The H-4 Right to Work: At Long Last!

Our work defines us and gives meaning to our lives. Some of us believe we are answering a calling that is greater than ourselves. Work is something most adults expect to do because it is a part of the accepted definition of being an adult. H-4 spouses have been denied this badge of honor – this symbol of worth – until now. We at the Murthy Law Firm rejoice in this victory for eligible H1B families. Please accept our hearty congratulations, and wishes for a happy and financially strong future.

The H-4 EAD rule will be implemented on May 26, 2015, as announced in a press release issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website earlier today. The USCIS will reject any such applications filed prior to May 26th. To qualify, your H1B spouse must either (a) have an approved I-140, or (b) have extended H1B status beyond six years based on a PERM labor certification or I-140 pending for at least 365 days. Note that if the I-140 was approved but then withdrawn by the employer, the H-4 spouse may still qualify if the H1B worker has been approved for an extension of status beyond six years.

If you wish to apply for the EAD on your own, you may find the draft version of the revised I-765 application form, and the corresponding instructions online. These revisions have been approved and the final version of the form eventually will be made available on the USCIS WebSite.

To Hire the Murthy Law Firm for Your H-4 EAD

If you would like assistance from an attorney to apply for an employment authorization document (EAD) under the new H-4 EAD rules, the Murthy Law Firm is at your service. To request a fee quote and information on retaining our services, please click here. In the LRA Requested field, please indicate: H-4 LRA. Or, if you would like assistance in applying for a change of status to H-4 or an extension of H-4 status, in addition to applying for an EAD, in the LRA Requested field, please indicate: COS/EOS LRA.


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