How can I renew my H4 visa in USA?
If your spouse or parent applies for an extension, then you are also eligible to apply for an extension of the H4 visa. You can do this by filing Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status.
How long does it take to renew H4 visa?
H4 change of status is taking 2 to 12 months. California Service Center is processing H4 and L2 Change of status faster than Vermont. Vermont has slowest processing time of 8 months. USCIS Nebraska Center is approving at same speed as California.
What happens if H4 visa expires?
H4 can stay up to 240 days after i94 expiry – legally
USCIS says that a person is considered OUT-OF-STATUS after 240 days of i-94 expiry. This too, when you have filed the extension application before your i94 expiry and have not received any final result.
How early can we apply for H4 extension?
Guidance on the USCIS website instructs applicants for H-4 EAD renewals that they “cannot” file for a renewal more than 180 days before the original EAD expires. However, processing times at all four USCIS Service Centers for standalone H-4 EAD renewals are currently listed at 8.5 to 12 months.
Can I apply for H4 extension myself?
You can file form i539 online for faster processing for your H4 extension if you are filing alone and without the help of an attorney at this time. Example: If you have an H4 kid who can normally be added to your H4 extension i539 form, then you cannot file the H4 extension online.
Is biometric required for H4 extension?
USICS biometric is required for all H4 and L2 extensions filed in the US. The same USCIS biometric centers are also used for i-485 green card fingerprints.
How can I expedite H4 extension?
Make EAD expedite request by calling USCIS on 1-800-375-5283 (recommended). The dialing code to speak directly with a Customer Representative is 1-2-6-1-1. They keep changing the options and hence you should keep trying.
How can I check my H4 extension status?
How to Check USCIS Case Status Online
- Go to my USCIS Case Status Search Case Status Online.
- Enter your 13-digit receipt number in box below “Enter your receipt number”.
- Click on the “Check Status” button and wait.
- Once the page refreshes you will see information about your case.
Can I apply for H4 visa now?
The H4-EAD can be applied as soon as the I-140 is approved. There is no waiting time. The H1B status visa holder must extend I-140 under AC-21 rule in one-year increments.
Is there premium processing for H4 extension?
To remedy the situation, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is rolling out the premium processing option for these applicants. Once finalized, H4 EAD applicants will have the option to expedite their EAD process and receive an adjudication within 15 business days.
What to do if my visa is expired?
You can be in the U.S. beyond the expiration of the visa stamp, so long as your immigration status and I-94 record of arrival remain valid. If you wish to travel outside the U.S. after your visa has expired, you do need to apply for and obtain a new visa stamp in your passport before you can reenter the country.
How do I submit my i-539 online?
To file online, you will:
- Use a desktop, laptop, phone, or tablet to complete the application;
- Be guided to complete the relevant parts of your Form I-539;
- Pay your filing fee online;
- Submit your application to USCIS; and.
- Receive a near-instant notification in your USCIS online account when we receive your application.
Can I stay in US while waiting for H4 extension?
H4 dependents can stay in the USA while the H4 application is pending with USCIS even after 240 days of i94 expiry.