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I have a valid B1 visa. My spouse is holding an H1 visa and I would like to go as a dependent [H4]. If I apply for an H4 now will it invalidate my B1 visa?

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    I have no idea BUT read the fine print carefully. I recently read about a female journalist who had applied for a longer term US Visa but it was taking too long and they were transiting so applied for a shorter tewrm tourist visa. Arrived at US immigration were detained. Roughly interviewed and treated like scum, put in prison cell (posters on corridor wall telling how to report rape. Treated generally abominably then deported after two days Why? - Fine print said it was illegal to apply for tourist visa once you had applied for the other. US were within there rights to do stupid .... – Russell McMahon Aug 17 '15 at 11:44
  • @RussellMcMahon: One of my friend was also put in prison for similar 'crime' and then deported. – NeonGlow Aug 17 '15 at 11:47
  • ... things even though it made no sense AND had the "because we can" right to treat them like criminals but they stupidly availed themselves of the right for no good reason. I think her partner was an accountant. I suspect that in her position I would have found the treatment laughable, and pathetic and the loss of time and future status annoying but not half as scary as she did (but I may be wrong)(and being an old male used to having interesting things happen helps) BUT if you do not want similar to happen take SUPER care with guys who can and do act rather too like .... – Russell McMahon Aug 17 '15 at 11:48
  • .... the people they fought 70+ years ago. Sadly. – Russell McMahon Aug 17 '15 at 11:48
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You will not invalidate your tourist visa by applying for H4. While you wait for your H4, you should probably not travel to the US because people tell scary unbelievable stories which accidentally may be true in some extreme marginal cases, and you don't want them to happen to you. After all, people in the US who work as border control inspectors do that for a reason, which is mostly because it makes them feel powerful.

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