H4 visa I-94 Expiring, extension approved but


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My wife's Current H4 visa is valid until May 2011 but the Current I94 expiry date is March 31 2011 (based on old passport). I have renewed the passport and also applied for H1B/H4 extension. I received the H1B/H4 approval notice with dates from May 2011 to May 2012. In this case, What would be my H4 status between March 2011 to May 2011. Will H4 visa goes out of status? Can anyone advice please.

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I was in a similar situation. My I-94 was due to expire the same day as was my passport although my visa is valid until later. I got my passport renewed at the Houston CGI a few months back.

Now for the I-94. I called the CBP Deferred Inspection site in Tampa, FL and explained them my situation. The officer attending the call asked me to carry my documents and visit the site located at the Tampa International Airport, so they could hear my case. I got to the site at 9 in the AM the next day and called the office from the information center kiosk. They noted down my I-94 number and asked me to wait a while. A few minutes later a CBP officer escorted me to his office. I handed him my old passport with the I-94 attached to it and the new passport, which he took a brief look at. He asked me what visa I was on and who did I work for. Next thing I know, he handed me a new I-94 form with the date on it matching my visa expiry date, titled it "Amended I-94", copied over the number of my old I-94 form on to the new one, got me to double check the form number and other details and set me on my way. He did mention that it usually takes a couple of business days for their system to reflect the change.

Here is the address and phone number of the CBP Deferred Inspection site in Tampa, FL:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Tampa International Airport, Airside "F"

5503 Spruce Street

Tampa, FL 33607

Phone: (813) 348-1700 x2400 (10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday)

Source: http://www.cbp.gov/linkhandler/cgov/toolbox/contacts/deferred_inspection/deferred_inspection_sites.ctt/deferred_inspection_sites.pdf

The only document they were interested in was my old passport, my I-94 form and my new passport.

Hope this helps!

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