Our firm has been successful in numerous H-4 (and H-4 nunc pro tunc) out of status cases (involving unlawful presence leading to a three-year to ten-year bar). Of particular note, one gentleman assumed if his H-1 was renewed, his dependant's H-4s were automatically renewed. Upon learning of the need to file for H-4 renewals, this gentleman consulted various attorneys and even took his case to Court. He was unsuccessful in bringing his dependants back into H-4 status. After nearly four years of having his dependant's out of status, he contacted our firm and we were able to renew the beneficiary's H-1 and bring his derivative beneficiaries back into status within 2 days time. Please do not assume this will happen in every case. But it did in this one.
H-4 Visa Sample Cases
We filed a case against the USCIS where the H-1B visa holder attempted to maintain legal status for both him and his H-4 dependents. The attorney at the time filed the application for the H-1 extension, but neglected to submit applications for the extension of the H-4 dependents status. We submitted a request to USCIS for the extensions of the H-4 dependents' status with a detailed legal brief. USCIS granted the request for extension and the I-94's were attached to the approval notices.
We filed a case with USCIS where the H-4 dependents of the H-1 visa holder were out of status since 2000. They believed that they were in legal status as long as the H-1 visa holder maintained status in the US. We filed a request for an extension of their H-4 status accompanied by a brief in support of the application. USCIS granted the extension of stay and issued approval notices with the I-94's attached.
We filed a case on behalf of our client against USCIS where the H-4 dependents' application for a change status was denied by USCIS because the application was not filed in a timely manner. The dependents were Citizens of Canada who wanted to transfer from TN status to H-4 status. Due to circumstances beyond their control they were found by USCIS to have lost their lawful status in the U.S. We filed a Motion for Reconsideration with USCIS. USCIS approved the application and the applicants were granted H-4 status retroactively.