If you are in the US and have a spouse or unmarried child under the age of 21 who will need dependent (H-4 visa) status, please submit the following, also detailed on the instructions for the I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status:
- Completed I-539, Application to Extend/ Change Nonimmigrant Status. This will need to be signed in ink and completed from the perspective of the dependent (not the employee or scholar). Please note that an I-539a will need to be completed if there is more than one dependent and should be completed for each subsequent dependent.
- Check for $85 made out to US Department of Homeland Security for the biometrics fee (please be sure to sign the check)
- Check for $370 made out to US Department of Homeland Security for the application fee(please be sure to sign the check)
- Copy of marriage and/or birth/ adoption certificates
- Copy of passport
- Copy of visa
- Copy of the most recent I-94
- If in F-2 status, please include copies of all I-20s.
- If in J-2 status, please include copies of all DS-2019s and Employment Authorization Documents (if applicable).
- Any I-797s that are relevant to your dependent’s current immigration status (if applicable)
- For other statuses, please include other relevant documents
- Copy of scholar/ employee’s appointment letter
- Copy of paystubs belonging to employee/ scholar for the past 3 months.
- Please include any other documents that are relevant to your dependent’s situation.
Please Note: As a courtesy, ISSO scholar advisors are happy to include dependent application for change or extension of status along with the H-1B petition. However, these applications are personal petitions and not reviewed by ISSO staff. If you require assistance, please let us know and we will provide you with a list of immigration attorneys in the area who you may work with.
Please contact the scholar advisor who is working on your H-1B petition to best decide how to deliver these documents to us. You can reach us at email@example.com.