Dependents may seek to change their nonimmigrant status to H-4, or extend their current H-4 status. An application to change or extend status requires the filing of an application on Form I-539/I-539A, with filing and biometrics fees, to USCIS. Applicants will be required to attend a biometrics appointment at a local, designated office as part of the application process.
While OVIS can provide general guidance on the I-539 process, the application is a personal application and is the responsibility of the dependent applicant. OVIS can provide referrals to outside immigration counsel if the dependent applicant seeks legal advice and assistance with the application.
Changes or extensions of status may take weeks or months to be processed by USCIS, and international travel is prohibited when the application is filed, and while it is pending. For this reason, you may wish to consider traveling overseas to apply for the H-4 visa stamp at a U.S. Consulate, preferably in your home country, and seek reentry to the U.S. in H-4 status. You should carefully consider whether international travel is the best option based on your personal situation, considering such factors as ability to travel, wait times at the U.S. Consular post, the status of the principal beneficiary, and others.
You can find the Form I-539/I-539A and instructions to the Form on the USCIS website.