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


H1-B for Speciality Occupation

Graduate level workers wanting to work in the US are able to apply for a H1-B visa for speciality occupations. This enables US companies to employ foreign skilled workers for in-demand jobs such as in IT, medicine, finance, engineering and numerous other speciality occupations that are highly valued in the US. H1-B visas are valid for three years, with extensions possible, providing that the terms are still valid, i.e. you are still working in the role.

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H-2A for seasonal agricultural workers

The H-2A visa is available specifically for foreign nationals to take on seasonal agricultural work. This type of visa is only applicable for temporary and seasonal work and not long-term work. Typically, it can be difficult for employers to fill their vacancies for this type of work, particularly given the short-term nature of it, so it is often in their interests to employ foreign nationals to perform the duties due to higher levels of availability.

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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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