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Should my fiancee apply for a H4 or a F-1 Visa...

Rambo Prasad
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Joined: Feb 23, 2006
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Hi Ranchers,

I have got my H1-B visa and am planning to travel to US in few months...I will also be getting married soon...My fiancee just finished her B.Tech(Industrial Biotechnology)...and she doesn't have work experience...Now am not clear how I should proceed further...

1.Should I first get married,then go alone to US,get settled down there and then apply for a H4 visa and then bring her to US

2.Should I first get married,apply for a H4 visa ..go alone to US and then bring her to US

3.Should I first go to US ...settle down then ,then come back to India,then get married,apply for a H4 and then take her there...

4.Should I get married,get a Masters degree admit for my wife and then bring her to US on a F1...

If I decide to go for H4 for my wife...which is a better way to go about 1 or 2

How easy is it to get a H1 visa for a person who has no experience...?Which is a better route to get a H1?
1.get a master's degree in US while in H4 and then apply for H1 or
2.1.get a master's degree in US while in F1 and then apply for H1

Ranchers who were in a similar situation can you please suggest your views....


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vjy chin
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Joined: Feb 17, 2005
Posts: 279
OK, There are some things that you need to consider. F1 means she meeds to take 3 courses min per semester. That is a lot of work with all assignments, classes and so on. If you can adjust, I would suggest this would be the best idea. If not get H4 at the same time, goto US, settle down, then ask your wife to join you. There she can do Masters part time, i.e. she do no need to take 3 courses at a time. Moreover this may also work out cheaper than F1.

All the best for your marriage.
Sandip Sankeshwar
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Joined: Jun 27, 2006
Posts: 210
Hi Rambo,
Congrats.
Can you please PM me the company who sopnsored H1?
I am trying to apply but many people are asking for money/passport/degree certificates.
sanchit raizada
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Joined: Nov 24, 2004
Posts: 14
Well, there are certain things you might need to consider.

1. With F1, students have to pay out-state tuition fee (which is usually higher than in-state fee). With H4, when you choose to study after some time, there are chances that you will get to pay in-state tuition fee (if you could establish residency in a state. You have to refer to rules specific to your state and the university. I know about California, your wife has to be in California -(driving license, bank account etc) one year prior to admission )

2. With F1, your wife can work 20 hr in campus. With H4, unless she get a work permit (i.e. H1B etc), she cannot work. If she finally get an employer/job offer, then changing from H4 to H1 will involve filling Change of status application with USCIS.

3. With F1 she gets one year OPT after completing her Masters and also she qualifies for Master quota in H1B Application process ( there are 20K additional H1B specifically allocated to US Masters, in addition to normal 65K)

4. As said earlier in the post, with F1, you have a coursework requirement. H4 can take just one course.

Needless to say, these are my thoughts based on my limited knowledge, also seek legal advice from Attorney for Immigration related issues.


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Rambo Prasad
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Joined: Feb 23, 2006
Posts: 628
Thanks to all for your wishes and suggestions.It was very helpful
Chetan Parekh
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Joined: Sep 16, 2004
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Congratulation Rambo Prasad for getting engaged!!


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Rambo Prasad
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Joined: Feb 23, 2006
Posts: 628
Congratulation Rambo Prasad for getting engaged!!


Thanks dude
 
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