H4 Visa Interview questions

April 23rd, 2009 | by Ridhima Suri |

My previous post

In my previous post I had listed some tips on documentation and preliminary paperwork required for the application of an H4 Visa.

The current post

In this post I will discuss some of the commonly asked questions during the H4 Visa interview.  The visa interview process for all the visas can be divided in two segments: One the questions that are asked for any US visa interview and two the questions that are unique for the H4 visa.

Questions regarding general information like name, address, background check, academic background, medical reports, previous work experience and current occupation are likely to be asked in any visa interview.

For the H4 visa the interviewer’s goal is simple: to ensure that the spouse will accompany a legally employed person in the United States and to ascertain if the visa applicant will not try to seek employment in the United States.  They do not want you to come and settle here.  They also do not want you to come and work illegally here.  Hence you must expect questions related to your marriage, your work experience, your spouse’s work experience, his/her salary slips and bank information, home address, information about his employer, etc.

The objective of any visa interview process is to obtain the visa irrespective of all odds.  Remember that a good interview strategy can make the process easy.

List of questions asked during my interview

I am listing the questions that were asked during my visa interview. I did some research and more than often the pattern for the interview is similar.

  • What is your name?
  • Where do you live ? (A little tweet about my hometown)
  • What do you do for a living?
  • Can you show me your salary slips?
  • What are your educational qualifications?
  • Are you studying?
  • When did you get married? (A quick glance at my ‘chooda’ or customary marriage bangles)
  • Can you show me your marriage certificate?
  • Do you have any pictures of the marriage ceremony? (Of course I do!)
  • What is your spouse’s highest degree? (Now it is all about him..:D)
  • Can you show me a copy of his degree?
  • Which company does your spouse work for?
  • Who is sponsoring your husbands H1?
  • Where is his employer located?
  • What is the role of your husband in the US Company?
  • How long has your husband been in the US ?
  • Can you show me his passport? (He wants to verify the US stamping)
  • How long has your spouse been working for the sponsoring company?
  • Can you show me copies of his payslips? (He wants to know how much he is earning or what is the annual income)
  • Can you please show me your tax returns, bank statements, play slips, etc.?
  • Can you show me your passport?
  • Can you show me his I 797 ?
  • Do you intend to work in the United States (The focus is back on me.  Of course the answer is a big fat NOOO!)
  • How long do you intend to stay in the US ?
  • Do you intend to come back to India?
  • Do you have a copy of your itinerary?
  • Congratulations! you are all set! You will receive the stamped passport within a week to ten days.

That sounds simple.  However my visa interview lasted for almost 20 minutes.

  • I was wearing an attire befitting a newly wed-I was a walking model for a jeweller so to speak.  Lets say it does make a difference!
  • My shoes were already hurting me.
  • I was carrying many originals and photo copies with me. At times I was struggling to take out the right paper at the right time.  There were two heavy folders-one for my documents and another for my husband’s documents.  Both these folders were in a big bag..:)
  • I was tutored well to answer all the questions well.
  • The only unexpected element was that ‘I did not know what to expect’.  Obviously my main concerns was ‘What if my visa is denied?’ ‘What if i have to go through this entire process one more time?’ ‘What is something goes wrong’?

Strategies to calm yourself during the visa interview process

The visa interview process can be overwhelming.  Here are a few strategies to calm yourself down.
  • You have to stand outside the US embassy in a long queue**.  The queue may last upto a few hours. This is a bummer but take the bright side.  This gives you time to adjust to the environment inside the consulate, be comfortable, and gather your thoughts.
  • Get hydrated.  Carry a water bottle for as long as they do not instruct you to throw it away.
  • Look at your documents and make sure you are familiar with your folder.
  • Gather your thoughts-think of something positive.
  • Talk to others around you.
  • Say a little prayer in your heart.
  • Be vigilant on how the interview of others is being conducted.  Keep an eye on the token monitor right over your head.  You will be given a token/queue number.

The H4 visa interview process is relatively simpler than other visas such ( business visas, work visas or student visas)  Be focused and just answer the question.  Nobody is interested to know anything beyond that.  Be polite and firm–fumbling and poor eye contact can invite suspicion and rigorous questioning by the interviewing officer.   Just follow one golden rule: ‘preparation helps! It is better to be prepared than sorry!’

Good Luck and I hope your H4 visa interview goes well.

**I cannot say a ‘long queue’ these days as the US Economy is not in a very great shape-loss of jobs, massive layoffs have reversed the immigration process.  In fact the H1 quota is still not filled this year.  Obviously if there are no H1s being filed there will be lesser H4 visa applications as well.

Updated Dec  2010: Please post any H4 visa related questions on this forum: http://h4-visa.com/

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  1. 402 Responses to “H4 Visa Interview questions”

  2. By Prutha on Jun 1, 2009 | Reply

    Hi,
    It’s a very elaborative information you have given us in this area….I have few questions…can you please anwer them…it will be a gr8 help for me…

    For H4 visa,
    1) If you dont answer or answer incorrectly any question asked..how much tat can be risky?

    2) If you forget to bring your own experience certificates (not ur husband’s), then if they ask for the same in interview, then wt would happen?

  3. By Ridhima Suri on Jun 1, 2009 | Reply

    Hi Prutha,

    1) If you dont answer or answer incorrectly any question asked..how much tat can be risky?
    Re: It is better to be honest in the interview process. Try to prepare before the interview. The visa can be denied/canceled if the information you provide is found to be incorrect or not verifiable.

    2) If you forget to bring your own experience certificates (not ur husband’s), then if they ask for the same in interview, then wt would happen?

    Re: An inability to produce a document asked by the interviewer does not reflect well. If the document is very important you may be denied the visa. In other cases you may be given a pink slip to go back to the consulate with the document at a later point of time.

    Please note that the interview is a very subjective process. The interviewer is simply trying to assess if it is safe to grant you the visa or not. Please be as accurate as possible in giving information and carry all the documents with you.

    Good Luck!

  4. By Prutha on Jun 1, 2009 | Reply

    thank you so much ridhima :) …your quick response really helped me…

  5. By Akki on Aug 10, 2009 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    i gone through your blogs which are very helpful..Thanks a lots for such information.

    i want to ask you few questions.

    i am engaged and my fiancee is in usa on h1b visa since dec 2005 and we are getting married in dec 2009. as i will be a husband and i am working in india. so i just want to know what are questions visa officer will ask me in H4 interview

    kindly suggest me best as i am currently working and if i will go in US i wont have work visa …….

  6. By Ridhima on Aug 10, 2009 | Reply

    Hi Akki,

    Thank you for the good words.

    Congratulations!

    So the probable line of questioning would be pretty much the same as listed in this post above. However, the visa officer will certainly be interested to know YOUR INTENT of working in the U.S. after you get here, especially since you are currently employed. Be sure to answer that you do not intend to work in the US and would simply like to accompany your spouse on the dependent visa (H4).

    Please let me know if you have any other specific question. You can read about the paperwork requirements for the H4 visa in the post titled ‘Documents needed for the H4 Visa’.

    Thank you,
    Ridhima

  7. By Akki on Aug 11, 2009 | Reply

    Thank you very much,

    i have gone through your ‘Documents needed for the H4 Visa’ blog and i will follow the same for my H4 visa.

    is there any chance for rejection ?

  8. By Ridhima Suri on Aug 11, 2009 | Reply

    IANAL

    Hi Akki,

    Currently, the H1 B visa quota has not been filled. Immigration is not as hard as it used to be.

    However, in your case, the interviewer’s goal is simple:

    1. to ensure that you will accompany a legally employed person in the United States and,

    2. to ascertain if you will not try to seek employment in the United States.

    Remember that they do not want you to settle in the U.S.here. They also do not want you to come and work illegally here.

    Hence you must expect questions related to your marriage, your work experience, your spouse’s work experience, his/her salary slips and bank information, home address, information about his employer, etc and your own work background. You can also find more information on my post titled “Can my h4 visa be denied” Link: http://blog.dslamba.net/2009/04/08/can-my-h4-visa-be-denied/

    Like I said before, you have to convince them that you do not have an intention to seek employment in the U.S.

    Complete all the paperwork and the fee requirements and hopefully you should get the visa. If you find time, let us know how it goes. Good Luck!

    -Ridhima

  9. By sav on Aug 12, 2009 | Reply

    Thanks for the blog.

    I have an interesting situation in the sense that I am from India and been in US fro sometime. My girl friend is from Mexico and lives in Mexico.

    I was planning to get her here on H4. I was wondering what your thougts are in this situation? I mean there bouend to be few questions regarding like:
    - How did you meet her? and more

    I guess as long as we have all the papers, we should befine right? Also, she does not work, just lives with her parents. What one does personally should not affect her chances of getting a visa.

    Thanks,

  10. By Ridhima on Aug 12, 2009 | Reply

    IANAL

    Hi Sav,

    Even though I’d advice you talk to a lawyer, I do not think there is anything particularly off about the case you have presented.

    I am confident about the process when both the spouses are originating from one country, lets say, India and how the process works in the US Consulate in India. Not too sure about a case such as yours. Like I have mentioned earlier on this forum, you simply have to stick to the 2 golden rules of H4 visa (see the comment above).

    Unfortunately, there is no definite answer to what line of questioning will be adopted for your girlfriend. Yes, she will be asked how you guys met. Yes, her current employment status and background will also be quizzed. To what extent, it is hard to suggest.

    If I find out anything useful, I will post here.

    Thank you,
    Ridhima

  11. By aman783 on Aug 27, 2009 | Reply

    hi,

    Interview is scheduled Now. my visa catg. is immigrant visa IR 1 Spouse visa.

    My wife is a US citizen. so it is permanent immigrant visa.

    Do i will have to awnser “NO” for the question of “do you intented to work in US”.

    psl clerify, i would be grate ful to you.

    Thanks
    Aman kapila

  12. By Ridhima on Aug 27, 2009 | Reply

    IANAL

    Hi Aman,

    The IR1 visa is a PERMANENT RESIDENT VISA ALLOWING THE SPOUSE ENTRY TO THE US AS AN UNCONDITIONAL PERMANENT RESIDENT. If there are no conditions attached to your visa (I am assuming not), you can work and live indefinitely in the US from the moment you are allowed into the United States by an Immigration Official at a port of entry.

    That said, I am not sure if you will have to face such a question in the first place. I also do not know what your intentions are (do you want to work/not work). You may suggest that you have no intention to work immediately but may change your mind later. You can add that you will be a law-abiding resident and will follow the rules of the country.

    Let us know how it goes! Good Luck!

  13. By Tanvi Srivastava on Aug 29, 2009 | Reply

    Hi Riddhima,
    I am planning to take the H4 Inteview in Sept 2009.My husband has received his H1 approval notice but his passport is not stamped?Will it be risky for me to take the interview without H1 stamp?

  14. By Ridhima Suri on Sep 9, 2009 | Reply

    Hi Tanvi,

    Sorry for the delayed response. To the best of my knowledge there should not be a problem since the H1 approval notice has been received. Depends what the officer is looking for. However, my husband’s passport was asked for during my interview since he had traveled on multiple visas to the U.S. I think you should be fine.

    Good Luck!
    Ridhima

  15. By Perumal on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    Hi,

    you have done a great job of presenting useful information.

    i have a question – wonder if you could help me…

    my wife attended interview for H4 visa on aug 21, 2009 and hasnt yet received her passport. VFS site says passport hasnt yet been handed over to them. i am on a h1 and am currently at USA. i was in a different city from the one that i was when my wife attended the interview.

    how long would it take to know the decision on the case ?

  16. By Ridhima on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    IANAL

    Hi Perumal,

    Thank you for the question. I advice you to get in touch with the Embassy/Consulate asap. The decision is generally taken faster than the time frame you have suggested. Following up seems to be the best recourse right now. Let me know if you have any other questions.

    Thanks!
    Ridhima

  17. By Perumal on Sep 15, 2009 | Reply

    Thanks Ridhima. I checked with them and they told me that PIMS is not yet updated. that’s why it is delayed. any idea if I can do something about it ?

  18. By Ridhima Suri on Sep 15, 2009 | Reply

    Perumal, visa applicants whose visa processing is delayed since their information is not entered into PIMS have to wait longer. One of the loopholes in the PIMS is that individuals, such as you, have had to change plans to account for delays in the visa processing systems.

    My concern is that this is much longer than the usual two days specified for visa issuance. While there is nothing you can do at this point, just be in touch with the concerned officials and see whats going on. This is almost a 20 day lag. Good Luck!

  19. By Anonymous on Sep 15, 2009 | Reply

    whoever had that girl friend question :)

    any girlfriend whether in Mexico or India cannot get H4… ;)

    you have to marry her before she gets H4!

  20. By Sheenu on Sep 17, 2009 | Reply

    hello there..what they mean by bring your entire wedding album. I need to go for visa renewal for H-4. should i take few wedding pictures or big album along.

  21. By Ridhima Suri on Sep 17, 2009 | Reply

    Sheenu, For the H4 visa interview, I carried the big album and another small packet of important photos. My album was not examined but the single photos were looked at. For H4 renewal I think you should be fine if you take a few wedding pictures and the marriage certificate. Where are you located? While the procedures are uniform, a lot depends on where you are going for the renewal process. Thanks!

  22. By Sheenu on Sep 17, 2009 | Reply

    Hello Ridhima

    Thanks for the reply. I will be going to the Delhi consulate for my H-4 renewal. what you suggest?

    Sheenu

  23. By Ridhima on Sep 20, 2009 | Reply

    Hi Sheenu, you should be ok with a smaller album. Compile a relevant album with pictures of the ceremonies, rituals, parents, and priests. Good Luck!
    IANAL

  24. By Sima on Sep 23, 2009 | Reply

    My husband has been approved for H1 visa which will be activated from 1st Oct.Now my question
    1.is can i be scheduled for H4 visa before 1st oct?
    2.Another query is in my marriage certificate my father’s name spelling has only one alphabet deficiency from my passport.just a printing mistake.Should i get another new marriage certificate by correcting the spelling?
    3.Should I endorse my hubby’s name in the place of my fathers name as my passport has been issued before my wedding?

  25. By Ridhima on Sep 23, 2009 | Reply

    IANAL
    Dear Sima,
    Thanks for the questions. I will try my best to answer all your queries to the best of my ability.

    1.Is can i be scheduled for H4 visa before 1st oct?

    You may apply for the H4 visa interview after you have received a letter of H1 approval. If you have already got it, apply for the visa interview asap.

    2.Another query is in my marriage certificate my father’s name spelling has only one alphabet deficiency from my passport.just a printing mistake.Should i get another new marriage certificate by correcting the spelling?

    3.Should I endorse my hubby’s name in the place of my fathers name as my passport has been issued before my wedding?

    In my opinion, a small printing error can cause a lot of problems in the long run. You may choose to get this corrected in the Marriage Certificate or get your husband’s name endorsed in the Passport. It is your choice. Try to see a trade off for the time involved in both the processes. If it takes less time to get your father’s name corrected in the Marriage Certificate please get that done.

    I did not change my maiden name in the passport as it was taking way too long. My passport was also issued before my marriage (like your case). But please be sure to get the marriage certificate corrected. You never know what may catch the Visa Officer’s eye.

    Let me know if you have any other questions.

    Good luck folks!

    -Ridhima

  26. By Sima on Sep 25, 2009 | Reply

    Thank u Ridhima for your cordial reply.It really helps.I will definitely correct spelling mistake done in the marriage certificate.
    Now i have another query..

    1.If VO wants to see I797 form,Should i handover the original I797 to VO to check or only copy of it may be done?

    2. what is w2?is it taxt papers for 2008?

  27. By Ridhima Suri on Sep 25, 2009 | Reply

    Hi Sima,

    Thanks for the note.

    1. You need to hand over the original I787. Copies would not do. Carry copies for your reference. It is always good to have a set of photocopies of ALL the documents.

    2. Yes. W2 is the Wage and Tax Statement. Yes in your case the one of 2008 is relevant.

    Good Luck!
    Ridhima
    IANAL

  28. By lavanya on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    Hai

    u site is really help full for all those wo want to apply for h4,

    Would u please tell me, whether i have to submit all the originals, and will those be returned by the enbassy again

  29. By Sima on Sep 29, 2009 | Reply

    Ridhima another query ….what is form I-129? does it have so many papers?

  30. By Ridhima on Oct 2, 2009 | Reply

    Technical lag here. Sorry for delayed response.

    Lavanya- Follow the instructions to the dot. If an original is asked for submission please do the same. Also keep copies of every document. I am not sure if you are talking about a specific document or the entire application. Let me know and thanks for the comments.

    Sima- Yes I-129 must be filled out. The form is used for 2 purposes:
    1. The form is for employers to petition for an alien (such as you/your husband) to come to the United States temporarily to work.

    2. Employers may also use this form to request for an extension of stay/change of status of visa.

    So yes this form is important. Thank you.

  31. By Lavanya on Oct 21, 2009 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima

    Thanks a lot for the post and your answers, go a lot of info.
    Im currently living in the United Kingdom ( since October 2004). My husband lives and works in Boston, we got married in June 2009. I have now booked an H4 interview with the embassy office in London.Could you please let me know if there are any specific papers ( other than the ones detailed above) that I should carry.
    How should I answer a ny question on why I did not apply for the visa earlier or if Im planning to work ( I guess this should be a no)
    Your reply would be much appreciated

    Lavanya

  32. By Ridhima on Oct 21, 2009 | Reply

    Hi Lavanya,
    I think I have covered the list. Thats pretty much it. Go over the prescribed list by the Consulate again to fill in gaps.

    Planning to work. That is a no on the H4 visa..:)

    Applying earlier. Just be candid about your situation. There could be several reasons & commitments and there is really no harm in applying for the visa bit later than the marriage date.

    Good Luck! Tell us how it goes..welcome to the U.S…:)

  33. By Sanjeev on Dec 18, 2009 | Reply

    Hi, I have applied for B1/B2 visa but the same was refused about 5 months back(214b). The question asked were very simple and i have given the correct answer of all the questions. Now i have re-applied.
    Please suggest the tips to get through this time.

    best regards,
    Sanjeev

  34. By Suman on Dec 28, 2009 | Reply

    Hi,

    Thank you for providing the blog on the H4 Visa, which is helping many people who are applying it.
    I have a question for you regarding the SSN.
    I had travelled to US 2 years back with L1 B individual Visa i.e. before the marriage.
    Now I am going to US on H4 dependent visa.
    My question is, as I am already holding a vaild US SSN, Do I need apply for it once again after reaching US?

  35. By isha on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    hi Ridhima

    i am appreciating ur blog.

    1.My question is i hv received H4 visa. around a yr or 2 i will be in US what all activities i can do as i could not work thr, i am master in HR.
    2. if my in-laws are willing to come to US can they get H4 on my husbands H1
    thanks
    regards
    Isha

  36. By Ridhima Suri on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    Happy New Year to everyone! I am on vacation and hence, the delay in replying to your questions..:) Thanks for the good words Suman & Isha.

    Sanjeev-Please try to find out why the visa was refused in the first place. Please focus on getting the paperwork related to your company right this time. If you can get back to me with the reason for refusal, I will write more tips on this board. Thanks and good luck!

    Suman- That’s a good question. Technically the H4 visa holder does not have the SSN. I will do some research and get back to you on this. Thanks for the kind words and welcome back to the U.S…:)

    Isha-You cannot be employed on the H4 visa. Alternatively you can consider applying for other non-immigrant visas like F1 (Student) visa.

    The H1 visa holder can be accompanied my immediate family members (spouse and children) on the H4 visa. Your parents can be allowed to visit you in the United States as tourists. Later when (if) you apply for U.S. citizenship you can sponsor green cards for your parents.

  37. By rekha on Jan 8, 2010 | Reply

    hi ridhima
    happy new year u site is very helpful for all
    those who want to apply h4
    my husband was in america and he was forcing me to come to america but i was so tensed to face all the intervies frankly speaking i dont no english properly so iwas tensed to face this h4 intervies there english will be in very high flow language and i was doing mca 2year pls help me for giving suggestion

  38. By Poonam on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,
    Appreciate your blog.

    In Feb 2007 I got H4 visa stamping in the first attempt. In Nov2007,my hubby changed his job and worked in that company for 1.5 yrs before he was laid off(Feb 2009). He managed to get a another job in March, on H1. So from Feb-Mar there was delay of 1 month while he was on H1. [As per rules and as far as I know, while a person is on H1 and loses his job he has to leave the country within 10 days or so. But we stayed].The present company has given the H1 packet to my hubby.

    I have a couple of questions.
    1. Will this gap be evident when i go for the visa interview and will it affect in getting me the visa?

    2. In this condition, is it advisable to go for the interview at Mexico than India?

    Thanks very much
    Please reply ASAP

  39. By Desperate on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Hi – My wife is pestering me to go onsite but no one is wiling to file H1 for me since I am in IT but in support function…..

    If my wife applies for H1(she is a s/w programmer)can I apply for H4 based on it? will there be any issues??

    pls let me know…thanks….

    -Desperate Hubby

  40. By Anonymous on Jan 23, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Rekha,

    In my opinion it should not be a problem. However, if you are not comfortable in talking in English you can choose the translation options. I recently saw translation services for people who were not fluent in English in the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi.

    Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for the kind remarks!

    Hi Poonam,

    I strongly recommend that you should not go to Mexico for the visa stamping unless you have got your visa stamped earlier. Visa stamping should ideally take place in the country of original stamping (I am assuming India in your case).

