Dear Mentor:

Should my wife renew her H4 visa every year?

I hold an H1-B visa (valid for 3 years) but my wife has been issued an H4 visa valid for one year. Does my wife need to renew her H4 visa every year while I am on my H1-B visa?

Visa Renewal, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA

Dear Visa Renewal:

The short answer to your question is: Yes. Any foreign national, who is not a legal permanent resident (green card holder) of the US, must maintain a valid visa status at all times while in the US. As a result, your wife must renew her visa prior to its expiration.

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