Dependent Visa Attorneys in Houston
Securing Temporary Status for Family of Nonimmigrants
While nonimmigrant visas are, by definition, temporary, many of them grant several years of status. Some can even be renewed an unlimited number of times. Fortunately, many nonimmigrant visa categories allow beneficiaries to bring their family members with them to the United States.
At Baker Donelson, our dependent visa lawyers can help you obtain derivative status for your spouse and/or children. Whether you are traveling to the United States to work, perform, compete, study, or carry out any other qualifying activity, you may be able to bring your family with you, and we have the knowledge and skills needed to make this happen.
Family of E-1 and E-2 Visa Holders
The E-1 and E-2 visas are for treaty traders and investors. Both nonimmigrant visa categories allow beneficiaries to bring their spouses as well as any unmarried children under 21.
The E-1 and E-2 dependent visas:
- Grant the same length of stay as the primary E-1/E-2 visa
- Can be obtained through change of status in the United States
- Allow spouses to apply for work authorization
This category allows the principal visa holder to travel abroad, and the status is automatically renewed upon their return. However, family members with derivative status must travel with the principal visa holder in order to receive this automatic extension.
Family of F-1 Visa Holders
F-1 visas allow foreign nationals to undertake full-time academic or vocational study in the United States. The spouses and children of F-1 visa holders may qualify for F-2 visas. Children must be unmarried and under 21 years of age, and they can attend school while in the United States.
Family of H-1B Visa Holders
H-1B visas are for temporary workers in specialty positions, and beneficiaries can obtain H-4 visas for their spouses and any children who are unmarried and under 21. Spouses may be able to obtain employment authorization if the H-1B visa holder has begun the adjustment of status process.
Family of J-1 Visa Holders
The J-1 visa category is for participants in authorized foreign exchange programs. Spouses and unmarried children under 21 may qualify for J-2 visas, which will allow them to accompany the J-1 visa holder to the United States. Keep in mind, however, that not every foreign exchange program allows beneficiaries to bring their family members on J-2 visas.
Family of L-1 Visa Holders
The L-1 category is for intracompany transferees. A U.S. employer obtains an L-1 visa for a manager, executive, or employee with specialized knowledge to transfer from a foreign office to a location in the U.S. In some cases, this transfer is for the development of a new office in the U.S.
L-1 visa holders can generally obtain L-2 visas for their spouses and unmarried children under 21 years of age. As with many other dependent visa categories, the L-2 visa allows spouses to apply for work authorization.
Family of O-1 and O-2 Visa Holders
Individuals with extraordinary abilities in various fields may qualify for an O-1 or O-2 visa, depending on their field. They may be able to obtain O-3 visas for their spouses and any children who are unmarried and under 21. Recipients of the O-3 visa cannot work in the U.S., but they can study full- or part-time.
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Each nonimmigrant visa has different qualifications and processes, and our team at Baker Donelson can help you determine the right way forward and keep your family together. We can also help you explore your options for achieving lawful permanent residence and eventually citizenship.
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