Is H4 extension required if i94 is already updated as per h1b i797


  • I changed my job in April 2020. At that time my family was in india.
  • H1b visa validity with previous employer is till September 20th 2020.
  • H1b validity with New employer till: January 31st 2022.
  • My wife and son travelled recently to usa in July 2020 on H4 valid till 20th September,2020.
  • However at port of entry she showed my recent I797 and they updated my son’s and her I94 till January 31, 2022.


  1. Do I need to file an H4 extension now as there i94 is already updated?
  2. Will they face any issue if they are traveling out of usa.
  3. How will my wife and son will get their i797 if applicable.

Can I expect reply on this one.

i am also in same boat. we traveled back to USA recently and visa stamped until 31-Dec-2020 only as per my old I797. before go to india applied H1 extension alone(not applied H4 extension for dependents ) and its got approved until 31-Dec-2021 one day before travel. So we traveled with old I797 only and showed old I797 along with new receipt number at POE. officer checked with receipt number in there system and as per latest 797A given I94 until 31-Dec-2021 for me and dependents also and said not required to apply extension. So for dependents visa stamped until 31-Dec-2020 and I 94 valid next year end. do i need to apply H4 extension for dependents or not required? (they don’t have valid 797 after 31-dec 2020)

did you got any solution for this?