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US Dependent Visa: A Definitive Guide for 2021

If you have a family member whom you would like to bring along with you to the US, you need to apply for a right visa.

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The US has been the best choice for people worldwide to travel for work/educational purposes. The US Dependent Visa allows spouses and kids of such people to join their family member who is living in the US as a permanent resident or on a work or student visa.

 The process of applying for this visa can be complicated. But, we at Kansas ensure that it's a smooth journey for you. 

What is a US Dependent Visa?

The US Dependent Visa allows you to travel and stay with a family member who is living, working, or studying in the US. The validity of the dependent visas vary upon the validity of the primary visa.

 Based on the type of primary visa, the dependent visas are of the following major types:

This permit is issued to the spouse/children of individuals working in the USA under the H1-B category.

This is issued for the spouse/children of people studying in the country on an F1 permit.

Dependents of people on company transfer in the US under the L1 category are issued with this type of permit.

Issued to the spouse/children of individuals on exchange programs under the J1 category.

What are the Different Types of US Dependent Visas?

The type of US Dependent Visa depends on the nature of the visa that the sponsor holds in the US.

The US Dependent Visa is granted to family members of those nonimmigrant visa holders in the US who are either working or studying. 

These nonimmigrants can have different types of visas, depending on their purpose of stay in the US. The following are the types of US Dependent Visas:

Who is eligible for a US Dependent Visa?

The Dependent family members of any individual who is residing or working or studying in the US can apply for a Dependent Visa. They can be:

  • A spouse (same-sex or opposite).
  • An unmarried child below 21 years of age.

The family members who wish to apply for the US Dependent Visa must follow specific conditions laid down by the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services).

  • Family members who are on a visitor visa in the US cannot apply for the Dependent Visa.
  • An international student can bring his or her dependents anytime in the US. The dependents can apply for an F-2 or J-2 visa.

What are the requirements for spouse or children to apply for the US Dependent Visa?

Here are some basic conditions for spouses and children to be eligible to apply for a Dependent Visa:

Note: A stepchild, if that child's biological parent and his/her partner got married before the child turned 18.

What Documents are Required for the US Dependent Visa?

The following documents are required for a Dependent Visa application for the US:

  • Marriage Certificate for the Dependent spouse.
  • Birth Certificate for the Dependent child.
  • Employment Authorization Document (EAD) for the Dependent spouse or child if they intend to work in the country.
  • Passport Yours, as well as that of your partner/spouse living in the US.
  • Documents as evidence for any other legal-relationships.

What is the Application Procedure for a US Dependent Visa?

Depending on your location, there are 2 ways in which you can apply for a US Dependent Visa.  Let us look at the general process that an H4 Dependent Visa applicant has to follow for both cases.

Applying for an H-4 visa outside the US

If you are applying from any country outside the US then you need to follow the following procedure:

Applying for an H-4 visa within the US

If you are applying from any country outside the US then you need to follow the following procedure:-

What is the procedure to apply for a work permit as a dependent in the US?

Here's the procedure to apply for a work permit as a dependent in the US:

What are the Costs for a US Dependent Visa?

The US Spouse visa costs anywhere between $1200 to $5000, depending on the number of services that you take. (Costs may vary depending on the visa type).

How can Kansas Help you?

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