How Long Does H4 Visa Processing Take

By Tiara

The process of getting your visa can take some time, depending on how quickly your family members know what documents you have and are able to send us copies.

It is very important that you understand the process before you go through it so that you do not get stuck or feel stressed out because of this.

There are many things that can affect the processing time of your visa, such as the embassy or consulate being closed for holidays, there being too much work in their office, or them having to review and approve additional documents or information.

We will be upfront about the length of time needed for processing but we cannot give any estimates since every situation is different. All we can say is that it is worth checking back regularly to see if it has been updated and whether it says ‘Processing’ or not.

The USCIS will review your application

how long does h4 visa processing take

After receiving all of the required documents, the next step for most employers is to start the process to hire you as an employee. This is what they call “hiring” or “employment eligibility verification.”

The employment eligibility verification process typically takes around two weeks, though this time can be longer in cases where there are questions or discrepancies with the visa status or job qualifications. In these instances, employees may need to be re-qualified before being able to work here!

If you have received word that you have been hired but cannot begin working due to the EEV process, don’t worry about coming back later – we have tips for how to stay employed while your paperwork is processed!

We also have some helpful information for workers who experienced delays during the immigration process.

The USCIS will notify you of their decision

how long does h4 visa processing take

After they receive your documents, it can take them up to two months to process your visa! During this time, they will continue to review your application and make sure that everything is in order.

It is very important for you to stay organized and update your applications frequently as the agency may ask about any updates. Make sure to check your status every week as it can change quickly.

Given that there are over 20 million undocumented immigrants living in America, it is not easy to find out how long processing VISA’S takes. However, we do have some tips here for you!

A few things you can try to speed up the process: Use our pre-vetted I-129F forms, include copies of proof of employment, bank statements, house hold records and ID such as driver’s licenses or passports.

You need to pay the application fee

how long does h4 visa processing take

After receiving your F-visa application, USCIS sends you an email confirming that it has been received. At this stage, they also tell you when you can expect to receive their decision either by mail or through their visa status checker tool.

Most people have already paid for their visa at this stage so there is no additional action needed from yours truly!

However, what happens next depends very much on which country you are applying in and whether you are living abroad at the time of processing.

Some countries require you to make arrangements before issuing visas while others don’t! We will talk more about those later.

Wait for the approval letter

how long does h4 visa processing take

After submitting your application, you must wait for an official notification or ‘approval’ letter from USCIS. This usually takes 2-8 business days, depending upon the field office that processes your paperwork.

It is very important to stay updated with what status your visa has!

You can check this by logging into MyUSCIS ( and looking under Applications – Parivar. There, you will find a link to View Application Status which updates automatically as it comes in.

Once received, the agency typically notifies applicants via mail, email, or both. Make sure to keep up with these notifications, as they can arrive quite quickly!”

After receiving the notice, you have two options:

Approve - If you are approved, you can immediately pick up your visa at a US embassy or consulate in the country where you live. You do not need to remain there while waiting for entry into the United States.

Reject - In this case, you would need to start over again from step one and submit new documents.

Apply for your visa

how long does h4 visa processing take

After you have all of your documents in order, it is time to apply for your VISA! This can be done through a consulate, embassy, or via an organization like Expatriate Connection that helps with processing visas.

Some Consulates and Embassies will require proof of funds and residence within the country before they process the visa, so make sure to check this BEFORE going to visit!

Consulates usually take 2-6 weeks to process the visa, while most embassies take 4-8 business days. Some take longer depending on how many applicants there are at one time.

Be aware that some Consulates may not tell you exactly when you’ll receive confirmation, but once again we advise you to register as soon as possible after submitting your application!

If you need help with applying for your VISA, you can always use our free service here. We connect you with qualified professional services that can help you prepare and navigate the visa process.

It may take several weeks to get your visa

how long does h4 visa processing take

Even though there is no deadline for having your visa processed, it does depend on how many employees you have in-country and whether they are working or not at the time of application.

It can also depend on what country you are applying from and how well connected you are within that country’s immigration system. If you don’t have much influence, you might want to start looking into other options.

In some cases, employers hire an agent who gets special treatment because of their relationship with INS. Agents typically pay a monthly fee per employee to access this advantage.

But even if you aren’t paying for such services, you should still do research to see if anything else can be done to help you.

Once your visa is approved

how long does h4 visa processing take

Now that you have all of your documents in order, it’s time to make your way down to the U.S border for a quick visit!

Getting your passport stamped at the airport is usually the last step before getting back home, so be sure to check that out as soon as possible after arriving. From there, you will need to pick up any additional items like phone chargers or toys for your kids!

And don’t forget to pack your bags- you will want to go through an in-room clearout right away! While some things can be shipped off-site (for example, we suggest packing ahead of time), others may not be able to survive being left behind.

You may get your visa in the mail

Many employers require their employees to work abroad for at least six months before they can be paid adequate wages. This is not only due to money, but also to ensure that the employee can handle working overseas and outside of of their home country.

In fact, many top companies use this policy as a requirement to hire someone full-time. Since most people are not readily available after just five days, it is hard to find a job if you do not have enough time to look ahead.

Businesses will sometimes offer a “working holiday” package where you receive some extra spending money and assistance while you are away.