm to other place due to personal reasons , will my interview be completed before 4 pm. Till what time the interviews are scheduled? If i book on 17th, I can attend it risk free,since I am in hyderabad I guess I can handpick the passport too from the consulate within a day or two. We are planning to travel to US by oct 28th again. please advise

Name: San

Hi Anusha, I guess your interview will be over by that time. I have gone for 4 times and scheduled 5-6 times for others, none ever got a schedule in afternoon. My instinct says it wont get beyond 3pm, infact you can't pick a time and you will come to know about it once the process is done. You can take a little risk to go on 13th if your time doesn't suit then reschedule the same for 17th. I guess it will not cost a lot. Or you go for 17th but make sure you can handpick the passport from the consulate. Good luck!!!

Name: hari

Hi San, Thank you for all the information provided on this blog.

I kindly request you to help me out with this question regarding my wife H4 visa.

My wife has attended the visa interview 6 months back and got a 221g query for my employer documents. tax papers etc.

My employer took a while to provide those docs and meanwhile i have transferred my H1 to other company (direct vendor). I have sent an email to the Hyd consulate to withdraw the old case so that i can send my wife for H4 visa now with my new H1 papers. I still didn't get any response from Visa officer regarding the withdraw of old query case even after 4 weeks.

Is it mandatory to wait for the confirmation from the VO regarding the withdraw? or can we go ahead by booking a visa date and attend the interview with my New employer papers.

Name: San

Hi Hari, there is a minimum wait time before you proceed for a new application, if you don't answer the query within the time frame then it voids automatically. I am sorry I can't get you the exact days. Why don't you call the consulate to verify, you can find the numbers here. http://hyderabad.usconsulate.gov/contact.html

Name: shri

Hi,
--I am on F1 visa(currently working on opt extension) and will be transitioning to H1 visa in the month of October.
--I will be going for my wedding ceremony in decmeber to India and also get my H1 stamped at the same time ( I already have done registered marriage a month back).

Question:
--SO is it fine for my wife to apply for a H4 visa even before my H1 visa is stamped?
--What is the tenure of visa she'll be getting, i assume it'll be same as for my H1 visa's validity, are there cases where the H4 depenedt gets visa of a shorter tenure?
--Also she is a doctor ,so will it be difficult for her to get the H4 visa for the US?

Thanks in advance, Shri

Name: San

Hi Shri,
- It is fine for her to apply for H4 even if your H1B is stamped, on asked tell her to say that you will be back soon to get your passport stamped.
- Normally dependent get the visa for same duration of the sponsorer, here it will be till your end date.
- Doctors are viewed as potential immigrants, she can be fair by saying she will be here to live with you and possibly do some higher studies or hide the higher education and show her undergrad records.
Good Luck....

Name: Anusha

Hi San, currently i am filling my ds-160 form before scheduling the visa interview. Since my marriage is in oct,should I mention my status as single now. Since i would attend interview after marriage ,should I mention in the doc as my status married only? And also there is work/information related column.Now i am working but would resign my company this 30th of this month. By the time I attend interview,I no longer work.So,should I have to enter this work experience as previous employer information in the form now?

by the time I attend the interview,my status would be married and my current employer would be previous employer. should I mention the same in the doc?can you please advise as it is leading to some confusion.

Name: San

Hi Anusha, your information should match to everything that you will have on the interview date. This means, you will be married and job less by then so write that. Good luck!!!

Name: Gaurang

Hi san, I got h1-b approval last week and I am going to apply for spouse visa for my wife. we did register marriage in 2006 and traditional marriage in 2009. I have one question. If consulate will ask my wife, when did you get married? then, what should she need to tell ? in 2006 or in 2009 ?
Second question :
I am working in Employer --vendor--vendor ---end client model and right now I am working in End client premises. if consulate will ask my wife that where is your husband is working then what should she needs to tell ? in end-client's name or my employer name ? I would appreciate if you help me out in this confusion.

Name: Anusha

hi san, as you mentioned above, i will be filling with the status as not employed,entering my previous employee information,in that case,i am asked for from date and to date.To date should be less than or equal to todays date.actually i will be leaving company on 30th of this month,but can i enter the date as 16th ,sep.will it not be a problem,hoping they wont ask my service letter or experience letter

Name: San

Hi Gaurang, your wife should say she is married from 2006 and if he/she questions why your certificate is from 2009 then say it was never a mandatory to grab a certificate so delayed on that. She also should say your employer name and on asked mention about your latest project. Good luck...

Name: San

Hi Anusha, I know you are worried but this will hardly matter to them. You can mention working as of now, if you will be asked then you can update with your status then and there. The interviewing officer will be the friendliest persona that you will see in this earth, they listen a lot and believe what you say. If you read my above post then realise once i got my visa stamped without the 797 also. Don't worry, chill. Take care...

Name: Gaurang

Thank you very much for your prompt reply. If you have time then Can you please try to help me in this confusion also ?
let me give you my history before I
2006 - register marriage
2007 - came to USA on F1 visa
2009 - Traditional marriage
2010 - Completed MS
2011 - applied for F2 visa two times but rejected
2011 - H1B approved and going for H4 visa
If consulate will ask the below question then what should be the best answer ?
Why did you not leave with your spouse or why are you coming today for visa when you got married earlier ?
Appreciate for your help

Name: Yogendra

is spouse name in passport a MUST for H4?

Name: San

Hi Gaurang, she can always say "she wanted to come and live with you but somehow the visa go rejected and she continued to get some studies done in the meantime.". It is not a requirement to take a visa the date you get married and at the end she also applied for one and got rejected.

Name: San

Hi Yogendra, it is optional....

Name: shuchi sharma

hi, i want to ask that my fiance is planning to go to canada for further studies and job after a court marriage with me. is it possible that i can go along with him? please suggest.

Name: San

Hi Shuchi, you are asking this question at wrong place, this post is geared for H4 visa that is given in US for H1's spouse. I have no clue about Canada visas.. Sorry...

Name: Orchid

Hi, I am getting married next year. My boyfriend doesnot belong to my religion, so there are some obvious issues regarding this in our families. My query is I am planning to move to US for my higher studies next year and may be a job thereafter. Can my husband get a spouse visa during my stay as a student there if we have enough funding for our stay there? Will our different religion cause any problem?

Name: San

Hi Orchid, your spouse can get a f2/h4 visa based on your status f1/h1b. You should be able to prove that you both are married and have lots of funds to support him. At the end of day no one can guarantee the visa though.

Name: Shruthi

Hi San, Thanks for all the help you were giving. Here is my case, I got married on Dec 30th 2010. My husband went to h1b stamping on 27th dec 2010 for which he was given 221g yellow form. I came back to US in April and after all the waiting, in July 2011 we came to know that his Visa was rejected. So he reapplied h1b with diff employer and went to Visa interview on sep 23rd 2011 for which he got 221g blue. My H1b starts from this October so I want suggestion if it is a good idea to apply for H4 visa now. If so how much gap should be there to apply for H4. Any suggestion is valuable for me. Thanks in advance!!

Name: San

Hi Shruthi, is your husband going to report back with the required documents for his h1b or not? If he is not going to supply then verify how long the system keep that file live, normally it is 3 months wait time and then apply for a fresh visa. For him it is 3 months from his h1b application void date. Then he should apply for h4, by that time you will have enough funds to show. Good luck!!!

Name: siva

Hi, I got married in 1999, and we didn't register our marriage till date. now my hubby is in US under H1B visa and wants to take us(having two kids) there. By filing an affidavit, we've entered our names under spouse column. Moreover, my kids Passports shows our names as parents. my query is, inspite of all these details appearing in the passports (also in family ration card & voter's ID), Should i need marriage certificate as mandatory doc? is there any way out to get H4 visa without marriage cert? Note: My husb is not coming to India right now.

Name: San

Hi Siva, as far as I know it is a requirement but everything depends on the interviewing person and the indian guy who is checking your docs. If they think you are married to so and so then you are, I have nothing to say on that. If you can't get a certificate then try without of it but have enough other docs to prove your marriage.

Name: Shruthi

Thanku soo much San for the quick reply. He was not asked for any documents, he was given a blue form with a tick mark for admin processing. As it was the same case with yellow form that he got earlier we dont want to wait for that. So, how much approximately does the enough funds mean. Also we heard that for men h4 Visa in India is a difficult thing. Is that true?

Name: San

Shruthi, sorry to say I won't able to help a lot on your case as it seems to be complicated. Please seek some advice from experts. I know it is tougher for male to get a h4 but it is getable, i helped many guys here to get a h4. Don't worry, try to figure out from an expert about the time gap and apply accordingly.

Name: Shruthi

San, Thanks for the info you could give. We are finding out talking to attorney too but thought to gather all the info we could. Thanks though.

Name: a

hello my wife changed her name using my first name as her first name, so all her documents including passport have her first name and my FIRST name as her surname. The marriage certificate has her first name and her fathers name. If I apply for a visa does this mean she has to redo all her documents using my surname as her surname because she used my first name as the surname. A little bit confusing please help thanks.

Name: San

Hi a, I don't understand you completely and it is confusing as well. If you have all her documents as her first name and your first name as her last name except the marriage certificate then you might getaway with that. She can mention about the name change on asked by the interviewing officer. If you can get a new marriage certificate with her first name and your first name as her last name then get it if not apply with whatever you have, there is little risk but i personally think it is under control. Good luck!!

