H4 visa

Dear Experts, I am planning to apply H4 visa, as my husband got H1b approval right before 2 months ago. However, I had applied several times F2 visa and has been denied causing of " Immigrant Intent". Can I apply for H4 visa, even though; its been just 2 months H1b visa approved and started to work? what are the major documents should I prepare? Does previous denial affects? 
Any helpful suggestions will be highly appreciated !!!
Thank you
 

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Hello Rinula, Yes you can

Hello Rinula,
Yes you can apply for the H4 visa.
You must remember that you have to explain to the interviewing officer that you will not work while on the H4 visa and that you only intend to accompany your husband in the U.S. Previous denial in another visa category (F2 in your case) may not affect your application for the H4 visa. However, you do have to present a strong case of why you are applying for the H4 visa..
I have a few questions:
1. Why were you applying for the F2 visa in the first place?
2. Was your husband already in U.S. on another visa ?
There is a separate list of documents that you need for the H4 visa. Please read this link for further help. This is for folks applying for H4 visa from India : http://h4-visa.com/content/documents-h4-visa
Talk to you soon!Administrator

Dear Administrator, Thank you

Dear Administrator, Thank you so much for your very helpful information. Yes, My husband has been USA on B1 visa than changed in to F1. During that time I have applied for F2 visa but, had denied explaining the cause of " Immigrant intent". I have been denied my F1 visa as well already. Causing so many denial, they should ask me more questions. In this scenario, how can I present the strong case?
Thank you again.
Rinula 

Rinu wrote: Dear

[quote=Rinu]
Dear Administrator, Thank you so much for your very helpful information. Yes, My husband has been USA on B1 visa than changed in to F1. During that time I have applied for F2 visa but, had denied explaining the cause of " Immigrant intent". I have been denied my F1 visa as well already. Causing so many denial, they should ask me more questions. In this scenario, how can I present the strong case?
Thank you again.
Rinula 
[/quote]
Focus on 2 things Rinula and demonstrate that during the visa interview:
 
1. One, that you will not work in the U.S. and fully understand that this is not possible on the H4 visa.
 
2. Two, you only want to live with your spouse in the U.S. and that it would be a big problem to live separately for the time he is working in the U.S.
 
If asked about your study plans you can honestly say that things have changed and that you would consider applying for the course again later. p.s. by the way, you are allowed to study on the H4 visa.
 
Carry the correct documentation and be confident on the above two points. I think you should be fine. Rejection in unrelated visa categories will not accept H4 visa interview if you demonstrate that you will not work in the U.S. and solely want to accompany your spouse.
 
Hope this helps!
 
Please post any other queries here and also the outcome of your H4 visa interview here. This will benefit other members ofthe community.
 
Thanks,
Administrator

This post has H4 visa

This post has H4 visa interview questions and overall experience by a recent immigrant to the U.S. Thank you Aiswarya for taking out the time to help us all!

Hey all,
 
I would like to share my H4 visa experience with you all. Ok I think first we should all chill for the interview for the H4 visa is the easiest of all if you have all valid documents with you. So you should start of collecting documents from 2 months ahead. I will be relating my experience in the Chennai Embassy. But yeah i started collecting them from almost 3 or 4 months ahead. For the new Brides, MEHENDHI will not be a problem for your finger priniting. There will be so many ppl who tell you different things... For instance, my Mehendhi function was just 2 days away and my Aunt came puffing and panting to just tell me i can't have the function b'cuz she heard someone  say mehendhi will interfere with the finger printing .. I was like wht the hell. The entire mehendhi party came crashing down. Thankfully my sister in law knew someone who was working in the embassy, and she told me "it's a dye for heaven's sake! ". So You can have blasting Mehendhi functions, and whtever design you want. it's your day .. so have fun.
 
Secondly I would like to warn you guys abt your marriage certificate. Get that ready well in advance. Well in my case, I got engaged one year ahead and got married on Dec 9th 2010 and went for the interview on the 14th dec and was leaving to the US on the 21st. And i hadn't registered my marriage during my engagement, mostly ppl do that. That will get rid of last minute tension. But we didn't get ours registered. So all thru the wedding, i was sooper tensed.In some weddings only after wedding you will have 100's of rituals. Ours was like that. I had butterflies in my stomach through out . So i got married on Thursday, and got my marriage certificate on Friday, as usual our indian govt's usual reckless work  forgot to fill out the NRI section of the husband in the marriage certificate. I was literally in tears , my name was also spelt wrong. I felt my world crashing. I waited 3 years to join my husband(ours is a love marriage) and now errrrrrr... i had not much choice. Cuz it was a weekend too. And Monday was the interview , I had to just to deal with it. So the previous night , which apparently was our first night , my husband was snoring and i was wide awake and going to thru the checklist again and again. And going thru the documents.  SO GUYS MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE, SEE IF EVERYTHING IS FILLED OUT PROPERLY. 
 
