A Petition to Reform the H4 Visa. sign now

Respected Sir/Madam,

We, the undersigned, are signing this Online Petition to request a reform to the H4 Visa. The H4 Visa being the most restrictive, the Visa Holder is forced to live completely depending on the Principal Visa Holder. This Petition addresses a unique problem faced by H4 Visa Holders.

A person on H1B Visa is allowed to remain in the USA for a maximum of Six Years. The H1B Visa can be further extended, if a persons Labor Certification is pending for more than 365 days. This law allows the H4 Visa Holders to continue on H4 Visa if the H1B Visa Holder extends his visa. At this point the person on H4 Visa loses the freedom to convert his/her visa to an H1B Visa, because the person was previously on H4 Status for Six Years.

Now, Considering the Backlogs in Labor Certification Processing and Retrogression in Immigrant Visa Numbers, this law is further taking away the career opportunities of an H4 Visa Holder. He/she has to wait until the Spouse clears the Labor Certification and I-140, and has to wait in till the Visa Dates Progress so that the Spouse can file for I-485. Only at this stage Employment Authorization is allowed. In most cases the whole process can take up to Nine to Ten years.

We request a reform to the H4 Visa, allowing the Visa Holder to change his/her Visa Status to H1B even after Six Years on H4 Visa. Or to grant the H4 Visa Holder, an Employment Authorization if the Principal H1B Holders Labor Certification is pending for more than one year.

We are very grateful to you for reading our petition and are eagerly expecting a representation from your office on our behalf.

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