Name: Arun

Hi San, I've applied my H1B interview at Chennai and due to some family issue my wife is in Delhi, is it possible to apply her H4 at Delhi once I get my H1B from Chennai or not? During her interview for H4 will consulate allow me to accompany her inside? How long does it take to get H4 ? Thanks, Arun

Name: ritu

I am travelling to India in Jan. I have my valid H4 till april 2011. But I will need stamping done on my passport. So I need to follow the same process as a new H4 visa ? Do I need to fill the form DS 160 and pay fees in HDFC. Pls let me know

Name: San

Hi Arun, she will have to apply for H4 from Chennai as far as I know. All her support documents are from Chennai so her zone falls to Chennai only. You will not be allowed to get into the consulate, she can take the interview in any language and the consulate will provide the translator. Duration for her to be inside the consulate will be around 2 hours. If you meant any other duration then be specific.

Name: San

Hi Ritu, April 2011 is already past. If you have a 797 that is valid but you don't have the stamp on your passport then you will have to follow everything from the top and follow the same rules. It includes fees and DS160.

Name: sapna

Hi I have a valid H4 visa till may 2012.I came to india in feb 2010, now I want to go back to US. But I don't have I-94 form nor I-797 form of my husband. Can i go to US, just on my H4 visa. Please help.

Name: paddu

Hi please reply, my fiancee stays in US and v r planning to get married. Is the mariiage certificate valid if v go for the marriage in Arya samaj as i have to apply for H4 visa. If not tell the process to get the certificate I read it takes about one month to get certificate but he cannot get one month leave to come here. Please advise as our parents are against our marriage.

Name: San

Hi Sapna, if your passport is stamped till May 2012 then you don't need i-94 and 797 to get into US. All that you need is your husband to send you his current pay stub, employer letter showing that he is continuing the job, photocopy of his passport. You need to come with a nice answer why he you were out of states for a longer time and why are you coming back now.

Name: San

Hi Paddu, I am not very sure if the Arya Samaj certificates are considered or not. You can go for an Arya Samaj marriage and later get it certified from the municipality office. This means you are married and getting it registered. This certificate is getable in a day and you will have no issues with it. You will have to get the Arya Samajh marriage with social function style so that you can show the pictures to the authority when asked. Best thing to do it in everyone's blessing, try to make the parents clear about your interest and determination. Good Luck!!!

Name: Pandhari

Hi, My name is Pandhari, I am in US on H1 visa, my wife recently got a passport with husband name missing letter 'h' i.e. Pandari instead of Pandhari, also in my marriage certificate my name is missing 'h' where as my passport and all other certificate has Pandhari. So my question is will there by any issue during my wife's visa interview

Name: San

Hi Pandhari, there can be an issue with you missing letter. If you have time then get it corrected from the respective department else try your luck. It is in a range where one can take a risk. Good Luck!!!

Name: sapna

Hello sir thanks for the reply. Actually I had written 2010 by mistake. I came to India in feb 2011.. My husband is in US. Now my in laws and my husband don't want me to go back.. So is there any way I can go to US. Also I dont have any of my documents nor my husband's documents.. Its all in US and they are not returning it to me..So what are the options I have to go to US. Regards

Name: reiza

Hi, I had a lot of questions before checking out your website..But Thanks to u, u've clarified most of my doubts..The only thing is that how long will it take to get marriage registration certificate after getting the social marriage certificate from church. Plz reply me. i am waiting for ur reply...

Name: San

Hi Reiza, if you go to your local municipality office with both parties parents then you can get the certificate in a day. This can be done after your social marriage. Good Luck!!

Name: reiza

Thanks for ur timely help.

Name: San

Hi Sapna, I emailed you. I am not sure the email address that you used is the real one or not. If you didn't receive my email then comment here using your correct email id so that I can reply you the answers.

Name: sapna

Hi thanks alot.. I have received your email.. But as I told you I don't have any documents neither his nor mine other than passport..In that case how is it possible for me to go to US? an u let me know some other authority who can help me on this.Thanks and Regards

Name: San

Hi Sapna, authentically you can't come to this country without the proper sponsorship of your husband. Good luck!!!

Name: Anita Arundhati

Hi San, I am getting married in this December but we are doing court marriage as my and my in-laws family is not interested in traditional marriage. So can I go for H4 visa interview right after that? Is there something, traditional marriage is necessary? Please let me know at the earliest.

Name: San

Hi Anita, the interviewer asks for the marriage album no matter what religion you are from. They consider pictures of social marriage is an additional document for valid marriage. It is up to you now. Good Luck!!

Name: ravi

Hi San, Thanks for helping all of us. I do have a query. I have got L1B visa and going back in nov 11. My wife got H1B visa . I want to apply for H4 Visa just after reaching India says Nov 30 appointment date so that in case of emergency i could travel to US. I have got all the documents and funds as you mentioned above
I have the below questions
1. Irrespective of My H4 Stamping whether approves/ reject ,Is there any chance that VO would cancel my existing valid L1 B and B1/B2 both visa's. If that is case then i cant travel from my employer on L1 visa later
2. What could be my answer if they ask me why do u need H4 Visa since you already have visitor visa B1/B2 , Emergency answer would that do here as i mentioned before.
Please let me know your thoughts

Name: San

Hi Ravi, thanks for your good words... Same question I gonna ask you why you need a H4 when you have visitors/business B1 visa. That allows you to get into US for visiting your wife, right? Let me know if I am wrong or you need the H4 visa to live here. Emergency is not a suitable answer because you already have a visa which can satisfy the same reason.

Name: soundarya

ME & my husband are working for same company. My husband got his H1B visa on June 2011 & he travelled to US immediately. He raised the H4 visa thru our company & my visa interview is on October 19th wednesday. My question here is. I have mentioned in DS160 that I am currently working for same company .. .. If I got my H4 visa I am planning to go in a vacation... Please advice if I have a question about my employment whether I need to tell that i will go in a vacation or I will resign my job....

Name: safina

Hello San, I am currently in india and my L2 visa expires on 11 November (in about 22 days). My husband is in US and has applied for an extension. can i travel back to the US now if i have to

Name: San

Hi Soundarya, you can tell you are working in the same company and would like to go and visit your husband and spend some time by taking a vacation from the employer. No one is going to ask you why you didn't take the visa before or why are you coming now. You have your career and you want to keep working so you decided to take a visa when it is needed. Now you need it as you wish to visit your husband and see the country. Good luck!!

Name: San

Hi Safina, you can enter on last day also. To be in safer side plan your trip at least with 7 days in hand and keep your extension application paperwork ready to show the officer on asked.

Name: soundarya

Hi San, Many thanks for your reply.... one final query... My husband company has proccessed my H4 visa..so during the interview if they asked the below questions whether I can reply them as " My husband comapny name "...
Who filed the visa application and where did you file it?
Who made the interview appointment?

Name: San

Hi Soundarya, you can say you filed the application and it was online. This question is about is there a third party helped to fill the application so just say you did it so that there is no follow up question. Good Luck...

Name: Prasad

Hi San, My passport don't have my wife's name on it. I have taken it before my marriage. My wife's passport was taken after marriage so her passport has my name on it. So while applying for H4 visa will she have any trouble as her name is not on my passport.

Name: Gaurang

Hello San, Hope you are doing good. My wife had an interview on last Monday for H4 visa. I got Blue slip asking for few more documents of my employer. One of those documents stating that "A detailed and specific description of the internal development project to which you will be assigned. Include complete description of the project, employer, timeline, current status, number of employees assigned, work location". I am working in E-V-V-C model. Do I need to submit this document ? Thanks for your help.

Name: San

Hi Prasad, sorry for the delayed reply as I was on a transit for last 3 days. Anyway, you don't need her name on your passport but it is a plus for her to have your name on her passport though. You are all set to go. Good luck to your wife..

Name: San

Hi Gaurang, you will have to send them all these docs. If you have any phone numbers from your project that you can provide them then feel free to do that

Name: Lakshmi

Hi San, I am on H1 and in US right now. I have applied dependent request through my employer. It is under processs. They paid the visa payment and I got the bar code number. But the question is i got only one bar code number for both. While filling D-160 forms we need to fill in two bar code numbers for both of right? Or can i use one for both? Please reply ASAP as it is urgent for me.. Thanks.

Name: San

Hi Lakshmi, you have to pay 2 fees for you and your spouse. So you need 2 barcodes for D-160.

Name: vikas

Hi San,

1. My wife went to US in Sep 2011 on B1/B2 on visitor visa and later she got good project in USA from an indian company and she picked up the job and got H1B approval letter of H1B,Now in November she is planning to come to India to get the H1B stamping on passport. I want to apply for H4 visa now so is there could be any problem? I myself is a team leader with 6 years of experience in a a good IT company, so can it be a problem? pls guide

2. Do we both go same day for visa stamping or first I need to get her H1B done then I should apply for my H4 visa, kindly suggest

Name: San

Hi Vikas, I will prefer to go one after other so let your wife take the H1B before you go for H4. This will reduce the risk of getting rejected. Good Luck!!!

Name: margee

hi, I am planning to go for H4 visa interview During Jan 2012.Regarding my marriage date,there is a confusion kindly guide me.The Details are as follow : I have registered my marriage in court on 15Th Dec 2010.My social marriage date is scheduled on 3rd Jan 2012.Which marriage date i should put in DS-160 Form for spouse visa as well as during Interview? Kindly Reply immediately.

Name: Meg

Hi, I am more confused after reading this. Could you please help me with my confusion. I got married in the US(court marriage) on Oct 29th. I am having a wedding ceremony in India in Jan 2012.Will my marriage certificate from the US be valid in the Chennai consulate, or will I have to wait to register my Indian wedding before I go to the consulate?Please advise. Thanks in advance.

