Some H-4 Dependent Spouses Eligible for Employment in US
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services’s (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced today, February 24, 2015, that starting on May 26, 2015, certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants will be eligible to apply for employment authorization here in the US. This is a new initiative intended to relieve the economic burdens of H-1B nonimmigrant visa holders while improving the US economy.
Which H-4 dependent spouses qualify for employment authorization?
H-4 dependent spouses of H-1b nonimmigrant visa holders:
- Who have an approved I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker; or,
- Who have been granted H-1B status under sections 106(a) and (b) of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first Century Act of 2000 as amended by the 21st Century Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act.
How would I apply for employment authorization under this new rule?
The new rule hasn’t gone into effect yet, but USCIS has instructed eligible applicants to submit form I-765 when it is time to apply. We expect that before May 26, 2015, more instructions will be provided by USCIS when it gets closer to the effective date.
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*The information provided in this post does not constitute legal advice or opinion. The information is for guidance purposes only. Individual situations vary and you should contact us for a consultation. Carson & Kyung, Sacramento’s Immigration Attorneys on Some H-4 Dependent Spouses Eligible for Employment in US.