Oops, Visa appointment dates. That reallllllllly can be a pain. You need to start checking the VFS website one month ahead. And please don't freak out if you can't see your consular district. Well i am telling you cuz i did. When i was checking in Dec, it's apparently busiest season of all i dunno. Usually August is b'cuz of students.. so watever... yeah when i was checking there were  no dates available in chennai at all, and i was like "wht the **** ". It can get really annoying towards the end. But ppl patience, if you start checking one month ahead and if dates are not open in your district it won't show, instead it will show kolkata and other places where dates are available, if you want to just get done with it, go ahead and fix the appointment, otherwise if you are patient enuf, your dates will magically appear one fine day. SO RELAX. BUT KEEP CHECKING OFTEN.
 
On the day of the interview, go to the bathroom and look in to your mirror and keep telling yourself, everything is going to be fine, cuz no mattter how well prepared you are , Butterflies can make you sick. So to make yourself happy, dress up well. not much make up needed really. but be sure, to keep a  bhindhi if hindu, a small one is enuf, mine was barely visible. and ofcourse don't forget the mangalsutra. they won't ask you for it. but their eyes will automatically go there.. 
 
Get to the embassy just 15 minutes ahead. Your first queque is outside the embassy where they check you passport , interview /appointment letter and later you enter the embassy, there they will go thru all your file contents for security purposes.  Then you go in, you have to get finger prints done, there in the counter, in a small file they will place your passport, your husband's H1B petition, appointment letter and HDFC receipt  and hand it back to you. Don't place anything inside that. You will have to submit that to the visa officer. So after the finger printing, you wait your turn for the interview. Know your file well, so tht you won't fidget last minute. 
 
when your turn comes, walk towards counter confidently, if you are too tensed to greet the officer, just give him a greeting smile that should do, don't be grumpy. that will ease down things.  Submit that folder with your passport, interview letter, HDFC receipt and the petition. Then he will ask you a row of question. He asked me a coupla question like , where does your husband work? , where and when did you get married ? and wht is your husband working as ??? and then he just asked for my husband's paystubs and employment verfication letter and he told me my visa was approved i was like" WHHHHHHAAAAT?" . well i didn't really tell him tht, i am sure he would have given my passport back and would have asked me to leave. Instead i smiled back and told him a thank you and i left. If you visa is approved they keep your passport otherwise they return your passport and you need to reschedule. 
 
And guys i dunno if you know about his, if you guys have already booked your tickets and have not much time to wait fot he passport to come home through courier, you can go to the VFS office and collect your passport with 2 working days after the interview, you can either track them using the website and you can call them. If you are not available to collect them in person, then you can write down a authorization letter and give it to whoever is going to collect them. You need to give them your authorization letter , with your passport details and maybe if you have a passport copy attach it to the letter and your Original HDFC receipt and send. The other person should take his original licence or passport with them along with a photocopy.
 
They didn't ask for my mariage certificate. I made 100 reasons to give them. But i didn't have to use any of them. that was big relief. but guys be careful. i got it corrected now though. So brides like me who are applying the last minute, i would like to tell you all to relax. It's actually not scary. They guide well inside the embassy. just follow the rules and be careful of what you say. Just keep smiling.
 
I hope this helps.
 
Welcome to the US.

Please read Aishwarya's

Please read Aishwarya's account of her H4 visa interview preparation. Thank you Aiswarya for posting a detailed account of your experience. You will definitely be blessed by many :) :)
 
[quote=Aishwarya]
This post has H4 visa interview questions and overall experience by a recent immigrant to the U.S. Thank you Aiswarya for taking out the time to help us all!

Hey all,
 
I would like to share my H4 visa experience with you all. Ok I think first we should all chill for the interview for the H4 visa is the easiest of all if you have all valid documents with you. So you should start of collecting documents from 2 months ahead. I will be relating my experience in the Chennai Embassy. But yeah i started collecting them from almost 3 or 4 months ahead. For the new Brides, MEHENDHI will not be a problem for your finger priniting. There will be so many ppl who tell you different things... For instance, my Mehendhi function was just 2 days away and my Aunt came puffing and panting to just tell me i can't have the function b'cuz she heard someone  say mehendhi will interfere with the finger printing .. I was like wht the hell. The entire mehendhi party came crashing down. Thankfully my sister in law knew someone who was working in the embassy, and she told me "it's a dye for heaven's sake! ". So You can have blasting Mehendhi functions, and whtever design you want. it's your day .. so have fun.
 
