Finding a way to live and work in the United States can seem impossible. From the administrative tasks to long wait periods, there are several obstacles to overcome for those who want to enter this country legally. This is where an immigration attorney may be able to help.

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One possible option to explore is the H-4 visa. At the O’Brien Law Group, we can evaluate your situation and discuss your options. Mr. O’Brien is a Louisville DACA lawyer with more than 10 years of experience. Call us today at 502-400-7890 to schedule a consultation.

In the meantime, read on for a basic overview of H-4 visas:

What Is an H-4 Visa?

According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, H-4 visas are available to immediate family members of certain H visa holders. An immediate family member generally refers to a spouse or child under the age of 21.

The eligible H visas include H-1A, H-1B, H-2A, H-2B and H-3. The family member must apply for the H-4 visa at a U.S. consulate abroad before he or she leaves the country. If the family member is already in the United States, then he or she can apply for H-4 visa status by completing the I-539 form.

H-4 Visas and Employment Opportunities

The USCIS recently announced that the Department of Homeland Security is extending eligibility for employment to certain dependent spouses who hold H-4 visas. In particular, this concerns spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are looking for work and trying to obtain status as lawful, permanent residents. The DHS amended regulations to allow H-4 dependent spouses to enter employment under certain conditions.

Other holders of H-4 visas may not get a social security number and cannot legally find work in the United States. However, they are eligible to open bank accounts, get a driver’s license and obtain a taxpayer identification number. H-4 visa holders who are not eligible to work in the United States may be able to study.

Immigration laws are continuing to evolve, and the procedures for entering the United States legally are constantly changing. Unfortunately, even a small oversight can compromise a person’s ability to enter the country, or it can delay the process by months or even years.

There are several options for people who want to enter the United States, but every case is unique. A Louisville immigration attorney from the O’Brien Law Group can assess your situation and recommend a plan of action to reach your immigration goals.

Rusty O’Brien is fluent in Spanish and is the former MidSouth region chapter chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AIM). He regularly represents clients before the Immigration Service, Immigration Courts, Board of Immigration Appeals, and numerous U.S. consulates and embassies abroad.

If you have questions about immigration or deportation, then contact the O’Brien Law Group. Call us today at 502-400-7890 to schedule a consultation with a Louisville deportation lawyer.

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