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Aged-Out Kids in US Will No Longer Continue with H-4 Visas

After turning 21, children will no longer continue with their H-4 visas in the US.

The US Senate recently dashed the hopes of several migrated families, whose children are in the process or have already aged-out (turned 21).

Senate Bill S386 that seeks to hoist the per-country green card limit has been blocked.

After turning 21, children will no longer continue with their H-4 visas in the US.

H-4 visas are meant for dependents and in most cases are tied to their parents’ H-1B work visa.

All this leave the aged-out kids with no other way but to self-deport to India or to obtain an F-1 visa meant for international students.

A type of non-immigrant student visa, the F visas allows foreigners to pursue an education in the United States.

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There is, nevertheless, no assurance that the students will get an F-1 visa.

Additionally, like any other international student, aged-out children have to grapple other issues too.

They will also struggle with lack of scholarships (many are meant only for permanent residents and citizens), issues of higher fees (nearly triple in some instances) and the inability to work part-time.

There were 6.32 lakh Indians (including spouse and children below 21 years) waiting for their green card. They were holding on for Green Card in the employment-based immigration category in 2018.

Aged-out children are referred to ‘H4-Dreamers’ and many activists are coming out to support them.

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