An H4 visa is a type of visa that is issued to the spouses and children of H category visa holders. The children (below 21 years of age) and spouses of H-1A, H-1B, H-2A, H-2B as well as H-3 visa holders are issued an H4 visa in order to live in the United States of America.
The visas are issued by a U.S. Consulate office. Applicants who are already living in the United States can also apply for a change of status by filling in Form I-539 to change their status.
A recent notification by the Immigration Services announced that H-4 visas would carry employment authorization for applicants of spouses with an h1b visa. This would authorize the spouses to seek legal employment in the United States of America without having to apply for a separate work visa.
H4 Visa Interview Questions and Answers
H-4 visas are those issued to spouses and dependent children of H category visa holders. The immigration officer wishes to check the veracity of the claims made and if the information submitted is correct. For this reason, there are different sets of questions that you could be asked, pertaining to your current marital status, living arrangements as well as questions about your spouse. Given below are sample H-4 interview questions that have been divided into categories:
Relating to you:
These are questions that pertain to you, with the questions given below meant to verify the information provided in the application form.
What do you plan to do in the United States of America?
For this question, the immigration officer wishes to know your reason for moving to the USA. Provide a short, concise and truthful answer.
Do you plan on working in the USA?
The ideal answer to this question is ‘no’, as the H-4 visa does not permit you to work or seek employment in the USA.
Where do you stay at present?
Provide a direct answer, Where do you stay at present?
mentioning the city/town and state you currently reside in.
Who do you live with at present?
Provide a direct and honest answer (for example, I live with my parents/by myself/with my in-laws).
Do you have family living in the United States?
Provide an honest answer. Provide details of family members in the USA, as well as where they live.
Where will you stay in the US?
Provide a direct answer. Mention the town/city and state you will be living in.
Who will you live with in the US?
Provide a direct answer (such as with my husband/wife).
Who will support you financially during your stay in the US?
Provide a clear and direct answer, mentioning your stay will be funded by your husband/wife.
Who will be paying for your trip to the United States?
Provide a direct answer, mentioning that your spouse will be paying for your trip.
Relating to the H4 Visa:
What kind of visa are you applying for?
For this question, the immigration officer wants to know the visa type you are applying for. Answer directly (for example, I am applying for an H-4 visa).
When did your husband/wife get their visa stamped?
For this question, the immigration officer wants to know the year your spouse had their visa stamped. Provide accurate details.
Why do you require a visa to the United States of America?
For this question, the immigration officer wants to know the reason behind your visa application. Explain the reasons you are applying for the visa (such as your spouse will be moving to the United States for work and you wish to join him/her). Ensure that you are clear about the reason behind the visa application.
Has your spouse accompanied you to the interview?
For this question, the immigration officer wants to check if the visa holder has accompanied you for verification purposes. If your spouse has not accompanied you, provide a truthful answer (he/she is already in the United States etc.).
If your spouse is already in the United States, why are you choosing to apply for a visa now?
For this question, the immigration officer wants to check the reason behind the delay in your application, and check for possible immigration fraud. Provide a truthful answer to the question (such as, we were married recently, I was making preparations for the move etc.).
Why are you applying for a visa now when you were married over a year ago/some time ago?
For this question, the immigration officer wants to check if you are applying for the visa purely to be reunited with your spouse or if it is an attempt to perform immigration fraud. Provide an honest answer, detailing the reasons behind the late visa application (for example, I had to make alternate arrangements for relatives living in India etc.).
Who filed your visa application and where was it filed?
For this question, the immigration officer wants to know if you are aware of the visa procedure as well as to check if the application was made legally. Provide an honest answer, mentioning details of the application date and place.
Why did you not file your visa application yourself?
For this question, the immigration officer wants to verify the reason behind you not submitting your visa application in person. Provide an honest answer, as the details can be verified. For example, you could have filed the application through a visa agent, or it could have been filed by a relative/friend. Also specify the reason why you did not file it (for example, you were busy with work/you were unsure of the process etc.).
How did you receive the documents required for the visa application?
For this question, provide a direct answer (for example, my spouse sent the documents to me).
Who made your H-4 visa appointment?
For this question, the immigration officer wants to verify information regarding the appointment process. Provide a truthful answer (for example, I made the appointment myself/my spouse made the appointment on my behalf).
