Only legal spouses (as recognized by U.S. Immigration law) and children under the age of 21 are eligible for H-4 Dependent status.
H-4 Dependents may NOT:
apply for employment authorization unless their H1B spouse has begun the Permanent Residency process. More explanation is available here.
receive stipend or assistantship funds from LSUHSC-New Orleans
"Volunteer" in positions normally occupied by paid workers
H-4 Dependents may:
Attend school (K-12)
Study full or part time in pursuit of a degree (College/University)
Volunteer with community organizations and non-profits in traditional volunteer positions
H-4 Dependent status is contingent upon the H-1B principal properly maintaining their H-1B status. If the H-1B falls out of status, all H-4 dependents associated with the principal will also be considered out of status.
For information about H-4 dependent children who will reach the age of 21 while in H-4 status, click here.
For information about immigration options for unmarried partners and other family members who do not qualify as a spouse or child for H-4 purposes, click here.
Pursuant to LSU System Policy, PM-31, H-1B/H-4 status holders may be eligible to establish Louisiana residency in order to receive in-state tuition at LSUHSC-New Orleans.