NewsFlash! H-4 EAD Rules Move Closer to Reality!

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has submitted the final rules to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that would make certain H-4 spouses eligible to obtain employment authorization. The OMB is expected to complete its review of the rules in 30 to 60 days, at which point the rules would be sent to the Federal Register for publication and implementation. If all proceeds as expected, this long-awaited rule would allow an H-4 spouse to apply for an for employment authorization document (EAD) if the principal H1B worker has an approved I-140, or has extended H1B status beyond the 6-year limitation based upon a PERM labor certification application or I-140 petition that has been pending for at least 365 days. MurthyDotCom will provide additional details as soon as any new information is released.

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