Name: Deepak

Hi, I am Deepak and my H1B visa is going to be filled by Dec,2011. My parents planning my marriage in 28th jan, 2012. Now I want that me and my wife will go to US togather what will be the better way to achieve this. First I'll go for court marriage asap and get the certificates so that at the time of filling my H1B visa I can also file my wife's H4 visa or second I'll wait for my H1B visa to be filled and I hope till that time I'll be married and get my marriage registered and after that when I get my H1B papers from employer i'll file my and Wife's paper togather for Stamping in US Counslate in New Delhi. Please advise me. My only motive is to go to US togather and to fulfil my parents wish that we can go for traditional marriage with all ceremonies. Thanks in advance.

Name: San

Hi margee, you should give your certificate date. Good Luck!!!

Name: San

Hi Meg, I think your US certificate is more valid than indian certificate so go with the US one and you don't have to wait for the indian certificate.

Name: San

Hi Deepak, go with the second option. Good luck....

Name: manu

Hi San, I need your quick advice here, i'm on h1 and getting married soon, but i've time crunch and would like to initiate h4 for my would be. Can i fill in DS160 form and get hdfc check before marriage or can that be done only after marriage? Please advise.

Name: San

Hi Manu, you can initiate the process before marriage and schedule your appointment online. You can only go for the interview if you are married nothing else before to that will depend on your marital status. Good Luck!!

Name: Sanju

Hi San, I would appreciate your advice on my situation. I am currently doing PhD in Switzerland while my husband is working in US with H1B. I have a valid B1/B2 visa and I have visited US previously for a conference using that. Now, I would like to visit my husband during Christmas for 3 weeks. Is it OK to use the valid B1/B2 visa for this vacation? I have a Swiss work permit and do not want to get H4 at the moment until I have finished my PhD. Please advice & thanks in advance.

Name: San

Hi Sanju, if you have a valid B1/B2 visa then you are good to go. In my knowledge B1/B2 is a business/visit visa, if you have the return ticket handy then no one should complain about it. Just crosscheck from one other source to make sure on my words. Enjoy your trip...

Name: Malini

Hi San, I am Malini and am planning to attend the h4 interview with my son shortly. My husband left to the US only this Oct. I have his pay stubs for oct and nov. Are these 2 pay stubs enough or should i wait for one more as there is a confusion if it the no is 2 or 3? Pls do Advice and thanks in advance. Very Informative site. Helped me a lot.

Name: San

Hi Malini, 2 pay stub is enough. You can go fearlessly, good luck for you visa interview.

Name: sandy

Hi, I am in Canada on study visa and now I am done with my studies. My husband is in US on H1 visa.Can I apply for H4 visa from Canada or I have to apply from India as I am done with my studies in Canada.

Name: San

Hi Sandy, you can apply for H4 from Canada. Good Luck!!

Name: SS

Hi san, I am on H4 visa and will be applying for f1 visa.I have recieved my i-20.I want to know that do i need to apply through some lawyer as i am currently in US or i should directly apply it.Also pls tell me that how long does it to take to change the status?

Name: San

Hi SS, there are 2 ways to change your status from H4 to F1. Just to let you know you can still study with your H4, it has its own benefits. You can file I539 for change of status in US or go out of US to any american consulate for a F1 stamping.

Name: Pooja

Hi, I got engaged recently, and my fiance has been living in USA since 10 yrs & has an H1B. I have a 10 yr visitor visa to USA, and I am going to meet him for 10 days (in Dec 11) during which we will register our marriage (in USA court). Can I apply for an H4 on the basis of the marriage in USA? I can produce the engagement pictures if they want (but I dont want to lie and say these are my marriage pics). The problem is that I dont have any time after the social marriage in Feb to do this. Please help, this is urgent. I'll be grateful.

Name: SS

Thanks Sam but i prefer to change the status as it wil help me for OPT and job search.If i apply I539,then i have to do it directly or should i get it through some lawyer?

Name: San

Hi Pooja, sorry I am not very sure if they are going to give you a visa based on your marriage from US. I believe they will trust their certificate more than anything else that we provide them so I think they might grant you. Just make sure from other resources as well. Good Luck!!!

Name: San

SS, you can take help of a lawyer but best option is to take the help from university because you will get authentic help with no cost.

Name: Bharat

Hi, I am now working in a IT based MNC company in Mumbai.. My company has already processed my H1B visa. And now, in between I got engaged. Due to some reason my plan to go to USA has been little postponed and I can go USA anytime for project work for 1-2 years. In between if I do not get married I have to come back in some time and get married. I want to know;
1) Can I process my spouse's visa if I immediately go back USA from there?
2) Can any other type of visa could be processed for my fiance now?
3) Is 15 days sufficient for processing spouse visa filling form and getting interview scheduled?
4) Does normally companies take care of this kind of visas too for their employees? I will get in touch with my HR too.
Thanks, Bharat, Bhubaneswar

Name: San

Hi Bharat,
1. If you are already in US and need to bring your wife to US then you need 2 pay stubs.
2. There is a visa for fiance but it is hard to get, she can also consider visitors visa.
3. 15 days seems to be very less, keep at least 3-4 weeks.
4. Your employer will definitely help on this.
Good Luck!!

Name: Bharat

Thanks San.

Name: Asha

Hi, My company have applied H1-B in 2011. I received REF from USCIS asking for more documents. The current status of the petition is REF. I want to apply for H4 visa. Is it possible to apply H4 right now? I am planning to quit my current employer after the H4 visa stamping.Please reply asap. Thanks Asha

Name: San

Hi Asha, you can apply for H4. Nothing to worry about your H1B query, on asked you can say I don't need it for now. Good Luck!!

Name: Asha

Thanks San...

Name: Jyotideep

Hi San, I work on L1B in US and fiancee works on H1B. My L1B has expired now. We are getting married on 18th Apr 2012 and I want to come back with him with H4. In some FAQs have mentioned "The petitioner should list the names of the dependents along with the principal visa application to the USCIS. Once the principal H applicant receives the Form I-797, Notice of Approval from the USCIS, you apply for H-4". I thot I can fill in DS 160 directly . Can you tell me what needs to be done.

Name: San

Hi Jyotideep, you can fill your DS 160 directly but who is going to support you? Your husband so he should have I797, if he works in US then he has. Go through my post here and follow the steps, you are good to go. Good Luck!!!

Name: SS

Hi San, I am in USA on H1b visa and my wife is in India. She has H4 visa. She is very soon coming to US and she understands very little english. Can this be a problem at port of entry or should I give any invite letter to her. If yes, what is the format of such a letter? Please suggest. Can you please also suggest any checklist of documents which she can carry POE interview. Thanks in advance.

Name: Nikit

My marriage is on 28 jan 2012 and we are planning the (H4 visa of my wife) interview on 5 th feb 2012.Is it possible to get an appointment for the both of us now before marriage? My H1 visa stamping is there at the same time.

Name: San

Hi SS, She should have your recent pay stubs, employment offer letter and a recent status letter. You should already have the offer letter but get a status letter from the employer, you can find a standard template from the web. Send her a personal letter stating that you can take care of her all the expenses. You also need to send her your bank account details. Keep at least 8-10K while pulling a bank statement. She should know about your employer and keep a photocopy of your 797 and passport. They will not ask too many questions if one has these docs, at the worst ask her to keep your cell phone handy so that she can ask the officer to call you and verify things on needed.

Name: San

Hi Nikit, It is bit confusing. Do you want to schedule a date of interview for 5th Feb from now or you want to go for an interview before your marriage date. Anyway, if you are thinking of going to an interview before your marriage date then how will you show them the certificate and marriage snaps? You can always schedule for 5th feb from now. You both can go for stamping on the same day and time, apply as family, good luck!!!

Name: Rohit

Hi, I am a Canadian citizen, working in US on H1B visa. I will be getting married to an Indian citizen in India in a few months. I wanted to find out what is the best way to bring her here to US. From my research it seems like the best way to bring her with me would be to apply for H4 and bring her to US. Then apply for her Canadian citizen from here and then we can get the OCI for India as well. Please let me know if that would be the right way, or there is something better. Applying for her Canadian citizen from India seems like will take months. I would like her to accompany me back to US. Thanks.

Name: San

Hi Rohit, you are all set. Go with the plan, i don't have a better answer for you. Good Luck!!!!

Name: Vishrut

Thanks a lot for lots of info San!

Name: jayashri kulkarni

i have a query regarding verification letter. is it mandatory to produce it at the time of interview and if there is a mention of salary of h1b holder is it ok to produce the same to the consulate. thanks

Name: San

Hi Jayashri, you should provide a letter from the h1b provider about the job status of the h1b holder's. If the salary is more than 45K then nothing to worry about it. The minimum wage of h1b might vary from state to state but something around 50K is fine. This is not mandatory but makes your case stronger if you provide it. Good Luck!!!

Name: Kunjal Veera

Hi San, Could you please tell me the processing time for H4 visa? If i apply for H4 visa by June, 26th 2012, when am i likely to get it? I will obliged if u could provide me with even little information. Thanks & Regards, Kunjal

Name: San

Hi Kunjal, if your interview is on 26th Jun then you should get back your passport in 2 weeks by post.

Name: Raj

Hi, My wife came to US on F2. Later I applied for my H1B and H4 for my Wife . Now we have both H1 and H4. Now my wife is planning for India for a visit and she needs to go for stamping alone again. How much will it be safe for H4 stamping while I'm in US itself. What kind of care we need to take care to get through H4 Visa interview Visa. Please advise us. Thanks in advance.

Name: San

Hi Raj, nothing to worry on. My wife also went alone for her h4 visa stamping so follow my instruction and things will be really easy. Good Luck!!

Name: Princy

My husband and I are on h1 and h4 visa now. My husband wants to visit india for a month. Can I stay back in the USA while he goes to india for vacation

Name: San

Hi Princy, you can stay back in US for a month when your husband is visiting to India.