Secondly I would like to warn you guys abt your marriage certificate. Get that ready well in advance. Well in my case, I got engaged one year ahead and got married on Dec 9th 2010 and went for the interview on the 14th dec and was leaving to the US on the 21st. And i hadn't registered my marriage during my engagement, mostly ppl do that. That will get rid of last minute tension. But we didn't get ours registered. So all thru the wedding, i was sooper tensed.In some weddings only after wedding you will have 100's of rituals. Ours was like that. I had butterflies in my stomach through out . So i got married on Thursday, and got my marriage certificate on Friday, as usual our indian govt's usual reckless work  forgot to fill out the NRI section of the husband in the marriage certificate. I was literally in tears , my name was also spelt wrong. I felt my world crashing. I waited 3 years to join my husband(ours is a love marriage) and now errrrrrr... i had not much choice. Cuz it was a weekend too. And Monday was the interview , I had to just to deal with it. So the previous night , which apparently was our first night , my husband was snoring and i was wide awake and going to thru the checklist again and again. And going thru the documents.  SO GUYS MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE, SEE IF EVERYTHING IS FILLED OUT PROPERLY. 
 
Oops, Visa appointment dates. That reallllllllly can be a pain. You need to start checking the VFS website one month ahead. And please don't freak out if you can't see your consular district. Well i am telling you cuz i did. When i was checking in Dec, it's apparently busiest season of all i dunno. Usually August is b'cuz of students.. so watever... yeah when i was checking there were  no dates available in chennai at all, and i was like "wht the **** ". It can get really annoying towards the end. But ppl patience, if you start checking one month ahead and if dates are not open in your district it won't show, instead it will show kolkata and other places where dates are available, if you want to just get done with it, go ahead and fix the appointment, otherwise if you are patient enuf, your dates will magically appear one fine day. SO RELAX. BUT KEEP CHECKING OFTEN.
 
On the day of the interview, go to the bathroom and look in to your mirror and keep telling yourself, everything is going to be fine, cuz no mattter how well prepared you are , Butterflies can make you sick. So to make yourself happy, dress up well. not much make up needed really. but be sure, to keep a  bhindhi if hindu, a small one is enuf, mine was barely visible. and ofcourse don't forget the mangalsutra. they won't ask you for it. but their eyes will automatically go there.. 
 
Get to the embassy just 15 minutes ahead. Your first queque is outside the embassy where they check you passport , interview /appointment letter and later you enter the embassy, there they will go thru all your file contents for security purposes.  Then you go in, you have to get finger prints done, there in the counter, in a small file they will place your passport, your husband's H1B petition, appointment letter and HDFC receipt  and hand it back to you. Don't place anything inside that. You will have to submit that to the visa officer. So after the finger printing, you wait your turn for the interview. Know your file well, so tht you won't fidget last minute. 
 
when your turn comes, walk towards counter confidently, if you are too tensed to greet the officer, just give him a greeting smile that should do, don't be grumpy. that will ease down things.  Submit that folder with your passport, interview letter, HDFC receipt and the petition. Then he will ask you a row of question. He asked me a coupla question like , where does your husband work? , where and when did you get married ? and wht is your husband working as ??? and then he just asked for my husband's paystubs and employment verfication letter and he told me my visa was approved i was like" WHHHHHHAAAAT?" . well i didn't really tell him tht, i am sure he would have given my passport back and would have asked me to leave. Instead i smiled back and told him a thank you and i left. If you visa is approved they keep your passport otherwise they return your passport and you need to reschedule. 
 
And guys i dunno if you know about his, if you guys have already booked your tickets and have not much time to wait fot he passport to come home through courier, you can go to the VFS office and collect your passport with 2 working days after the interview, you can either track them using the website and you can call them. If you are not available to collect them in person, then you can write down a authorization letter and give it to whoever is going to collect them. You need to give them your authorization letter , with your passport details and maybe if you have a passport copy attach it to the letter and your Original HDFC receipt and send. The other person should take his original licence or passport with them along with a photocopy.
 
They didn't ask for my mariage certificate. I made 100 reasons to give them. But i didn't have to use any of them. that was big relief. but guys be careful. i got it corrected now though. So brides like me who are applying the last minute, i would like to tell you all to relax. It's actually not scary. They guide well inside the embassy. just follow the rules and be careful of what you say. Just keep smiling.
 
I hope this helps.
 
Welcome to the US.
[/quote]

Hi,

 

Thank you for such an elaborated description. Made me feel a little confident!!! I dunno if its early or not.... but my marriage is on 24th Nov 2012 and my fiance is coming one week prior to the wedding. I am tensed about various things regarding Visa documents. First and foremost is Marriage Certificate. You have mentioned that you got it the very next day of your wedding. Could you pls let me know the procedure for getting the certificate the very next day?