    Is it possible to show that your husband was on the payroll (or notice period) from Feb-March in the previous company? If not, this could be a problem. Alternatively, check the expiration date on the earlier H1 and the date on the passport. If the earlier H1 also expired in Feb, it could be a glitch. If it did not, I think you should be ok. Please let us know how it goes. Good Luck!

    Hi Desperate Hubby,
    Yes, if your wife gets the H1visa, you can apply for the H4 visa. There should be no issues per se. You must be prepared to prove that you have no intentions to work in the U.S. (while on the H4 visa).

    Good Luck!

    -Ridhima

  41. By Desperate on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima – thanks for your response. Really appreciate your excellent guidance…

  42. By MJ on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    I have F2 visa stamped on my passport,
    my husband’s employer filed for his H1
    and change of status for both of us.
    and which got approved. now I want to
    visit india. my question is, can I get
    my H4 stamped, as my husband won’t be
    coming with me to India. or should I wait
    to go along with him? and also how much time will it take? Can I take appointment from here or I can only book it once I am there….I am asking because of HDFC thing.

  43. By Ridhima Suri on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Hi MJ,

    Yes, you can get an appointment before hand. Ask someone in India to pay the fee at HDFC bank first. You can go for the H4 visa stamping on your own. There is no need for your husband to go with you. Just carry the relevant documents.

    Good Luck!
    -Ridhima

  44. By mj on Jan 28, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    I have received different information from VFS – Delhi. I asked them about the H4 stamping with out H1 stamp they wrote me back –

    Quote:
    This is to inform you that an applicant can apply for a dependent visa only if —–

    1) The principal applicant already has a valid visa stamp with current petition.
    2) Applying along with the principal applicant.
    :Unquote

    Thanks

  45. By mj on Jan 28, 2010 | Reply

    Where is my previous message?
    That was important message regarding the topic.

  46. By Ridhima on Jan 28, 2010 | Reply

    MJ,

    As per your first message, I understood that your husband already has a valid visa stamp with current petition in which case you can go on your own. If your husband has not got his H1 stamped then both of you should go together. Please plan your travel together if possible.

    Thank you.

  47. By mj on Jan 29, 2010 | Reply

    Both of us have F1/F2 visa stamped, student visas
    we have approved H1/H4 petition and now I want to travel alone but in that case while coming back I would need to have my H4 stamped. That’s is where confusion is,
    I should be able to get it stamped as Change of Status has already been approved for me, from F2 to H4 but VFS Delhi doesn’t agree.
    Many people from forum says I can get, some says I cannot…I was trying to find out what is the fact. If you know anyone in similar situation , in the year of 2010.

    Thanks

  48. By Priya on Feb 1, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    I am planning to get my H4 visa stamping in a week or two. I am currently employed in a software firm. I am planning to take leave /resign before I go to US. Should I take a No Objection Letter from my current employer when I go for the interview? Or will they ask for a approved leave application form?

    Thanks in advance,

    Priya

  49. By Ridhima on Feb 2, 2010 | Reply

    MJ,

    Please follow the guidelines of VFS, New Delhi. I know a friend who changed from F1-H1 recently but your case is different. It is a good idea to go with the principal applicant (your husband).

    Thank you!

    Priya,

    Like I always suggest, the goal of the interviewing officer/consular is to ascertain that you are not planning to 1. work in the U.S.
    2. immigrate permanently to the U.S.

    All you need to do in the H4 visa interview is prove that you will not do either. As such please carry all necessary documents to make your case. They will question you about your work history and ask why you are leaving the job and going to the U.S.

    Good Luck!

  50. By saket on Feb 4, 2010 | Reply

    Hi,
    I am on H1 Visa and the Visa is valid till 31st July 2010. My wife is on H4 Visa and she is coming to U.S in March 1st week, her Visa also expires on 31st July 2010.. Can you please guide us in terms of documents she need to carry at the port of entry and will it be an issue since both of our visa’s are valid only for couple of months.. Thanks fr doing a great job..

    Saket

  51. By Ridhima on Feb 8, 2010 | Reply

    Hello Saket,

    Thank you.

    It won’t be an issue in my opinion. At the port of entry your wife can mention that she is gong for 3 months to be with her husband (you).
    She should carry copy of husbands I797 and address proof. Thats it.

    Hope this helps. Good luck folks!
    Ridhima

  52. By Priyadarshini on Feb 11, 2010 | Reply

    Hi,

    I am applying for h4 visa and the form is ds 160 and i have a quesry in that form.

    I have a sister who is married and working in USA and i have a question in the form asking that do i have any relatives in USA.

    kindly adivce me should i keep the answer as “yes” or “no”.I am really confused.

    And my sisters residence address in passport is same as mine and her surname is also same as mine will that make any problem if i say “no”?

    please help me.

  53. By Ridhima on Feb 12, 2010 | Reply

    Priyadarshini,

    Please write ‘yes’ as a reply to this question.

    Thanks!

  54. By purvi on Feb 13, 2010 | Reply

    Hi
    This is purvi.
    I completed my graduation 4yrs back and did computer courses,now i got married n i applied 4 visa at the time of interview if thy ask me what u did these 4 yrs if i tell tht i did courses will thy be pleased with this ans or should i say somthing else

  55. By Ridhima on Feb 18, 2010 | Reply

    Purvi,
    There is no harm is clearly stating the above. However, the consular may ask you what you intend to do in the U.S. Please refer to the discussion on this message board for more tips on preparing for the visa interview. Good Luck!

    -Ridhima

  56. By vinit on Feb 18, 2010 | Reply

    hi, me and my wife are applying for J1 and J2 visa next month. the problem is that we have done registered marriage and we dont have any photographs of our wedding. her passport mentions my name in spouse section. should i still worry coz i dont have the album? thanks for suggestions.

  57. By Ridhima on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Vinit,

    I am not sure if you need the wedding album for the J1/J2 visa. I would suggest that you go through the requirements section again. Album is a must for the H4 visa.

    Thank you,
    Ridhima

  58. By Mon on Feb 28, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    This is a great blog for H4 aspirants. My case is a little different – I am in the US on H1 and have started my job last week (healthcare). My husband is a pediatrician and he would like to visit in mid June for about 2 months. I would like to know if it is better to apply for a H4 or simply a visitors Visa. He has to definitely go back to India to appear for an exam.

    The other question is if he does want to come after the exam and frankly not do any work over here for say the next 6 months, after which we would move to another country what makes sense to you an H4 or a visitors.

    My concern for not applying for a visitors being that they say it would be rejected and that it would be easier to attain a H4 instead.

    Thanks fro reading through and your time.

    (P.S. – How does a guy prove that he does not intend to work – just thinking out loud??? )

  59. By Ridhima Suri on Feb 28, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Mon,
    I am not a lawyer, but based on what I have read elsewhere.

    If he wants to get a visitor visa, he has to show proof of job and/or property in India.

    In my opinion he will be able to get the H4 visa easily. He just needs to make a case in the H4 visa interview that he has no intention of working in the U.S. They will question him about his work. As long as he has not left his job in India he should be okay.

  60. By Mon on Feb 28, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    Thank you. I am at ease now. Another question though, if he does get an H1 and comes to the US and returns back in 2 months what happens of the H4 status would continue to be eligible, does he have to go through the interview process again and what about the I94?
    Thank you in advance.

  61. By Ridhima on Feb 28, 2010 | Reply

    Mon,

    Yes. He will have to go through the interview process if he applies for the H1 visa. His H4 will no longer be valid once he gets the H1 visa.

    Hope this helps.
    Good luck folks!

    Ridhima

  62. By Mon on Mar 1, 2010 | Reply

    Thank you Ridhima.

  63. By setu on Mar 2, 2010 | Reply

    Hello Ridhima,

    You have been a great help to many confused souls.I am joining the clan and need your assistance too:) regarding my H4 Visa Issuance.Posting my queries below.
    1.I am a domicile resident of Assam but stayed in NCR for eleven years for higher education and then work.I got engaged in Nov 2009 and resigned and came back home last Dec.Will my Consulate for Visa interview be Kolkata or Delhi since my Fiancé’s Consulate is Delhi since he belongs to Dehradun and works on H1 B in the US?
    2.I have my graduation marksheet but not the degree(never needed it) and now since I am in Assam, I cant at the moment get it nor do I plan to study or work in future.Will my graduation marksheet be enough as an evidence along with my other educational certificates?
    3.Since I am no longer employed,is it mandatory to carry my past experience certificates in case I am asked to present them?
    Would really appreciate your help in answering my queries.

    Regards,
    Setu.

  64. By setu on Mar 2, 2010 | Reply

    Hello Ridhima,

    Continuing to write further to my earlier post…I am getting married on the 15th May this year and want to leave for the US with my husband then and wan to make sure I am well prepared.

  65. By Ridhima on Mar 2, 2010 | Reply

    IANAL

    Hello Setu,

    Thank you for the kind words.

    1. You will need to give the interview in New Delhi. The place of interview depends on the the current address of applicant. After marriage you can use your husband’s address (Dehradun/Delhi)

    2. Please get a provisional degree. Otherwise explain to the consular why you do not have the degree. Degrees are usually not issued for many years after graduation. As such a provisional certificate is good enough, unless otherwise specified.

    3.It is better to carry the experience certificates. Make a case that you do not intend to work on the H4 visa in United States.

    4. Pay the application fee & service charge at the designated HDFC bank,schedule an appointment on the VFS website, fill out the DS-160 form, print your appointment letter & DS 160 barcode, and bring important documents for the interview. I think you should be all set!

    Good luck folks!
    Ridhima

    IANAL

  66. By sammy on Mar 2, 2010 | Reply

    hi ridhima,

    i am in australia,and i am a citizen now. i got married recently, and my wife is working in US, and i am currently working as a part time, and i cannot produce any payslips for at my work . will that be a problem for getting h4 visa in the interview.

  67. By Ridhima Suri on Mar 2, 2010 | Reply

    Sammy,

    I am not a lawyer but from what I have learnt elsewhere, it should not be a problem for the H4 visa. Make your case to the consular and try to get an experience letter if possible.

    Good luck!
    -Ridhima

  68. By sammy on Mar 2, 2010 | Reply

    hi Ridhima

    Really appreciate your quick response.

    But one more query, will they ask about any tax returns,bcoz i cannot provide them as well.I am bit worried about if they ask . where as i have all the other documents required from my wife.

    need help on this.

    thanks a lot

  69. By Ridhima Suri on Mar 3, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Sammy,

    IANAL. I am not worried about the payslips. However, you may be questioned about your citizenship.

    If you have all the documents required of your spouse (on the H1 visa) you should be fine. As it is, you have to make a case that you have no intention of working in the U.S. on the dependent visa (H4).
    Hope this helps. Good Luck folks!

  70. By setu on Mar 3, 2010 | Reply

    Thanks Ridhima for the response.Much appreciated at the quick response and the patience with which you handle things.I do have my marksheet which I have been using for facing all the job interviews.Will that be sufficient enough?I am also not working since Dec 2009 as mentioned earlier.Can that be used to say that I am not interested to work further.

    Thanks

  71. By Ridhima on Mar 3, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Setu
    provisional degrees suffice in absence of original degrees. However, you canjust carry your marksheets. There is a chance noone will even ask you for any of these.

    Tell the officer that you understand that you cannot work on the h4 visa and you have no intention of doing so.

    Good luck!

  72. By Irina on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Hi,

    My to be husband is in USA and hasnt got the address on his passport changed to the current new address where his parents live in Mumbai. His Ration card of mumbai has the current new address.. If our wedding certificate has his new address and when i take his passport for my visa stamping it has his old address on it will it be a problem?

    What should I do ? please guide me!

    Thanks

  73. By Ridhima Suri on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Hi there,

    No it should not be a problem. I was in a similar situation. I had no problem at all. People move to different houses all the time.

    I think you should be fine.

    Ridhima

    IANAL

  74. By Suman on Mar 12, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    Have a query regarding H4 dependent interview,

    I came across a H4 dependent expected question like
    How will you spend time there when you are not working?
    Please suggest me a best answer\ suggestion for this question.

  75. By Ridhima Suri on Mar 12, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Suman,

    If you understand that the H4 visa holder is a dependent visa and is not allowed to work, you will get an answer yourself…:-)

    Assure the officer that you fully understand the implications of being on the H4 visa and do not intend to work while on the visa. I think you should be fine.

    Feel free to ask any other questions. For more information, browse the comments log on ‘H4 Related Posts’.

    Good Luck!
    -Ridhima

  76. By Sweety on Mar 22, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    You are a lifesaver.Ur site is really helpful for all those who want to apply for H4 visa,

    I am getting married on May 22nd and my fiancee is a H1B visa holder and working in
    Valero in Texas.

    Actually I am working for a US company Convergys in Hyderabad as Software engineer.I have 4 yrs of experience in this company and now I have resigned and I want to fly along with my husband desperately though I am not eligible to work as H4.

    My question is:

    1.Should I have to carry my experience letter,payslips and other documents related to my job along with my Fiancee’s?

    I am confused between these documents of my own job and my fiancee’s.

    Waiting eagerly for your Response.

  77. By Ridhima Suri on Mar 22, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Sweety,

    Congratulations!

    To be safe you should carry all the documents. However, it is most likely that you will be asked about your husband’s visa documents and employment related forms. You will be asked about your work history and intention to work in the U.S.

    Since you are applying for the H4 visa, make it clear to the consular that you do not intend to work on the visa and have an understanding of rules that apply on the H4 visa holder.

    Hope this helps.

    Good Luck folks!

  78. By Sweety on Mar 22, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    Thanks a lot for your quick response.
    I will keep coming up with the questions if any as the date approaches :-)

    Once again Thanks a lot.

  79. By Ridhima Suri on Mar 22, 2010 | Reply

    Sure Sweety! You are most welcome.

    Good luck!
    -Ridhima

  80. By Neeraj on Mar 30, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,
    I have a question regarding H4 extension for my wife. My first 3 yrs on H1 and hers on H4 finished in Jan 2010 and I got them extended in the US (both have I797 extending it upto 2013). Now my wife is going back to India and I am not, so my passport visa stamp still shows Jan 2010 even though my 797 shows 2013. My question is can she get her passport stamped by showing both our I797′s, or does my passport needs to have the new visa stamp first ?
    Thanks,
    Neeraj

  81. By Ridhima Suri on Mar 30, 2010 | Reply

    IANAL

    Hi Neeraj,

    Yes she can get her passport stamped my showing your I797 extension. She should also carry copies of your passport (principal applicant) and other relevant documents. Your passport does not have to be stamped before hers.

    Good luck folks!
    Thank you,
    Ridhima

    IANAL

  82. By Priya on Apr 18, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,
    I m getting married in May and my fiancee is in US with H1B. I plan to go for H4 stamping a week after marriage. So when I fill the DS 160 form I would put my status as married even though i would be submitting the form before marriage ?? Your reply is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    Regds,
    Priya

  83. By Ridhima on Apr 18, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Priya,

    Congratulations! Please fill the status as ‘married’.

    Good luck.
    Ridhima

  84. By Priya on Apr 19, 2010 | Reply

    Thanks for your quick reply. You re awesome :) )

  85. By Ridhima on Apr 20, 2010 | Reply

    Thanks Priya…:) feel free to ask if you have any other doubts..good luck!

  86. By Peter J Johnmariadoss on May 3, 2010 | Reply

    I have some questions in filling the DS1650 form, Right now my fiance is single but the at the time of interview we would have got married so what should my fiance fill on the column asked for “whether she is single or married”? Please advice

  87. By Shruti on May 4, 2010 | Reply

    Hi,

    Ur blog is really helpful. Should say commendable work.
    Actually my passport has my maiden name at present. My marriage is in Nov end and we plan to fly to US in Dec 2nd week. So
    1.I am little worried as my passport surname name and Marriage certificate name will not match. So can this cause any prob in the interview? My fiance is on H1-B visa and i will be going on H4.
    2. Also now i have resigned but i was working as a s/w engg before, so can my job profile create any problem?

    Thanks in advance

  88. By Ridhima on May 4, 2010 | Reply

    Hello Shruti,

    Thanks for the good words! Congratulations!!
    I am not a lawyer but I will try to answer your questions to the best of my knowledge.

    1. I did not change my maiden name in the passport as it was taking way too long and I would have had to travel separately. My passport was also issued before my marriage (like your case). Hope my case gives you a better perspective. It is better to put your maiden name in the marriage certificate as well. It should not be a problem.

    2. About your old job, you should firmly state that you do not wish to work in the U.S. whilst on the H4 visa. It should not be a problem.

    Let me know if you have any other questions. Have fun!
    Thanks,
    Ridhima

  89. By bns on May 10, 2010 | Reply

    My husband came to USA on F1 visa in 2008 and joined him on F2 as his dependent.
    I have F2 visa stamped on my passport.
    His employer filed for H1B for him and H4 for me, we have got approval for the same and the status change applied from 1st Oct 2009. I want go to India for about 8 weeks but my husband does not wish to travel this year. I understand that I cannot re enter USA without H4 stamp on my passport.
    My question is:
    A: Is it possible to get the H4 stamping done on my own? That is without the principle applicant’s H1B stamped on the passport? (On the basis of approved petition and all the necessary documents)
    B: After the status change my husband converted his MBA to part time as we now live in NJ and his school is in CA. He is still continuing his Master’s, will this affect my stamping?

  90. By Ridhima on May 10, 2010 | Reply

    Hello Bns,

    Thanks for the query.

    1. Yes it is possible to get the H4 stamped without the principal applicant. I did this and there was no problem. You must however have all the necessary documents with you.

    2. The change of your husband’s Masters plan is not likely to affect the stamping process so long as you have all the paperwork with you.

    Good luck!

    Ridhima

    IANAL

  91. By Sonam on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    Hi
    My husband is working on H1b from the past 2 years.I want to apply for H4. We got married on 8th Feb 2010. My parents did not agree for the marriage but my husbands parents were ready. We did a marriage on a very small scale without my parents consensus and so we did not call a photographer; and i don’t have the photos. But later when my parents got to know about my marriage they agreed and then we got our marriage registered. On the same day we did a small gathering with friends and family. I have the photographs of that function.Will those photos work? If not then what shall i do?
    I have all the other documents.

    Moreover my husband’s Parents are in Mumbai,,but currently i am working in Delhi and so i am not staying in Mumbai with my in-laws. I wanted to complete my 1 year of Work experience before i go to America.So that later when i and my husband come back to Indai,,i can make use of 1 year experience that i have.I have no intentions of Working in America.
    Will this Situation be a Concern for them?

    Please let me know asap.

  92. By Ridhima Suri on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    Hello Sonam,
    please carry the photos of the second event. Was there any invitation card for this event? That can be very useful. Photos of the marriage are very important but you can make a case by specifying the circumstances of your wedding. Carry all other paperwork.

    About your job- it should not matter. As mentioned elsewhere on the comments section, you must firmly state that you have no intention of working on the H4 visa. I think you should be fine….:-)

    correct paperwork+confidence+honest interviewing skill=h4 visa for you…:)

    Please let me know if you have any other questions.

  93. By Ridhima Suri on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    hi Ridhima

    no there was no invitation card for that event.plus i was also dressed up in a saree ; and as my in-laws did not bound me to put sindoor n all,,,so i did not.
    I have all other documents with me.I even have my Husband’s Sirname in my passport.Everything else is in order; its just the wedding pics and that too because of the circumstances under which i got married.
    Moreover both of our parents are planning to do the wedding once again for the Society. He is the only child of his parents and because of all the problems we had; his parents cudnt fulfill their desire for his marriage.
    Its the same with my parents.

    If we go for this 2nd time marriage the i will have the photographs; but then i am worried if this 2nd marriage would complicate things???

    Please help me how should i go about it.

  94. By Ridhima Suri on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    Dear Sonam,

    Please do not worry so much. People do this all the time. First they get a registered marriage and then they throw a big wedding party. There is nothing unusual about it…:)

    I can understand that the circumstances of your wedding were a bit unusual but you have to worry about 2 things:

    1. Marriage certificate dated x date.

    2. Photos of event on y date.

    It will not make too much of difference if you were not wearing sindoor and a fancy dress for the first event. You may, however, have to explain the officer if he asks why the celebration is so simple.

    Overall, there is no second wedding here. Its just a celebration of the actual marriage that took place before. Click lot of pictures of this event as well and tell the officer the case ‘as-is’. You can say that you were waiting for a specific date to throw the party.

    I think you should be fine.

    Please let me know if you have any other questions.

    Good luck!
    Ridhima

  95. By Sonam Malhotra on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    Thank you so much Ridhima.

    If i tell them my case and show them the photographs for the evening gathering we had, will that be fine?

    As my Husband will be coming to India in November for a week,then we are planning to do the celebration. So before that i will not have the celebration’s photographs. And because he has very less time in November,i do not want to delay the Visa Stamping till that time because i have no idea how long will the Stamping procedure take.Moreover i want to go with him as i have never been to States before.

    What will you suggest.

    Please let me know.

  96. By Ridhima Suri on May 22, 2010 | Reply

    IANAL

    Sonam,

    If you carry all legitimate evidence of the marriage including the marriage certificate, the name change, and the event gathering photos, you should be fine. If someone questions you, please state the circumstances of your wedding.

    I do understand your anxiety and hope all goes well.

    Please send us an update about the interview. Hope you get the visa soon.

    Good luck!
    Ridhima

  97. By Pooja on May 22, 2010 | Reply

    Hi

    I donot have Rituals photos (Such as Pheras and Sindoor)as we had a Social Marriage.
    I have the photos of a gathering party. I have all the other Documents.
    Will that be fine?
    Please help.

