One of President Obama’s executive actions announced in November 2014 was to amend its regulations to extend work authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses in an effort to improve the U.S. immigration system and provide greater economic stability to affected families. USCIS announced last month that it will begin accepting employment authorization applications for eligible H-4 spouses on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.
It is important to note that the eligible H-4 derivative applicants are limited to the following individuals who are:
- dependent H-4 spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are the principal beneficiaries of an approved I-140 visa petition; and
- dependent H-4 spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are pursuing permanent residency and met certain requirements under the law to extend their H-1B status past the 6-year limitation.
If you believe that you or your spouse may be impacted by the new amendment for H-4 spouses, or have questions, please feel free to contact Wilson Law Group for a free consultation.