Yes, certain dependents can travel to the United States with you and live with you in America if you have a valid H visa. However, they must first apply for an H-4 visa for dependents to obtain their own visa.
Your spouse and your unmarried children under the age of 21 may apply for an H-4 visa for dependents. With this visa, they will be able to attend school full-time, but they will not be able to seek employment or work in the United States. The H-4 visa allows your family to travel freely throughout the country and the world, and is valid for as long as the H-1 visa holder’s paperwork is current. An H-4 visa can be extended just as an H-1 visa can be extended.
If you would like to work while in the United States on an H-4 visa, you must change your visa status. Likewise, if you are a child of an H visa holder and turn 21 while studying in the United States, you must change your visa status in order to legally continue your education.
Do you have more questions about moving with your family to the United States on an H visa? We are here to help. Contact the San Francisco work visa attorneys at the Law Offices of Vaughan de Kirby today to get information and legal assistance. Call 415-221-2345.