  98. By Ridhima Suri on May 22, 2010 | Reply

    IANAL

    Hello Pooja,

    I think you should be fine.

    Please carry the photos of the social marriage. Was there any invitation card for this event? That can be very useful as well.

    Please let me know if you have any other questions.

    Good luck!
    Ridhima

  99. By Siva on Jun 2, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima, I went thru this website. You are very much helpful in answering the H4 visa questions. Thank you.

    I am working with an IT company in India and my wife is working in US (H1b) for last 1.5 yers. This year i also applied for H1 thru another employer. As it takes longer time (October), Now I am planning to apply for H4 visa. They might ask why the delay of 1.5 yrs. Can i answer this like i couldn?t travel before as i was stuck with a critical project to be delivered Or any other best answer can i give.. Are there any chances of asking about my H1b application? How can i answer that. Also please let me know if any other probable questions in my case. Please help me.

  100. By Harika on Jun 9, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    Thank you for providing valuable information on H4 visa.

    My husband is a H1 holder working in US. I am only planning to block/buy the ticket after I get the visa. So, what should be the answer for below questions which you have posted.

    # How long do you intend to stay in the US ?
    # Do you intend to come back to India?
    # Do you have a copy of your itinerary?

    Thanks,

  101. By Ridhima on Jun 9, 2010 | Reply

    IANAL

    Hello Harika,

    I answered these questions as follows:

    # I intend to stay in the U.S. till my visa expires. If my husband gets another project in India, we may plan to move sooner.

    #Yes, of course!

    # Yes I do (Harika, I had already booked my tickets in advance and showed my itinerary). If you do not have one, just tell the Consular that you intend to take the visa first and then make travel plans.

    Hope this helps.
    Thank you,
    Ridhima

    IANAL

  102. By Sonia on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    I got engaged with my husband on Jan 11 this year and did a registered marriage with Registrar of Hindu Marriage on 13th Jan. I have the Marriage certificate. We plan to do the social marriage in Nov this year. I want to apply and get her the H4 VISA before marriage which is why we got married in front of the registrar after engagement. i have my Husband’s name on my Passport. We have tons of good engagement photographs(ring ceremony) and albums, but since it was an engagement – there are no photos of rituals, sindur, pheras etc.

    Is it okay if my wife goes for the H4 Interview with marriage certificate and engagement albums and photos. What should be the answer if the interviewer points out that where are the rituals photo. Should we say we are married legally and plan to do social marriage in Nov. or do not mention about it?

  103. By Ridhima Suri on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    IANAL
    Dear Sonia,

    I don’t think there should be a problem. Your case is quite similar to Sonam’s query discussed on this message board (please scroll up).

    Was there an invitation to the event? Carry all the photos plus the marriage certificate. If there are any photos of the registered marriage, they will add credibility to your situation..:)

    Hope this helps. Drop me a question if you have a doubt.

    Good luck!
    Ridhima

  104. By Sonam on Jun 18, 2010 | Reply

    hey Rhidhima
    I am writing it to you because your website was a real help to me the time when i was totally messed up.
    I am really happy to inform you that i got the Visa.

    It was a cake walk for me.They just asked me about my qualifications, job profile, and my husband’s designation and when did i meet him.
    And thats it….
    Thanks for your support. You were a great help.

    Sonam

  105. By Sonam on Jun 18, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Rhidhma

    i m really happy to inform you that i got the visa.

    Ur website was a great help to me.
    The interview was a cake walk for me.they just asked me about my job profile, my qualification,my husband’s designation and how did i meet him.

    That’s it…… No Documents and nothing…

    Thanks for your support.
    Sonam

  106. By Ridhima Suri on Jun 18, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Sonam,

    This is excellent news!! Congratulations. Safe travel to the U.S.

    Feel free to drop a question related to travel to U.S., life in U.S. etc.

    Always happy to help!

    Thanks for the follow up message. It will be very helpful for many other H4 visa applicants.

    Best,
    Ridhima

  107. By Sonam on Jun 18, 2010 | Reply

    hi ridhima

    i got the visa.the interview was a cake walk for me.

    thanks for your support

    sonam

  108. By Ridhima Suri on Jun 18, 2010 | Reply

    Wow Sonam! Excellent…clearly you are very happy! Thanks for the messages..:-)

  109. By malathi on Jun 29, 2010 | Reply

    HI Ridhima,

    2 years back on H4 i went to US after that i got h1 , as my daughter was in india with my parents i came to india , now again i am going for h4 visa with my daughter , can you please tell me probably what type of questions i may face.

    malathi

  110. By Ridhima Suri on Jun 29, 2010 | Reply

    Dear Malathi,

    As discussed on this comments board, the probable line of questioning would be pretty much the same as your first interview.

    However, the visa officer will certainly be interested to know YOUR INTENT of working in the U.S. after you get here, especially since you have converted your H4 to H1 previously.

    Be sure to answer that you do not intend to work in the US and would simply like to accompany your spouse on the dependent visa (H4) and take care of your baby daughter.

    Let us know how it goes!

    Thank you,
    Ridhima

  111. By Malathi on Jul 3, 2010 | Reply

    HI Ridhima,

    Thanks for u’r response , I got visa …
    they haven’t asked about my status,But
    i had to face lot of questions about my husband’s job status like…
    1) why my husband has changed his employer .
    2) when did he change .
    3) how much he is earning.
    4) His bank statements & Tax Returns statements.
    5) why i am staying for such long period in India Like this.
    So my suggestion is if u’r husband has changed his employer u may encounter questions regarding his previous employer.

    plz carry Rs 3000 – 5000/- money with u ( generally we won’t carry our handbags into consulate) ,
    due to some new changes for H4 visa we have to pay 912 rupees as extra fee , i have seen lot of people coming out for this reason.

    These are my experiences ….
    Thanks
    Malathi

  112. By Ridhima Suri on Jul 4, 2010 | Reply

    Congratulations Malathi! Thanks a lot for sharing your interview details here. People will find it very useful..:)

    If you have any questions about travel to the U.S. and life on the H4 visa, feel free to post here.

    Best,
    Ridhima

  113. By Suma on Jul 5, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    I red your blog it is very useful for H4 stamping ppl.
    I have couple of doubts could you pls help me in clarifying these.

    my husband is in USA he went in the month of Dec 2009.Since i am working and i have a 2 yrs kid i didn’t go along with him.Now his work got exended for another 6 months so now i have to go and join him along with my kid.

    My questin is if Interviewer asks me
    i)Why u r applying for dependent visa seperately?
    ii) why you want to go now?

    what should i answer for these questions?

    and do i need to crry my Experience letter?

    regards,
    Suma

  114. By harvinder on Jul 8, 2010 | Reply

    Hello Riddima Please tell me about the H4 visa and please tell me about the all type of visa’s. please u send it on my email acount. I have read your talkings with different different persons over the Visas so please guide me also . Thanking you

    Regards
    H.Kumar

  115. By Ridhima Suri on Jul 15, 2010 | Reply

    Hello H. Kumar,

    Thanks for the note. It would be great if you can write a specific question..:) What kind of guidance are you looking for?

    Thanks,
    Ridhima

  116. By EJ on Jul 15, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    I had a question for you. I was on h1 visa for 5 years. I recently became h4 visa and my wife is on h1 visa valid till July 2012.

    I am planning to go to india in Aug 2010 to visit my parents.

    my wife never travelled to india in the recent years.

    Her H1 is not stamped on her passport. But the I 797 approval notice of H1 is present.

    I also asked 5 lawyers and they said us consulate in india is the best place to ask this question and they felt it is ok to go for stamping of my H4 even though my wife h1 is not stamped in the her passport.

    Can you kindly let me know from yours and your freinds experiences if the consular officers in india consulate are asking for h1 stamp requirement and are rejecting h4s if they do not have their hubby or wife H1 stamp in their respective passports?

  117. By Ridhima on Jul 15, 2010 | Reply

    EJ,

    Yes you can get your H4 stamped. All you need is your wife’s (the principal H1 visa holder) I797 and other relevant documents.

    Let me know if you have another question. Please share the outcome of your interview and I hope you get the stamping done without a problem.

    Good luck !
    Ridhima

  118. By EJ on Jul 16, 2010 | Reply

    Thank You Ridhima,

    I will let you know how the interview went.

    I am checking with immigration lawyer one more time and then would be planning the trip to india.

    Thanks,

  119. By Rajeev on Jul 19, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    Thanks for the blog its very helpful. I’m engaged and my fiancee is applying for passport is it okay if she carries her maiden name in the passport and then in the marriage certificate or if she just makes her passport with her first name only. Secondly, while filling the D158 form on her behalf should I say that she’s married because at point we are not married and well get married in Nov. and immediately she’ll go for the interview. If you can email me the answers it will be highly appreciated.

  120. By sheena on Aug 4, 2010 | Reply

    hi ridhima plz tell me about dependent visa? my husband had done MBA from US and got a gud job there,we got married last year in delhi,and after few days he went back to US but due to recession he can’t able to find job, but now he is working and applied for his work visa but visa will be applicable from october.

    Currently he’s on his student visa and i am applying on the same .Please help me how should i go about it.

    thanks

  121. By Ridhima on Aug 5, 2010 | Reply

    Hello Sheena,

    Thanks for the note. Do you have a question about how to apply for the F2/H4 visa or how to prepare for the visa interview or both? :)

    Please note that both H-4 and F-2 visa-holders are prohibited from any form of compensated employment. That means you cannot work on these visa types.

    Please let me know if you have a specific question. It would be helpful to read about the experiences of others on this message board as well.

    Thank you,
    Ridhima

  122. By PRD on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Riddhima
    For quite some time am going through your blogs. I appreciate the patience you have while handling each and every queries and the confidence which you have provided through your solutions to all the readers.
    Well, am going to apply for H4 visa and planning to take dates sometime around last week of august. The concerns which I have are:
    1. I am from Assam, but my passport is from Ahmedabad, my husband’s passport is from also from Assam. We registered our marriage in Bangalore Karnataka. My husband has taken his Visa interview in Kolkata. And am also planning to take my interview in Kolkata. Did there any chance of asking so much of differences as, that passport from Ahmedabad, marriage certificate from Bangalore and giving interview in Kolkata?
    2. Second presently am working in Bangalore not yet resigned as I would be appearing from interview this month last, how should I present myself for question if any they ask me for my current job?

    Expecting your suggestions
    Thanks Regards

  123. By Ridhima Suri on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Hello PRD,

    Thank you for the nice remarks.

    1. Do you live in Kolkatta? You will need to give the interview at Kolkatta if you are currently living there. The place of interview usually depends on the the current address of principal applicant (you). It does not matter if the certificate was issued in Bangalore. Let me give you an example. Lets say that XYZ belongs to Punjab, lives in Rajasthan has a passport issued from Jaipur, marries to someone who belongs to Delhi. The marriage takes place in Simla. XYZ gives the interview at New Delhi Consulate irrespective of where the marriage took place. Do you get the picture? You have not mentioned where you live currently. Bangalore or Kolkatta?If you live in Bangalore you should go to Chennai Consulate.

    2. It is most likely that this question will be asked. Just say that you are quitting your current job to be with your husband in the U.S. and have no intention to work there. You can also add that you intend to quit the job as soon as you get the visa.

    Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any follow up questions.

    Good luck! Tell us how the interview goes.

    -Ridhima

  124. By sheena on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    hi sheena, thanx for your reply, plz tell me how to prepare for the visa interview ( H2$ F4) waiting for ur reply.

    thanks

  125. By sheena on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    hi ridhima, thanx for your reply, plz tell me how to prepare for the visa interview ( H2$ F4) waiting for ur reply.

  126. By Ridhima on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Dear Sheena,

    1.As a first step please read my post about documents needed for H4 (dependent) visa: http://blog.dslamba.net/2009/03/27/documents-needed-for-the-h4-visainterview/

    You will have a separate (but similar) list of documents needed for F2 (dependent of student) visa. Please follow that if you are applying for the F2 visa.

    2. I have listed questions that are typically asked during H4 visa interviews. You can browse through the post here : http://blog.dslamba.net/2009/04/23/h4-visa-interview-questions/

    3. Finally please read my post on tips for H4 visa interview. Link http://blog.dslamba.net/2010/01/24/tips-for-h4-visa-interview/
    This will give you and idea of what to expect.

    These posts are based on my experiences. Your actual interview may differ.

    Let me know if you still have any questions. As a follow up, it would be great if you can share your H4/F2 visa interview experience with all of us on this message board.

    Thank you,
    Ridhima

  127. By PRD on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Hello Riddhima
    Thanks for attending the query,
    sorry for not providing you the details, presently am working in Bangalore(for last 6 month),but we belong to Assam.I would be quitting my job as soon as i get the Visa and before leaving to US.As my husband has given his Visa interview in Kolkatta, and my details of his wife is there in the records of embasy office, so we were taking it as positive point.
    Do let me know your views.
    Kindly give me some quick tips for my preparation while filing/dressing/talking to interviewer etc.

    Thanks & Regards

    PRD

  128. By Anoop on Aug 7, 2010 | Reply

    Hi – This is a wonderful site with very useful information. Thanks.

    I had a question. My wife and I were in the US for the last 5 years and although we had approved H1 (I797) and H4 papers, we never went back for a new stamping of the VISA. My visa (and hers) expired on April 2006. I recently had my H1 approved while I was in the US and my wife was in India visiting (since Dec 2009).

    Would her VISA be considered as a renewal or a new visa? There is a question in the VFS that asks if this visa that is being applied for is one that expired in the last 12 months. I was uncertain what to answer for it, can you please help?

    -Anoop

  129. By Ridhima on Aug 7, 2010 | Reply

    Hello Anoop

    Thank you for the kind words.

    It’s a new visa as the stamp expired more than 12 months.

    Thanks,
    Ridhima

  130. By Anoop on Aug 7, 2010 | Reply

    Thanks Ridhima for _such_ a quick response.

    I wanted to provide one more information: We applied for my wife’s in May 2009 and it was set to expire in December 19, 2009. I was thinking the H4 visa applied from the US was a Visa that expired less than 12 months ago.

    Thanks very very much.

  131. By PRD on Aug 7, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Riddhima
    Greetings,
    Am waiting for your reply
    Regards
    PRD

  132. By Ridhima on Aug 8, 2010 | Reply

    @ Anoop : It’s the expiry of the visa stamp on the passport and not the extension of the visa while in the US. Hope this helps!

    @ PRD :In my opinion you have to give the interview in Chennai.

    The VFS website reads “you must appear for your visa interview at the Visa Section that has jurisdiction over the Consular District where you have been resident for the last six months. If you have permanently moved location in the last six months, and are not on a temporary transfer, you should apply at the Visa Section covering your present residence. For information on Consular Districts, please refer to the section on Consular districts on this website”. Please read this link for more information : https://www.vfs-usa.co.in/USIndia/consulardistrictslocation.html

    So it does not matter where your husband applied. As far as the documents are concerned, it is a centralized database. All the Consulates have access to it..:)

    I have listed questions that are typically asked during H4 visa interviews. You can browse through the post here : http://blog.dslamba.net/2009/04/23/h4-visa-interview-questions/

    You may also read my post on tips for H4 visa interview. Link http://blog.dslamba.net/2010/01/24/tips-for-h4-visa-interview/
    This will give you an idea of what to expect.

    These posts are based on my experiences. Your actual interview may differ. Dress appropriately and carry all the paperwork. Good Luck!

    Best,
    Ridhima

    IANAL

  133. By Anoop on Aug 8, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima – thank you very much for your response. :-)

    Much appreciated,
    Anoop

  134. By mohan on Aug 8, 2010 | Reply

    Hi,
    I need your help
    My wife’s H4 visa has been kept on hold, asked more documents.
    In our situation, I got my H1B visa stamp on June 2009. And I came in USA in June 2010. Just 2 months back. They have asked so many questions to my wife regarding my travel date and Visa stamping date and others…
    They were asking to my wife like your husband got visa in June 2009 and he went to USA after 1 year, why? What he was doing before that? (I was working in another company) she said the same to them. How long he has been working for current company (H1B sponsor)?? And my wife told them Just 2 months and before that he was working for another company.
    But they were not satisfied with answer given my wife and then asked same questions again and again. Then finally they have given blue colour form and demanded some documents like entire project description currently working, Bank statement and paystubs for period 2010 (But I only have two pay stubs, not bank statement because I just now came in US) and federal tax return for year 2009 (I don’t have and it is not possible to produce because just 2 months back I came)

    Please tell us what to do? Should we contact to any lawyer?

  135. By sheena on Aug 8, 2010 | Reply

    hi ridhima
    i got married in april 2009 and my hubby went back after 8 days b’coz he was doing mba from US, he has completed his mba in May last year but he never returned back after our marriage ( from april 2009)due to recession he did unpaid internship . He just got hired now in june’10 and applied for his H1b which would be applicable from october’10, and his F1 is applicable till sept’10. end.

    Now i applied for F2 visa and have all required documents like his offer letter,his pay stubs, i-20 and receipt of H1B . Plz tell me ” if officer asks why did you not come for visa earlier, what should be the explanatory answer?” and is it possible to change my status from F2 to H4 IN US. plz help me

    thanks

  136. By Anoop on Aug 8, 2010 | Reply

    @sheena: I was in a similar situation. I converted from F1 to H1 and my wife was ready to get her F2. But the lawyer advised the F2 would unnecessarily complicate things. The lawyer suggested that we wait just a bit more for applying for H4.

    So in your case if you have not already got your F2 visa, you are better off applying for H4. Also AFAIK you cannot convert from F2 to H4 in the US. You will have to exit the country and then come back with a new H4 visa.

    Anoop
    IANAL

  137. By Ridhima on Aug 9, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Mohan,

    Thanks for the question.

    Your case is a little complicated. Please talk to your company lawyer.

    Please find time to post your experience here so that other people can also benefit from it.

    I hope your wife can join you here soon.
    Good luck!
    Ridhima
    IANAL

  138. By Ridhima on Aug 9, 2010 | Reply

    Dear Sheena,

    I agree with Anoop’s advise. If you have waited this long it would not hurt to postpone the process by a couple of months.

    However, if you have the F2 interview date right around the corner, here is what you should expect assuming you get the visa.

    1. Come to US on the F2 visa.
    2. Stay on the F2 status until your husband gets his H1B.
    3. To get the H4 visa you will have to go back to India and redo the application & interview process for H4 visa.

    So until now and October, you will save 2 ticket fares,two application processing fees & a lot of time & energy if you wait to get the H4 visa..:)

    Do keep us posted on how it goes.

    Hope this helps.

    Good luck!
    Ridhima

    IANAL

  139. By shivani on Aug 13, 2010 | Reply

    HI…
    MY HUSBAND IS WORKING ON H1 VISA AND I M PLANNING TO APPLY FOR H4 VISA VERY SOON.. I WANT TO ASK FEW QUESTIONS..

    (1) I HAVE MY PATERNAL NAME AND SURNAME IN MY PASSPORT AND I HAVENT CHANGED IT YET. SO WOULD IT CREAT ANY PROBLEM? WHAT NAME SHOULD I SAY WHEN MY NAME IS ASKED? THE ONE WITH MY FATHER’S NAME AND SURNAME OR WITH MY HUSBAND’S NAME AND SURNAME? I HAVE ALL MY DOCUMENTS WITH MY MAIDEN NAME ONLY.

    (2) I AM 24 AND I HAVENT FILED ANY TAX RETURNS. I STUDIED IN MASTERS DEGREE TILL NOW AND THE ONLY SOURCE OF INCOME WAS MY STYPEND. NOW IF THEY ASK FOR MY PASSBOOK , INCOMETAX RETURNS OR PAY SLIPS THEN WHAT SHOULD BE MY ANSWER?

    YOUR TIMELY REPLY WILL BE OF GREAT HELP.
    THANKS.
    SHIVANI.

  140. By Ridhima Suri on Aug 14, 2010 | Reply

    Hello Shivani,
    Thanks for the question.

    1) You can choose to keep your maiden name after the wedding. Please say your name with father’s name (the one on your passport/visa application) during the interview. It’s perfectly fine to have a different last name from your husband. It will not be a problem.
    2) I am not sure if they would ask for your payslips. Please state your case as you have described here. You have to carry your husband’s payslips in the H4 visa interview.

    I hope this helps you.
    Good luck!
    Ridhima

    IANAL

  141. By shivani on Aug 15, 2010 | Reply

    Hi.. Ridhima..
    Thank you so much for your guidance . It’s of a great help to me. :)
    Thanks!

  142. By PRD on Aug 23, 2010 | Reply

    Hello Ridhima,
    I have an query i got married on 25th may, my husband has got his stamping on 23 june(as he has few days towards his vacation and our marriage certificate also took some time)
    my query is if they ask me:-
    “Why did you not leave with your spouse or why are you coming today for visa when you got married on so and so date?”

    What should be appropriate and good answer.

    Thanks & Regards
    PRD

  143. By Ridhima on Aug 23, 2010 | Reply

    Dear PRD,

    There is really no rule that says that you have to travel immediately after the marriage. Many people have a gap between the date of marriage and the date of H4 visa application.

    If asked you can tell the officer what you have written above. You can explain that you applied as soon as you got the marriage certificate.

    This should not be a problem if you have all your paperwork in place.