Hey Chhavi,

 

Hey Chhavi,You are welcome. Firstly congratulations on your wedding. Secondly, about the marriage certificate, we knew somebody in the govt office who helped us to get it done. But, if I were you I would check with the registrar approx.about how many days it will take to get your certificate. You can try registering your marriage ahead of time, that's what a couple of myfriends did and it worked for them. It shouldn't be a problem. My husband also came only a week before the wedding and we left together a week later. I am guessing if you are newly married (your mehendi et al), it is easier to get your visa.

Good luckAishwarya

 

Hi Aishwarya,

Hi Aishwarya,

 

Thank you :) ... I think you are right.. I should visit the DC's office and get all the details about registering ahead of time (I am guessing you mean before the wedding date) or else go for court marriage if that can work out....Thanks for your prompt reply...

 

Chhavi

Thanks Aishwarya for such a

Thanks Aishwarya for such a detailed info!!

Hi Chhavi,

My fiancé is coming in Nov and we are planning to go for court marriage first and then after go for our wedding so as to avoid hazzle at that time.

Please share the details if you are also planning to follow the same pattern.

Priya

Thanks Aishwarya for such a

Thanks Aishwarya for such a detailed info!!

Hi Chhavi,

My fiancé is coming in Nov and we are planning to go for court marriage first and then after go for our wedding so as to avoid hazzle at that time.

Please share the details if you are also planning to follow the same pattern.

Priya

Hello ! I have one quick

Hello !

I have one quick question:

My wife is applying for H4 dependent visa.

She was refused a visa twice in past 12 months: (1) F2 dependent was visa on  August 2010 and (2)  F2  dependent  visa  was refused on  September 2010. As I was on F1 STUDENT VISA AT THAT TIME.
But now she is applying for H4 dependent visa AS NOW I AM HOLDING H1-B.  State of residence : Gujarat

 While taking  online appointment at VFS website, there is a question:
Have you been refused a visa twice within the last 12 months?*
YesNo

My question is based on my wife case information, what should I select: Yes or NO in this above question. She is applying for the first time H4 dependent visa.

I hope to hearing back from you soon.

Thank you so much.

Regards,

KP

Hi KP, I am not a lawyer but

Hi KP,

I am not a lawyer but I think you should click on option YES. They have all the information of every applicant in their databases as it is.

During the interview, your wife should lay down the circumstances as is and request the officer to give her the H4 visa so that she can accompany you in the U.S.

Hope this helps! Could you come back and tell us how'd your wife's H4 visa interview went?

We all wish you good luck!

Admin

[quote=KP]Hello !

I have one quick question:

My wife is applying for H4 dependent visa.

She was refused a visa twice in past 12 months: (1) F2 dependent was visa on  August 2010 and (2)  F2  dependent  visa  was refused on  September 2010. As I was on F1 STUDENT VISA AT THAT TIME.
But now she is applying for H4 dependent visa AS NOW I AM HOLDING H1-B.  State of residence : Gujarat

 While taking  online appointment at VFS website, there is a question:
Have you been refused a visa twice within the last 12 months?*
YesNo

My question is based on my wife case information, what should I select: Yes or NO in this above question. She is applying for the first time H4 dependent visa.

I hope to hearing back from you soon.

Thank you so much.

Regards,

KP[/quote]

Hi renula How are you....You

Hi renula

How are you....You need some documents for this process is very simple...

for this you need

Completed Non-immigration Visa application
H4 Visa application Separate form for each applicant,

Application visa fee  original receipt issued by HDFC bank.

Valid passport of each applicant.

Complete copy of all the pages of your principal H1's passport.

 

hope this will help you

Hi I am going to apply for my

Hi

I am going to apply for my H4 extension in India in the month of Sept 2011.My husband's H1-B as well as my H4 got approved recently when My husband applied for an extension through his company.We have our Green card under Processing.....Now during my visa Interview in India,If I get a question on our Green Card....What should I answer....In case if I say them that our green card is under processing are there chances of my visa getting rejected ? pls help....

Hello Vaishnavi, A lot of my

Hello Vaishnavi,

A lot of my friends were in the same situation but noone was never asked that question. Also, they have all the records..so they pretty much have all the information necessary..:)

If both of you are going together, it is likely that your husband would be asked most of the questions..:) If you are asked a question on the Green Card, just answer honestly. Please remember this is not legal advice..:)

I wish you good luck!

