NewsFlash! Rule Proposing End of H-4 EAD Program Moving Forward

Yesterday, the proposed regulation to terminate the program that allows certain H-4 spouses to obtain employment authorization was submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This is one of the required steps in the formal rulemaking process, and signals that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) could publish the proposed rule within a few weeks. Once the proposed rule is published, it will still have to go through the remaining steps of the rulemaking process, which includes a public comment period. Only after a final rule is published – a process expected to take at least several months – could the H-4 EAD program be terminated.

For the time being, the H-4 EAD program remains in effect, unchanged. Assuming the final rule eventually is implemented, it is not yet clear what impact this will have on those with existing H-4 EADs or pending I-765 applications for H-4 EADs.

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