\ afm \ Adjudicator's Field Manual - Redacted Public Version \ Chapter 31 Petitions for Temporary Workers (H Classifications). \ 31.9 Dependents.
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The spouse and unmarried minor children of the principal H nonimmigrant beneficiary are entitled to H nonimmigrant classification and will be classified as H-4 nonimmigrants. They are subject to the same period of admission and limitations as the beneficiary, if they are accompanying or following to join the beneficiary in the United States. Brief periods of time when the principal alien is outside the United States (e.g., on business) do not affect dependent status. Neither the spouse nor a child of the be
neficiary may accept employment unless he or she is the beneficiary of an approved petition authorizing employment and has been granted a change of status to such nonimmigrant category. Such dependents may attend school and may individually be eligible for student status.