Spouses and/or children under the age of 21 years may accompany an H-1B temporary worker to the U.S. by applying for and receiving H-4 dependent visas. Unmarried partners may apply for and receive a B-2 tourist visa.
Family members in H-4 status may attend secondary school and College or University in H-4 status, but they may not accept any employment, unless the H-1B is well along in the green card process. It is generally recommended that H-4 dependents attending College or University in the U.S. apply for and receive changes of immigration status to an appropriate U.S. student visa status - either F-1 or J-1. This will give the student the legal ability to accept certain employment benefits.
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