Name: Ariff

Hi, San My feature wife working in USA and Holding H1B visa. She wants to come back on June for marrieage purpose. Its a inter religion marriage. so We are planning to marry in regester office ( its like court marriage ) and no one can attend the marriage other than friends. Here i like to know about the album , in article every one saying we require family album , how It can be possible in my case.

Name: San

Hi Ariff, they want to validate the marriage so they prefer to see an album which can rarely be fabricated. These days the process is also stringent so I don't have a better answer for you. All that I can say take pictures of all the functions, lets say some from the registrar's office, from a reception party with near and dears. Pack that to an album if you can't make a social marriage function. Good Luck!!!

Name: arjun

i have got a scholarship from my indian government to carry out phd degree in italy. my marital status is married in acutal but i want to hide it for some reasons. can i declare myself single on visa application form, as the embassy of italy wont be interviewing me??? will it be a wise idea to do?? plz help me out on it!!!!

Name: San

Hi Arjun, I don't know about Italy's visa. Probably you can mention that you are single but it's not a good idea.

Name: arjun

thnx san, for your timely responce.... explain why is it not a good idea? i will ultimatly have to come back to india after completion of my phd degree. actually i dont want to disclose my marital status to anyone.... and i m not applying for PR, i m just applying for visa to carry out my phd degree. plz tell me if it, in any way going to affect, in an adverse way, my visa application?? will they grant me visa if i write, on my visa application form, that i m single? plz reply ASAP. thnx, Arjun

Name: San

Arjun, again I don't know about Italy visa regulations but for US it doesn't matter on your marital status. You are just not lying about your marriage verbally but on papers, chances are there it can put you or your wife in problem on emergencies. You seems to know your reason for lying on your marital status and convinced about the future plans so do it what you have planned for. Good Luck!!!

Name: arjun

thnx san. i really appreciate your response. may GOD bless you

Name: sam

hey san what is h4 visa fee?

Name: JyotiDeep

Hi San, One quick question, for H4 Visa do I need to get my husband's name endrosed on my passport . I am planning to keep my maiden name after marriage . And does it varies from Consulate to Consulate. Please advise. Thanks

Name: San

Hi Sam, current fee is $150 or Rs8100.

Name: San

Hi JyotiDeep, you don't have to get your husbands name mentioned in your passport, it is just a good practice to do. You can keep your maiden name. Many consulates have their own requirements so better to check with them if they have anything specific that you need to know about. Good Luck!!!

Name: Pavani Pothula

Hi San, I have a doubt applying for H4 visa. My husband is having H1B visa now. But last year when he was on OPT I have applied for F1(Student visa) and have mentioned as single even though i got married to him. I didn't go on F1 dependent as he was having some university problems. Unfortunately my visa got cancelled. Now I am planning to go on H4 visa. Could you please tell me whether is that going to be a problem with my last rejection where i have mentioned single instead of married. I am in trouble. please guide me. Thaks, Pavani

Name: San

Hi Pavani, it can be a problem if the interviewer goes that level of details. You already got a rejection on your passport so that increases the level of scrutiny as well. Be confident and go for it, there is no other option though. If you are asked about that then tell them that was a mistake from you at that time. If you have a better answer then go with that. Good Luck!!!

Name: Snigdha Priyadarshini

Hi San, I have Emigration check Required(ECR)stamping in my passport. It has been mentioned some countries name also.Will it be a problem for me while applying for visa or travelling? Please let me know what I will do on this case? Do I need to reissue of my passport? If yes then whats the easiest procedure. Please revert back me. Thanks! Snigdha

Name: San

Hi Snigdha, there is nothing to panic for. You are all good, ECR doesn't matter that much so if you have it already then it is fine.

Name: Ashish

Hi San, Thanks for taking time to answer so many questions. I have a question which is similar what other people have asked. I am currently on H1b. My marriage is scheduled on aug, 10 and I will be doing registered marriage on aug, 06. I am currently in US and I will be traveling to India for marriage on aug, 04. Before leaving from US, I want to book an interview date for H4 for my fiance for interview on aug,16.. Can I book the date online before marriage? and If I do that, what should I write in terms of my relationship with her? Thanks, Ashish

Name: San

Hi Ashish, quote it as married. This is a status of your's which will be valid on the date of interview for which you are completing some paper works upfront. It is not about your status as of now. Good Luck!!!

Name: M

Hi San, My sis-in-law is in USA on H4 visa and her visa expired in September 2011 and she is on a extension. Her husband's H1 visa is also on extension. He will apply for visa in USA in April 2012. Meanwhile my sister-in-law wants to come to India and go back to US but we are told that there is a high probability that she will not get the stamp on her visa and she will have to stay in India for atleast 6 months?

Name: San

Hi M, she shouldn't move out of US before she gets the new 797. Once she has the new 797 then she should move out and get a fresh stamping before moving in to US.

Name: Saraswathi

hi San, I am currently working for a PSU bank and my husband is currently at singapore. He got his L1B visa stamping on 30/sep/2011 at that time i was at my home town as i delivered a baby. now he is procesing L2 for me and my kid. May i know what are all the documents i need to carry for the interview. What should i ans for the question why i was not along with my husband during the interview.and for the date of stamping, should i mention the date on visa or the date on I-129S. Kindly reply its urgent. Company is sponsoring for us (L2)and can i mention dat? the CEAC form has been generated and we are waiting for the date of interview

Name: San

Hi Saraswathi, sorry to say that I will be of less help to you as I know nothing about L1 visa. You will have to carry all your support documents, on asked about why you didn't go for the interview with your husband then tell the truth about your pregnancy. L2 is always sponsored by the company so you will have to mention it. About the date, no clue. Good Luck!!!

Name: Snigdha

Thanks San for answering my question, here one more question, please answer me on the below,
1) I am in software profession and soon going to marry and after that have to move US with H4 Visa which is dependancy of H1B Visa 2) Will it permit me to work or search for job in US with H4 Visa?
3) As I heard after 6 months its possible is that true?
4) Or any other Options to work in USA I mean do I need to go for anyother Visa after moving US?
Waiting for your reply soon. Thanks! Snigdha

Name: San

Hi Snigdha, you are not permitted to work in US with H4 visa. You need a H1B visa to work and J1/F1 to go to school for higher education or research. Good Luck!!

Name: pavani

Hi San, My Husband is filing H1B visa in April 2012 which will be applicable from Oct 2012. As of now he is on OPT. Could you please tell me whether i can apply H4 visa immediately once he gets H1B or do i need to wait till October?

Name: San

Hi Pavani, you can apply for H4 once he receives the 797 but you will get a visa from Oct 1st only. This means you can enter to US after Oct 1st. Good Luck!!

Name: pavani

Thanks San. Thanks for the reply.

Name: Kumar

Hi San, I came to US on L1B and changed to H1B now. I dont have H1B stamping in my passport. Can my wife attend for H4 interview with my H1B petetion and I797. If yes, Do she need to carry original I797 or photocopy of it is fine? Please help me in this. Thanks, Kumar

Name: San

Hi Kumar, it doesn't depend on your H1B stamping but send her a photocopy of all the pages from your passport. She needs a photocopy of your 797 so no need to send your original. Good Luck!!!

Name: Kumar

Thanks San. Sorry If I am asking again You said "She needs a photocopy of your 797 so need to send your original." it means she need original ?

Name: San

Oops!! that was a typo.. Just a photocopy of 797 will do.

Name: J

Hi San, I really appreciate your patience and sup[port for answering all queries. I have one of mine too.. I am on a F1 VISA OPT status. I am working currently as a full time employee. My current organization is planning to file my H1B in April 2012(As and when the quota opens). As I understand my wife cannot join me till Oct 2012. Now, as I did my Master's from ITU will this be of a concern if I file a f2 visa for my wife and get her here before October. Not sure, the chances of getting rejected though. Do you have any idea if anyone have come across this scenario and have got rejected f2 visas.

Name: San

Hi J, don't apply for f2. Chances of getting rejected in f2 is very very high. It also increases when f1 holder is on OPT. It is matter of few more months so go for h4 directly. Good Luck!!!

Name: Saraswathi

Hi san!! This is Saraswathi L2... While uploading DS 160, "Archieved photo get a new photo has cme" in the place of photo what does it mean ? should i carry the same photo / new 1. Original I-797, I-129s to be carried for interview?

Name: SPV

Hi San, My H1b got approved and I am flying to US on 20th April 2012. I am getting married on 19th March 2012. My spouse wants to join me on the same day. May i know how many days will it take to get h4 dependent visa.

Name: San

Hi Saraswathi, don't worry for the photo, if you couldn't upload it to the website then go with the hard copy. If you have original 797 and 129 then take it otherwise go with the photocopy. Good Luck!!!

Name: San

Hi SPV, you have 1 month after your marriage so you can make it if you want. I don't know if you can get your marriage certificate by Mar 25th and schedule a date in the following week. If you do so then you can get the passport back in 2 weeks. Good Luck!!

Name: agl

hi san i have int on 5 march just a small doubt! my husb got syamping in 129 stamping on 25-sep n visa date is 3 oct what should i mention when they ask me date for stamping of my hus?

Name: San

Hi agl, you will not have to answer anything because you will be carrying photocopy of your husband's passport, 129 & 797. They can see all the dates from there. Good Luck!!

Name: agl

hi... thanks san! i am done with the interview and he told ur visa approved and u will recieve in weeks time!!! they have taken my and my son pssport my husband's visa page copy and ds 160 forms of ours .... rest all returned to me along with 2+2 copies of hdfc reciept of ours... hope this is not a prob at all... rt... thanks 4 da. guidence u gave...!!!

