An H4 visa may be obtained by an H1B, H1C, H2A, H2B or H3 visa holder’s spouse and minor children. An H4 visa holder may remain in the U.S. for as long as the H visa holder remains in legal status in the U.S.. An H4 visa holder may change his or her status while residing in the US.
An H-4 visa holder may NOT accept employment (whether paid or unpaid). He or she must petition USCIS to obtain a work visa.
H-4 visa holders may engage in full or part time study while residing in the U.S.
For whom is an H4 Visa appropriate?
Spouse and children of H visa holders who wish to visit or accompany the principal H visa holder to the United States and reside with him/her in the U.S.
The spouse and unmarried minor children of the beneficiary are entitled to the H-4 nonimmigrant classification, subject to the same period of admission and limitations as the beneficiary, if they are accompanying or following to join the beneficiary in the United States.