H4 VISA Resources

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What can or cannot do with H4 Visa?

Cannot Obtain a Social Security Number (See Obtaining an ITIN)
Cannot Legally work in the United States without EAD
Can work voluntarily (Check this post for limitations)
Can apply for EAD if you meet certain criterion
Can Study at a U.S. school
Can Obtain an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) for tax purposes
Can Open a U.S. bank account
Can Get a U.S. driver’s license
Can Change your H-4 status to another visa status (if you are eligible) by filing form I-539

Are there any help lines for reporting spouse abuse?

Due to the victim’s immigration status, abusive partners have additional ways to exert power and control over their victims. Read more about abuse and how you can report and get help at the National Hot Line


How to apply for Employment Authorization (EAD)?

Always get your information straight from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website. However, the application process is outline on United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website. Click here to find instructions and apply for EAD



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