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  • H1-B visa for Iranians and H4 for immediate dependents

    Dear Specialists,

    I am an Iranian working in Canada with work permit which expires on Jan. 15, 2011. I have got a job in US and my employer has applied for H1-B visa on behalf of me at USCIS on May 2010. It took more than 90 days that we have not received the approval. The job will start on Jan. 2011.
    Since I am married, my wife need to apply for H4 visa upon the issue of my H1-B. I am worried if the visa will not be issued soon enough so that my wife could apply for a H4 and receive it before the expiration of her visa in Jan. 15, 2011.

    How long does it take for an (Iranian) immediate dependent to get a H4 visa?


    I would appreciate you if you can answer this question.

  • #2
    It takes as long as it takes. The answer depends on a number of variable factors, including how backed up the office processing the application is, none of which we know the answers to. This presumes that there are even H-1 visas still available; only a limited number are approved each year and when the maximum is reached, that's all, folks.

    Bottom line; the only ones who can answer the question of how long it is going to take, is the office which is actually doing the processing.
    The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.

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    • #3
      Thanks for your response. Actually because I am a PhD academician, they may not consider the limitation on the number of H1-B visas for me. I see that probably on USCIS website or the international office of the university I am going to work for.
      My question was about H4 visa of the dependent. Suppose my H1-B visa is approved today. How long does it take for my spouse to get a H-4 visa?

      Originally posted by cbg View Post
      It takes as long as it takes. The answer depends on a number of variable factors, including how backed up the office processing the application is, none of which we know the answers to. This presumes that there are even H-1 visas still available; only a limited number are approved each year and when the maximum is reached, that's all, folks.

      Bottom line; the only ones who can answer the question of how long it is going to take, is the office which is actually doing the processing.

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      • #4
        The same answer applies. There is no way for us to know as it depends on variable factors.
        The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.

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