H-4 Visa, Spouses & Children of H-1, H-2 & H-3 Visa Holders
This visa is available to spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21 (immediate family members) of holders of all "H" category non-immigrant temporary visas (H-1A, H-1B, H-1B1, H-2A, H-2B & H-3) to lawfully come to and stay in the US during the duration of their working spouses It is also available for adopted children.
H-4 holders cannot get social security numbers or work. But, they can attend school and college, hold a driver's license, open bank accounts and get taxpayer identification numbers. They may also be admitted in other categories which enable them to work and obtain social security numbers, if they can so qualify on their own individual merit.
To apply for their H-4 visa each applicant, will complete the USCIS Form DS-160, needs a passport from their country of origin, valid for at least 6 months beyond the permitted stay of their working spouse or parent. Spouses will need to provide Marriage Certificates and all applicants will need to have valid (translated if necessary) Birth Certificates, provide accompanying documentation and pay all required filing fees. Interviews will be conducted at their local U.S. Embassy or Consulate.