Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Newsflash – USCIS Issues Guidance on Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses
On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) confirmed a ruling announced in February (see the related newsflash here) that will extend employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B workers who:
- Hold an approved immigrant visa petition (Form I-140); or
- Were granted H-1B status under sections 106(a) or 106(b) of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first Century Act of 2000, which allows H-1B extensions beyond the six-year limit for certain H-1B holders seeking permanent residence.
For further information, please see the related alert here.