My sister is on a H4 visa and she is applying for admission for her masters. Can she be a sponsor for herself? If yes, does she still need to get the financial support affidavit stating that she is sponsoring herself? can she show the bank balance in her account and state that her husband is the sponsor? and again can she just show that bank statement that she can get online or does it needs to be notarized?
I am not sure what type of sponsorship you are referring to. However, H-4 holder is allowed to attend school and the school will let her know what she needs to provide as evidence of financial support to pay for her master's program.
Persons in H-4 status are legally authorized to study in the U.S. on a full-time or part-time basis. Your sister should communicate directly with the school where she would like to study in order to obtain information on what tyoe of evidence of the ability to pay for tuition is required. Different schools wil have different requirements.
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I agree with my colleagues. So long as her husband maintains his H visa status, your sister can attend school with an H4 visa. If prior to completing her master's degree her husband's H visa status terminate, she will need to get an I-20 and file an I-539 application to change from H-4 to F-1 visa status (her husband could change to F-2 visa status if unable to get any other status, though F-2 is a very restrictive status that doesn't permit one to work). In no case will she need a "sponsor" to fill anything out (except in the very rare instance where she is deemed inadmissible for being a public charge). She may need to show adequate resources to pay for her schooling, such as grants, scholarships, savings, etc.
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While in H-4 status, your sister may attend school while in the US. No immigration sponsor is required..
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If she will study on H-4, she will work with the DSO on the documents they need to show funds.
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