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H4 visa Stamping when current H4 Visa Extension under processing.

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Hello All,

Just curious to know if this can work.

Our current situation: Both H1 and H4 visa stamps have expired on Aug 2016. Current H1 and H4 petitions are valid till Aug 2017.  

I have applied my H1b extension along with my spouse's H4 extension under PP in March 2017. My H1b petition got approved till Aug 2020 in March but H4 petition didnt get approved yet (because of the heavy H1b influx I guess) and might have moved to regulat processing. I guess it might take around 5 months for H4 to get approved.

Question: I have my H1 visa interview scheduled next month on June 20. Can I take my spouse along with me for her H4 visa interview as well with her H4 petition still being under processing.
 

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Yes.  I had similar question and I inquired with my employer attorney and he said yes.  However, we got H4 approval copy soon after.  We are yet to go for stamping.

But answer is Yes.  H4 can be received based on H1B approval notice.  In fact, H4 Visa Stamp is annotated with H1B Receipt/Approval Number, not based on H4 receipt number.

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