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can h1b dependent travel with expired h4 and valid h1

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Hi

My husband's employer has applied for his h1b premium processing. His h1 expires on June 15th. I'm in India and my h4 expires the same time. When he comes to india after extension he might get drop box option for stamping. We are nkt sure What will be the case with dependent visa. Will the drop box facility applies to dependents also. Or can the dependents travel to usa with valid h1 and reach there and apply for h4 extension. We are nt sure about the process. CoUld someone please help us. Thank you.

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Irrespective of the Drop Box, you cannot enter the country without a H4 visa. Please take the time to read the instructions in the consulate website.

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This only applies if H4 dependent is in states. If you are outside the country please approach your nearest consulate and apply for H4. Your spouse/parent need to be holding a valid H1 status( approved I-129) at the time.

 

The employer should apply for H4 extension at the same time as H1.

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The employer should apply for H4 extension at the same time as H1.

 

An H4 is not really the responsibility of the employer.

Further, there is a difference between an H4 petition and an H4 visa. If the dependent is abroad, the dependent needs an H4 visa to enter the US, which the person has to apply for at a consulate, and that requires a valid H1 petition from the primary person.

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