An H-4 visa is a visa issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to immediate family members (spouse and children under 21 years of age) of the H-1B visa holders. USCIS allows immediate family members of H visa holders (H-1A, H-1B, H-2A, H-2B, or H-3) to get H-4 visas to lawfully come and stay in the US. These visas are usually issued at the local US consulate office abroad. However, if the person is already in US, he or she can obtain H-4 status by filing Form I-539 for change of status. Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses

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  • An H-4 visa is a visa issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to immediate family members (spouse and children under 21 years of age) of the H-1B visa holders. USCIS allows immediate family members of H visa holders (H-1A, H-1B, H-2A, H-2B, or H-3) to get H-4 visas to lawfully come and stay in the US. These visas are usually issued at the local US consulate office abroad. However, if the person is already in US, he or she can obtain H-4 status by filing Form I-539 for change of status. On February 24, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status. DHS amended the regulations to allow these H-4 dependent spouses to accept employment in the United States. These H-4 dependent spouses are also eligible to receive social security numbers. Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses Certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants can file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, if the H-1B nonimmigrant: * Is the principal beneficiary of an approved Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker; or * Has been granted H-1B status under sections 106(a) and (b) of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first Century Act of 2000 as amended by the 21st Century Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act (AC21). Other H-4 visa holders are not eligible to get a Social Security Number and cannot be employed, but they can hold a driver's license, open bank accounts, and get an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number for US tax purposes. Since these other H-4 visa holders are not issued a social security number, an ITIN (Individual tax identification number) should be obtained before filing for joint tax returns by filing Form W-7. They are not authorized to work in the United States, though they are allowed to study. Family members may alternatively be admitted in other non-immigrant categories for which they qualify, such as the F-1 category for children or spouses who will be students or the H-1B category for a spouse whose employer has also obtained approval of an H-1B visa petition to employ the spouse. An H-4 visa holder is admitted to the US for the duration of the primary (H-1B, H-2A, H-2B, or H-3) visa validity. (en)
  • 美国的H-4签证是美国公民及移民服务局颁发给H-1B签证持有者的配偶或21岁以下孩子的非移民签证。 该签证允许工作签证持有者的亲属合法入境美国,并在美国居留。通常由美国境外的领事馆签发,但是如果申请人已经在美国境内,则可以通过填写I-539表格申请身份变更。 持有该签证的人士不能得到社会安全号码,也不能被雇佣,不过可以持有驾照、在银行开户以及获取税收识别号码。 (zh)
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  • 美国的H-4签证是美国公民及移民服务局颁发给H-1B签证持有者的配偶或21岁以下孩子的非移民签证。 该签证允许工作签证持有者的亲属合法入境美国,并在美国居留。通常由美国境外的领事馆签发,但是如果申请人已经在美国境内,则可以通过填写I-539表格申请身份变更。 持有该签证的人士不能得到社会安全号码,也不能被雇佣,不过可以持有驾照、在银行开户以及获取税收识别号码。 (zh)
  • An H-4 visa is a visa issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to immediate family members (spouse and children under 21 years of age) of the H-1B visa holders. USCIS allows immediate family members of H visa holders (H-1A, H-1B, H-2A, H-2B, or H-3) to get H-4 visas to lawfully come and stay in the US. These visas are usually issued at the local US consulate office abroad. However, if the person is already in US, he or she can obtain H-4 status by filing Form I-539 for change of status. Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses (en)
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  • H-4签证 (美国) (zh)
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