H-4 for dependents

Where a H visa has been granted, the spouse and children (aged under 21) of H visa holders qualify for a H-4 visa. So this includes any foreign nationals that have a H1-B, H-1B1, H-2A, H-2B or H-3 visa approved.
Once the H visa applicant receives their visa, they are able to complete a DS-160 form to apply for the H-4 for dependents. The applicant will also be required to upload a photograph and provide information and documents at the US Embassy for their visa to be processed. Family members may be able to apply for other non-immigrant visa categories.
It is worth noting that the rules surrounding the H-4 visa are being reviewed by the Department of Homeland Security and the current arrangement where H-4 visa holders re allowed to work when their spouse is on H-1B visa, this may not be the case in the future.
With a H-4 visa, people are able to attend school or other education, get a driver’s license and open a bank account. H-4 visa holders do not receive a social security number as they are not allowed to work in the US.

Other Visas


H-2B for skilled and unskilled workers

Whilst the H-2A visa applies for temporary workers in the agricultural, the H-2B is for temporary workers that are not within the agriculture industry. These jobs are where employers have struggled to find US workers that are able to do the temporary work and must therefore employ foreign nationals to do the essential work. Only nationals of the countries that have been agreed by the DHS are eligible for a H-2B visa, see the full list of countries here.

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E2 Visa (Investors and Employees)

The E2 visa is available for application from non-immigrants to enter the US when they are investing a substantial amount of money in a US business. Employees for the investment company may also be allowed to have an E2 visa to assist with the investment process e.g. advising on the investment.

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TN Visa for Mexicans and Canadians

The TN visa, as part of the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) applies for citizens from Canada or Mexico to obtain temporary entry to the US for business activities. This is part of a specific economic and trade agreement between the three countries to make it easier to engage in business.

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