Name: San

Hi agl, you are all set. Nothing to worry now. Just wait for 10 days to receive the passports through Bluedart, if you don't get it then followup on that. Congrats and have fun in US.

Name: Kumar

Hi San, Firstly I would like you to thank you for your wonderful info.. i have some doubt regarding documents preparation. I am located in madurai from Tamilnadu, Here they provide the original marriage certificate in Tamil language. Is all documents must be translated into english? Please help me in this. Thanks,

Name: San

Hi Kumar, nothing to worry for. If you get a marriage certificate in Tamil then they will take care of it as they have their translator to help them. Good Luck!!!!

Name: Gaurav

Hey San, I appreciate all the info that I was able to get from your blog. I have a question for you though. I am engaged to a British citizen who is in India currently. Wedding is going to be in India as well. She was born in India and became naturalized British citizen sometime back. I read in your initial article about marriage certificates that can be used to help her get H4 visa. Now, from what I understand this marriage certificates would be for Indian citizens only. Do you have any info how a British national can get H4 visa in India. As for me, I am Indian citizen and currently on H1-B in US. Any information or advise will be appreciated. Thanks in advance

Name: San

Hi Gaurav, I don't think you will get a marriage certificate from India if she never lived here for more than 6 months. Some places also hold a rule of 5 yrs. If she has an ancestral home then go to nearest municipality office to get your marriage registration done. Normally you will have to prove she has a residence and both parties parents are needed. They normally wont check the nationality for getting the marriage registration done. If she fails to get the marriage certificate from here then go back to UK and get a marriage certificate then apply for H4 from there. It is going to be super easy from UK I guess. Good Luck!!

Name: Nili

Hi, I wanted to know about my H4 visa....My husband will be applying for it in next two weeks...
1) I don't have my husbands name mentioned on my passport..will it be a problem.
2) I'm a diploma holder in advertising...will that create any problem for my visa.
Please let me know as soon as possible.

Name: San

Hi Nili, your degree and not mentioning of husband's name on the passport is not going to be a problem. Good Luck!!!

Name: Nili

hi, In case if visa is rejected..when can i apply back. What is the percentage of rejection. My husband should come with me for the interview or not required?

Name: San

Hi Nili, lets not talk about rejection now. Go well prepared and I bet you will get the visa like others. Your husband can't company you if he isn't going for his stamping. You will have to go alone. Good Luck!!

Name: Shiva

Hi, this is shiva, My sister is going to get married in June 2012. Her fiance is working in U.S. He is there since 3 years. He is holding H1b visa. Due to some personal reasons we were not able to arrange for social marriage and we are planning to have it as a simple register marriage. In such a case how can I submit the following documents for H4 visa.
1. A Wedding photo album with clear close-up snaps with all the family members taken separately and some snaps from the marriage puja.
2. Both side marriage invitation cards.
Is it possible to get H4 visa then? Can you suggest/guide me pls. Thanks and regards, Shiva

Name: San

Hi Shiva, honestly I don't know what is going to happen when you say there is no social marriage. Your sister will have to explain the reason to the interviewer though. She needs to take all the pictures from the marriage that takes place infront of the registrar and hopefully some pictures from a small gathering with 30-40 people. If she isn't having anything from #1 & #2 then it is upto her to explain that to the interviewer for not having it. Good Luck to your sister!!

Name: Nili

What if they ask...why didn't my husband come with me for visa stamping.. Is it ok if i'm not wearing engagement ring or mangalsutra?

My husband got his visa stamped on 29th April2012 n i will go for the interview somewhere 1st week of may. There won't be much gap...between his interview and mine..is it ok..?

Hi san, one more question.... we are from bombay and on passports we have bombay address and on our marriage certificate we have bangalore address...is that ok? bcoz we got the marriage certificate done in bangalore. Waiting for ur reply..soon? i have 3 posts..

Name: San

1. It is a myth that husband should come with wife for the visa interview he will not be allowed to enter the building even if he is there with you. It is your interview and you will have to go alone. This will never be asked, if asked then answer he got his stamping done already. Engagement ring is not required and buy a mangalsutra from a road side stall for Rs.100. Wear it if you are a hindu otherwise doesn't matter.
2. 29th is coming so I guess it is a typo. It is perfectly alright, nothing to worry on that.
3. Doesn't matter, people keep moving so address is not a matter. If asked then you should have an answer for them but stay cool this will never be noticed even.

I hardly asked anyone to comeback and share his/her experience but you need to comeback and let me know if you and your husband got the visa. Good luck and take care..

Name: Nili

I'm sorry...by mistake i wrote my husbands stamping date...29th April but it is 29th February n he got his visa... my main concern is my H4 visa... will let u knw what happns..! I will go there n answer all the question confidently...! keeping my finger crossed...

Name: Nili

Hi San, One more question for my H4 visa. Please reply as soon as possible. Currently i'm working, what do i have to tell the US consulate .. That i'm working in so and so company and will leave in one week.? or what should i tell. Will they ask me for some letter or salary slip..?

Name: San

You can say you are not working, just a homemaker. If you say that you are working then say him you gonna quit the job before 7 days of departure from India. Good Luck!!

Name: Allfo

Hi San, I wasn't able to go to my interview (h4) because I was held up at security for bringing electronic gadget. If I'm asked at my rescheduled appointment interview why I didn't show up, would I tell the true reason or tell some excuse? Thank you.

Name: Nili

Hi San. I got my H4 visa..Thanks for lot of information.

Name: vijay

Hello San, Hope you are doing good. I request your help in clarifying my below questions
a.) My marriage invitation card is only printed in my native language. will that be an issue here?
b.) My fiancee has been called by 2 different names and we have also followed the same while printing invitation card with 2 names. now Out of this one name is official and its same across in all the certificates and government records. but the other name has been printed only in marriage invitation card. so should i declare it to be safe. also please comment if you see any other issue here. thanks alot.
thanks alot.

Name: dr srinivas

hi san i need an help for my brother's visa. my brother who is in usa working for 5 yrs there he got married to my sister's daughter in november for her h4, she had two rejections and telling they cant visa for marrying sister daughter. please help me in this.

Name: San

Hi Allfo, If you tell the truth then you might not get the visa so tell them you got delayed while flying to the city and couldn't reach on time.

Name: San

Hi dr srinivas, how they came to know the girl is the sister's daughter? If she is going to apply again then she might get the same answer. She should apply for other visas such as F1 or H1B, she can also apply for Canada student visa and try to apply for H4 from there. Your brother can also visit to India if he is pending with a visa stamping and both of them can visit to the consulate for stamping. She can also write to the Consulate head stating that it is very common in your part to get married to a sister's daughter. Good luck!!

Name: San

Hi vijay, I am doing good, thanks for asking. Your invitation card in non-english is not going to matter a lot. They have people who can read and speak in all the regional languages so on required they can verify it. If they ask about the name you can always mention it is another name of her's which she is commonly known with. Good luck!!!

Name: Radha

Hi San, My husband is in US with H1 visa. Now we have to process H4 for me and my son. We have only church marriage certificate. Is this acceptable for H4?

Name: San

Hi Radha, it is not a certificate that they trust 100%. If you have time and scope then get a certificate from the municipal office or take your chances by producing that church certificate. good luck!!!

Name: sohini

Hi San, went though your post. Thanks for being so informative. I am getting married in July this year. Getting my marriage registered on 19th July and the social marriage on 23rd July and planning to schedule the H4 interview on 25th July. My question is: is the original marriage certificate given by the registrar with the registration stamp sufficient or do I need to get the marriage certificate legalized by the some authority. I have heard some people getting it legalized by Ministry Of External affairs. Please advice asap.. Thank You in advance.

Name: San

Hi Sohini, I don't know why this happens in India. Some organisation looses its value over the time and we start to involve or introduce another organisation to validate the other's work. Exp, you go to file a FIR and the police will ask you to get your statement notarized. I have no clue who started this practice and how this has become a trend. Anyway, I never heard of getting legalized or anything as such. You take your call. If you ask me what would have I done in your shoes then, simply I would have appeared with marriage certificate given by the registrar. Good Luck!!!

Name: K Kumar

Hi My wife is doctor she is applying for h4 visa next week. I am in US on H1B visa. I have filled all her details in form. I am worried that she being very qualified, can this create a problem in her getting H4 visa. Also, what she should tell if Visa officer askes her, why she is going as a dependent inspite of being highly qulaified doctor, and what her plans are for future. Please help and advise

Name: San

Hi K Kumar, she will not have to hide her qualification. She can say, I am going for 6 months then I will have to comeback for higher studies. My husband is also not planning to live there forever, he has 2-3 yrs left in H1B so he gonna comeback later. Good Luck!!!

Name: mansi desai

hi.. i got married last 24th april 2012. my husband's name is amit naik boston usa. i am confused that its necesary to change my maiden name in passport? and then take a date for h4 visa. recently my passport name is mansi janakbhai desai..

Name: San

Hi mansi, Change of surname is an advantage but not a necessity. If you don't want to change it then no worries. My wife has her surname as Jena and there is no issues at all. Let me know if you have more doubts. Good Luck!!!

Name: Hitesh

Hi, I'm working with an immigration law firm in Virginia currently on my OPT, applied for my H1-B and expecting it in July. My fiancee is in India. I plan to go in Nov end and get married in a court. We're planning to have a social marriage and ceremonies only next year due to family and time constraints.
My query is:how long does it typically take for the H4 (for my wife to be) to process? I want her to come immediately with me when I return to the US.
ALSO, will it prove to be a problem getting an H4 without wedding photos and wedding invites?
Thanks!

