My Story

Hello everyone,

Welcome to H4 visa forums! 

The goal of this website is to help people discuss their issues whilst on an immigrant visa in the U.S.

Over the past few years we have had people come back and share their visa interview experiences. We have had people share that they did not get the visa of their dreams. We have had people post that they got a job on the H1 visa. We have had people share stories about their visa transfer process. We have also had people asking for advice on life in U.S. in general.

We have seen it all. The questions and the answers. The joy and the dismay. The ups and the downs. The confusions and the heartfelt 'thank yous!' We have seen people come forward to help others. 

We have focussed on the H4 visa but our users have posted their experiences on the H1 visa, F1 visa, F2 visa, L1 visa, L2 visa, Green Card, etc.

Thank you for helping each other and keeping this website a clean and functional platform to communciate on immigration related issues.

This sub forum named 'My Story' is for you to share your U.S. visa experience. If you have a story we encourage you to post here.

As always, we look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you. 

Admin

IANAL

Forums: 

My name is Renu. I moved to

My name is Renu. I moved to America in 2009 on the H4 visa. In the beginning it was very tough to adjust as I could not work. I decided to brush up my skills during this 'forced break' from work. I went to a local community college and did a one year management program. I also got a baby boy during this period.

Once we got our green card I applied for a job at Macy's. I am very happy to work there. 

So my dear friends, the H4 visa actually got me a school degree, a job, and a baby.

That is my story.

Kudos to the people who have made this website. It is a great platform for people looking on information related to visas in America. Highly recommended!

Kind Regards,

Renu

hello i am appling for h4

hello i am appling 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 bt it also containn zambre on which father n mother name are.what to is it problematic for h4 visa plz reply this urgent.

[quote=suhit]

[quote=suhit]

Hi All,

Please help me:(

I did my master from USA and worked on OPT . Enroll in new MS program again came for renew f1.

But got rejected as VO told me he is not satisfied why i want to do second master under 214b he rejected.

Now am getting married with a girl working in same compay when i was on OPT and she will file my H4.

I have to go kolkata consulate again for h4, What are the chances and risks

Please advice me

[/quote]

Suhit,

Suhit,Rejection in one category of visa usually does not affect applying in anothercategory, unless of course the VO suspects visa abuse/visa misuse.You must take all the correct paperwork. Good luck!AdminIANAL

I did the same thing you

I did the same thing you cannot work you cannot leave from house with all talent and knowledge I have is useless just staying at home I love my wife but this is so irritating I haven't been work for 8 months this is just so hard

Hello everyone,

Hello everyone,

I came on the H4 visa in April 2013. I am the husband and I am finding it very frustrating to not being able to work.

My wife makes good money but we are considering moving back to Nepal. From there on we may apply for jobs in Singapore.

During this brief period I have travelled a lot . That has been a very nice experience but enough is enough. I will be leaving this country.

Zebra

Priya:

Priya:

Ideally the name should be corrected before. However everything depends on the VO. He may or may not discover the name discrepancy and will then issue you a visa based on the name on your passport.

Your worst case scenario is that the VO asks you to make a name change and apply again.

All the best and please do come back and tell us about your H4 visa interview outcome.

Admin

IANAL

Hi all,

Hi all,

My husband is in US on H1 status. Im applying for H4.

The thing is He went to US in the month of june 2013 on B1 from  India on a company's work. He then changed his status to H1B after one month, now Im applying for H4 for me n my kid after 6 months from H1. I will not have tax returns as he had had not submitted yet.And I have 3 rejections on F1, 6 years back, does this affect my H4? I had my appointment on Jan3rd 2014.

 please give me some advices ASAP!

It will be very helpful if you have any suggestions for me!

awaiting your reply,

Gayathri kusam

 

 

]Hi all,

]Hi all,

My husband is in US on H1 status. Im applying for H4.

The thing is He went to US in the month of june 2013 on B1 from  India on a company's work. He then changed his status to H1B after one month, now Im applying for H4 for me n my kid after 6 months from H1. I will not have tax returns as he had had not submitted yet.And I have 3 rejections on F1, 6 years back, does this affect my H4? I had my appointment on Jan3rd 2014.

 please give me some advices ASAP!

