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  • H-4 Spouses May Qualify For Employment Authorization - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has just announced that effective May 26, 2015, certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants already seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident status will be eligible for employment authorization.
  • For several years, H-4 employment authorization expansion initiatives have been promised but never delivered. However, this extension was one of the most significant components of President Obama’s November 2014 Immigration Accountability Executive Action announcement. The expansion is expected help diminish the financial burden on H-1B nonimmigrant families as they transition into lawful permanent residency, as well as boost economic growth. The Government approximates as many as 176,600 H-4 dependent spouses could be eligible for work authorization within the first year.
  • Eligible individuals include certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who:
  • Are the principal beneficiaries of an approved Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker; or
  • Have been granted H-1B status under laws allowing work authorization beyond the six-year limit on H-1B status (“AC21”).
  • Applications will be accepted by USCIS beginning May 26, 2015. For questions regarding eligibility requirements, please call the immigration attorneys at Monty & Ramirez, LLP at 281-493-5529 or contact us via email at info@montyramirezlaw.com.
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