July 11th Deadline to Submit Comments Regarding H-4 EAD Proposal

Many foreign nationals are anxiously awaiting news related to the proposed rules that would make certain H-4 spouses eligible to apply for employment authorization documents (EADs). It remains unclear when – or even if – the proposal will go into effect. However, the deadline for the public to submit comments to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on this proposed regulatory change is fast approaching. Stakeholders, including foreign nationals, are permitted to submit their comments on this proposal through July 11, 2014. Any rule implementation will follow that deadline, after the DHS has had the opportunity to review and consider comments.

Comments Can Impact the Proposed Regulations

As of this writing, the proposed regulation had garnered over 7,500 comments. The majority of the comments voice support for this proposal, but there are a fair number of people who have expressed opposition to the idea of more foreign nationals being granted employment authorization. The DHS can take no further action in this matter until the comment period has passed. Once the comments are reviewed, the DHS can move to either implement this proposal, or make changes in response to the comments. The proposed regulations and comments, as well as the instructions on how to submit one’s own comments, are available in the Federal Register.

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