    Good luck!
    Ridhima

  144. By PRD on Aug 30, 2010 | Reply

    Hello Riddhima
    Thanks a lot for your blog, and just wanted to share that i got the visa.They asked me couple of qestions but i could answer them well.
    qestions for your references were(all questions were common as we discussed in blog, uncommon question they askeed were):-
    my work phone number?my home phone no?my job profile?have i put resignation?
    hope this will help other members
    Thanks once again, keep the good work doing.
    Regards
    PRD

  145. By Ridhima on Aug 31, 2010 | Reply

    That’s awesome PRD!! Congratulations and thanks for posting the questions. Am sure these will be useful to many..:)

    Good luck and welcome to the U.S.

    Best,
    Ridhima

  146. By PRD on Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Riddhima
    Hello once again
    I need ur suggestion further for going in US and staying there, as i would be there as full time housewife.
    Thanks
    PRD

  147. By shivani on Sep 7, 2010 | Reply

    HI RIDHIMA
    I HAVE A FEW MORE QUESTIONS;
    1) MY HUSBAND WENT FOR VISA STAMPING AND THEY PUT HIM ON HOLD FOR FURTHER DOCUMENTS AND SO FAR ITS 2 AND HALF MONTHS AFTER SUBMITTING ALL THE REQUIRED DOCS AND THEY HAVE STILL KEPT IT ON HOLD ONLY SAYING THAT ITS UNDER DESK REVIEW.
    DO YOU HAVE ANY RESOURCES OR IDEA REGARDING HOW THIS “ADMINISTERATIVE PROCESS” WORKS ??
    2) IS IT POSSIBLE THAT I CAN GO FOR A H4 VISA INTERVIEW EVEN IF HIS STAMPING IS STILL TO COME ?
    3) ALSO IF YOU CAN GUIDE ME IF HE CAN WITHDRAW HIS STAMPING CASE FORM THE CURRENT( NEW DELHI)EMBASSY AND APPLY TO A NEW EMBASSY( MUMBAI)??
    pLEASE GUIDE ME AS OUR GOING TO USA IS GETTING STRETCHED LIKE A GUM.;-/
    ALSO IF YOU CAN GUIDE ME TO SOME OTHER BLOG WHO GIVES GENUINE ADVICE REGARDING H1 JUST LIKE YOUR FOR H4, IT WOULD BE REALLY GREAT FOR US.
    I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR BLOG AND IT HAS HELPED A LOT TO ME TO PREPARE FOR THE INTERVIEW.
    THANKS
    SHIVANI

  148. By Ridhima Suri on Sep 7, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Shivani,

    Thank you for the kind words.

    Shivani you cannot apply for the H4 visa with a pending H1 application. I think you will just have to wait out until you hear back from them.

    It’s a centralized database system and you cannot withdraw your application per se and apply elsewhere.

    I am sure your husband will get the H1 soon. Just be patient with the process…:)

    Thank you,
    Ridhima

  149. By Ridhima Suri on Sep 7, 2010 | Reply

    Hello PRD,

    Sure..let me know if you have any specific question. You can also read my other posts to get an idea about life on the H4 visa.

    Thanks,
    Ridhima

  150. By shivani on Sep 7, 2010 | Reply

    Hi
    Thanks a ton for your guidance.
    Shivani

  151. By Vinay on Sep 22, 2010 | Reply

    Hello Ridhima,

    I am on an H1 visa. My wife is currently in India and we got married in August.

    1. Is there any time gap before which the H4 has to be applied?

    2. Also, once the H4 is approved, does she have to travel immediately?

    Thank you for your time and patience. The forum is very very informative.

    vinay

  152. By Ridhima Suri on Sep 24, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Vinay,

    Thanks!

    There are no restrictions.

    1. There is no time gap. You can apply for the H4 visa right away.

    2. She does not have to travel immediately after the visa gets approved.

    Feel free to apply anytime and travel anytime . So long as you have your H1 visa you can apply for a dependent visa (H4) anytime. Make sure she carries all the correct paperwork.

    Good luck!
    Ridhima

    IANAL

  153. By Vinay on Sep 25, 2010 | Reply

    Thank you very much Ridhima.

  154. By Sruthi on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima ,

    Thank you for such a wonderful blog and hope you can help me with few questions I have.

    I was working in US for past years and last year I was married. My husband was working in US for last 6-7 years . His I140 is also approved. I had to come to India due to an emergency situation and as my H1b visa got expired last year , I went for H1b visa renewal and unfortunatley got 221g. I provided all documetns and I have a job in hand and still working for US cliemt remotely. Today I received a mail that my H1 visa is refused and my I797 is being sent back to USICS for revocation. Now my husband want me to come back on H4 . Do you see any problem ? I have all H4 documents as per the list you have mentioned. Please advice.

    Thank you

  155. By Ridhima Suri on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    Sruthi,

    That is a very unfortunate turn of events for you. I am not a lawyer but I’d suggest that you apply for the H4 Visa immediately. Be mindful of your responses during the H4 Visa interview. You will definitely be asked questions about your job in the U.S. and your intent to work in the U.S.

    I really see no issues in filing for the H4 Visa but you should talk to a lawyer in your/your husband’s company.

    Please tell us how it goes. Feel free to ask any other questions as well.

    I hope things work out well for you.

    Thanks,
    Ridhima

    IANAL

  156. By Sruthi on Oct 5, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    Thank you so much for your reply.Per your suggestions I would defenitely talk to my company attorney.

    I have another question. I know that I cannot continue to work on H4 while in USA. But can I attend the visa in Oct and continue to work for my current US client till Dec from Inida and they fly back to US and stop working then or should I just stop working once H4 is issued? My contract with the US client is going to END this DEC. Please advice.

    Thank in Advance
    Sruthi

  157. By Ridhima Suri on Oct 5, 2010 | Reply

    You are welcome Sruthi.

    The simple rule is that you cannot work in the U.S. on the H4 visa. At the time of the interview the interviewing Consular will certainly ask you about your current work status and intent to work in the U.S. Be mindful of how you want to handle this.

    I think you should be ok if you continue to work till December. You may also consider applying for the H4 Visa once your contract is complete. That would be the safest bet..:)

    Good luck!
    Ridhima

  158. By Sruthi on Oct 5, 2010 | Reply

    Thank you Ridhima ! That explains.

    I will defenitly get back to you and post my experience.

    Thank you,
    Sruthi

  159. By Sruthi on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    I was not sure what shoould be the answer for below question in my case.

    Why did you not leave with your husband? (OR)
    Why are you coming today for visa when you got married so and so date? (OR)
    Why haven’t you attended with your husband for interview?

    Should I say ” At the time of marrige me and my husband were on our individul H1B visas and we travelled back to US. Now that my H1B expired , I want to acompany my husband on H4 visa.”

    Please let me know if anything from the above statement needs to be changed.

    Thank you so much for your help.

    Sruthi

  160. By Ridhima Suri on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Sruthi,

    Your reply seems ok to me. Please do add that you do not intend to work in the U.S. while on the H4 visa and fully understand this (if prodded on your old job..:)). Basically all you care for is to be with your husband.

    When are you thinking of taking the interview?

    Hope this makes sense.
    Good luck!
    Ridhima

    IANAL

  161. By Sruthi on Oct 11, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Rhidhima…

    Thanks ! Makes perfect sense. You are right ..at this moment all i want is to get back to my husband and I am least bothered about my job..

    My husband has sent his documents and package got dispatched…I think I will have them by oct 18th…I have almost every thing ready by then.. in a day or two I will book the apt date…should be in Nov 1st week…

    Thank you,

    Sruthi

  162. By Ridhima Suri on Oct 11, 2010 | Reply

    Great Sruthi! Please let us know how it goes. All the best.
    -Ridhima

  163. By Monty on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    Hello,
    I am and Indian and my wife is from Brazil and currently working in U.S on H1b. I worked for U.S government in Iraq in Military base. I met my wife there. I had to quit my job and come back to India because we planned to have engagement party in India and court marriage in Brazil. We did engagement party in India and I went to Brazil for court marriage. Now I am planning to apply for H4 so I can stay with my wife I am planning to study spanish in U.S during my stay. We got married in Brazil on 30th Sept 2010.

    I am not currently working is it gonna effect my H4?

    Thanks

  164. By Ridhima Suri on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Monty,

    Congratulations!

    Your current work status should not affect this. They want people to come on the H4 visa and not work. However, in my opinion you will be questioned extensively on your previous role in the Military. You will have to explain to him how you plan to stay at home without working. Please prepare how you would like to present your case.

    Let me know if you have any other questions. Also, it would be great if you can post the outcome of your H4 visa interview.

    Good luck!
    Ridhima

  165. By Anonymous on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    hello,
    My husband is on H1B visa and he is in US.I have the photocopy of I797 of my husband with me not the original. I am going for the H4 interview so i would like to know do they reject me if I dont carry the original of I797? and plz tell me what other imp. documents i have to carry with me.

    thank u
    sheena

  166. By sheena on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    hi ridhima
    my quest. is i am applying for a h4 us visa interview, i have my husband I-797 he just got recently. If they ask me about my husband stamping, should i say this answer ” he did not have stamping, he will get his stamping when next time he visit india” is this answer will be ok
    thank you

  167. By Ridhima Suri on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    Hello Sheena,

    1. You can carry the copy of I797.

    2. Please follow the instructions that you have for documents.You can read this post to get an idea of the documents to be carried : http://blog.dslamba.net/2009/03/27/documents-needed-for-the-h4-visainterview/

    3. Sheena, your husband’s I797 will be sufficient for providing the necessary information to the Officer. Please give that answer only if you are specifically asked about it.

    Let me know if you have any questions. Please do post your experience here so that others can also benefit.

    Thank you,
    Ridhima
    IANAL

  168. By ela on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    I was made aware that my I-129 was approved. Shall I go for the interview together with my dependents (husband and 1 year old son) or is it better that they go for an interview when I am granted the H1-B visa already? I just want to be sure of my visa first before having them interviewed. Your site is very helpful. Thank you very much.

  169. By Ridhima Suri on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Ela,

    Thank you for the kind words!

    IMO going together is better so that they don’t have to carry all your papers separately.

    Let me know if you have any other questions.
    Good luck with the interview!

    Ridhima

  170. By sheena on Oct 19, 2010 | Reply

    hi ridhima ,

    i went for a h4 visa interview but the officer gave me green form he wants to know more about my husband company and he told i need not to visit again for interview i just have to send my passport and my husband document visa via courier but i dont know should my husband send his doc. to me or to the embassy and what are the chances for my visa .

    thank u
    sheena

  171. By Ridhima Suri on Oct 19, 2010 | Reply

    Hello Sheena,

    Please do not worry-this is normal procedure.

    The Consular often issues the green form (221g) when he needs more information. Clearly he wants to know more about your husband’s company.

    Sheena, just follow their instructions and send your documents. You should send these documents and not your husband. Basically ask your husband to send all the documents that his company attached while filing for his I-129 plus any other description of his company.

    Once the officer is satisfied with your paperwork, you should get the visa. Send these documents as soon as possible.

    Thank you!
    Ridhima

  172. By Sruthi on Oct 20, 2010 | Reply

    Sheena ,

    Could you please tell me which consulate you have appeared for the interview.

    thanks ,
    Sruthi

  173. By ela on Oct 20, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    If I go for the interview together with my spouse, will he be asked questions also? Will we be interviewed by one officer only? So that I can also ask him to prepare for the same questions you mentioned above. And, do we need to bring our 1 yr old son to the interview? Thank you very much.

  174. By Ridhima Suri on Oct 20, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Ela,

    Yes. If you all go together as a family you will go to one counter only and the same officer will talk to you and your husband.

    In my case, the Officer talked mostly to my husband who was the H1 applicant. We carried all our paperwork. I really had very little to do in the interview..:) So you must prepare thoroughly for the interview. Mostly your spouse will be quizzed on his intent to work in the U.S., past work experience, reason to go to the U.S.,etc.

    You will also have to file a separate H4 visa for your child.So in all you will go for 3 visa stampings—1 H1B and 2 H4 visas.

    Thanks,
    Ridhima

    IANAL

  175. By Ela on Oct 23, 2010 | Reply

    Thank you so much, maam.
    I’ve been trying to search in the internet whether we need to undergo medical examinations before the interview, but i can’t find anything. Please enlighten me on this matter. =)

  176. By Ridhima Suri on Oct 23, 2010 | Reply

    Hello Ela,

    To the best of my knowledge there is no medical examination needed. We did not get any done in 2009.

    Please do post the outcome of your interview here..:) Will be helpful for others as well.

    Thanks!
    Ridhima

    IANAL

  177. By amileen on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    hi ridhima,,,this blog is very very useful,,,
    i have some questions,,,plz reply as early as possible because my visa interview on 2nd nov..
    1.my marriege was done on apr7th2010..i am a mbbs student,,house surgeon,,completed my course and registration by this june,,so i didnt go with my husband,,because of this work,,,as soon as i completed my work,,his H1 visatime expired,,then he applied,,extension was done,,and i applied now for H4 VISA,,,MY INTERVIEW ON 2ND NOV,,,what should i tel for this gap?why i didnt go for this 6 months?

    2.my husband sent me all his documents original,,but not his I797,,but ,,i have photpcopy,,,he said it was must for him in us,,,is it necessary?

    plz answer me as early as possible

    thanks in advance

  178. By shivani on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima
    Just few days back My husband got the H1B visa and now he will be going back to USA. Now I am planning to apply for H4 visa… But I have a few questions ..
    1) He will need his passport , I797 and other documents , But he will be leaving me all the photocopies…. Would it be ok if I take copies for my interview ? the problem is he is now returning after 6 months and he wants to join back ASAP.So if asked to show the original passport and docs of my husband then what should be my ans..??

    2) He had a hold on his H1b and so stayed in India for 6 months, So what should be my ans. . if I am asked why I am applying for H4 so late ??
    Please guide me regarding these querries.
    Thanks
    Shivani

  179. By Ridhima Suri on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    Dear Amileen,

    If asked you can tell the officer exactly what you have written above. You had a genuine reason to stay back and complete your coursework so I think you should be fine on that.

    As for the I797 it is ok to carry a copy.

    I wish you good luck for the interview. Please post on this blog the outcome of your H4 visa interview…:-)

    Ridhima
    IANAL

    Hello Shivani,

    1. I went with my husband for the visa interview hence we carried all the originals. Clearly this will not be possible in your case. So you can carry all photo copies. Please make sure you carry ALL the documentation that is needed. Do not leave anything behind. For example, information about your husband’s company, its history, his role, etc. These are all very important documents and the Officer may ask for these.

    2. Shivani, I did not understand your second question. What do you mean my ‘he had a hold on his H1B visa’. Does this mean the US Consulate took additional time to review his case before approving the H1 visa?

    Please let me know so that I can help you accordingly.

    Good luck!
    Ridhima
    IANAL

  180. By shivani on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima
    Yeah he had a 221G on his case. which just got cleared ….so he stayed in india for 4 months and now he will be returning back…
    Thanks for the guidance…
    Shivani

  181. By shurti on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    new delhi

    sheena

  182. By sheena on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    shruti

    new Delhi.

    sheena

  183. By Ridhima Suri on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Shivani,

    it is most likely that you will not be asked that question then. It takes a while for the 221g to get cleared up so I think you are ok for the gap you mentioned..you really had no other alternative.

    Thanks,
    Ridhima

  184. By shivani on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Hi ridhima
    Thanks a lot for the ans…
    Just one more thing that I just came to know ….I need your expert advice for this….
    Whem My husband took his interview date on 23rd of May for H1B visa interview on 16th June , he was single and we didnt knew we will get married and so in the form DS 160 he filled single…. but luckyly we got married on 10th june… just before his interview date….Now he had no options to get his DS 160 form info changed to married and so he went for the interview with the single status only ..
    I found this question posted on the VFS site…
    (Q.2 Can I make changes to the application after it has been submitted?
    Ans No. Once the form DS-160 has been electronically submitted, it is not possible to access the submitted form and make changes. However, if you have not yet made your VFS appointment, you may upload the file saved locally on your computer to the website, make changes to your application, and submit a new DS-160. Please ensure you print out a new DS-160 barcode confirmation page after submitting the form, and use the new barcode to make your appointment.)
    Now when we inquired for the visa, we were informed that visa will come for him with Single status ….I am planning to take the date and now i m very much worried that the consular will ask me that ” why didnt my husband mentioned in his interview that he was married ?? ” though he was not asked about it….
    Please let me know what to do ? Should we change our mrg certification from 10th june to some date after 16th june, if that can be done ??? If I go with 10th june only then what should be my answer for the above question?? will He be held responsible for Misrepresentation though he had no such intentions ???
    Please guide me.
    Thanks
    Shivani

  185. By Ridhima Suri on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Hello Shivani,

    I am not very familiar with such a situation. However, in my opinion, just explain your situation as-is. Please do not get another certificate. That will not be the right thing to do. I think you should be fine. Who knows the issue may not even come up..:-)

    When are you planning to go for the interview?

    Good luck,
    Ridhima

  186. By Sruthi on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Thank you Sheena.I am planning to take the interview at HYD consulate.

    Sruthi

  187. By shivani on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Thanks Ridhima
    AS soon as my husband reaches USA and rents and apt and send me an address to fill up in the DS 160, I will take the date ….somewhere around 1 week dec.
    Again just want to thank you for the work that you do on this website….its really helpful to all of us..
    Shivani

  188. By Sruthi on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Rhidhima,

    I have been to the HYD consulate on Nov 1st and though the interview went very well , I got 221g blue form saying PIMS not found.

    Do you have any idea how much time this would usually take.

    Thanks,
    Sruthi

  189. By Ridhima Suri on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    Dear Sruthi,

    There is no way of saying how much time it would take to complete the administrative processing. Some of my friends got it in 5 weeks..others in 4 weeks.

    You will just have to wait until they clear this up.

    Please do update this forum whenever your H4 visa comes through.

    I wish you all the best!
    Ridhima
    IANAL

  190. By Radhika on Dec 1, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,
    My husband got an offer from US. and his H1B petetion is under process.I will be applying for H4 and plan to go together.
    I have few questions:
    1. I want to study there.Is it ok to express my interests in joining some university.
    2. I am an MBA and working as manager here in a good company. will they ask me questions related to my job and how I will manage my changed life style as I will not be working.I am will they suspect me of trying to work. which I dont intend to
    3. Can we both apply for visas together as we want to fly together.

  191. By Ridhima Suri on Dec 5, 2010 | Reply

    Hello Radhika,

    Thank you for posting here. I will try my best to answer all your questions. There is no certainty on what questions will be asked during the interview. It is a very subjective process. You simply need to remember that on the H4 visa you are not allowed to work in the U.S. and the interviewing officer will quiz you on this. That said,

    1. You can tell the officer about your study plans if asked.

    2. As you have said here, just tell the officer that you do not intend to work and completely understand that you cannot work on the H4 visa…:)

    3. Yes it will be better if both of you apply for the visa together and get one interview date. It will be a lot easier as most of the paperwork for both the interviews is of your husband and he will be in a better position to explain why he needs the H1 visa..:) Hope that makes sense..:)

    Feel free to post any other questions. I wish you good luck!

    Ridhima
    IANAL

  192. By EJ on Dec 13, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    Thank you for providing some much for the good help you are doing to all h4 stamping candidates.

    I could not go for h4 stamping in Aug 2010.

    Now my wife (h1) and me (h4) are going to india and planning for family h1 h4 stamping in chennai consulate in Jan 2011.

    I had few DS 160 form questions for you.

    My Wife is on H1 visa.
    DS 160 questions for h1(my wife)
    1) Are you applying in same category of visa?
    2)Are you applying in the same country where above visa is issued and is this country your principal country or residence?
    3) We have been in the usa since last 3 yrs, what address do we need to write in DS 160 form, is it USA address or India Address?

    I am on h4 visa now after 5 yrs on h1.
    A) What is primary occupation? Select Home maker or select unemployed due to h4 clause of visa?
    B)Are you applying in same category of visa? (before h1 and now on h4 visa)
    C)Are you applying in the same country where above visa is issued and is this country your principal country or residence?

    Do we need to send PIMS verfication for h1 and h4 to chennai india consulate?

    Sorry for too many questions. I also asked these questions to online lawyer and will post lawyer replies here to benefit others.

    Thanks,

    EJ

  193. By Shruti on Dec 15, 2010 | Reply

    Hello Ridhima,

    I read the complete blog and posts which were really very helpful..all my tension of attending an H4 Visa Interview is gone….:)….As you wrote in one of your posts that “correct paperwork+confidence+honest interviewing skill=h4 visa for you…:)” is absolutely correct…Thanks for being so patient in answering all the queries which boggle in many minds….:):)

    Regards,
    Shruti

  194. By Shruti on Dec 15, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    I am recently engaged..my fiancee is on H1B and works in the US….we are planning to get married in the month of March 2011.

    I have a question regarding requirement of (Original Birth Certificate)….I am born on Jan 26th 1987….but in the school records it is been given as Sep 26th 1986….
    now my question is that is it advisable to submit my 10th Marks Sheet (in which DOB is: 26th Sep 1986)….Can this be an alternative to my birth certificate.

    It would be a real help if you can please clarify me on this….

    Regards,
    Shruti

  195. By Ridhima on Dec 16, 2010 | Reply

    Reply to EJ :

    Hello EJ,

    Thank you for the kind words. I am not a lawyer but here are m 2 cents. Just state your case ‘as-is’. It is not unusual to change visa status from H1 to H4 and vice versa.

    IMO you should fill the following answers:

    DS 160 questions for h1(your wife)

    1) Are you applying in same category of visa? NO IF SHE WAS ON H4 EARLIER.