Admin

IANAL

 

[quote=vaishnavi]Hi

I am going to apply for my H4 extension in India in the month of Sept 2011.My husband's H1-B as well as my H4 got approved recently when My husband applied for an extension through his company.We have our Green card under Processing.....Now during my visa Interview in India,If I get a question on our Green Card....What should I answer....In case if I say them that our green card is under processing are there chances of my visa getting rejected ? pls help....[/quote]

Hey guys, I am in a strange

Hey guys,

I am in a strange situation. I went to australia for my ms but had a fall out with my prof as a result came back home without my degree. Now when i fill in forms I oviously cannot mention masters as my highest degree of qualification, but i do have to mention australia in the countries visited in the last couple of years. Now should the visa officer ask me about the purpose of stay in australia  or ask me for my degree how do I handle the situation. Also I my F1 was rejected twice 5 years back. I'm in a fix now.

Any suggestion/advice is immensely appreciated.

Thanks for your time 

Hello Kanishka, Sorry to hear

Hello Kanishka,

Sorry to hear about your situation. I am a little confused--are you applying for the H4 visa or F1 visa?

Thanks,

Admin

[quote=Kanishka]Hey guys,

I am in a strange situation. I went to australia for my ms but had a fall out with my prof as a result came back home without my degree. Now when i fill in forms I oviously cannot mention masters as my highest degree of qualification, but i do have to mention australia in the countries visited in the last couple of years. Now should the visa officer ask me about the purpose of stay in australia  or ask me for my degree how do I handle the situation. Also I my F1 was rejected twice 5 years back. I'm in a fix now.

Any suggestion/advice is immensely appreciated.

Thanks for your time [/quote]

Hello Kanishka, Since you are

Hello Kanishka,

Since you are applying in a different visa category (H4 visa and not F1 visa ) I do think you should have a problem.

If asked about your studies, you can briefly tell them what happened. Just focus on the one most crucial aspect of the H4 visa: that you are not allowed to work on that visa, and you fully understand this...:))

Do your paperwork in advance and be confident. I think you should be ok. When is your H4 visa interview again?

Thanks,

Admin

IANAL

 

[quote=Kanishka]For H4...

Thanks a ton for your response![/quote]

Hi Team,   First let me take

Hi Team,

 

First let me take this opportunity to thank u for creating such a wonderful forum. Your posts and writings have been really really helpful .Specially for girls like us who are newly getting married and planning to go  to US  along with their husbands on H4 visa. By observing this forum I am looking forward for your prompt rply and help.

 

My case:My fiancé has finished his masters this year i.e. June 2011 and is currently employed in a reputed firm. This firm has initiated his H1 visa and he is expecting it to be approved by September.

We are getting married on 21stDec 2011 and he is planning to take me along on H4 visa.

 

My query is:

He will reach India on 15thDecmeber, he has to get his H1 stamped, so when you think would be apt for him to get his visa stamped. Before our marriage or after our marriage we both go together for stamping ?

 

 

Dear Rucha, I would suggest

Dear Rucha,

I would suggest that you and your husband should take a common interview date. I did the same. My spouse got his H1 stamped and I got my H4 visa. It is far simpler than going alone as your spouse will have all his original documents with him. You must have proof of marriage at the time of the H4 visa interview.

I have two suggestions for you:

  1. For an earlier date: Get a court marriage when he comes on Dec 15. Schedule H1/H4 interview anytime after you get the marriage certificate from the court. 
  2. For a later date: Get married on Dec 21 as scheduled. Get the marriage certificate from the local magistrate. There are detailed instructions available in the Magistrate's office. Schedule the H4 visa interview after you receive the certificate (could take 1-2 weeks).

Please let me know if you have more questions. Thank you for the kind remarks--:-)

Best,

Admin

IANAL

[quote=rucha.b]Hi Team,

 

First let me take this opportunity to thank u for creating such a wonderful forum. Your posts and writings have been really really helpful .Specially for girls like us who are newly getting married and planning to go  to US  along with their husbands on H4 visa. By observing this forum I am looking forward for your prompt rply and help.

 

My case:My fiancé has finished his masters this year i.e. June 2011 and is currently employed in a reputed firm. This firm has initiated his H1 visa and he is expecting it to be approved by September.

We are getting married on 21stDec 2011 and he is planning to take me along on H4 visa.

 

My query is:

He will reach India on 15thDecmeber, he has to get his H1 stamped, so when you think would be apt for him to get his visa stamped. Before our marriage or after our marriage we both go together for stamping ?

 

 [/quote]

Hi, I recently had my visa

Hi,

I recently had my visa interview at the US consulate at chennai and got my h4 visa renewal approved.I had all the documents required for the visa interview and my husband's i-129 was one of them and it was the original copy.My husband's stamping is yet to be done  as he did not travel to India this time and his previous passport copy has only the expired visa.

