U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that effective May 26, 2015, they will allow certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants to obtain EAD – Employment authorization. This announcement comes as part of President’s recent Executive action on immigration reform.
Eligible H-4 dependent spouses will be those, whose spouses are H-1B nonimmigrants and are the principal beneficiaries of an approved Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker; or have been granted H-1B status under sections 106(a) and (b) of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first Century Act of 2000. The Act permits H-1B nonimmigrants seeking lawful permanent residence to work and remain in the United States beyond the six-year limit on their H-1B status.
Eligible H-4 dependent spouses must file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, with supporting evidence and the required $380 fee in order to obtain employment authorization and receive a Form I-766, Employment Authorization Document (EAD).
USCIS will begin accepting applications on May 26, 2015. Once USCIS approves the Form I-765 and the H-4 dependent spouse receives an EAD, he or she may begin working in the United States.
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