    2)Are you applying in the same country where above visa is issued and is this country your principal country or residence? YES IF IT WAS ISSUED IN THE SAME COUNTRY.

    3) We have been in the usa since last 3 yrs, what address do we need to write in DS 160 form, is it USA address or India Address? YOU SHOULD FILL THE INDIA ADDRESS.

    For you : I am on h4 visa now after 5 yrs on h1.
    A) What is primary occupation? Select Home maker or select unemployed due to h4 clause of visa? YES. AS YOU ARE APPLYING FOR H4, FILL EITHER HOMEMAKER/UNEMPLOYED FOR THIS Q.

    B)Are you applying in same category of visa? (before h1 and now on h4 visa) NO

    C)Are you applying in the same country where above visa is issued and is this country your principal country or residence? YES.

    Hope this helps.

    Thanks,
    Ridhima

  196. By Ridhima on Dec 16, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Shruti,

    Thank you for the kind words.Congratulations on your engagement!

    The birth date on your passport is your real birthdate now. If you are ever asked for a birth certificate please give one which has the same date as on your passport.

    Please note that the 10th marksheet is not an alternative for the original birth certificate.

    I am quoting the following from http://www.travel.state.gov:

    “Birth Certificates

    You (and any family members immigrating with you to the United States) must obtain an original birth certificate issued by the official custodian of birth records in your country of birth, showing your date of birth, place of birth, and parentage.

    The certificate must contain the:

    Your date of birth
    Your place of birth
    Names of both parents

    Indication by the appropriate authority that it is an extract from the official records

    Unobtainable birth certificates

    If your birth record is not obtainable for any reason, a certified statement must be obtained from the appropriate government authority explaining why your birth record is unavailable. You must also submit secondary evidence such as:

    A baptismal certificate that contains the date and place of birth, as well as both parents names (providing the baptism took place shortly after birth)
    An adoption decree for an adopted child
    An affidavit from a close relative, preferably your mother, stating the date and place of birth, both parents names, and your mother’s maiden name.
    Note: An affidavit executed before an official authorized to take oaths or affirmations must also be provided. More specific information is available from the NVC.”

    I hope this helps. Feel free to ask any follow up questions!

    Good luck,
    Ridhima

  197. By Shruti on Dec 16, 2010 | Reply

    Thank you ridhima…:)
    Will check with the municipal authority in Hyderabad..who issues the birth certificate afresh..lemme see how this works out…
    Will get back to you on obaining the proof…
    Thank you once again:):)

    Regards,
    Shruti

  198. By sowmya on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    Hi,

    I’m going to attend my H4 visa interview in Jan mid . I’m currently working as a software engineer in a private company . I have planned to resign my job after getting my H4 visa stamped . Do i need to carry No objection Certificate from my company to the consulate .Is it really needed. Please help me in this regard .

  199. By Ridhima on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Sowmya,

    Thanks for the note. Well, I carried my NOC for the interview. Yet I did not have to show it. I was not asked any question on that. Is there an alternative document that you can carry to prove that you have quit your job ? Mostly you have to make a case that you will not work in the U.S. on the H4 visa.

    Sowmya, please post the outcome of your H4 visa interview for the benefit of others. If there are any other questions, feel free to ask.

    Thanks!
    Ridhima
    IANAL

  200. By sowmya on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    Thanks Ridhima!!!
    I’m not going to carry any job related docs for the interview as i dont have any and I’m going to quit my job only after getting my visa so chance of getting the relieving letter from the company now. Is there any chance of rejecting H4 visa under any circumstances because of this .Will they ask more questions regarding my job .

  201. By Ridhima on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    Honestly Sowmya they WILL ask you questions about your previous job.

    I do not want to mince words but all they want to ascertain is your intention to work on the H4 visa. In other words, they basically want to judge if you intend to work in the U.S. or not.

    If you make a case that all you care about is to be with your husband and not work on the H4 visa I think you should be fine. This is what I told them..:) However, I had already quit my job 2 months prior to giving the H4 visa interview. Hope all this makes sense!

    Good luck and do come back with good news on this blog! :)

    Best,
    Ridhima

  202. By josh on Jan 4, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    My wife is going to attend h4 interview in Jan . she is working in a software company now . she will resign her job after getting her visa stamped . Is it necessary for her to carry her employment letter , her salary slips and her educational qualification for the interview . and she dont have any NOC or Relieving letter from her employer . will that be a problem . Is working in india during H4 interview will be a problem . Im sure she will quit after getting VIsa . Please help !!!

    Regards,
    Josh.

  203. By Ridhima on Jan 4, 2011 | Reply

    Hello Josh,

    Thanks for stopping by. In my opinion working in India at the time of the H4 visa interview does not matter. You do have to make a case that you will not work on the H4 visa while in the United States.

    Sowmya has raised the same concerns above. Perhaps you’d like to read our conversation.

    I carried my NOC for the interview. Yet I did not have to show it. I was not asked any question on that. All I was asked was about my plans to work in U.S. I had no plan to work on H4 and the officer looked convinced..:)

    Josh, please post the outcome of your wife’s H4 visa interview for the benefit of others. If there are any other questions, feel free to ask.

    Thanks!
    Ridhima
    IANAL

  204. By josh on Jan 4, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks for your reply Ridhima .

    I do have another question. IS it necessary to carry her educational certificates, her employment letter , salary slips ?and Is it necessary to include my name as spouse in her passport as we got married recently .

  205. By Ridhima Suri on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Josh,

    Well I carried all my educational certificates and employment letter. However the officer only asked to see my degree. I did not have my spouse’s name on my passport.

    I thought it’d be safer to carry all documents but did not make an changes to my passport..:)I am assuming she already has a passport or are you applying for new one?

    Thanks,
    Ridhima
    IANAL

  206. By Anju on Feb 21, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    I am facing my h4 visa interview on 28th february.I did a mistake in my ds 160 form.I was working in a US based company here but i was not on their payroll.I was recruited through a consultancy and was on their payroll.but in my ds 160 form i entered the company name , not the consultancy’s.the problem is that my experience certificate is issued by the consultancy as their employee, there is no mention about the company which i was working .Will that be a problem in the interview.will they ask for dependents experience certicates?Please advise…

  207. By Anju on Feb 21, 2011 | Reply

    Also the entered work duration is also incorrect.actualy i worked upto january 2010 but by mistake i entered march 2010? will this all make trouble….

  208. By Ridhima Suri on Feb 22, 2011 | Reply

    Hello Anju,

    I am not a lawyer but looks like there could be a problem if you are asked questions on your past work experience.Just explain the case to them like you have written here truly and sincerely.

    Mostly, if you convince the Officer that you have no intentions to work on the H4 visa in the U.S. you will be fine…:)

    Anju, you will need an employment letter for your spouse (H1 visa holder). I have created a sample letter on http://h4-visa.com/ This is the link:http://h4-visa.com/content/introduce-yourself-tell-us-who-you-are#comment-88 Just search for sample letter of employment for H1 visa holders on this page.

    Please do update us on the outcome of your H4 visa interview. Let me know if you have any other questions. Good luck!

    Ridhima
    IANAL

  209. By Anju on Mar 8, 2011 | Reply

    Hi ridhima,

    Interview went well.They didnt ask anything abt my work experience.only three questions were asked and all of them were addressed to my husband..”How long u’ve been in US, which client u r working for, show me ur marriage certificate..”..and dats it..:)

    And a great thanks to you ridhima for this awesome blog..It really is a great help

  210. By Ridhima Suri on Mar 8, 2011 | Reply

    Hello Anju,

    I am so happy for you! This is fantastic! Could you please tell us which embassy you went to?

    Thanks for the kind words. If you have any other questions about life in general on the H4 visa please stop by again or visit a forum created for H4/H1 visa holders: www.http://h4-visa.com/

    Thanks again and enjoy packing!

    Ridhima

  211. By Joshy on Mar 10, 2011 | Reply

    Thank you for maintaining such a wonderful blog.

    I am going to attend h4 interview in next week. I have an issue on my passport. My Given names and surname is wrongly mentioned.

    My name is: Josh P(Palatty) L(Lewis).

    Here
    Palatty is House Name and
    Lewis is Father Name

    But in my passport its mentioned as

    Surname: Josh Palatty
    Given Name : Lewis

    In all of my documents, My name is mentioned as Josh P.L.

    will it be a problem in the interview?
    what name should i say when my name is asked?

    Your reply would be much appreciated.
    josh

  212. By Ridhima Suri on Mar 10, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Josh,

    Please mention the name in your passport if asked. Make sure that the names on your passport and visa application match. If you are asked a question, please explain the way you have written to us here. Hopefully there should be no problem but they may or may not agree. You can take a chance!

    The only way to be 100% sure is to get a name change on whichever document your name is wrongly mentioned.

    It would be great if you can share the outcome of your H4 visa interview with all of us here.

    I wish you all the best!
    Ridhima

  213. By Anju on Mar 10, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    we went to Chennai embassy…My husband was on vacation and that might be the reason they didnt ask more questions..

    Thanks once more..One thing i want to appreciate again is the quick response and especially the soothing words which is unlike many other forums..All the best to you ridhima..

  214. By Ridhima Suri on Mar 10, 2011 | Reply

    Hello Anju,

    Thanks so much for the kind remarks! You just made my day! This is selfless community work and it all looks so worth it when folks like you stop by to write nice things…:)

    Yes I agree H4 visa applicants who are accompanied with their spouses (on H1 visa) are asked less questions, although there is no particular trend. This is because the principal applicant is able to provide all the paperwork can clearly answer questions related to his/her work.

    Anju, if you need any other advice feel free to write here.

    Thanks,
    Ridhima

  215. By Joshy on Mar 10, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    Thank you very much for quick response.

    Definitly I will update the result after the interview.

    Thanks again….Josh

  216. By lalitha on Apr 18, 2011 | Reply

    i have recently appeared for the final year btech exams. i have to attend for my H4 visa interview on 28th of this month… if they will ask for my certificates… what shall i do…

  217. By Ridhima on Apr 19, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Lalitha,

    If they ask, just tell them your situation as-is. Hopefully there should be no problem at all. Wish you good luck and feel free to ask any other questions!

    Please post the outcome of your H4 visa interview for the benefit of others as well.

    Wish you good luck!

    Thank you,
    Ridhima

  218. By Divya on Apr 20, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    I got married in Feb2011, my husband got H1B visa in Jan 2011 and intiated my H4 visa in March 2011. While filling the application he filled my last date of working as april 11th but my project got delayed and my last working date is postponed to april 21st. Will this be a problem during my visa interview? Also, My company will take time to give me my releaving letter.. So Wat else i can take to the interview to show that I’ve been relieved from my last employer or wat way should I answer them If they ask me any question regarding this..
    Thanks in advance,
    divya

  219. By Ridhima Suri on Apr 20, 2011 | Reply

    Hello Divya,

    Thanks for stopping by. I am not a lawyer but I do not think this should be a problem. All they care to know is if you intend to work in the U.S. (which I assume you will not).

    If you are concerned, just take whatever documentation you have and tell them the truth. They may not even ask questions about your job, but if they do just tell them that you are quitting the job to accompany your husband in the U.S.

    Be confident and I am sure you will get the H4 visa.

    It would be great if you can post the outcome of your H4 visa interview here for the benefit of other applicants.

    Thanks!
    Ridhima

    IANAL

    Let me know if you have any other questions.

  220. By lalitha on Apr 20, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks Ridhima for your quick response..
    actually i have another doubt.. what type of dress should be wear on that day…. my husband told me to wear a saree. is that ok… what type of saree should i wear…

  221. By Ridhima on Apr 20, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Lalitha,

    Wear anything that makes you feel comfortable. I wore an Indian suit and jewelry as I had just gotten married. I looked like a newly wed bride..:) but really wear anything that makes you feel comfortable. It is summer time so consider wearing a summery sari or a suit.

    I have also set up a forum dedicated only for H4 visa holders : http://www.h4-visa.com.

    Read about Aiswarya’s H4 interview experience here: http://h4-visa.com/content/h4-visa#comment-66

    Anjali has also posted her experience here: h4-visa.com

    Let me know if you have any other questions.

    Wish you good luck Lalitha!
    Ridhima

  222. By sheena on Apr 23, 2011 | Reply

    Hi ridhima

    I am on h4 visa, we are planing to file for green card,which means it easily takes 8-10 yrs, my mother is staying alone in delhi, can she stay with us permanently or she will just visit us?
    plz help me.
    thank you.

  223. By Sheena on Apr 24, 2011 | Reply

    Dear Sheena,

    For now, your mother can simply visit you (for a maximum of 6 months). Unfortunately, the immigration laws are such that only spouse and kids are allowed to apply for a dependent visa (H4 visa). Apply for a visitor visa for your mum soon Sheena..:)

    Thank you,
    Ridhima
    IANAL

  224. By usha on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Hi
    I have a question about H4.My husband has got a H1 visa and went to US on 20th april.He started working too.Can i apply for a H4 visa now without he getting any pay slip?I want to go by the end of May to US.What is the procedure and how much time does it take?Is it necessary for my husband to get and SSN no and pay slips?

  225. By Ridhima on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Usha,

    Yes you can apply for the H4 visa now. If asked about the payslips or SSN just explain your situation as is. I think you will be able to get at least one salary slip if you are applying in May end.

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    Also, please do post the outcome of your H4 visa interview here as this is a social service and people rely on each other’s experiences..:)

    Thanks!
    Ridhima

  226. By usha on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    Thanks a lot for your quick reply.I am very happy after seeing your reply.That surely helped me a lot!!I will surely post my interview experience.

    Thanks & Regards,
    usha.

  227. By Ridhima Suri on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Good luck Usha! You may also want to carry a letter of employment. I have shared a sample on this link:h4-visa.com This is a forum we have created for H4 visa holders and those planning to apply for it. I hope this helps.

    If you have any other questions, feel free to leave a message anytime.

    Thanks!
    Ridhima

  228. By usha on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    One more clarification.Can you please tell me how many days it takes for anyone to get a H4 visa after the visa interview is done??

    Thanks,
    Usha

  229. By Ridhima Suri on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Usha,

    I got my visa within 7 days of the H4 visa interview. Some folks have also shared that it took 10-15 days for them to get the visa.

    Processing time varies at every Embassy so plan your trip accordingly.

    Thanks,
    Ridhima

    IANAL

  230. By sheena on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    hi ridhima,

    Thanx ridhima for your answer, i have one more question . I am on h4 visa and going back now, plz tell me what kind of question am going to face at airport.
    thank you.

    sheena

  231. By usha on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima!!

    Sorry to trouble you.One more doubt is my husband’s visa is going to expire on sept 2011.Can i apply my H4 in the month of June without he getting his visa extended??I wanted to block a date in June for my H4 interview.Is it necessary to wait for 1 month after i pay the visa fee??And also by may end he will get his SSN and one pay slip so can i pay the visa amt in HDFC bank in the month of may and apply for the visa and later make use of the SSN?Will it be mentioned before hand on the application abt SSN?Since i am waiting till may i want to mention it.At the same time attend the interview in June.Also will it be a problem to my husband if he comes in India without he getting his visa extended to take me in the port of entry in the month of July or August?

  232. By usha on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks,
    Usha

  233. By Ridhima Suri on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Hello Usha,

    1. Yes you can apply for your H4 visa now. I suspect you will get the visa till Sept 2011 only. Thereafter both of you can file for visa extension together.

    2. I am not aware of any such rule that suggests a one month lag between payment of fee and visa interview date. Fill the fee asap. In fact do it tomorrow. You simply need to show your passport at the time of paying the fee. That’s it.

    3. Yes you can show the pay slip and SSN at the time of interview. Payslip is more important that SSN though..:)

    4. Yes your husband can come as long as he has a valid visa and I-797. Just a quick tip: tell him to ask his lawyer/company lawyer to file the extension papers.

    Hope this helps!
    Ridhima

    IANAL

  234. By Ridhima Suri on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Hello Sheena,

    Last time I went to India, I was asked to show my papers, passport, my husband’s I797, reason for visit and duration of stay in India.

    Please do share if you are asked any other questions. Have a nice trip!

    Good luck!
    Ridhima

    “hi Ridhima,

    Thanx ridhima for your answer, i have one more question . I am on h4 visa and going back now, plz tell me what kind of question am going to face at airport.
    thank you.

    sheena”

  235. By usha on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    This is usha again.Sry to trouble you and thanks in advance for your valuable suggestions.The latest update is that the current employer of my husband cannot process a premium visa.He can only apply for a normal visa for his visa extension.His visa expires on sept 18th.In this situation if suppose his visa is not extended till august or sept will he be given an acknowledgement no??I heard with that no. he can legally stay for upto 240 days in US.As before i am thinking to pay my visa fee on May 15th and attend the interview around June 15th for my H4.Till that time my husband can get his SSN and one pay slip.Now my question is if i go in the month of July or August will it be a problem for me in the port of interview since only 2 months is left for my visa to expire???
    If suppose all this happens what is the best time for me to apply H4 extension??My husband’s employer is applying his H1 extension in June.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Ridhima.

  236. By Ridhima on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Usha,

    I am not a lawyer but like I have said in my several messages to you, you can either try to apply for the H4 visa for 2-3 months and hope that you can get an extension along with your husband’s H1 visa or you can simply wait until he gets his H1 extension. I know this may be tough..:( but really you have a very very small window.

    Apply for the H4 visa and present a strong case..:)

    Keep me posted on what you decide to do and how things work out for you Usha. I wish you all the best.

    Thanks!
    Ridhima

  237. By Siril on May 11, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,My wife went to US in july 2009 on visitor visa and later she got good opportunity and she picked up the job and got an authentic letter of H1B,but unfortunately she never got opportunity to come back to get the stamping on passport. Rest of all other documents she has.I want to apply for H4 visa now so is there could be any problem?I myself is a banker with 7 years of experience so can it be a problem?Also She spoke to an immigration attorney as well few other immigration people in US and they told her that it wont be a problem whereas when I contacted few agents here in India,they told me that chances are high of rejection…What is your opinion…I request you to pls guide me as I am planning to take appointment by end of month.

  238. By Ridhima on May 11, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Siril

    I think you should be ok. Carry all the paperwork and answer all the questions confidently.

    Please do post the outcome of your interview. Good luck!
    Ridhima
    Ianal

  239. By Siril on May 11, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,
    Thanks a lot for guiding me and for sure I will keep you post of the outcome….just pray for me and I really appreciate your good work and guidance…

    thanks..

  240. By Ridhima on May 11, 2011 | Reply

    Siril:

    We wish you all the best and thank you for all the kind words. Ours is a voluntary effort (we do not give legal advice) and we always wish our readers success in the H1/H4 visa interviews…:)

    I’d say have your paperwork and story in place. Be honest and confident about your case and you should be fine.

    Let me know if you have any other questions.

    Thanks again!
    Ridhima
    IANAL

  241. By Sunitha on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    It is a very good website for H4 visa attendees. I have some doubts for my H4 visa interview. I am going to attend my interview in this week.

    1. My husband’s H1 will expire in Sep 2011, he is going to aplly for his extension in next month. If VO asked about why are going for only four months what should I say..

    2. He is working at his client place, and his employer is in different place, all his paystubs shows employer place, what should I say if VO asked where you hus band is staying in US?

    Kindly help me on this.

    Thanks,
    Sunitha.

  242. By Ridhima on May 16, 2011 | Reply

    Hello Sunitha,

    I assume your husband is already planning to file for an extension.

    Just tell the VO that you want to be with your husband. If asked where he is staying in the U.S. you have to give the actual address of where he is staying..:) Many employees work on their client site and are paid by their employers. I do not think this will be a problem.

    The basic premise of the H4 visa is that you want to accompany your spouse who is working on the H1B visa and that you will not work in the U.S. whilst on that visa.

    You should read Usha’s case above and also visit a forum specifically built for H4 visa holders and H4 applicants:http://h4-visa.com/

    Please do let me know if you have any questions. Also, please post the outcome of your H4 visa interview here.

    Thanks!
    Ridhima

  243. By Sunitha on May 16, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks for your response ridhima, One more question is, actually when I am filling DS-160 i have written the same address which is there in payslip, if i said another address in interview is it will be any problem..\

    and one more is, if VO asked why shouldn’t attended for visa stamping with your husband, can i tell the reason that at that time i was pregnent, so we planned to attend interview with my baby after delivery.

    Thanks in advance.

  244. By Ridhima on May 16, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Sunitha,

    Yes you can mention another address if asked. I assume this is your husband’s US address. People move all the time. It will not be an issue.

    Yes, you can explain your situation if asked why you did not apply for H4 visa earlier..:)

    By the way , congratulations for your baby!

    Good luck with the interview,
    Ridhima

  245. By kavitha on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    Hi,
    on friday am going for h4 visa interview. wat all the documents i have to carry on that date and which type of questions they will ask in interview. if u know the procedure in us embassey u can tell. how many photos they will ask. thank u

  246. By Ridhima on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Kavita,

    I carried my big marriage album.

    There is a wealth of information on this blog and on http://h4-visa.com/

    Also please visit https://www.vfs-usa.co.in/USIndia/Index.html for a list of documents.

    Some people have posted their H4 visa interview experience here: http://h4-visa.com/content/h4-visa

    Please let us know the outcome of your H4 visa interview.

    I wish you all the best.

    Thanks!
    Ridhima
    IANAL

  247. By kavitha on May 23, 2011 | Reply

    hi ridhima imy visa got approved. i will get vis within 2 or 3 days.thank for reply to my questions.

