On February 24, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that certain H-4 dependents would be eligible to apply for work authorization beginning on May 26, 2015. H-4 dependents are spouses or children of individuals in H-1B status.
Those H-4s who are eligible to apply for work authorization, must be the spouse of an H-1B worker who:
USCIS believes that this change in the regulations could affect approximately 179,600 individuals during this first year and then 55,000 annually. It also believes that this change will “reduce certain disincentives that currently lead H-1B nonimmigrants to abandon efforts to remain in the United States“ and will “support the U.S. economy because the contributions H-1B nonimmigrants make to entrepreneurship and science help promote economic grown and job creation.”
H-4 applicants that will benefit from this change in the regulations should remember that applications for employment authorization will not be accepted until May 26, 2015. If you believe that you or your spouse may benefit from this regulation, please contact the attorneys at Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C. to schedule a consultation.