Name: Padma

Hi, My hubby is in US and i have H4 visa. Due to some medical reason i didn't travel to US. My visa will be expire on sep 30 2012. My husband's H1 visa will also expire on the same. But he applied for extension in US. I would like to travel after November. what can i do for that? please suggest me. thank you.

Name: San

Hi Hitesh, When you come in Nov I guess you will go for your H1B stamping so schedule an appointment with your wife to go together. When you go together your wife's visa totally depends on your approval or rejection, time spent on her application is very less. You normally get your passport in 2 weeks from the interview date, then you people are free to schedule your journey anytime. It is a must question to show the marriage pictures, if you don't have it then you should justify them why you don't have it. Invitation cards can be printed in Rs.200/-. Good Luck!!!

Name: San

Hi Padma, if you ever been to US then you should also get a new 797 along your husband, you can also go for stamping based on your husband's 797. Ask him to confirm this from his lawyer who applied for extension.

Name: Akshata

Hi. My fiance is on H1B. We got engaged and got the marriage registered recently. We are planning for our social marriage in the month of august. Can I get my h4 before the actual marriage? Please let me know.

Name: San

Hi Akshata, if you can provide them pictures from your social marriage function and invitation card then you can get a visa before your actual marriage. If you are not in hurry then just wait and take a date just after your marriage so that you can provide them the valid documents. Good Luck!!!

Name: Akshata

Thanku San. I wanted to know one more thing. I heard that the dependent should carry a No Objection Certificate from the employer while going for visa interview. I am working and next week I am going for interview. Please let me know if any such letter is required. Thanks in advance.

Name: San

Hi Akshata, this is something I never heard of. If you ask me then I will suggest you to carry one if you can other wise you will on a dilemma until the interview is done. Good Luck!!!

Name: Nili

Hi san, I got my H4 visa for 2 n 1/2 years. Can we further extend it? I heard normally visa validity is for 5 to 6 years.

Name: San

Hi Nili, normally they match the date with 797, check your spouse's 797 valid date. You can always renew it when you get a new 797.

Name: Snigdha

Hi San, I have a couple of questions can you please clarify me on those..
1)I got married in last june 24 2012 and got marriage certificate from the Block BDO office of my spouce place and also another one produced from Notary deed form of marriage certificate is anyone of the certificate are eligble for VISA processing?
2)My husband is working in USA now and If his employer wont process my Visa to US then how can I proceed for a visitors Visa for USA and plz let me know all of the criteria along with approx whole fees also.
3)I dont know anything about VISA office and procedure, how I will get the correct procedure and where to apply, currently I am staying at Bnagalore.
I am really hopeless and dont know what to do? In sort I want to go to my husband who lives in USA, due to some reason he might not process my Visa, but I really want to go him even I dont have any idea about Visa and all...(Already I have wrote to u in H4 visa blog) even I dont have enough money for processing visa still I want to know how much it will cost around whole total. Plz its a humble request help me and let me know how it is possible.
I will b very greatful if u will ans my questions. Thanks! Snigdha

Name: San

Hi Snigdha, sorry for the delay in answering your queries.. Congratulations for your marriage!!!
1. Is the certificate from the BDO looks like any printed paper with a certificate template or just written your details on a blank paper like the notary one? If it looks like a certificate then it will work.
2. His employer should sponsor your visa, 99.9% company will do so. You will not get a visitors visa without the help of your husband, he will have to sponsor you and send all the docs for that visa. Visitors visa has a -ve side to it, you can't live in US for more than 6 months. Your fees and travel expenses to consulate should be Rs.10,000 and trip to US will be another 50K.
3. Is Bangalore your native place? I am not very sure if Bangalore consulate is operational or not, call this no to verify 0120 6611411. Otherwise Chennai should be the one for you. Follow my steps from this blog post to apply but do it if you have all the docs ready.

Name: Snigdha

Thanks San for Answering my queries.
1. Certificate I am not sure coz I dont know how it should look like.
2. For Visitor visa shall I take any of my friends reference who lives in US (Since not more that 3-4 months)and also I want to be there for only 1 month like period not much.
3. Bangalore is not my Native I do job here and as I know B'lore does not have any Consulate office. And for Visitor Visa what are the documents needed from both side and what will be the valid reason without failure.
Regards! Snigdha

Name: San

Snigdha, in sort you shouldn't apply..
1. Have you seen any certificates? Like college passing out certificates or a co-curricular activity certificate. It shouldn't be some text typed on a blank paper or on a BDO letterhead.
2. Only your close relatives should sponsor for a visitor's visa and you need lots of funds to show at the interview. There should be a good reason to apply for visitors visa.
3. It is almost the same process like h4, you need a sponsorer and lots of funds to show.

Name: Sunny

Hi i am getting married in nov 2012 and also I am going to stamp my H1 b in dec , I wanna bring my wife along with me can I take visa date together or separate for me and my wife.

Name: San

Hi Sunny, you will have to schedule the appointment separately and try to get it on same day, later you both go on the first appointment time and inform the person there that you are couple. They should let you both in together.

Name: Krish

Hi San, I have a situation here, Me and my fiancee working since 3yrs in USA, we both went for H1B stamping in Canada. I was successful in getting stamped but unfortunately he got 221g and his case is sent to USCIS. We heard it would take min 3-6 months. So he flew back to India(our home country). Our wedding is due this Nov 2012 and we both want to return back to USA together.

Please let me know, if these options would work for us:- 1) Can my fiancee transfer his H1B pending with USCIS to a new employer? ( For this, again he has to go for stamping in India, a risky process we feel)
2) Can he come to USA on H4 (spouse visa) and then transfer to H1B? ( We heard transferring from H4-H1B is a not so easy, please give your inputs)
3) Wait for his current pending application with the USCIS which he has attened the interview in Canada. ( This may take more time, in months and are really not sure if they approve it at the end or not, and moreover client will also not allow for working remotely for long duration)

I really really need your suggestions/inputs....At this point of our marriage time, we are really tensed with this situation. Please advice. Thanks, Krish

Name: San

Hi Krish, you need a professional to help you out. I am not an expert but let me just pass on my knowledge to you.
1. Transferring of H1B needs at least 3 pay stubs, doing the transfer while in India is going to be tough. They are very strict about transfer so when they see he has a 221g then probably they will not grant a transfer.
2. This will be my 2nd option after your 3rd point. It is also tough but not that much.
3. Settle this before going for fresh h1b or h4
Good Luck!!!

Name: Krish

Thank you San. We have mostly decided to go for H4. But on the other side, can we keep our existing H1B applciation which got 221g and is pending with USCIS? Or do we need to withdraw that and then go for H4 stamping? Thanks for ur reply/advice San.

Name: San

Krish, you can hold only one type of visa at any point in time. You don't have to cancel your H1B application, they will cancel it after you are granted the H4. Please confirm this from some experts...

Name: Krish

Thank you San. As you said, will confirm this once again before proceeding.

Name: riya

Hi i am going to apply for H4 visa with my husband H1B visa, is that important to add my spouse name in my passport for H4 visa? and i took passport before marriage, am i want to change my old passport to my husband address and apply for new passport after marriage for getting H4 visa ?

Name: kavitha

my passport date of birth and my marriage certificate date of birth are different, is that will make any problem for getting H4 visa stamping?

Name: San

Hi Riya, it is not mandatory. You don't have to change your passport, if you want it to be added to your passport then just deposit it at your nearest passport office, they will mention it on your passport for Rs.300/-.

Name: San

Hi Kavitha, they don't go that detailed but it is good to have it clean. If you have time and resources to get the correct DOB on your marriage certificate then do it. Good Luck!!!

Name: liahprabhu

Hi San! I'm from brazil and I got married to an indian guy (h1-b holder). On monday i'm going to the embassy to get my h4 visa. I'm so afraid of these questions... we met in may and got married in aug same year. I have all his docs with me and I hope nothing goes wrong!! :). The only thing I dont have are his pay stubs. Do you thing this is mandatory? Thanks!

Name: San

Hi, you need his pay stub. Other document shows that he got a genuine visa but pay stub will show he makes enough to take you to US on a support visa and take care of your expenses. You can take chances but the interviewer can go hard on it so better to have his pay stubs handy. Good Luck...

Name: bigyadipta das

Hi, I'm Bigyadipta. Is it mandatory to show degree certificate at the time of interview for H4 dependent visa?

Name: Ahaana

Hi, I am Ahaana. Currently i am on OPT-STEM valid until Jan-2014. I will be getting married in Feb-2013. My H1 will be done in April 2013. I want to bring my husband as dependent on H4.
1. I want to file his H4 once i get my approval after April. I will send my papers to him and i will not be going to India for my stamping.
2. Do guys get rejected more often?
3. What if my H1 is with Deloitte /KPMG, does it carry any importance for approvals?
4. Pros and Cons for this approach.
-Thanks in advance!

Name: San

Hi Bigyadipta, degree certificate is not mandatory for H4 visa. Good Luck....

Name: San

Hi Ahaana, guys are seen in less numbers for the H4 visa so they are looked into through the 3rd eye, they do get H4 visa so keep the papers clean and try your luck. I don't think applied through Deloitte will have an advantage but you are 90% on a safe side. Remember your H1B may get approved by Apr but it starts from Oct only. Good Luck!!!

Name: Ahaana

I follow you. But the last part seems unclear. Can i apply for H4 for my husband after my approval but before October? Also, What if i go to India after October and get my stamping and then apply for H4, is it more safe? In the second case, what is more advisable, both of us to go together for interview or i should first get my stamping done and then schedule his appointment?