  248. By kavitha on May 23, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Kavitha,

    This is awesome news! I am very happy for you!

    Could you please tell us what questions were asked during the H4 visa interview? Would certainly help other applicants..:)

    Thanks for sharing the good news. Congrats again.

    Ridhima
    IANAL

  249. By Sunitha on May 26, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    Sorry for my late reply. My visa got approved. I atteneded in lat weel only. I carried my big marriage album along with my child. Its very difficult for me to maintain both. I casme out in 30 minutes, no queue for me. He asked only 3 questions.

    First he liked my daughter’s dress and smile, after that actual q’s started.
    Q: From how long he is working or client.
    Q: Where he is staying in US
    Q: Show me his payslips.

    After that he said your visa got approved, you will get in one week.
    thank for reply to my questions.

  250. By Ridhima on May 26, 2011 | Reply

    Thank you very much Sunitha!

    This will help other H4 visa applicants a lot..:)

    Really appreciate it!

    Let me know if you have any questions about travelling to the U.S. or life in general here.

    Thanks!
    Ridhima

  251. By Ridhima on May 27, 2011 | Reply

    please email me at radio_guy_ca@yahoo.com I have a personal question about a visa I want to ask your advise but dont want to publish here.

  252. By Ridhima on May 27, 2011 | Reply

    Hi,

    We do not reply to any emails and you are more than welcome to post an anonymous comment without sharing any personal details.

    This is just a public forum where people share their experiences and no one here is a lawyer or an authority.

    Please post anonymously or talk to a lawyer.

    Thanks!

  253. By dm on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    Hi,Ridhima

    i gave my H4 visa interview on may 31,2011.the interview went fine.i submitted all the documents..and the visa officer said that all the documents are true but he still need some more documents..so my case will be under processing.. .he gave me green form nd collected my passport..nd asked me to courier following list of documents…

    1)LIST OF PETITIONER’S EMPLOYEE’S

    2)W2 FORMS FOR ALL PERSONS EMPLOYED BY PETITIONER FOR PAST 1 YEAR

    2)STATE UNEMPLOYMENT WAGE REPORT

    can i plz know how long should i hav to wait for visa…i vl b arranging these documents within 2 or 3 days…is there any hope that i vl get visa..plz reply asap

  254. By Ridhima on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    Hi DM,

    Please do not worry. I am not a lawyer but this is a normal procedure and for many applications, the US Embassy asks for more documents.

    Just send the documents listed above. The administrative processing time varies for each application. I’d suggest that you wait patiently for 2-3 weeks.

    Wish you good luck!

    Please come back to this blog and tell us when you get the H4 visa.

    Thanks!
    Ridhima

    This is not legal advise.

  255. By dm on Jun 1, 2011 | Reply

    thanks for ur help..hoping for the best..

  256. By prathyusha on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    My husband is having a H1 visa and he went to US in the month of March.His visa expires on Sept 18th.His company will do a normal visa extension and it may take lot of time.Is there any possibility of me going on a tourist visa first to US and then convert to H4 after there itself in US??

    Thanks,
    Prathyusha

  257. By usha on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    This is usha again.My husband is having a H1 visa and he went to US in the month of March.His visa expires on Sept 18th.His company will do a normal visa extension and it may take lot of time.Is there any possibility of me going on a tourist visa first to US and then convert to H4 after there itself in US??

    Thanks,
    Usha

  258. By Ridhima on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    Hello Usha,

    I am not a lawyer and I do not know any friends who have done a B1 to H4 visa transfer. Please talk to your lawyer about this.

    Why don’t you apply for the H4 visa immediately? You can get it for 4 months and then if your husband’s H1 gets extended your visa will automatically be extended.

    Thanks!
    Ridhima

    This is not legal advise.

  259. By Siril on Jun 9, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima, I am very glad to inform you that I got my H4 visa.I was so tensed about the interview but it was an easy interview as VO asked jus 3 questions to me…the questions were:
    1)since when is she working?
    2)Company Name
    3)Which part of USA she stays at?
    the interview only lasted for a minute only and then the golden words that my visa is approved.

    I am thankful to you for motivating me despite of my agent demotivated me a lot and I took the initiative.

    Siril

  260. By Ridhima on Jun 9, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Siril!

    This is excellent news! I am very happy for you and I knew for sure, that you’d get it.

    Thank you for posting the questions.

    I have set up a forum for H4 visa holders and I request you to post these questions on the following link: http://h4-visa.com/content/post-questions-asked-your-h4-visa-interview

    It will take just 2 minutes of your time and would help hundreds of other applicants.

    Thanks again for sharing the good news! Welcome to the U.S.

    Best,
    Ridhima

  261. By usha on Jun 14, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    How are you?This is usha here.The latest update is that the employer of my husband suggested me to travel as there would not be any problem and said that they will support with all the documents needed.My husband has got SSN and a valid pay slip as well.I have paid the H4 visa fee as well.I tried to book a slot in Hyderabad consulate and there are no dates showing up for the month of June.Can i know if i can attend the interview from any other place in India?Also can you please help me out with the whole procedure to get H4 asap.

    Thanks,
    Usha

  262. By usha on Jun 14, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    Hope you are doing fine.I am Usha here.The latest update is that my husband’s employer suggested me to travel to US as there would not be any problem and said they would support with the required documents needed.My husband has got his SSN and one valid pay slip.I have paid my H4 visa fee too.
    I tried to book a date in hyderabad consulate but the dates arent showing up for the month of June.Can i know if i can attend the interview from any other place in India??Also can you please guide me with the rest of the procedure to procure H4 Visa asap.
    Thanks,
    Usha.

  263. By Aruna on Jun 19, 2011 | Reply

    Hello
    I’m a H1b visa holder working in USA.Now my husband from India went to an interview to Chennai consulate on 06/16/2011,but his visa has refused under section (212)(A)(4) with the reason of my”short of salary”. & it was true, My was salary low (around $22000 for part time job).But after this incident my employer decided to rise my salary ($42000) with increasing working hours. Now my question is after how long my husband has to re-apply again & does my current salary okay?

  264. By Stanley on Jun 23, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    I went through your blog, of H4 Queries, Its excellent.
    I have a query in line to one of the queries though asked previously but slight different case.
    My Wife in US has received H1 approval notification (change from F1), since I am supposing the H1 period starts from Oct, can I travel on H4 (if approved) before October this year ?
    Thanks.

  265. By Ridhima on Jun 23, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Aruna,

    Please go to http://h4-visa.com/content/h4-denial-please-help#comment-277.

    @Stanley–Thank you for the kind remarks. I will quote a FAQ from VFS here that should apply to you:

    “Q.8 My H1B Employment Petition (USCIS Form I-797) shows an employment start date. How early can I apply for an H1B visa at the Consulate?

    Ans You can apply for an H1B visa up to 90 days in advance beginning of employment status as noted on the form I-797, Notice of Action, however your entry to the US is restricted to 10 days prior to the start date as noted in the Form I-797 unless you are already working on an H1B visa and have applied for a revalidation. ”

    You may also consider asking the Consular once your H4 visa is approved in the U.S. Consulate..:) I wish you good luck and hope you can come back to our blog with some good news!

    Ridhima

  266. By Stanley on Jun 23, 2011 | Reply

    is that a system generated response ..
    :) simply joking, it was so quick !

    Thanks. sure will let you know how it goes.

  267. By usha on Jun 25, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    I am usha.Good news is that the employer of my husband asked me to travel before september as the normal visa extension process may take a long time.They supported with all the documents necessary for my travel.I booked a slot on July 9th and going to travel in August.Thanks a lot for your support and valuable guidance.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Usha

  268. By Ridhima on Jun 27, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Usha!

    This is wonderful!! Thanks for sharing the update. I hope you get your H4 visa approved on July 9.

    I will be eagerly waiting for your update!

    Best,
    Ridhima
    IANAL

  269. By Monica on Jul 13, 2011 | Reply

    have to apply for H4 Visa this month but I do not have a marriage certificate.

    My husband is in US and can not come back immediately to India to get the marriage certificate done.

    I have all the documents like notarized letter of marriage affidavit stating my wedding place date ect, wedding card from both the sides, wedding album as well as our names are reflected on each others passport.

    Could any one please guide me if I can apply for Visa and if so will it get approved?

    Regards,
    Monica

  270. By anonym on Jul 14, 2011 | Reply

    Hi,

    My Wife is in US on H1B Visa.

    Do we require I-797 original or just the copy of it for H4 Visa interview?

    Has any one experienced it , consulate asking for Original I-797 in case spouse is already in US ?

    Thanks.

  271. By Ridhima on Jul 14, 2011 | Reply

    Hi,

    In most cases a copy is good enough. However, if you want to cover all bases, carry a notarized copy.

    If you need more assistance, please contact a lawyer.

    I wish you good luck!
    Ridhima
    IANAL

  272. By siri on Jul 15, 2011 | Reply

    hai i have applied for h4 and i have submitted my documents too but the photograph i have taken for the submission the size was not correct itseems. so they dint attach to that document they said to bring the photograph on the interview date.. will this be a problem at the consulate please suggest me

  273. By Ridhima on Jul 15, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Siri,

    Just carry the correct photo. You will be fine. It should not be a problem at all.

    Good luck!
    Ridhima
    IANAL

  274. By Ragi on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,,,
    my husband in usa on H1-B category n nw i m appling 4 H-4 n going to give interview on 4th august’11 so i have many question about interview as follow:
    1. we got marreid on 6th of may’11 n interview on 4th august’11 so about this gap VO can make any question?
    2. i m going 2 give interview in english,,,i know english launguege but not that much but i can,,,but i have littel bit nervousness about US english pronaunsation n them english so plz give me some way to come out of this..
    3. my interview is fixed in kolkatta us embaccy so there is any specific rules or we have 2 take any kind of precaution over their???
    4. as per our procedure kolkatta us embacy not requierd document submission before few days in relevant VFS center as required for mumbai us embaccy is it ri8 or wrong???

  275. By Ridhima on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Ragi,

    Thanks for stopping by. Don’t worry and I wish you all the best!

    1. I don’t think it should be a problem. You can explain why there was a 3 month delay if asked.

    2. I don’t think this should be a problem as well. Speak slowly and listen to the question asked. If you do not understand, do not hesitate to ask the VO to repeat his question. The Officers are usually trained to understand English in different accents..:)

    If this does not help you and you are still nervous, try to get a regional language translation service during your H4 visa interview.

    Read this discussion as well : http://h4-visa.com/content/i-do-not-know-english-h4-visa-interview

    3. I am not aware of any rules specific to the Kolkatta Embassy. Just follow the procedure as applicable in the Kolkatta Embassy Ragi. Carry all the paperwork and be confident.

    Please come back and share the outcome of your interview with us.

    I wish you all the best!
    Ridhima

  276. By Harin Kumar on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Hi,
    I am a H1B holder working in the USA for the past 3 years, I am going to get married in November and I am planning to bring my spouse with me, so to be able to do that, can she fill DS 160 form before marriage and take appointment after marriage, when doing so, are there any things we need to consider or to be careful? As other people mentioning in DS 160 we have marriage Date and Place information, can we fill these before marriage? Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Harin.

  277. By Stanley on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    hi Ridhima,

    I am returning to update: I got the H4 approved, interview was in delhi; not much questions, only asked me to show the copy of wife’s passport, I had a carried a copy of the passport the consulate official was happy with that.
    Thanks. Your blog helped me to prepare well for the appointment.

  278. By Ridhima Suri on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Hello Stanley,

    This is excellent news! Thanks for sharing. It will help a lot of people!

    Hello Harin,

    Yes you can fill the DS-160 form in advance. At the time of the H4 visa interview, you have to carry a marriage certificate as proof of marriage. Good luck to you and your wife!

    Best,
    Ridhima
    IANAL

  279. By sheen on Aug 7, 2011 | Reply

    hi!
    i know this might sound silly..but you mentioned bout, attire and jewellery ,all that stuff which make you look like a newly-wed does matter. But m going for the interview 10 months later, do you think i should be casual on that part..any advice?
    thanks :-)
    sheen

  280. By Ridhima on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Sheen,

    My advise was based on my own personal experience. Wear what you are most comfortable in..:) At the end, correct documentation is all that matters for the interview..:)

    I wish you all the best! Please let me know if you need any other help.

    Best,
    Ridhima

  281. By krishna on Aug 17, 2011 | Reply

    Hi,
    4 months ago my spouse attended for H4, but got 221 G yellow slip and after submitting additional documents .It got rejected saying (Client location problem) need additional documents form me and my employer.
    Now I change my organization and my new employer applying H4 visa for my spouse.
    Can you please tell me what the additional documents need to carry are?
    Any new questions they will ask at the interview.
    Please help me.

  282. By Ridhima on Aug 18, 2011 | Reply

    Hello Krishna,

    I am not a lawyer but I can tell you this: focus on carrying all the correct paperwork related to your current employer. Your spouse should explain that there is a significant change (your new job) from the time she applied earlier.

    The interview process is very subjective. Make sure your spouse has all the documents.

    Please come back and post the outcome of your spouse’s H4 visa interview. That will help others here!
    Best,
    Ridhima

  283. By Manali on Aug 23, 2011 | Reply

    Hi,

    Thanks for this blog! I have a question, I will be applying for my H4 visa soon. We had a court marriage in May right after our engagement. Now I don’t have any wedding pics because it was a court marriage but of course I do have my marriage certificate. So I just wanted to know whether its absolutely essential to have the wedding pics.. Won’t the marriage certificate do? also I have my engagement album.

    Please help! Thanks!
    Manali

  284. By Ridhima on Aug 23, 2011 | Reply

    Hello Manali,

    Thank you.

    Well, they need proof of marriage. Certificate and pictures of the wedding party are usually acceptable. But in your case, carry whatever you have and explain your situation. I am sure they would understand.

    I have one question though: is there going to be a wedding party later? When are you scheduled to go for the H4 visa interview?

    Thanks!
    Ridhima

    p.s. you can also visit http://h4-visa.com/ for more information.

  285. By Ridhima on Aug 24, 2011 | Reply

    Hello ridhima!

    I am going to get married in november. i want to knwo how do i apply for the visa and wat r the documents that i need to produce in front of them and how to apply and all that. Because me and my fiancee are not on talking terms and we are upset with each other. so i have to do it on my own. :) please help. :)

  286. By Ridhima on Aug 24, 2011 | Reply

    Hello,

    You have posted the question as Ridhima..:)

    I suggest you read the blog posts as posted on this website and visit http://h4-visa.com/. You will find answers to all your questions there. If you still have a doubt, write a note to me.

    I hope you can work things out quickly with your fiance..:)

    Best,
    Ridhima

  287. By Manali on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    Thank for your reply. Yes, there will be a wedding party later in November. But I wanted to get my visa thing done now so that when he comes back in Nov, I can go with him (he won’t be able to stay for long), that’s why I wanted to get this thing done asap. But now I am just worried about the photographs. Maybe I can then wait till Nov if the pics are absolutely essential.

  288. By Ridhima on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply

    Hello Manali,

    If you want to get the H4 visa interview done in advance tell them the story like you have related to me. There is a good chance you can get it and yes, its a smart idea to save time since you already have the marriage certificate. However, expect a lot of questions.

    If you have your marriage invitation card ready you should carry that as well. If you can manage one from the groom’s side, that would be great too!

    You must carry all the correct paperwork needed for the H4 visa interview. I have listed some tips for H4 visa interview here : http://blog.dslamba.net/2010/01/24/tips-for-h4-visa-interview/ and http://blog.dslamba.net/2009/03/27/documents-needed-for-the-h4-visainterview/

    Please do come back and share your experience with others!

    Thank you.
    Ridhima
    IANAL

  289. By Manali on Aug 31, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    Well I got my interview appointment, its on 6th Sept. I’m a bit nervous but lets hope it goes well. What do you think I should answer to this question? “Do you plan to study in the US”? Honestly I don’t know, I might..I might not.

    Do you plan to work would definitely be NO but I was wondering what should I answer here…

    Thanks for your help! Would definitely come back and share my experience.

  290. By Ridhima on Sep 1, 2011 | Reply

    Hello Manali,

    Ok don’t be nervous. Everything will be ok. Do you paperwork well and just answer the questions correctly.

    H4 visa holders can study. There is no restriction on that. If you are undecided on this right now, just say that you’d like to do more research on what course to study.

    Yes, the answer to the second question is a definite NO. Tell them that you just want to accompany your spouse.

    Let me know if you need more help!

    Good luck!
    Ridhima
    IANAL

  291. By Manali on Sep 7, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima!

    I got my visa :) It was so easy..She just asked me one question “Can I see your marriage certificate”. I did that and her next line was “your visa is approved”! I was like wow..really..haha…because I was so worried about so many things… especially cuz I didn’t have the wedding pics…but then I thought that I am not telling them any lie..we are married legally so it should work fine. I got my visa in 30 seconds! And I had my interview yesterday at 11 a, and today afternoon I got the message to collect my passport…so within 24 hours I have my passport with the visa..It was that easy! I am glad everything is sorted now, and we can go to US right after the social gathering in Nov, definitely saved time!

    Thanks again for your help!
    Manali

  292. By Ridhima on Sep 7, 2011 | Reply

    Hello Manali!

    This is excellent news! I am very happy for you. Congratulations!

    Best,
    Ridhima

  293. By Manali on Sep 9, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks Ridhima :)

  294. By Navya on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    Hi,
    First thing to say, thank you for the wonderful Blog!Really a great help for us.
    I have a question related to my H4 visa. We got married on 2nd sep and in Arya samaj and got it registered as well. My H4 visa is initiated by Infosys (my husband employer). it is still in a slot booking stage but my doubt is, we dont have our parents (both sides) present at our marrige, as they were againest this. So would it be a problem if our parents are not present in the wedding snaps? And now i am staying in a hostel for the meantime till i go to US, as my husband had got a really short vacation and he left within 1week after marriage. If they ask a question where am i staying now should i answer that i am not staying with my parents or my in-laws? Also we didn’t get any wedding cards printed from our parents end. its just that me and my husband printed few cards without our parents name, just we inviting our frineds. is that sufficient. I guess my interview slot would be in the next week between 27-30sep.
    I am really confused with my situation. Please help…..

    Thanks,
    Navya

  295. By priya on Sep 24, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    This is priya. its really good to see ur suggestions. I too have a problem that we got married in dec 2010 now im planning to to go for h4 visa but we dont have marriage photos, our marriage happened very simple way in a temple with just our family members and we dint took any photos in our marriage becouse it was a love marriage. but after that we had reception where i can show photos. i’m going to embassy for stamping on 3rd oct 2011 so kindly help me what to do. i’m totally nervous as i saw in required documents visa officer want only fire ceremony photos where our parents must be there.
    I’m not understanding what to do.
    Please help.
    Thank you
    Priya

  296. By Ridhima Suri on Sep 25, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Priya,

    I think the pictures of the Reception should be fine. If asked about the other occasion just tell them frankly as you have described the situation here.

    Carry the marriage certificate and all other documentation.

    Don’t worry. You will be fine and I hope you come back to our blog with some good news!

    Feel free to post any other questions that you may have.

    Best,
    Ridhima
    IANAL

    Visit http://h4-visa.com/ for more help.

  297. By Ridhima Suri on Sep 25, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Navya,

    Like I told Priya above, don’t be worried about not having enough pictures or invitation cards.If asked tell them the situation frankly. As you already have the marriage certificate, your invitation, and/or some pictures you should be ok.

    Usually the like to ascertain that a person is not committing fraud by showing a fake relationship to the H1 visa holder.

    You have a genuine problem and hopefully the Visa Officer will understand that.

    Carry all the paperwork and be confident. You will be fine…:)

    Please come back and post questions asked during your H4 visa interview. It will definitely be a big help to us!

    Please make sure you have a date and time for the interview. I do not understand the slot system that you mentioned.

    Thanks!
    Ridhima
    This is not legal advise

  298. By sushant on Oct 1, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,
    My wife has her H4 visa interview after 2 weeks. She had a F2 denied previously. Its been 11 months we are married now. She is working as S/w engg for 4 yrs. I am on H1 now, I am wondering what to answer if visa officer ask her “why are you applying for US visa so late?” and “Why you didnt travel with your husband?”

    I would appreciate your help.

  299. By Ridhima on Oct 1, 2011 | Reply

    Hello Sushant,

    I am not a lawyer but I think rejection in another category of visas does not affect applying in another category of visas. It is very normal for the spouse to apply later. Like you have suggested, she can simply mention that the lapse was due to work commitment and inability to get the F2 visa. I do not think this will be a problem for her. Just tell her to take all the paperwork and be confident.

    For more information please go to http://h4-visa.com/.

    Good luck!
    Ridhima

  300. By Haritha on Oct 4, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,
    I am going for my H4 interview on 14thOct. I dont have proper educational qualification. i am just 10th class passed, should that in any way effect my Visa process? i heard that education should not be a constraint for H4 visa. is that true?? Please let me know. i am really tensed about my situation and also it would be really helpful if you can give me some sample questions what the Visa officer might ask in my case….
    Please help me out on this…
    Thanks a lot for the wonderful blog…
    Regards,
    Haritha

  301. By Haritha on Oct 4, 2011 | Reply

    Ridhima,
    I have one more question. I see some people talking about address on the marriage certificate. But i dont see any address on my marriage certificate (registered in Andhra Pradesh), would that be a problem?? Its just that our names, marriage date and the registration dates were mentioned along with the registrar signature and the goverment seal, should that be fine??
    Regards,
    Haritha

  302. By Ridhima on Oct 4, 2011 | Reply

    Hello Haritha,

    Don’t be worried at all. I am not a lawyer but I don’t think your education background will be a problem and I think your marriage certificate is good enough.