It will be very helpful if you have any suggestions for me!

awaiting

 

 [/quote]

Hello Gayathri,

Hello Gayathri,

First of all , your situation is not unusual. So don't worry. Usually rejection in one category of visa does not impact applying in another category of visa. Your situation has changed now and the officers understand that.

Just keep your answers straightforward and honest. Carry all the paperwork with you. Explain why you don't have tax returns if asked. I would advice you to take copies of his paystubs and bank statements.

I hope this helps you. I encourage you to come back and tell us what happened in your H4 visa interview.

Thank you,

Admin

IANAL

Hi all,

Hi all,

Great website. Very informative and nice looking.

Like all of you I also came on the H4 visa. I was very upset initially but now I am using my knowledge, skill, and time towards a non profit organization. This has been a very good experience for me. My spouse makes good money so no complaints.

AA

Hello H4 visa holders,

Hello H4 visa holders,

I came to U.S. four years back. I did not want to sit at home so I started looking for volunteering opportunities in local colleges and universities. I was successful in getting a volunteer job in a science lab. After that I made contacts and during this time, we got our Green Card. Now I am working with the same professor as a Research Assistant. Looking back I think I can share that if you make contacts, it helps. There is a chance someone is looking to hire a person who has your skill set. Don't look desperate or behave like you are begging for a job . Just make connections and hope for the best.

This website is great and I congratulate the people behind it for all the free help they are giving strangers.

>>>>Agrim.

I came to this country a year

I came to this country a year back and had similar problems as what everyone has stated. I was very depressed since I was working in India and now I could not do so since I was on H4. The BIGGEST thing about getting jobs is (a)Dont ever get in touch with any consultant. they are useless people. (b)Study and clear interviews for full time position. The assumption everyone has is that I am on H4 and so no one will give me even an interview I cant tell you how wrong that assumption is. The market is booming and there is always a place for you. Programming is no rocket science and trust me there are more dumb people working in top corporations than you can imagine... I used to speak with consultants and each one turned me down or spoke rudely. Finally, I boycotted them and picked up the books and studies for 10 days straight after posting my profile on job sites. you will not believe this, but within one month I got two full time job offers and am currently employed as a full time employee of one of the bigger corporations in the Seattle area. bigger companies dont have any qualms sponsoring your visa, its a problem only for the small consultancies. So go for it girls! coz you are so worth it!

Hey guys,

Hey guys,

I came to the States about 6-7 years ago. I was in the same situation as so many of you here. I wanted to pursue a career in teaching so I started researching online.

It took me almost two years to get into a Masters program in Secondary Education. However, during this time I took a couple of tests that were necessary to get credentialed i.e., certified to teach in the state of CA, and also, I volunteered as a tutor in a local tutoring institute.

Maybe no one has told you this bbut you cannot turn tables overnight. I did the following and it took me so long, even when I had full support of my family.

  1. Researching online courses,
  2. applying to universities,
  3. talking to professors,
  4. contacting PR people in colleges,
  5. getting recommendation letters,
  6. writing SOP,
  7. GRE and TEOFL exams
  8. Much more. I cannot even remember all the details now

I was lucky to get into a great university. At this point my visa status changed from H4 to F1.

It was a one year intensive course after which I got a 1 year OPT (optional practical training) visa which helped me get a job without worrying about sponsorship.

After OPT I got the EAD (went back to H4) and now have my green card.

Ladies, remember volunteering will not be a waste of time as you could add that to your resume and your essay if you apply to a univ.

My advice would be to keep researching (look at this website; it is a great way to learn!), keep talking to people, contact counselors in local community college/universities. Understand what courses are offered and what may be best for you to upgrade your skill set.

If you have studied in other countries, for example I did my Masters and B.Ed in India, get your credentials evaluated from accredited organization like WES and get them converted to the US standards (GPA). This is very important.

All this may sound tough but it is really not that bad.

I like this website a lot and I also like that the Admin motivates everyone who posts here. Great community effort.

Good Luck to everyone!

Kriti

Kriti

I came to US in 2008. We are

I came to US in 2008. We are waiting for our green card. I am nothing but frustrated . If L2 visa holders can work, why can't I? What is the difference?