During my interview the visa officer retained my husband's I-129 and I noticed it only after me moving away from the interview window and had a seat in the interview hall to check my documents back.I was not allowed by the persons guiding people in the interview hall to have a word about this with the visa officer and i was told that all of my documents along with my passport will be mailed to my chennai address.But I hardly hope that it will be mailed along with my passport.My husband will need this document for his H1-B stamping.

Please suggest on steps we should take to get back the I-129 and whom should we contact immediately inorder to get back the I-129.

 

 

 

 

Vaishnavi, Is it a single

Vaishnavi,

Is it a single green page ? That is called the I 797 (Notice of Approval)..even on top of the page it is says I 129. That should be stapled to your passport and sent back to you. If it was not the single green page and thick white package containing the I -129 then you should not have left it there. I hope you get it back! There is no harm in following up. Here is the relevant contact information for you:

U.S. Consulate General

Gemini Circle
Chennai 600 006
Phone: 044-2857-4000
Fax:     044-2811-2020
You can also email info@vfs-usa.co.in or call the VFS Regional Helpline 044-42316767     
I really hope you get this sorted soon Vaishnavi. I know it can be a little confusing but let me know exactly what you left there. 

By the way congrats on getting your H4 stamped..:))

 

Keep us posted on what's going on at your end.

-Admin

[quote=vaishnavi]Hi,

I recently had my visa interview at the US consulate at chennai and got my h4 visa renewal approved.I had all the documents required for the visa interview and my husband's i-129 was one of them and it was the original copy.My husband's stamping is yet to be done  as he did not travel to India this time and his previous passport copy has only the expired visa.

During my interview the visa officer retained my husband's I-129 and I noticed it only after me moving away from the interview window and had a seat in the interview hall to check my documents back.I was not allowed by the persons guiding people in the interview hall to have a word about this with the visa officer and i was told that all of my documents along with my passport will be mailed to my chennai address.But I hardly hope that it will be mailed along with my passport.My husband will need this document for his H1-B stamping.

Please suggest on steps we should take to get back the I-129 and whom should we contact immediately inorder to get back the I-129.

 

 

 

 [/quote]

Hi, We luckily got my

Hi,

We luckily got my passport stamped and his I-129 document delivered to my home  last week ..

Its the 797 notice of approval document...yeah ! the same single green sheet...

Thanks a lot for ur help ! 

Hey Vaishnavi, I am so happy

Hey Vaishnavi,

I am so happy that you got this sorted! Congratulations again..:)

Best Regards,

Admin

IANAL

[quote=vaishnavi]Hi,

We luckily got my passport stamped and his I-129 document delivered to my home  last week ..

Its the 797 notice of approval document...yeah ! the same single green sheet...

Thanks a lot for ur help ! [/quote]

Hi Admin,   Just wanted to

Hi Admin,

 

Just wanted to update you that my Son's H4 visa got cleared 22nd Aug exaclty after 1 month .... Thanks for all your help.

I keep calling the DOS and told them what is the scenario and finally got approved.

 

Keep the good work going.

 

Shahed

Hello, I have a quick

Hello,

I have a quick question here, I had  been rejected B1/B2 visa in Aug 2011later my marriage got fixed nd got married in the month of August. My husband is on H1B and now I am applying for H4.

Will it be an issue since my B1/B2 was rejected nd currenly im working so will that be a problem as they expect us not to work wen v are there?

Awaiting for ur response!!!!!

Hi Keethu, Congratulations

Hi Keethu,

Congratulations for your wedding!

I am not a lawyer but I know from experience that previous rejection in another category of visas should not affect applying in a new category as long as the rejection was not due to criminal activities, fraud,misrepresentation, etc.. Don't be nervous and take all the documents necessary.

Keethu, it would be great if you can spare 2 minutes of your time to share your H4 visa experience on our forum. It will help many others in the same situation and will help them prepare well for the interview. It will also help us as this effort is for community help.
Good luck!
Admin
IANAL
 

[quote=Keethu]Hello,

I have a quick question here, I had  been rejected B1/B2 visa in Aug 2011later my marriage got fixed nd got married in the month of August. My husband is on H1B and now I am applying for H4.

Will it be an issue since my B1/B2 was rejected nd currenly im working so will that be a problem as they expect us not to work wen v are there?

Awaiting for ur response!!!!![/quote]

Hi All, I got my H4 visa... I

Hi All,

I got my H4 visa... I would like to share my experience regarding my interview. I had my interview at 10.45 and I was present at the US counsulate chennai very much before my interview time . It was a long queue but they were calling according to the appointment time. After all security checks I was sent inside. Since I had read so many cases regarding H4 visa where in they were given pink slip I made sure to carry each and every document so that I shouldn get pink slip(221g).