Name: San

Sorry Ahaana if it wasn't very clear to you. You can't apply your spouse's H4 before Oct, your official starting date of H1B will be Oct 1st so how a H4 will be given before that date? You don't have to come to India immediately for stamping but it is better to get it done from India in 12 months of starting date. If you go together then it lessens his risk but increases your risk, if you go separately then it reduces your risk but increases his risk. You take a call now, I would do separately. Good Luck!!!

Name: TD

I have two query related to H4, I have H1B
1) If my wife is not familiar in communicating in English. While she will be taking her visa interview, will she be allowed to speak in hindi?
2) My assignment duration in USA is 2 months after that I will come back and then I want to apply for a H4 for my wife. After that I will travel to US for another 1.5 yr.During the rest period I will not be in onsite payroll. Will she be allowed to apply for her H4 visa.

Name: San

Hi TD, your wife can opt for translator when she visits the consulate for interview. Pay stubs and bank statements are couple of ways to prove that you make enough in US to support your wife. When you go initially then you will not have a bank statement to show but your pay stubs will prove you have a steady income. I really don't know how things are carried forward when a person is not paid in US but still manages to stay in H1B. Please check this with an immigration lawyer.

Name: kanika

Hi I am on H1. I and my fiancee will be getting married in Jan and will be applying for H1 and H4 together after Marriage. We are getting married in the presence of just very few family members. We will be getting our marriage registered in court. Will this be a concern for getting H4 Visa?

Name: San

Hi Kanika, you need to have your marriage pictures to show at the time of the interview so it doesn't matter how big or small your function is but keep the pictures ready. Good Luck!!!

Name: Kunal

I am Kunal from India. I have valid stamped H1b ( stamped in Jun 2011 ) but have not traveled to US yet on this H1, I am still in india. I might come to US in coming Jan 2013. My visa is valid till Sep 2013. My question is can my wife and kids ( age 3 yrs and 2 months ) apply for H4 visa now while i am in india. Will they ask for pay stubs or client letter ? I would really appreciate your help. Many Thanks,

Name: San

Hi Kunal, this is also new to me. Your visa stamping is already more than 1 yr so I have no clue what kind of questions they gonna ask, again I am not sure on regulations when a visa is not used for a year. Please consult an expert. Good Luck!

Name: Kunal

Thanks San for the prompt reply. Really appreciate it.

Name: steffi

San, Hey I got married via court marriage a few months back on Aug'12. I have the marriage certificate but since we did not have a social marriage we do not have any photos or any wedding album. Is it mandatory to carry wedding pictures? We do have pictures of us signing the marriage certificate in the marriage registrar. Will that suffice? Or you suggest that we take mock pictures and show it? We do not have any marriage invitation as well. We live in different cities. Please advise.

Name: San

Hi steffi, I know they ask for the marriage album and add couple of questions from the album like show me your father-in-law or mother-in-law. They even know social marriage is a must in India. You can print a marriage card and that won't cost a lot. Sometimes they don't ask about it but think again about the marriage album. I would mock in your case. Good luck!!!

Name: Rashmi

Hi San, My fiance is currently in US on H1B, we did court marriage and an engagement ceremony when he was in India. We have the pictures in the registrar office and of the engagement ceremony. He is back o US now, and I need to apply for H4 visa. Please advice if the above mentioned photos will suffice.

Name: San

Hi Rashmi, I know social marriage snaps are mandatory for people applying from India. You can take your call and decide whether to apply without the social marriage snaps or not. Good Luck!!!

Name: anirudha

Hi san, i want to know if h4 of wife is pending since 1 year. Husband went to usa after 3rd of marriage. He could not come due to immigration. He said that he had loan that he had to pay staying in usa. if wife wants to divorce its not possible without him in india. any solution. He also said that his parents forced to marry.

Name: San

Hi anirudha, I have a friend who lives in US and his x-wife is in India. He wasn't needed in India for his divorce, find a good lawyer.

Name: Supratik

Hi, Sir, I got an opportunity with an US based company . They mailed offer letter on 4th Feb 13' and joining date is on 4th March 13'. They have taken my passport scan copy & filled Form DS-157. I am confused as to how whole visa will be processed? Pls. help by providing some info. Thanks

Name: San

Hi Supratik, congratulations. You don't have to worry about anything. Your hiring employer will get your visa done through a lawyer, you will receive a 797 confirmation about your employment visa. Based on that you can move to US.

Name: abhi kumar jena

Hi. how r u ...Nice blog. My wife does not know English ,how to schedule an interview in different language for H4 visa . Please suggest

Name: San

Hi Abhi, you can opt for transcriptor when you fill the application. You can also do the same at the embassy as well. good luck...

Name: rakesh g

Hi, I am currently in US with H1B visa and currently engaged now with my marriage planned on May 31st. Can i submit the DS 160 for my Fiancee with PA Date after May 31st, so that i can take along with me after my marriage? Can i Fill DS 160 the Marital Status as "Other" and later on show in PA as Married? Suggest me as what to do, i am confused on to submit DS 160 or not ? Thanks a lot for your help San.

Name: San

Hi Rakesh, you can file as married because you are scheduling an appointment after may 31st. Your status on that day will be married. I also applied as married so go ahead and do that. Good luck!!!

Name: Saranya Mohan

Hi, Am planing to go for my H4 stamping by this April. We have got our marriage certificate but the problem is we only have our engagement album & photos taken while registering is that enough?

Name: San

Hi Saranya, normally the authority ask for the marriage snaps so you take your call. Good Luck!!

Name: Nagalakshmi

I am working women. If my employer is not providing No objection certificate, can I carry an approved leave copy in place of that for H4 stamping?

Name: San

Hi Nagalakshmi, it is not mandatory. You can carry an approved leave letter, you can also say I will leave the company and join a new one when I get back to India. You can also make a no objection letter yourself. Good Luck!!!

Name: sana iftikhar

my husband and i got married in secret without a wedding ceremony against our parents wishes. he is in microsoft and i'm a doctor. i'll be going for my h4 interview after a week. i wont have any wedding pictures and i'll be telling them the truth about secret nikah. am i making a mistake by telling them about marrying in secret?

Name: San

Hi Sana, I think you are doing right but high likely you are not going to get the visa as you don't have the supporting documents that they need from you. They have a protocol and they follow it. End of the day it is upto the person interviewing you, he/she got all the rights to allow or deny the visa. Good Luck!!!

Name: sneha

Hi, I have a question like my husband is H-1b VISA HOLDER. his travel date was 15th Apr 2013. and i am going for H4 visa on 20 jun 2013 after 2 months. i have only 2 months pay stub . is any problem in getting h4 visa because of that. please help me.

Name: San

Hi Sneha, nothing to worry about. 2 months of pay stub is fine for you. Good Luck!!

Name: monika

hi, i gt married on 14-1-2012. v got our marriage certificate on 3-2-2012. my husband works in united states n left 4 states on 18-2-2012. i got my passport with my husbands name in it on 11-5-2012. v had applied for a visa process in august-2012 n during d time my husband was scheduling my visa interview date during d same period my mother in law wad detected an illness n had gone through a major surgery in october-2012. she was den instructed by the dr on complete bed rest for an year. my husband is the only son to my parents so being their only daughter in law i had to stay back in india and look after my mother n father in law due to which i couldnt travel in 2012 to states. we r now planning to apply for a visa process on 9-12-2013. we will complete 1 year n 10 months to our marriage. now my concern is will the consulate ask questions regarding the gap for which i was not in states with my husband. what should be my reply so that they do not stop me. awaiting your response. my husband is on h1b since 4-1-2012 n ill b applying for h4.

Name: San

Hi monika, they are not going to ask for the gap, if they ask then you can tell the real story. Nothing to worry about, going to US and living with your husband is an option, not a mandatory thing. Good Luck!!!

Name: monika

hey thanks a ton!!
well to prepare for worst i will be carrying my mother in laws treatment certificate n some pics to prove that i stay with them n also dr certificate will prove my story.
moreover i will b carrying all the original docs of my husband as he will be in india during the time of my interview. hoping that everything works for me. i genuinely want to accompany my spouse. let me know if anything required to prove my story.

Name: San

Hi Monika, I know it is tough to keep yourself cool when it is a US visa but believe me joining your husband is 100% optional. You can choose to stay back in India if you are working, you can stay back in India thinking that your husband will return after 6 mns/ 1 yr. I have many friends whose wife joined much later after the marriage. Interviewer will be more interested to know whether you are legally married to your husband or not so do carry all your marriage pics, mrg certificate all other things mentioned above. It is better to carry all those docs that you think might come in use during the interview. Let me know when you get your visa. Drop by at my home in Chicago with your husband when you get a chance. Good luck to both of you.

Name: monika

ya sure. it is a pleasure to b associated with ur blog. definitely would like to catch up with u, once i am in states...........would let u know for any further doubts i have. but u know what i feel if u are genuine n u r really married no consulate or any embassy can stop u to stay with ur husbnd. i just heaved i sigh of relief once i read ur comments. thanks for all ur support to me n to everyone......keep up d gud job

Name: lavanya

hi, my husband is at U.S...i want to apply for visa bt i dont have marriage certificates is it possble to apply

Name: San

Hi Lavanya, it is not possible to get a visa without having a marriage certificate.

Name: Krati

Hi,
1)If i done court marriage in Delhi and my fiances home town is in different city so at the time of interview can they ask such question like if ur home town is different place then why did u get married from delhi?
2) court marriage certificate is enough as a marriage certificate proof?

Name: San

Hi Krati, no is going to ask you such questions. You need to have a marriage album along your certificate.

Name: sneha

Hi, I am going to get married in October 2013. My fiance is working in U.S. He is there since 3 years. He is holding H1b visa. Due to some personal reasons we were not able to arrange for social marriage and we are planning to have it as a simple register marriage. In such a case how can I submit the following documents for H4 visa.
1. A Wedding photo album with clear close-up snaps with all the family members taken separately and some snaps from the marriage puja.
2. Both side marriage invitation cards.
Is it possible to get H4 visa then? Can you suggest/guide me pls.