My story is that learn from my story girls. Don't come to US on this sick visa. If you love your job, if you love making your own money, if you love your self respect..plz stay away from this visa. From 2008 to 2014 it has been a bad wait and I cannot take it anymore. 

hello ,

hello ,

i have one question to you.if marriage certificate have name before marriage and i have passport have name after marriage is it ok?plz reply soon i have go for interview

Hi,

Hi,

I have my H4 interview scheduled next week and i am bit freaked. As i am still working, is it important to take any document that is related to my work? or should my husband's documents be sufficient? 
Also, we got married in Feb 2013 and my husband attended his VISA interview in Aug, 2013. Now, if the VO asks "why didn't you attend the VISA interview with your husband" what would be the best answer? 
Can i respond with "I was caught up at work and hence couldn't attend"??? 

Please help! Also, after reading the woes of H4 VISA holders, I am literally freaked about the kinda situation that i might have to face.. 

 

Thanks in advance,

Pg25

Dear Pg25,

Dear Pg25,

For the H4 visa interview, the VO usually questions the candidate to see if they have any intention to work whilst on the visa in the U.S. That is illegal. However prior work experience elsewhere does not matter. 

For paperwork, I always recommend that you carry all the paperwork/evidence as you can so that you get the visa asap. It is entirely upto you if you want to carry your work papers or not. They don't need it for that interview but you can take those just to be on the safe side.

Remember there is nothing wrong in having worked prior to applying for H4 visa.

I can understand that some posts may have overwhelmed you but the percentage of people who post online is very less compared to those who choose not to. At least by reading this information, you are taking an informed decision.

Don't worry, you will be fine. 

Please come back and tell us about your H4 visa interview.

Thanks,

Admin

IANAL

Hi Admin,

Hi Admin,

I cleared my visa interview and I will be relocating to US shortly. Are H4 visa holders allowed to take up internships or part time jobs?

Thanks in advance,

Pg25 

Hi all, I need your help in a

Hi all, I need your help in a decision that we are going to make....

I came from Indian SW company on H1B working for a client and the proj is for 3 years (but I can go after an year if I want to). My husband and son got their H4 visas stamped already but are in India only.

My husband is a non software professional. A civil engineer with 8 years experience.

I approached many consultancies this year, but all of them refused to get his H4 to H1 visa trannsfer. Basically, they are interested for those in SW field only.

In my opinion, I think it is better to go back after completing an year here. I feel it is a waste of time and money to bring my husband here and again fall into troubles  shifting from enginnering to SW side and all that.... that too with my 4years old kid, I feel its better not to take that pain of  H4 to h1 conversion...

your thoughts are welcome and are really valuable...

please suggest

 

Latha Sree

Latha,

Latha,

Many families come and experience the mess of visa conversion. I think moving back should be a better idea. Let your son continue to go to school wherever he is going and your husband continue work. You can save money and join them when you like. In my opinion you will not get the H1 visa for your husband. 

This is coming from a person whose educated wife left him simply because she did not find a job here. Take care of your family dear. Don't make the mistake I did.

Rauol.

Need

Need
 help for Proceeding next step  of 221G –White Receipt

Background:

I have applied
for H4 VISA for me and my son  , (My husband went to USA in February 14 on
B1 visa and He has done Change of Status .From B1 to H1  he has vaid his
I797A,LCA and he is working there from last 4 months)

"221g white
recipt on applying H4 VISA"

My H4 Visa
interview was on  June 17th 2014

Case number
–AA004519OI

case
number-AA00451HN6

VO has given me
221g White receipt ,-In 221 g recipt Under section Other  ,VO has written
"Husband has H1bVisa OR in US and has change of status "

VO said
 their  record is not showing that my husband is USA and  on
 H1 VISA  .She said that My husband should contact to one of USICS
office  for  showing his COS OR H1 B stamped

 

My husband
reached out Charlotte USCIS ,But it didn’t help

Can you Please
suggest us next step …how to deal with this situation

 

Awaiting for
response 

Thank you!!!

Hello,

Hello,

My name is Vijji and am new to this forum... Coming to my thing, I need to apply for H4 Visa..

In brief, I recently got divorced and my marriage is fixed for this august (i.e) next month...

First time I traveled to US on H4 and now it is NO MORE valid.. And I've all the court documents in place as well..

My fiance, he also has all the court documents in place and that now he's in US on H1B...

Do we really see any complications here during H4 visa interview process?

please let us now if we require any extra documents (other than generally req'd ones)...

Your help would be highly appreciated..

 

Thanks in advance,

Vijji..

 

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