    I wish you all the best for your H4 visa interview. Check out this forum for more information: http://h4-visa.com/content/h4-visa-interview-questions

    Please let me know if you need any more help. It would be great if you can come back and post the outcome of your interview on the 14th.

    Thanks,
    Ridhima

  303. By Ridhima on Oct 4, 2011 | Reply

    For you Haritha : http://h4-visa.com/content/h4-visa

    Thank you for all the kind remarks! :)

  304. By Haritha on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    Thank You for the response. i have a question related to documents. Infosys is applying for my H4visa as my husband is working with this company. They gave me a very small list of docs to be taken with the for the interview for H4. Below is the list they gave me, out of which they have already submitted some docs to the consulate (as per new laws they said they have to submit certain docs 3days prior the appointment date):

    1)Original passport-i have this
    2)HDFC MRV receipts-they already submitted to the consulate(and gave me two copies as well, a light green and a dark green copy)
    3)Consulate interview letter-they already submitted a copy to the consulate and gave me one more copy which i have to carry with me
    4)Visa application form DS-160 form CEAC confirmation-they already submitted a copy to the consulate and gave me a copy which i have to carry with me
    5)BEP letter-they already submitted to the consulate
    6)Photocopy of all pages of principal applicants passport-i have this
    7)photo copy of H1 petition-i am confused here. petition in the sense are they asking for I797? or is it a different document (can u tell me approximately how many pages would a petition be??, just to identify the doc)
    8)marriage certificate-i have this
    9)15 wedding photos-i have this
    10)marriage invitation card-i have this
    11)my leave/reliving letter-i dont work so i think this can be ignored
    12)two coloured photographs-i have this

    please let me know if these docs would be really sufficient? or would you suggest me some additional docs. I have to anyway get through this interview and get the visa to leave to US before 20th of this month. and i also came to know that once visa is approved we can collect the visa in person on the same day between 3-4pm? is it true? can we really collect the visa in person? if so in how many days after the interview?

    i know its a long question, but would be really thankful if you can help me on this.

    Regards,
    Haritha

  305. By Ridhima on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    Hello Haritha,

    First of all I’d like to say ‘Good work on the prep’! I encourage people to do their homework before the interview. That avoids fumbling and last minute confusion. As Infosys is a reputable employer I think the list they have provided is great.

    Just to be safe I carried my education papers with me as well. In addition I also carried copies of recent salary slips.

    You should carry I 797 (H1B Approval Notice)as well as a copy of I-129.

    Yes there is an option for pick up but you will have to contact the VFS call center for that. Many of my friends have used this option and have received the visa stamped passport within 24 hours. Look at this link and the addresses of VFS Passport Collection Centers are listed here: https://www.vfs-usa.co.in/USIndia/contactus.html

    Use the Helpline number for more information: 0120—6611411

    I hope all of this helps you.

    Good luck!

    Ridhima
    IANAL

  306. By Haritha on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks a lot for the prompt reply. so along with these docs i shall carry my husband’s pay slips and I-797 copy and regarding the education docs, as said i am just 10th class passed so will my 10th original certificate be sufficient??

    Regards,
    Haritha

  307. By Ridhima on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    Yes Haritha that should be good enough. Be confident and calm! I am sure you will get the visa..:)

    Ridhima

  308. By Haritha on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks again for the help Ridhima. Will come back on 14th and let you know how it was done….

    Regards,
    Haritha

  309. By Haritha on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    I got my visa approved :-) ….It was soooo easy. He asked me just 3 questions: 1) when did u get married 2) was it a love marriage or an arranged marriage 3) where did u first meet ur spouse. and thats it, he said your visa is approved and will reach you in the next week. I said thank you and left.

    As my itenary was booked for 19th, i checked with VFS counter about picking up the passport in person, as i have not much time. They said it will take 2 working days for the consulate to handover the visa at the VFS counter, so they asked me to keep checking in the VFS site and also gave my some contact number if i needed any help regarding this.Hope i may get my visa by 18th or else i have to postpone my journey. But anyways that should not be a problem…

    Thanks a lot for the wonderful blog Ridhima. It was a real help for me…..Thanks again :-)

    Regards,
    Haritha

  310. By Haritha on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    I have got my Visa :-) ….It went soooo well, he just asked me 3 questions 1) when did u get married? 2) was it a love marriage or an arranged marriage? 3) where did u first meet your spouse? and thats it, he said your visa is approved.

    Thanks a lott for the wonderful blog Ridhima, it really helped me a lot….Thanks again

    Regards,
    Haritha

  311. By sushant on Oct 15, 2011 | Reply

    Hello,
    Its mention that recent pay slips of H1B holder are required. I am already working for the same employer for 15 months now.My H1 is in process. Do consulate require pay slips after H1B approval that shows additional tax deductions? I am thinking to get H4 visa as soon as I get my H1B approved. But if they need pay slips after H1B approval, I will have to wait for a month atleast. Any idea on this?

  312. By RidhimaIt on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    @Haritha–this is excellent news! You just made my day! Congratulations to you and thank you for all the kind remarks.

    @Sushant- It is really your call whether you’d like to wait or just file for your spouse’s H4 visa asap. Your spouse can show your current payslips (before filing of the H1) as well. Evidence of sufficiency of funds is scrutinized to see if a person can support his spouse financially in the U.S.

    I think you should be ok with the older pay slips as well.

    Let us know if you need more help.
    Thanks!
    Ridhima

  313. By Phani Krishna on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    I have some question related to attending H4 visa with out the Govt registered marriage certificate.I wonder if you have any idea about this situation or you came across any incident.

    I am working in US since last Nov 2010 on H1B visa. I got married in June2011 in a chruch and got a marriage certificate from the church. But i didnt register my marriage in government registrar office in India and due to leave issues I flew back to US soon after marriage, I couldn’t get my Govt Marriage certificate at that time.

    I am initiating my wife’s h4 visa now. So, Will the Christian cerificate work for H4 visa?

    Is there any alternative available like getting the affidavit etc will work when we don’t have govt marriage certificate?

    Any help will be greatly appreciated!

  314. By mrinali on Nov 11, 2011 | Reply

    hi,
    thank u 4 such a blog. this is wonderful. i got most of the ans from ur blog.
    in dec 2010 i was married. i was applied for F2 visa in march 2011 but i was rejected. now after that my husband get h1 in nov starting and i m applying 4 h4 visa in dec. is there any question regarding my previous interview? and what is my ans to the question if vo ask me why u r rejected. that time vo rejected me under 214(b) section.
    my husband not yet done his h1b stamping if vo ask me @ that what is my ans as i want to attain the interview before his stamping?
    waiting 4 ur rly
    thank u

  315. By Ridhima on Nov 12, 2011 | Reply

    Hello Mrinali,

    I do not think you should have a problem. You should browse this forum for more information : http://h4-visa.com/content/f2-rejected-twice-and-applying-h4

    It should be ok even though your husband does not have stamping. Please make sure you have all the correct paperwork though.

    It would be great if you can come back and share your experience with us. Would definitely help other H4 visa applicants.

    All the best!
    Thanks,
    Ridhima

  316. By sushant on Nov 14, 2011 | Reply

    Hi,
    Can I schedule H4 visa interview at any consulate irrespective of my state of resident? I know that you have to go the same consulare you have mentioned in DS-160.

    Thanks,
    Sushant

  317. By Keyur on Nov 15, 2011 | Reply

    Hi,

    I am on F1/opt visa and currently working in NY. My wife will be coming down here next year and we are in the process of gathering her visa requirements…can you tell me if she has to change her last name on the passport before going for the interview?..Also since she will be coming on F2, what sort of questions she can expect?. If you can throw some light on this, it will be very helpful.

    Thanks for the help in advance

  318. By Ridhima on Nov 16, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Sushant, please go to the location you specified in the DS-160. If you want to change, confirm with the VFS helplines.

    Hi Keyur, there is no need to change her last name. It is not mandatory. Please browse through this forum to gain insight on probable questions asked during the F2 visa interview : http://h4-visa.com/comment/871#comment-871

    Thank you,
    Ridhima

  319. By mrinali on Nov 17, 2011 | Reply

    hey rhidhima.
    thank u 4 ur quick rly.
    i have one more question, if vo ask me what u will do afer coming back to india?
    i will be the ans. it is necessory to show strong ties 2 home country, plz tell me the suitable ans to this questions

  320. By Ridhima on Nov 19, 2011 | Reply

    Yes Mrinali. It is important to show ties to the home country.

    Thanks,
    Ridhima

  321. By shine on Nov 22, 2011 | Reply

    hi ridhima

    I am on H4 visa and now i need to add my spouse name on my Indian passport? Do you have any idea will they allow me b’coz of visa stamped on my passport.

    thank you

  322. By ravi on Nov 28, 2011 | Reply

    hi ridhima,

    i am appying h4 visa on my wife’s h1. actually she was on opt now. in next april she will apply for h1 visa. so when she will get h1 start date and can i apply on her h1 approved status

    thanks,
    ravi

  323. By Jeetu on Dec 4, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Rhidhima,

    Nice to see ur blog …

    I am applying for a h4 to go n stay with my husband in US. But, my L1 visa has been rejected couple of months back. Also, I have not resigned my current job yet. I am planning to resign after the H4 approval. Do I need to submit the documents of my seperation with the company during the H4 interview ?

    Thank you !

    regards,
    Jeetu.

  324. By Jeetu on Dec 4, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Rhithima,

    I am applying for h4 visa.My L1 had been rejected a couple of months and also I have not resigned my job yet. I am planning to resign after the H4 gets approved. Will this be a problem ? Also, do I need to submit the proof of separation during the time of interview. Please suggest.

    Thank you ,
    Jeetu

  325. By Ridhima on Dec 4, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Jeetu,

    Many people simply tell the VO that they plan to quit their jobs after getting the H4 visa. As long as you take all other necessary documents and tell them that you would not work on the H4 visa in the U.S., you should be fine.

    Good luck!
    Ridhima

  326. By Jeetu on Dec 4, 2011 | Reply

    Thank you for the quick response Ridhima. Its encouraging.
    Also, one more question. I had a L1 Blanket rejection couple of months back. Will that be a problem for a H4 visa?

    Thankyou ,
    Jeetu

  327. By shekhar on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    I have been in US since last 2.5 years on L1 and recently changed to H1 since OCT 2011. Now, my wife has gone to india in Vacation and now she is appearing for stamping…Please let me know if we will have any issue, as i do not have H1 stamping. I have given her almost all the docs, like. I797,I129,Paystubs,W2..etc. Please reply back at your earliest convenience.

    Regards,
    Shekhar

  328. By Ridhima on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Shekhar,

    When is her interview? While your documentation looks great, I hope the PIMS is updated on your changed status.

    Good luck to both of you!
    Ridhima
    IANAL

  329. By shekhar on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks for your Quick response. Her Interview is on 22 December. I shall Update you on the progress.So, what would be the best answer if she is asked a question as in “As your husband is not having a stamping when will he get his visa stamped”. Your answer made me confident enough.

  330. By Ridhima on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Shekhar,

    Please remember I am not a lawyer..:D I just try to help based on my own experience.

    If asked she should just explain the situation ‘as-is’. Your situation is not unusual and she can say that you intend to do the stamping on a future trip to India. I very much doubt that she will be asked this ..:)

    Tell her to be confident. My only concern is that the PIMS should be updated. Let’s hope it is.

    I have also set up a forum : h4-visa.com. You can browse the forum to see what other people are sharing as well.

    Thanks,
    Ridhima
    IANAL

  331. By sheena on Dec 28, 2011 | Reply

    Hi ridhima

    I am on H4 visa my husband visa is going to expire on 30 sept’13 he got his h1B from US and got stamped from india. I want to know for renew of h1b do we both have to visit india before 30 sept.
    thank you

    sheena

  332. By Jaganath on Jan 10, 2012 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    How are u doing, i have a question like, I am currently in US on H1B and my family is staying in India, i (my company) have applied for dependent visa(H4) for my wife and kid, my wife is not good in English, she can understand basic english,she knows only kannada, can my brother accompany with them for visa stamping , will the consulate allow him, can he be answer the questions asked by visa officer, if yes please let me know what is procedure. Stamping will be going to happen in Chennai on 18th of this month.

    Thanks,
    Jaganath

  333. By Ridhima on Jan 11, 2012 | Reply

    Hello Jaganath,

    Thanks for posting. Only the visa applicant is allowed in the Embassy. You may consider taking translation services offered at the Consulate. Oh! but the interview occurs in less than a week so I am not sure how you’d arrange for that. Perhaps call VFS and find out if they can arrange for a translator at the Consulate.

    Please do come back and share your experience.

    Good luck!
    Admin
    IANAL

  334. By Om prakash on Jan 27, 2012 | Reply

    Hi, I got my H1B visa last year. Now I am planning to apply H4 visa for my wife and two kids. I got DS160 confirmation and will be scheduling interview date soon. Could you please tell me if I also need to go to consulate with my kids or my wife is fine.

  335. By SAV on Jan 27, 2012 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,
    I will be appearing for H4 visa interview on Jan 30, 2012. In my case, I will be going alone (without my husband) for the interview. I have all the documents referred in the blog above. My husband’s green card is in process and he will get it within couple of months. Will this cause any problem/risk for my H4 visa stamping?
    Your help would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    SAV

  336. By Deep on Jan 27, 2012 | Reply

    Hi,

    This blog is very helpful everyone who is going for visa interview.

    My husband is going for H4 Visa interview on 30th Jan.

    we got married in mar 2011. he came to india for marriage purpose , Attended H1 visa extn intw at hyd was given 221g after long awaiting it got rejected in July 2011. As i have working exp in India we filed my H1B and i have come to US working from past 3 months.

    Now he is goin for H4 visa intw. We have gathered all the required documents. But we are so tensed what to say in case if asks about H1 rejection.

    he is working for a company in india now. what kind of questions we can expect.

    It would be great help if you guys can help us..

  337. By Deep on Jan 28, 2012 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,
    Waiting for your reply..

  338. By Ridhima on Jan 28, 2012 | Reply

    Hello Deep,

    Don’t be worried at all. Just follow the rules, gather correct paperwork and get ready with a story that you have to tell during the interview. The questions are pretty much the same as asked to another applicant who is a female..:)

    I have set up a forum and browsing through this container should be useful for you : http://h4-visa.com/content/h4-visa-husbands

    Let me know if you need more help. I wish you all the best!

    Please tell us what happens on 30th..:)

    Ridhima

  339. By SAV on Jan 28, 2012 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,
    It would be great help for me if you could help me.

    Thanks,
    SAV

  340. By Ridhima on Jan 30, 2012 | Reply

    Dear Sav,

    No it should not be any problem. By now you would have already appeared for the interview so it would be great if you can share the outcome with us.

    I have created a dedicated forum for H4 visa holders : http://h4-visa.com/ Please take time to check it out.

    Thanks for your patience.
    Ridhima

  341. By Deep on Jan 30, 2012 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima..

    My husband visa got approved.
    Thanks for your support.
    I will update the interview questions shortly..

    Thanks once again for providing such a gr8 site with lots of information.

  342. By ddvk on Feb 6, 2012 | Reply

    hi ridhima , i got married on may 16th of may 2011,on july i went for h4 visa stamping at delhi,i got approved for only oct 25th,bcoz my husband visa got expire on 25th oct, on october my husband was applied for visa extension,now im in india,i came to india on 6th of december,my husband applied for premium on month of january 2012,it got extended,now me and my husband both dont have valid visa on passport,i have visa appointmnet for my h4 on 13th of februay,next week,is it possible to get restamping on my passport without my husband valid visa stamp on his passport,we both have approved petitions ,so any problem hetting h4 visa for me,i am very much tensed about this,few persons got 229(g) slip due to no valid stamping on husband passport, i am really tensed.
    please give some suggestions for me.i am very much tensed about this.

  343. By jitti on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Hi ridhima,

    I am going to apply visitor visa of my mom, if she will get her visa for six months, do she hv to visit in the period of six months?

    thanx
    jitti

  344. By Ridhimay on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Hello DDVK,

    I don’t think you should have any problem if you have a valid petition. It is not important that your husband’s re stamping is done prior to yours. He will have to get that done when he visits India. You should be ok. Please come back and tell us how your H4 visa interview
    goes.

    All the best!

    Ridhima
    IANAL

  345. By Ridhima on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    Hello Jitti,

    Your parents should visit before their visitor visa expires. I hope she gets a visa for a longer duration.

    All the best!
    Ridhima

  346. By sur on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    hi,
    can we understand their words that is English. if not what we can do. actually i am going by h4 visa.and in which way visa can be rejected. and within how many day visa is issued.
    is their any possible to reject the visa in the presents of not their language.

  347. By jony on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    hello
    i am also having that doubt in which language they will conducted the interview… us visa.. pleases tell mee

  348. By Hetal on May 13, 2012 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    Your blog is very informational and your responses very precise and helpful. Some of my questions are already answered by reading it, however, I have a few more I would appreciate your help on.

    I was in the US since last 4 yrs, first on F1 then on H1B and got a 221g during my H1B visa stamping in Nov 2011(reason given by CO was that subcontracting is illegal in US – which I know is not a correct reason). The CO was going to send my petition to USCIS for revocation. I have waited 6 months (unemployed during this period) and decided to finally withdraw and apply for H4. I am getting married in last week of June.

    1) Given the above scenario about H1 refusal and it’s invalid reason, what would be my best answer to the CO (for H4) in trying to explain why my H1B visa got refused? The issue is that I cannot tell one CO that another CO was unjust to me.

    2) Given that I have priorly worked in US, have two siblings in the US, one on F1 and one is LPR, and since I am applying for H4, would health issues of parents-in-law be a sufficient reason to establish that I do not intend to work in the US?

    2) Would it be necessary to convince the CO that I am intending to come back to India after visa is expired? Or is it okay to say that I will want to renew my H4 to continue staying with my husband?

    Thanks in advance!

  349. By Hetal on May 13, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry, the third bullet in my previous post should have been marked 3) instead of 2). My apologies!

  350. By Ridhima on May 14, 2012 | Reply

    Dear Hetal,

    Thank you for the kind remarks. Congratulations on your marriage!

    Remember prior rejections in another category should ideally not affect applying in a different visa category.

    Have you heard back from them or is your case still under administrative processing? What is the status now and where is your passport?

    I think you should be fine. Just focus on telling them that you just want to be with your husband after marriage and fully understand what the H4 visa is about. Bring up no intent to work whilst on the H4 visa if asked. Make sure you carry all the correct paperwork.

    Let me know if you need more help. We have created a separate interactive forum for folks in similar situation : http://h4-visa.com/ Give it a try. Hopefully you should gain more insight.

    Thanks,
    Ridhima

  351. By Hetal on May 14, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks for your advice Ridhima.

    Yes, my H1B case is still under processing and I found out from USCIS that even after 6 months, they have not received my documents from the consulate. Unfortunately, the consulate is not responding. But I am lucky that I have my passport with myself. I have requested my petitioner to withdraw my H1B application since it will conflict with my intent not to work under H4.

    My major fear is that this may affect my H4 because I had been working in the US earlier. I think the CO will force me to give a good reason to prove that I am not intending to work in the States if s/he grants me H4 visa. As it is, it has become very common to travel on H4 and then transfer to H1. And owing to the strict H1 stamping interviews in the past two years, most of the H1 candidates having 221g are opting this strategy – to go back on H4 and then try H1 again.

    I will try the other forum too, thank you for your suggestion.

  352. By Murthy on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Hi All,

    I have a quick question on H4. My Name is Murthy and I did my Masters in US. Now I got H1 approval (2 years). The start data is October 1, 2012. I know she can get into US only after October 1, 2012.

    Question 1) When can I send my wife to visa consulate for H4 Interview? I mean Can I send her in July though she can enter into US after October 1 , 2012? Do you have any turn around time (TAT), that she can’t go to us consulate for H4 stamping?

    Question 2) I have approved I797 but didn’t come to India yet for H1 stamping. Does that create any problem to my wife for H4 stamping at the us consulate?

    Kindly advice. Your valuable information will be helpful to me and my wife.

  353. By Ridhima on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Hello Murthy,

    I am not a lawyer but I will try to help you here based on my knowledge of VFS rules.

    1. Yes you can apply 90 days prior to the start date on I 797 for H1 visa holders (Source : VFS). I assume this applies to H4 visa holders as well.

    2. No it should not be a problem at all.

    Please visit : http://h4-visa.com/ for more information.

    We wish you good luck! Tell us how her H4 visa interview goes.

    Thanks,
    Ridhima
    IANAL

  354. By kk on Jun 7, 2012 | Reply

    hi riddhima,

    Its wonderful to see you responding to so many questions patiently. Thank you for this.I have got my h1b approved & i want to schedule an appointment for the visa interview for me n my wife. I have filled out DS160 form for myself. Does my wife also have to fill out an DS160 ?Both of us have the separate HDFC bank receipts.We intend going for the interview together, she will be accompanying me for the interview.Pls advise what docs do i have to carry for her?

    Thnx in advance
    KK.

  355. By Ridhima on Jun 7, 2012 | Reply

    Hello KK,

    Thank you for the kind remarks. We try! :)

    Looking at the volume, we created another website for immigration related issues : http://h4-visa.com/ Please post your questions there from here on now.