Name: San

Hi Sneha, if you read through my previous posts then you will get to know that I also don't know what happens when you go for an interview with no pictures from your social marriage function. This is a requirement and I suggest you do it at any cost and take some pictures. You can get married in a temple with 20-30 friends and relatives. I never heard back from people who asked me the same question so I really don't know what will happen if you don't take your marriage snaps, invitation cards are not mandatory. Good Luck!!

Name: Dhanashree

Hi, We had court marriage in 2011. So i have only the original marriage certificate. My husband doesn't like his photo so we don't have our marriage album or photos. Are these compulsory? there was no ceremony too so no guest photos & no invitation card i hold. Are these very important ?
2) His company asked him to submit visa documents & they may process in April 2014 for processing H1 visa. Are the company people filing my details along with him or do i need to apply along with him, as in your blog there was question asked why you didn't came with your husband for interview? please let me know I have all document other than photo albums & marriage photo.

Name: San

Hi Dhanashree, interviewing officer will surely ask for marriage album so you find your best answer to justify your situation. invitation card is optional.

Name: priyanka

hello, i am applying for h4 visa. so i have surname mistake on marriage cer like zambare typed on instead of zambre and i have degree certificate which has zambre n post graduate have zambare.and my passport contain name after marriage but it also contain zambre on which father n mother name are. what to do? is it problematic for h4 visa plz reply this urgent.

Name: San

Hi Priyanka, you can get your marriage certificate corrected. I think there is really less risk or almost no risk if you keep the same certificate. Thanks

Name: Devika Kumar

Hi, I work for a reputed software company in Chennai and I hold a L1 B visa which is valid till December 2014. But I have applied for L2 visa as a dependent to my husband who has valid L1 A visa stamped in Jul 2013 and currently works in USA. What should be my answers to the below questions and your help on this is greatly appreciated.
1. Why did you get your visa along with your husband?
2. Why do you need L2 visa as you have already L1 visa?
3. Why have you not left to US when he left

Name: kavya

Hi, I am going for h4 visa appointment with my husband and have all the documents with me but my question is, In my passport ECR stamp is there, Is any problem for me at airport ...pls help me..

Name: San

Hi Devika,
1. You can say anything, I wasn't ready to move at that time, I needed some time to quit my job, family issues, children, etc. Any justified answer will work.
2. I want to go on a support visa and enjoy my time as a house wife for my duration in US. They will ask are you sure you want to cancel your L1 and opt for L2, you should say yes.
3. Same as #1.

Name: San

Hi Kavya, you will have no issues..

Name: Devika Kumar

Hi San, I got my L2 visa stamped yesterday. There were only 5 questions like where is your husband working, where are you working, what is your educational level, When did you get married and how many kids do you have?. She didn't even verify my wedding photos and any document that I carried. And my L1 visa was also not cancelled.

Name: San

Hi Devika, good to know that it was really smooth for you. It is always better to be ready with everything than fumble at the right time.. Good luck and have a wonderful time ahead..

Name: RANMEHRA

I was looking at the H4 visa application process and had a few questions regarding certain questions on the DS-160 and the process in general. Since I will be in India for a short period after marriage and would like to travel back to the US with my wife, and given the fact that the appointment dates usually fill up fast I was planning to have her fill out the DS-160 and schedule a visa stamping appointment day after the wedding day. In this regard how should she answer the following questions: 1. Marital Status - technically she would be single at the time of filling out the form but if she picks "single" as the answer how would her H4 application get connected to my H1-B? Since H4 is dependent visa for H1-B holder's family members I am guessing this connection needs to be made?

Name: San

Hi RANMEHRA, it is not the current status, it is the status on the date of interview should be given in DS-160. Good luck!!

Name: Raj

My Brother is getting married in India and his fiancee is a singapore citizen. Can we use Indian Marriage registration to apply for H4 in Singapore US consulate? The marriage will be registered in singapore but planning to go to visa stamping with Indian Marriage registration certificate. BTW my brother has a valid visa stamping.

Name: San

Hi Raj, I think it is better to take the Singapore certificate than India certificate. Normally the marriage certificate is taken from the girl's place not from the boy's place. If you people can't arrange the Singapore certificate on time then go with India certificate. Good luck!!!

Name: Ramya

Hi, I am going for H4 visa, i am working in private company, NOC letter from the employer is mandatory document? please suggest me

Name: San

Hi Ramya, it is not mandatory but on ask you should justify why you don't have it handy.

Name: bhakti shinde

Hi. My q is . My fiance is working in usa his h1 b visa status will be starting after 1 oct . N we r getting married on 28 November 2014 .nearly 15 days he will be here for marriage n during that time he is also going for stamping . So when should I apply for H4 visa . Should I apply with him or after his stamping is done. how many days does it requires for getting visa.and can I go with him. and is it compulsory to change status on passport does it take too much time

Name: Anantha babu

Good info for freshers, I have one doubt for H4 can ds160 form can be filled before marriage date but interview date scheduled after marriage in ds form status can be typed married or relationship as spouse. hope your reply

Name: San

Hi bhakti shinde, You should apply with your husband for stamping on same day. You both will be called together to attend the interview. It will take around 7-10 days to receive the passport. It is not compulsory to add your spouse's name in your passport but it is better for future.

Name: babu

I am trying to fill the following fields in DS-160 form for H4 visa, closest match I can get is the following but one is not allowed to work on H4...so what should be the appropriate answer for the following?please suggest
Purpose of Trip to the U.S. (1):
TEMPORARY WORKER (H)
Specify:
SPOUSE OF AN H (H4)

Name: San

Hi babu, I am not very sure about the new set of questions but you should always say the reason of applying for h4 is to live with spouse.

Name: babu

Thank you Mr san
Latest online DS160 form does not have options to write like this or say the best nearest option is this in travel info page -confused This can be told orally only at time of interview if at all
Another query or confusion status at time of application as i gone thru ur site many have questioned
can you submit application before marriage but date of interview selected after marriage only since short period have to do advance
Helpful site is urs

Name: Sam

Hi San, I have been in usa almost 6 years doing my Phd in engineering and working in the company as H1b visa. before i came here i had engagement party and pictures. due to my circumstances in my back home Libya, i couldn't go back for the social marriage. last January my parents decided to get marriage certificate. my question that is it possible for my wife to obtain h4 without present myself there? I have all the documents for H4 visa. the only my concern if the US embassy will understand and accept it. thanks San

Name: San

Hi Sam, officially one is married he/she has the marriage certificate. Sometimes they are fabricated so US embassy asks for several supporting documents to prove the marriage as a valid one. Now it is upto your wife to convince them with whatever documents you have. Good Luck!!!

Name: asma

Hi, My husband has a H1 visa & already went to USA for working. Now we are ready to accompany him after 7 months. I have mentioned myself as housewife. Can i take my original documents of education along with me in my cabin bag during travel. I'm worried about the immigration port entry. Do they question me why i'm bringing the original documents. Please help me urgently how to handle this situation.

Name: San

Hi Asma, good to know that you are heading to join your husband. You are really scared, why someone will open your document folder? Why anyone will question about your educational and works experience certificates during your emigration. Chill nothing to worry about. Take your documents with you. Good Luck!!!!

Name: mahi

hi ! This is one of the best blog i came across. Thanks San. I am currently on h1 located in usa, I need guidance on H4 stamping for my family(wife and kids) who are going next week to chennai but I dont have paystubs though I have bank statement in which it shows that i have received salary. Will there be an issue ? Employer has not provided with them as of now. Working here from march 2014. pl provide guidance. thanks team for your help.

Name: San

Hi Mahi, Thanks for your good words. I am surprised to know that the employer is not providing a pay stub anyway americans believe on facts so there is no hard rule for a paystub. If you have that clearly mentioned in your bank statement then that should work. You can send a letter given by your employer with clearly mentioned about your salary then that will be really handy to your wife to produce on needed.

Name: Ahmad

Hi San, I am a Canadian citizen who got an H1B. I am married to an Iraqi citizen and she is in her final stages of getting her sponsorship visa. My questions are:
1. Should I wait until she comes to Canada and then apply for h4?
2. Could I apply for H4 before she gets her PR card?
3. Can I apply for H4 at the border crossing/airport or US consulate? How long does it take?

Name: vyoma

Hi, If anyone can show some clarity on this..I will be going for court marriage a month after so we will be getting marriage certificate on same day. my query is 1) Will that marriage certificate be valid for USA H4 visa process as people are confusing that you need to get it again attested and all. Please help me for this

Name: San

Hi Ahmad,
1. You don't need to wait until she comes to Canada. H4 will be applied at the residing country so right now it is Iraq. It is better if you wait till she comes to Canada.
2. Yes, you can.
3. If you apply for H4 before she gets the PR then you will have to apply for the H4 visa at the US consulate in Iraq. Normally takes 2 weeks in India.

Name: San

Hi vyoma, there is no confusion about a marriage certificate. In India court/municipality office/marriage bureau office provides a marriage certificate. Either of it will work.

Name: vyoma

thanks San, People asking to visit mantralay after I get certificate from court. Don't know what to do. One more thing san can I book a visa date now . date will be after my court marriage date. but will start the process now

Name: San

vyoma, you can start the process now.

Name: Anup

Hi, I will be travelling to the US this year on H1B. I am planning to take my spouse and kids later next year. Is it possible for them to take H4 without me (I will be in the US)?

Name: San

Hi Anup, they can take H4 at your absence. No issues..

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