Effective May 26, 2015, certain H-4 dependent spouses will become eligible to apply for employment authorization documents (EAD). Specifically, a person in the U.S. in H-4 status will become eligible for EADs if his or her H-1B spouse: 1) is the principal beneficiary of an approved I-140 petition; OR 2) has been granted H-1B status under the AC21 rule (which permits H-1B nonimmigrants seeking lawful permanent resident status to work and remain in the U.S. beyond the H-1B six year limit). Please click here to be directed to the USCIS announcement regarding H-4 eligibility for EADs. Please contact us here if you or your spouse is in H-4 status require assistance in filing an EAD application.
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