    Now addressing your concern :

    1. I wish you had asked us earlier. The ideal way is to fill the DS-160 and then use the family option to add other people who may want to go for the same interview. The U.S. Embassy recommends families to go together for visa interviews as it saves time and effort.

    2. Now that you have already filled your own DS-160, you should fill another one out for your wife and then try to get the same interview date/time.

    I am not aware if you can make a change I suggested in 1 now. Perhaps you should contact the VFS helpline. Please tell us if you learn anything on the contrary. It will help a lot of users here.

    Good luck!
    Ridhima

  356. By ss on Jun 19, 2012 | Reply

    hi Ridhima…

    I have a question.. I attended my visa in jan-12 and my husband got the visa in dec-11 and he was in India when i attended the visa in jan. The VO asked me to come back to interview the next week with my husband. But i couldn’t attend the interview as i have my masters exam. Can u suggest me what kind of question i may face this time in interview and how to answer those questions.

    Thanks

  357. By Sachin on Jun 22, 2012 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    Its great blog to clarify the doubts and concenred about H4 Visa interview.
    though today my wife had attended Visa interview along with all required documents and photos. But she got pink slip to submit Marriage ceremony photos with fire ceremony specially. We did not had fire ceremony at our marriage. She explained the officer but she insisted on the same and asked to cureer Photos with fire ceremony.

    However, currently I am in USA.

    I am planing to come back to India to complete fire ceremony and have photos and submit them. But if any alternative solution is possible, please suggest asap.

    Thanks in advance!

  358. By Sachin on Jun 22, 2012 | Reply

    Hi,

    Sorry it was yellow slip for 221g. Mentioning the required documents needs to be submited.

    BR,
    Sachin

  359. By mounika on Jun 24, 2012 | Reply

    hi ridhima,

    my f2 visa rejected twice in 2011.now my husband got h1 visa approved.i got the marriage 14 months back.i have few doubts about h4 visa
    If you didn’t go for the H4 interview with your spouses’ H1B visa appt: Why did you not come with your husband for the interview?
    2) If going after spouse has left to USA: Why did you not leave with your spouse or why are you coming today for visa when you got married on so and so date
    3)I see that you have been rejected earlier, do you know why? (Possible question, if you have been rejected before)
    4)why did your husband change the company
    5) my qualification is btech but i have a language problem.i want take the interview in telugu
    6)f2 rejection any effect on h4 visa
    pls i want answers.send me reply

    REPLY

  360. By mounika on Jun 24, 2012 | Reply

    my f2 visa rejected twice in 2011.now my husband got h1 visa approved.i got the marriage 14 months back.i have few doubts about h4 visa
    If you didn?t go for the H4 interview with your spouses? H1B visa appt: Why did you not come with your husband for the interview?
    2) If going after spouse has left to USA: Why did you not leave with your spouse or why are you coming today for visa when you got married on so and so date
    3)I see that you have been rejected earlier, do you know why? (Possible question, if you have been rejected before)
    4)why did your husband change the company
    5) my qualification is btech but i have a language problem.i want take the interview in telugu
    6)f2 rejection any effect on h4 visa
    pls i want answers.send me reply

    REPLY

  361. By priya on Jul 5, 2012 | Reply

    Hi,

    Am going for H4 Renewal on july 12th and i’ve the copy of all the documents of my husband except the copy of his passport, but i do have a copy of his I-797 so can i know how much important is to have a copy of his passport……….

    Please its very IMPORTANT!!!!!!

  362. By Ekta on Jul 10, 2012 | Reply

    Hi
    I am having my H4 visa Interview on 18 July, Please help me answereing these Question:

    1) Currently i am employed but have resigned. As on H4 I am not going to work anyways , does my work related docuemtns are needed to be carried.
    My current employer doesnt suggest in its checklist
    2) My L1 have been rejected two times in a row, Will it can effect my H4.

  363. By rahul on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    @ Ekta..
    Hi Ekta How did ur H4 visa interview go. Hope u got it..
    Please share ur experience..

  364. By Darshan on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    Hi

    I got apporve H-1B for current year (2012). I want to apply for my wife’s H-4 Visa. Here is the complication:

    My wife had applied for f1-dependent (f2) visa in may 2012. She got rejected without clear reasons. I decided to wait for H-1B approval. I got H-1B approval, and decided to visit india between oct1 – oct 15, and get my H1 stampped and my wife H4 stampped with me. She could not take interview during same time frame. I could not delay my travel in late october. This left us one choice to take interview during last week of september.

    1. Do I have to stampped my H1 before appliing for my wife’s H4 visa?

    2. Can we apply for H4 before my H-1B activate (oct-1) ,and before my H-1B stapped?

    3. Have you came across any H4 rejection, and H4 rejection specially due h-1B is stampped, and early H4 application (before oct-1)

    What is your suggestion? Do you see anymore complication in my case that lead to H4 rejection?

    Thx

    D

  365. By Darshan on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    Hi

    I got apporve H-1B for current year (2012). I want to apply for my wife’s H-4 Visa. Here is the complication:

    My wife had applied for f1-dependent (f2) visa in may 2012. She got rejected without clear reasons. I decided to wait for H-1B approval. I got H-1B approval, and decided to visit india between oct1 – oct 15, and get my H1 stampped and my wife H4 stampped with me. She could not take interview during same time frame. I could not delay my travel in late october. This left us one choice to take interview during last week of september.

    1. Do I have to stampped my H1 before appliing for my wife’s H4 visa?

    2. Can we apply for H4 before my H-1B activate (oct-1) ,and before my H-1B stapped?

    3. Have you came across any H4 rejection, and H4 rejection specially due h-1B is stampped, and early H4 application (before oct-1)

    4. forgot to ask:: we married in 2012, Do I need to change her name, marital status, and address on her passport before visa interview?

    What is your suggestion? Do you see anymore complication in my case that lead to H4 rejection?

    Thx

    D

  366. By sheena on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,
    I am on H4 and wants to apply B2 for my mother. I am a single child and my mother is a house wife and a widow. Can you plz tell me what kind of question they can ask in US Embassy in Delhi.

  367. By Arjun on Aug 30, 2012 | Reply

    My L-1B visa is till Oct-04-2012. Applied for a college, received I-20 from a University for Masters program.
    If I apply F-1 now definitely it takes a month to approve/reject, if it gets rejected, I am sure there is no any chance to apply for H-4 dependent again, because I will be out of status to apply for H-4 again. What can I do here?
    What are the chances of F1 rejection in USA? Are there any F1 rejections without any reason?
    What is your suggestion, take a chance applying F1 from L1B, it won’t be a problem?
    Do not take risk, apply H4 from L1 and then to F1?
    Please please please need your suggestion and I need confidence from you.

  368. By Mishra on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    Hi,

    My husband is going to schedule his H1 visa interview soon. I also want to apply for the H4 visa. Is it a good idea to go along with my husband or shall I go once his H1 is approved – which is the better option. Currently I am 3 months pregnant and I will not go to US till my baby is atleast a month old. My husband might also go along with me even though his H1 gets stamped now. So, shall I go now along with him for my H4 visa and then later go and get the baby’s stamping done or is it better to go for the H4 visa stamping once I have my baby. Kindly advise which situation looks like it has lesser rejection criteria.

    Thank you so much.

  369. By Sri on Oct 11, 2012 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,
    I came to USA on F1 visa, then i went back got married but did not get my wife here. Now, i am on H1b and planning to call my wife here. Does she require to get my 1040 tax return for the interview. if yes then there is a problem, i always e-filed my tax as “single” status because whenever i tried to select “married” it used to ask me about my wife’s SSN or ITIN which i did not had. Now, does this is going to create any problem while her interview.
    Thank You,
    Sri

  370. By Deepa on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,
    Firstly thanks a ton for all your answers on various occasions.I’m presently in US and my husband is in India working right now.I went to India to get married in Feb when I was in my OPT status and stayed for a month and got back leaving my husband there then.Now i got my H1B approval and dint go for stamping yet. My biggest concern is my husband is planning on going for the H4 interview pretty soon.So what do you think would be the best answer to convince the VO when asked like…
    1.Why do you want to go to USA?
    2.How long do you intend to stay there(assuming wouldn’t be asked though).
    3.How about your job here in India.
    4.why dint she accompany you for Visa.

    Could you let me know other questions which you think could be asked.

    Greatly Appreciate your time in answering me…:)

    Thanks,
    Deepa

  371. By Ridhima on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Hello Deepa,

    Thank you for the kind words. Well, for one, just be honest about answering any question asked.

    1. Tell the situation as-is, for example, your husband can say that he wants to be with his wife.

    2.It is not important or mandatory that the H1B visa holder accompanies the H4 visa applicant for the interview.

    3. He can stay for as long as they permit, mostly for as long as you have gotten your H1B visa.

    It would be great if you can come back and share his experience and outcome of the interview with us. Would help our voluntary effort here.

    Let me know if you need any more help.

    Thank you and good luck!
    Ridhima

  372. By Jigar on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,
    Your blog is awesome and provides critical support in such an important situation. Me(H4) and my wife (H1B) are going for interview and would like to clear a few queries.

    I’m working in one of the first 5 companies in fortune 500 list in a research position and has 7+ yrs of experience after my BTech degree in computer science. My main concern is to convince them I’m not going to seek employment in US and simply going to accompany my wife for period of 3 years.
    As you see, it doesn’t sound so convincing that a highly qualified person (sorry) is going to simply not do anything for 3 years, How should I try my best to do so?

    Thanks for your valuable opinion and support in this regard…..

  373. By Sachin on Nov 6, 2012 | Reply

    Hi,

    Just wanted to confirm couple of things regarding H4 visa, I have my H1b stamped and now my organisation is filing my spouse and kids dependent visa but the concern from my side is my spouse is not fluent in english even i doubt whether she would be able to understand the question completely due to the fluency of VO, can you please tell whether i can go with my spouse and kid for H4 stamping as there translator and if yes what would be the process for the same, I am done with filling there DS-160 the only pending task is blocking the appointment, your help would be most appreciated

  374. By Avi on Dec 7, 2012 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima
    I was following several of your blogs and found that you never replied any tough questions directly. Either you ignore or you play safe saying that you are not a lawyer(Visa issues are so critical that I firmly believe only a registered lawyer should reply them). Every case is different and really need an expert to reply.
    Almost all the questions that you answer are either so simple that the answer seeker can just google and get it in 2 mins or else you reply so defensive that hardly helps anyone except to run the adv in your blog.

  375. By binod on Feb 12, 2013 | Reply

    sachin what is your .h4b .visa . status now . I am also in similar position

  376. By sandra on Feb 12, 2013 | Reply

    hi Ridhima,

    I am a romanian married to a mexican, and would like to change my B1/B2 tourist visa into a H4 spouse visa, as he has a H1B visa.

    Do you know if I can do this from Mexico, or if I have to return to my country?

    I’m not a mexican resident, and my nationality is romanian. We got married just last week.

    Or..if anyone has been in a similar situation..

    Thanks,
    Sandra

  377. By nazia on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply

    hello riddhima……i see that u helping out many people ..i shall pray for ur goodness ..i m proud that we have these kinda ppl even :)

    my doubt is that my husband has applied for h1 visa and i got rejected twice on my f2 from different embassies first time in chennai 2 nd time in hyd.. will that be a problem in my h4 interview ?? would they be asking me this question ?? why didn u apply in hyd why did u apply here in chennai ?? what should i say??

    another question is mine is arranged marriage and when vo asks me when did u meet ur spouse for the first time ?? what to say ?? should i tell same reason as i told in the f2 interview orelse should i tell it in a more detailed way ?? or should i jus say in college as he is my cousin and we knew eachother from a long time as we re family friend??
    please help me with this :) it would be really appreciative:)

  378. By Ridhima on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply

    Hello Nazia,

    F2 rejection does not affect H4 visa application process ideally. Just be honest in answering all the questions. Explain how you met your husband if asked. They are aware about the concept of arranged marriages..:)

    All the best

    Ridhima

  379. By Althaf on May 23, 2013 | Reply

    Hi,

    My Wife is in US. I am currently working in India in an IT company. I have my H4 visa interview on june 4 and 5th
    I have not informed my company yet about my travel plan.What should i tell the visa officer when asked about NOC.
    I am planning to resign my job once I get my visa. Shld i carry my educational documents ?

  380. By rashmi on Jun 3, 2013 | Reply

    hello ridhima,
    to brief u abt myself i got married on 14-1-2012.
    my husband is on h1b since 4-1-2012. he joined his employer in texas in states on 21-2-2012. i will b applyng for h4 visa on 10-12-2013.
    u do hv a marriage certificate , invotation cards , weddng pics etc.
    moreover i will carry all original docs of my husband as he will b present in india during my h4 interview.
    here my question to u is that i have not travelled to us even once after marriage so will the consulTe ask abt my delay to aplly for h4 visa aftet 1 yar n 10 months of marriage.
    basically i did not had a passprt wen i got married so i made my passport which was issued on 11-5-2012. we had applied for h4 visa in august 2012 but could not schedule an appointment bcOz during d same time my mother in law met wid an accident n gone through an operation post which she ws on bedrest for 1 yr. now as my husband is d only son to my onlaws i had to stay in india n look after them.
    now they r recoverng n will b fit by dec 2013. hence we intend to apply for h4 visa.
    now i m wondering what should b the ans for the dealy of 1 ye n 10 months. also will dis b appropriate ans to give to yhe consulate.
    do let me know for any other reason if applicable.
    i m really tensed bt also want to accompany my spouse now.
    thank u ………

  381. By Ifeoma on Sep 6, 2013 | Reply

    Hi dear,
    Your blog is amazing and even though I am not Asian, I totally relate
    I work in london and my husband is coming in October to london to see me and also to stamp his H1. Can I also book an interview few days after him for H4, so we can go together.
    Also I did my court in America with a visit visa, hope that won’t be an issue?

    Thanks for your response

  382. By Hiral on Sep 24, 2013 | Reply

    Hi,

    I got married in Feb 2013. My husband’s comapany is applying for his H1B and my H4 together. His company is saying that we will have same stamping date.I am confused as how it is possible. My husband should have H1B stamping first. Can we both have same stamping date? Also i have been to US twice on H1B before y wedding, will it be a problem at the time of interview. My H1B was valind till Sep 2014 but it got cacelled since i left my job.

  383. By ashvin on Oct 21, 2013 | Reply

    Hello Ridhima,
    praying for your wellness as you are helping others…
    I am in US and just my status transffered form F1 student to H1B approved and would like to apply for H4 visa for my wife and 2 year old son next month and I am planning to change my US address from next month.
    “For DS 160 form which US address I should provide new one or old one ,as my all pay stubs and bank statements has old address on it?”
    thanks in advance…

  384. By Ridhima on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    Hello Ashvin,

    Please fill in your new address. Keep proof of old address ready such as electricity bills, phone bills in case someone asks for that.

    Thank you for the encouraging remarks!
    Ridhima
    IANAL

  385. By priya on Dec 18, 2013 | Reply

    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.

  386. By priya on Dec 18, 2013 | Reply

    if i will make any correction on marriage certificate thr coun.is it ok or have to get new one???

  387. By Moorthy on Dec 21, 2013 | Reply

    hi ridhima,

    My H1B Visa is Expiring On FEB 25 2014.Can i Get a
    H4 Visa For My Wife In The Month Of JAN 2014.Will
    There Be Any Issues?

    Thanks,

  388. By Devika Kumar on Jan 6, 2014 | Reply

    Hi,
    I work for a reputed software company in Chennai and I hold a L1 B visa which is valid till December 2014. But I have applied for L2 visa as a dependent to my husband who has valid L1 A visa stamped in Jul 2013 and currently works in USA. What should be my answers to the below questions and your help on this is greatly appreciated.

    1. Why did you get your visa along with your husband?
    2. Why do you need L2 visa as you have already L1 visa?

  389. By Ridhima on Jan 10, 2014 | Reply

    Dear Devika,

    May I ask why you are not working on your current L1 visa? Just tell them your situation and carry all your paperwork. Hopefully you will get the L2 visa in a breeze.
    Looking forward to your reply.
    Ridhima
    IANAL

  390. By Devika Kumar on Jan 17, 2014 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,
    I got my visa stamped yesterday. There were only few questions regarding my husband’s work and our marriage. They didn’t cancel my L1.

  391. By mohammed shafiq ahmed on Apr 2, 2014 | Reply

    Helo. sir shafiq here i would like to know how could ican get B1 or B2 visa for US i have got much loss in my real state business or how to get work visa. i would like to work in US to cover my loss. thanks

  392. By Divya on Apr 12, 2014 | Reply

    Hello Ridhima,
    Thank you so much for your excellent work and information work for people in need like us. I got married in march 2009 and my husband is in USA on H1B since 2010. I am working in India and was not so keen on leaving my job and going to USA. Now i have applied for H4 visa and my interview is scheduled on 21 April 14. I have few queries on interview question
    1. i have not informed my current company about my travel as i thought once i get my visa i will resign. So will consulate ask my documents for the same.

    2. As i am applying late – Do you think consulate will be convinced if i say I wanted to stay in India but now i would like to accompany my husband.

  393. By SCR on Jun 4, 2014 | Reply

    Hello Ridhima,

    I got married in December 2013 when I’m on my F1 visa, I traveled back to USA and applied for a H1 and it is approved.
    1. Can my wife go for the H4 visa interview asap or she should only go in September as my H1 starts from October. (as someone as informed me)
    2. As I’m right now on F1 OPT, and I have no H1 stamping on my passport. Does it impact in anyway for her H4. As per my knowledge, I797 form of approval is enough. Am I correct?

  394. By Victory on Jun 26, 2014 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    Gud to see ur replies..

    I had a B2reject in 2012. Applied for F1 and got rejected in June, 2014. Next, if I apply for H4 in a months time (July-Aug 2014), would it be ok? I am yet to get married but would be done with the court marriage in couple of weeks time. What precations should be borne in mind in terms of documentation or any other tips if you could offer..

    Thanks for your time.

  395. By triveni on Jul 8, 2014 | Reply

    I am planning to get my H4 visa stamping in a week or two. I am currently employed in a software firm. I am planning to take leave /resign before I go to US. Should I take a No Objection Letter from my current employer when I go for the interview? Or will they ask for a approved leave application form

  396. By Ridhima Suri on Jul 8, 2014 | Reply

    Hello Triveni,
    You don’t need any NOC for H4 visa interview. What’s important is that you don’t work in the U.S. Prior work experience elsewhere should not matter.
    Ridhima
    IANAL

  397. By Ridhima Suri on Jul 8, 2014 | Reply

    Hello Vidya,
    Preior rejections in other categories of visas does not affect applying for H4 visa. Please carry all necessary paperwork and come back to us with good news..:)

    Visit http://www.h4-visa.com for more information and user experiences.

    Regards,
    Ridhima

  398. By triveni suri on Jul 9, 2014 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima,

    Thankyou soooo much for your response.

    I m going on H4visa can I work in US .I came to know that one rule has been passed i.e H4 also can work.Is there any chance?

    Tahnks in advance.

  399. By Kamal on Aug 26, 2014 | Reply

    Hello Ridhima,

    I’ve my H1b petition approved and planning to attend the H1b interview sometime next month.My wife’s passport was made before we were married[2013] and i could not endorse her name of my passport yet. We’ve the marriage certificate though.
    1. Is it really mandatory to have my wife’s name endorsed on my passport?
    2. Or, will the marriage certificate work?
    3. If the marriage certificate works, what all documents pertinent to marriage do we need to carry?
    4. Endorsing her name on my passport will be a reissual of passport, and i don’t want to go through that step now. so, please, help me.

    PS:I’m planning to attend the stamping interview for my H1b along with my wife and baby.

    Thanks.

  400. By NEH on Sep 12, 2014 | Reply

    Hello Ridhima,

    I am planning to go for H1B stamping on 23rd Sep along with my wife (h4). Now my question is she is currently working in India and she has not resigned from her company. So what kind of question we can expect they will ask my wife, also what document they can ask as she doesn’t have Resignation Letter or releaving letter from her company.

  401. By NEH on Sep 12, 2014 | Reply

    I am planning to go for H1B stamping on 23rd Sep along with my wife (h4). Now my question is she is currently working in India and she has not resigned from her company. So what kind of question we can expect they will ask my wife, also what document they can ask as she doesn’t have Resignation Letter or releaving letter from her company.

  402. By anjalit on Dec 14, 2014 | Reply

    Hi Ridhima, Can you please help me on this:

    H4 visa for my husband- Urgent help needed.

    I got my H1 visa last week and now my husband has his interview for H4 scheduled Next week.

    I am still in India and didnt travel to US yet, so i donot have any payslips yet. And he is working in India for 8 years. This is my situation and i have some questions regarding this. Can you please help us

    1. As Payslips are not there, what are the important documents that he needs to carry for interview?( As documents are very important for H4 interview)

    2. When they ask who sponsored for your Visa what can be the best answer?

    3.As he is working in India , if he says he will quit his job and join me – wil it be okay will he face many questions?

  403. By Ridhima on Dec 17, 2014 | Reply

    Hello Anjali,

    1. Please look up the list of documents listed here : http://blog.dslamba.net/2009/03/27/documents-needed-for-the-h4-visainterview/ If you don’t have pay slips that is ok.

    2. Has your company filed for his H4 visa?

    3. Should be ok.

    Please come back and tell us about his H4 visa experience. That would help many others in the same situation.
    Best,
    Ridhima

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