Relating to your spouse:
These are questions that could be asked to ascertain the information provided in the visa application form is correct. The immigration officer will verify the information to ensure you are not applying for a visa through fraudulent means (such as cases where the parties are unrelated to each other and only using the visa to gain entry into the United States of America) or under duress.
When did you get married?
The immigration officer wants to verify the details mentioned on the application form. Answer confidently, providing the date and year of your marriage.
Could I see a copy of the marriage certificate?
This is done so the immigration officer can authenticate your earlier statement. Provide the marriage certificate (original).
Could I see some pictures from your wedding?
The immigration officer wants to verify if the ceremony took place through this question. Provide a wedding album or pictures from the wedding ceremonies.
Do you have any children from your current marriage?
Provide a direct answer (yes/no.)
Could I see your invitation card?
This is asked to further verify the authenticity of the marriage. Provide the wedding card invitation.
How long have you been married?
This being a direct question, provide a direct answer (for example, 2 years/ we just got married/8 months etc.).
Was it an arranged marriage or a love marriage?
Answer the question to the point (for example, it was an arranged marriage).
Who arranged for the marriage proposal?
Provide a direct answer to this question (for example, my uncle/our parents mutually agreed/through a cousin etc.).
When did you meet your spouse for the first time?
Provide an honest, direct answer to this question as there could be follow up questions. Mention the date of your first meeting.
Where did you meet your spouse for the first time?
Provide a direct answer to this question, mentioning the location of your first meeting. Provide an honest answer, as you could be asked follow up questions later in the interview.
Where did you get married?
For this question, the immigration officer is verifying if the information as provided in the documentation provided is correct. Mention the date and venue (city and state) of your wedding ceremony.
Who paid for the wedding ceremony? How much did it cost?
Provide a truthful answer to the questions.
Is your marriage registered? Do you have the registration certificate?
Answer truthfully. (Your marriage has to be registered in order to apply for a visa). Provide the original marriage licence/certificate.
Were you engaged before you got married? Do you have any proof to back up your statement?
Answer the question truthfully. If you have any proof, such as photographs etc., provide it.
Where did you go on your honeymoon? Do you have any proof?
Provide a direct answer to the question. If you have any proof such as flight tickets, photographs etc., provide them.
Relating to your spouse:
These are a set of questions asked relating to your spouse. The immigration officer asks these questions in an attempt to verify if the information provided in the application form is true. It is also done to check for sham marriages.
When was your spouse born? / What is your spouse’s date of birth?
Provide a direct answer to the question. Mention your spouse’s date, month and year of birth.
What is the highest degree your spouse holds?
For this question, the immigration officer is attempting to verify if you know details about your spouse, in an attempt to verify if the marriage is valid. (For example, Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree etc.).
Which college/university did your spouse graduate from?
The immigration officer is attempting to check if you are aware of certain basic details regarding your spouse. Provide a direct answer, mentioning the university and the stream/course.
What company does your spouse work for?
The immigration officer is attempting to check if you are conversant with the company your spouse is employed by. Provide a direct answer, mentioning the company name as well as the city/state your spouse is working in.
Where is the client company of your spouse located?
This question is asked to check if you are aware of your spouse’s employment and details regarding his/her employment. Provide an honest answer, as the information you provide can be verified.
For how long has your spouse been living in the United States?
For this question, provide a direct answer in terms of years and months. (For example, for the past 6 months/ since the last 1.5 years.).
For how long has your spouse been working with his/her current employer/sponsor in the United States?
For this question, the immigration officer is attempting to verify if you are aware of your spouse’s employment history and present employment details. Provide a direct and honest answer in terms of months and years (for example, since the past year/ for the last 8 months etc.).
What kind of work does your spouse do? / What does your spouse work as?
For this question, the immigration officer is checking to see if you are aware of your spouse’s line of work. This is also done to check the authenticity of the information submitted in your application. Provide an accurate and concise answer, outlining your spouse’s designation, and a brief description of their roles and responsibilities.
What is your spouse’s annual income?
Provide a direct and honest answer to this question, as the immigration officer can verify the information you provide.
Could I look at your spouse’s bank statements/ payslips?
Provide the necessary documentation as requested.
Has your spouse applied for a U.S. green card in the past?
Provide an honest answer to the question (either yes/no/I do not know).
The above questions represent the most commonly asked questions at an H-4 visa interview. The questions may vary depending on your answers or your application. Each question should be answered truthfully and in a direct manner to increase the chances of your visa being accepted.
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13th April 2017