H4 Visa Stamping Documents Checklist – Interview, Dropbox

H4 Visa Stamping Documents Checklist - Marriage certificate, Wedding Invitation Card, Photo album, H1B i797, employment verification letter, Pay stubs, W2, LCA.

Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta    Updated  28 May, 20


Documents for H4 Visa Stamping Interview, DropBox

  1. Passport.
  2. DS 160 form – No need to carry full copy of DS160. Just fill online and carry the DS160 confirmation page copy.
  3. US embassy Visa interview appointment confirmation.
  4. H1B primary Form i797A or B (H1B approval notice) – Original is best. If not possible, then carry color copy of i797 approval. i797C is not a valid proof of approval.

I recommend to carry all documents in a clear plastic document bag as other things are not allowed inside US embassy.

Documents Required for H1B Visa Stamping

Optional Documents to Carry for H4 Visa Interview

These documents are NOT required to be submitted but recommended to carry in your H4 visa interview. You may be asked by visa officer to show them.

H4 Visa
H4 Visa

#1 Carry all passports including old and expired.

#2 H1B primary spouse documents

  1. Form i797A or B (H1B approval notice) – Original is best. If not possible, then carry color copy of i797 approval. i797C is not a valid proof of approval.
  2. Form i129 (H1B application) copy – Carry color or Black and white copy of i-129.
  3. H1B LCA copy – Carry color or Black and white copy of LCA posting.
  4. Passport copy – Carry color or Black and white copy of first 2 (with photo) and last 5 pages (address details) of passport.
  5. Employment verification letterOriginal – H1B can get it from employer.
  6. Last 3 months Pay stubs/ Salary slips – Color or black and white copy.
  7. Last 3 year W2 (if any) – Color or black and white copy.

#3 Marriage Certificate (Original) 

#4 Wedding Invitation Card
Optional, but recommended. Card from both sides, if available, in original.

#5 Wedding Color Photo Album
Optional, but highly recommended to carry to prove that real marriage took place.

#6 Birth Certificate
In Original if H4 applicant is less than 14 years old.

H4 Visa stamping Interview Questions

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The visa interview will be smooth and you may be asked details about

  1. H1B primary’s job profile.
  2. H1B employer details for verification.
  3. City and county where you live.
  4. If you are working on H4 or have ever worked. Carry your H4 EAD card if you have had any in past.
  5. Read whatever you have written in your DS160 form as visa officer can ask questions to verify.
What are the Chances of H4 Visa Stamping Approval?

Chances of H4 visa stamp approval are very good.

There are no issues with H4 visa stamping if your relationship with H1B primary can be proved without doubt.

Is H1B to H4 stamping eligible for Dropbox?

You may be eligible for H4 Stamping dropbox based on the country and US embassy you are applying at.
You can check if you are eligible for Dropbox Facility using our app here.

Should I Change My Maiden Name in Passport After Marriage for H4 Visa Interview?

There is no compulsion to change last name after marriage for H4 visa interview. It is your choice.
But, if you have changed your last name after marriage, we recommend to change name in your passport too.

Can My H4 Visa have my Maiden Name?

If you decide to carry on with your maiden name after marriage, your H4 visa will be stamped with your maiden name. This is fine and has no issues.

Can I take H4 Visa Appointment Before Actual Marriage Ceremony?

US visa officers have started asking about your marriage ceremony in H4 visa interview to check if full wedding has been conducted or not.

You should be very careful as U.S. Consulates consider partial marriage ceremony as fraud, misrepresentation and a serious offence of alien smuggling. This can result in permanent ban to enter US.

You can fill DS160 before your marriage to get an interview appointment but make sure that you use the real marriage date.

Can I Select Local Language for H4 Visa Interview?

You can select a local language like Marathi, Punjabi, Hindi etc for your H4 dependent spouse if they are not good in speaking and understanding English.

Note: If you are taking a family appointment to have both H1B and H4 appear for interview at same time, we strongly recommend to select English as the interview language.

H4 Visa Form 221g

H4 Visa interview can go wrong if you are not prepared. Visa officer can issue a form 221g and you may have to wait before a visa can be issued.

These situations can trigger form 221g denial:


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Anil Gupta
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Recent discussion on forum

  1. deepak_gupta
    deepak_gupta

    Hi Anil,

    My Spouse and I both are having valid US visa(H1-B & H4) and trying to get a list of documents for H4 visa stamping for my new born .
    we got to know that No interview is required in this case and we can just schedule an appointment to drop the documents in the dropbox.

    Here the are the documents which is required to carry

    1. Child birth certificate .
    2. DS-160 confirmation page
    3. one photograph of child.
    4. attested copy of Parent(s) Passport and visa page

    Query:

    1. do i need to carry original/copy of i-797,i129 along with these documents.
    2. is it mandatory for parent(s) to go for this appointment? or any agent or friend can go on behalf of us.

    please let me know.


  2. Anil.Gupta
    Anil.Gupta

    Hi @deepak_gupta

    The queries related to Dropbox have been answered here. Please read as your questions have already been answered.


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