I’m currently living in US on a H1B visa and am planning to visit India in Nov/Dec 2020 and get married to my gf. We are thinking court marriage as not many people will risk attending a wedding during COVID. Once we get the marriage certificate, we will apply for H4 visa. Few questions:
- Will US embassies accept our application for a new H4 visa right now? My understanding is that embassies are currently only accepting renewal applications for F, J, M visas as well as those on H and L visas who qualify for an exception from the Presidential Proclamations?
- I recently came across this blog (from initial days of COVID, am22tech .com/h4-visa-incomplete-marriage-form-221g ) which says that US embassies in India require more than court marriage nowadays. They require a traditional marriage and wedding album for the same. I wanted to ask if this is indeed the case and should we also do a traditional marriage? Can an exception be made because of the COVID situation?
- I also need my visa renewed (expiring Oct 2020). Can I apply for the renewal and H4 visa for my gf simultaneously or will they have to be separate appointments?