The main documents they ask for are:

>>Spouse passport copy with all 36 pages.

>>I-797 copy latest one

And my turn came, I was really nervous as I saw many ppl carrying their passports back..(I suggest not to worry on seeing ppl whose visa got rejected as it will make you more nervous and loose confidence).

Before I could wish VO she wished me :)( lady VO),here goes the conversation I had with VO

VO:Hey!!! Good morning,How you doing??

Me:Im good thank you, how u??

VO:Im good too..so your applying for H4??

Me:Yes

VO:Have you been to US before

VO:whats your spouse name?

VO:Where will you be going in US?

VO:Annual salary of your spouse,marriage date,marriage place

VO:Show me the pay stubs

VO: Your visa is approved!!!!!

No other docs were asked apart from the above mentioned ones :)

Hope this wil be helpful :)

Regards,

Keethu

 

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Dear Sir, I visited US in

Dear Sir,

I visited US in July2010 on B1 visa  which I got for 10 and allowed entry for 6 months. Meanwhile I got admission in one of US universities for my masters and got F1 approval upto Dec 2014. I attended summer classes and cleared my 9 units and got myself registered for fall semester. Immediately after my exam in Aug11, I visited India with a plan to fly back to us on 30th Aug 11. Meanwhile I was told that I had to get my passport stamped for F1. Accordingly I appeared for F1 visa interview at Delhi which was denied. I again got an appointment fixed 15 days after that date thinking I need to explain it more to the embassy. On my second intervview I was again denied visa and even my B1 visa which was valid upto 2020 was cancelled say ing that I have not clear intentions. On the contrary had me so intention I may not have visited India.

 

So I am in India and getting engaged and then married to a H1 boy who is there in US for the past 3 years with his H1 stamped on his passport and valid. He is here in India and we want to have engagement now. I have apprehension regarding previous 2 rejections of my F1 visa. Will u please guide me if both of us are at risk of rejection of my visa H4 visa now.

Kindly advise so that we can proceed for marriage or there is risk of not getting approval.

 

Preeti

Oh Preeti! So sorry to hear

Oh Preeti! So sorry to hear about your situation and yes, things are quite complicated for you! :((

There is no certain way for me to suggest what will happen in your next interview. Usually rejection in another category of visas should not impact application in another category but your case is slightly unsual.

If you just focus on carrying all the paperwork and telling them that you only plan to accompany your husband (and this is your sole intention--you do not want to live away from him after marriage) you should be fine. Hopefully this should help you to get the H4 visa. 

One idea is to go with your husband if he is also planning to get his H1 stamped in India. That way both of you can make a strong and compelling case.

 

Go ahead with the marriage and hopefully everything will be ok.

I wish you all the best and please keep us posted on what you plan to do next.

Please note that this is not legal advise..:))

Best Regards,

Admin

IANAL

[quote=preeti]Dear Sir,

I visited US in July2010 on B1 visa  which I got for 10 and allowed entry for 6 months. Meanwhile I got admission in one of US universities for my masters and got F1 approval upto Dec 2014. I attended summer classes and cleared my 9 units and got myself registered for fall semester. Immediately after my exam in Aug11, I visited India with a plan to fly back to us on 30th Aug 11. Meanwhile I was told that I had to get my passport stamped for F1. Accordingly I appeared for F1 visa interview at Delhi which was denied. I again got an appointment fixed 15 days after that date thinking I need to explain it more to the embassy. On my second intervview I was again denied visa and even my B1 visa which was valid upto 2020 was cancelled say ing that I have not clear intentions. On the contrary had me so intention I may not have visited India.

 

So I am in India and getting engaged and then married to a H1 boy who is there in US for the past 3 years with his H1 stamped on his passport and valid. He is here in India and we want to have engagement now. I have apprehension regarding previous 2 rejections of my F1 visa. Will u please guide me if both of us are at risk of rejection of my visa H4 visa now.

Kindly advise so that we can proceed for marriage or there is risk of not getting approval.

 

Preeti[/quote]

Thanks for so quick

Thanks for so quick response.  I am not aware and able to understand that should I take this risk. Denial of H4 can put me and my would be husband in a lot of problem. What do u say should me take that risk since we have not  been engaged as yet and thinking of consequences of denial of visa upfront instead of going blind  ignoring this aspect?

Difficult to take such a call and risk. Any other way out. Please guide.

Preeti

 

Dear Preeti, I can completely

Dear Preeti,

I can completely understand your situation and it is good to think about the future. While it is tough to predict what would happen, really it is your decision to make. Marriage is a life changing decision and you should be very careful That said, there are several cases where people have received the H4 visa after being denied other visas. Depends on how the Visa Officer is convinced about the case..

What does your would be say about this? I mean is he willing to move back to India in the worst case scenario (H4 denial) ?

Best Regards,

Admin

[quote=preeti]Thanks for so quick response.  I am not aware and able to understand that should I take this risk. Denial of H4 can put me and my would be husband in a lot of problem. What do u say should me take that risk since we have not  been engaged as yet and thinking of consequences of denial of visa upfront instead of going blind  ignoring this aspect?

Difficult to take such a call and risk. Any other way out. Please guide.

Preeti

 [/quote]

Hi, Thank you for making such

Hi, Thank you for making such a wonderful forum, where people get a lot of confidence and clarity by prompt responses. My fiance works for a reputed company, who sponsored his H1 recently from OPT/F1. He is visiting India and have plans to get H1 stamped (17 Jan), later we have marriage ceremony (30th Jan), and then my H4 visa stamping (1st week of feb). He is planning to go for H1 visa stamping as soon as he reaches India, for the reason, that just in case if some additional documents are required, he has time for submission and follow up during his one month leave. I have one simple question, would it be a concern, going for H1, H4 visa interviews seperately ?

Hello Anu,

Hello Anu,

Congratulations on your wedding!

Thank you for the kind remarks.

Anu, there are no concerns in going alone per se, but it is recommended that couples/families go together. That saves a lot of time, energy, and well, avoids duplication of paperwork. Has he already booked his appointment? Have you both considered getting a court marriage done before 30th Jan. With that marriage certificate in hand, you can easily accompany him during his H1 visa interview. Please note that he will have to fill out a separate DS 160 in case you go with this option..:-)

While I do understand his concerns, it would be great if you two can somehow go together. Remember this is not a hard and fast rule and if you choose to go separately, that should be ok too.

All the best!

Admin

IANAL

 

Hey..Thanks a lot for your

Hey..Thanks a lot for your reply.

We are not planning for a court marriage, but thinking to get the marriage registered right after the marriage

and book an appointment around after 3-4 days of the wedding as by then we would get the marriage certificate as well

as the wedding albums. Then we can both go for H1 as well as H4 after the wedding, on the same day.

Hope this would work fine.

Also,  one more small concern, when we both book the appointment on the same day, is it sure that we would get interviewed at the 

same time on the same counter, or both of us will have different counters and time.

 

 

 

Hello Anu,

Hello Anu,

I think your plan sounds good. Just make sure that you get the marriage certificate before the interview.

Yes, ask your husband to book for a family appointment while taking the visa appointment date. There are instructions for filling a separate DS-160 form for each applicant accompanying the H1 B holder. 

I hope this helps you.

Thanks,

Admin

IANAL

Hello !

Hello !

I am Sameer currently working in US on H1B.  I will be getting married on April 11, 2012.  I would like to travel with me back to USA immediately after marriage.  For that, my wife will be filiing DS-160 and later take the interview date for April 17or 18th, 2012 in New Delhi.  I have following questions:-

(1) What should be the relationship status, since she is filing it before marriage.

The reason I ask, that if she fills DS-160 form online after marriage and then take interview date then she will not be getting interview date so early.  The whole idea is that we want to travel back to USA together immediately after marriage.

 

Please advise me.

Thank You very much in advance.

Hello,

Hello,

My spose is going to attend for H4 PA on jan 31st 2011 at hyderabad. Unfortunately she is not comfortable with english and when my emloyer has booked PA date through BEP login they are not able to select local langauge as telugu.

Now I am more worrying on how she will face the interview. Could you please guide/suggest me on how to get translator at the time of interview?

Thanks in advance.

Regards,

VSR

Admin,

Admin,

             I am rejected F2 twice.Now my husband will be applying for his H1 this april 2012.So when can i get my h4?DO he need to get his h1 stamping done inorder to ge tmy H4??Any when can i go once i get my H4???

 

Regards,

Theja

Hello Theja,

Hello Theja,

Tell him to apply for your H4 visa along with his H1 visa. Then both of you should go for H1/H4 visa interview/stamping together. You can come anytime after you get the visa.  Prior F2 visa rejections should not affect this interview ideally-just carry all the paperwork and be confident.

Let me know if you need more help.

Thanks,

Admin

IANAL

Thanks for ur reply....but he

Thanks for ur reply....but he is presently in US and will be applying his H1 there...he will not come to india anytime soon..so what are the options I have for h4????and once he gets his H1 approved there when can I apply for H4 and when can I go there???

Regards,
Theja

 

 

My girlfriend will apply for her H1B Visa soon. I entered the US on a B2 visa but now I am illegal here since less than 180 days. We would get married before she is applying for her H1B Visa.
My question is: Is it possible for me to apply for a H4 Visa?

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