24 Nov 2021

My I-94 and H-4 EAD are both going to expire next week. My H-4 and H-4 EAD extensions are both pending. I understand that I cannot work based on the pending EAD renewal. While waiting for the new EAD to be issued, do I have to resign from my position, or can I take an unpaid leave?

Answer There does not appear to be a definitive answer to this. Immigration law generally prohibits an H-4 spouse from working without a valid EAD. And, from the employer's perspective, there are certain requirements (e.g., form I-9 employment eligibility verification) that must be adhered to. But...

11 Nov 2021

My wife is in the U.S. in H-4 status. I had been on H1B status, but suddenly had to travel overseas. My H1B visa stamp has expired. Can I return to the U.S. using my AP document?

Answer If the principal spouse enters on advance parole, then typically the dependent spouse is no longer eligible to maintain valid H-4 status. (11.Nov.2021)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online services, click here. Access more...

10 Nov 2021

NewsFlash! Major Improvements to Work Authorization Process for L-2 and Certain H-4 Spouses

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) announced today that a settlement has been reached with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) related to work authorization for L-2 and certain H-4 dependent spouses.The official text of the settlement agreement has not yet been posted. However,...

04 Nov 2021

I filed an H-4 EAD renewal application about 4 months ago. I have heard that the USCIS frequently is taking 1 year or more to adjudicate these applications. Can I sue the USCIS to get them to adjudicate my EAD application?

Answer You can file a writ of mandamus against the USCIS to try to force the agency to adjudicate your case. If the court agrees that there has been an unreasonable delay in adjudicating the case, the judge could order the USCIS to complete its adjudication.That...

28 Oct 2021
14 Oct 2021

I am in H-4 status and am enrolled in a master’s program. Do I need to change to F-1 status in order to be eligible for the master’s cap after I graduate?

Answer There is no requirement that a person take classes while in F-1 status in order to qualify for the master's cap. (13.Oct.2021)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online services, click here. Access more FAQs...

04 Oct 2021

TN Status: Employment Option for Canadian and Mexican Citizens

Under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), qualifying Canadian and Mexican nationals can work in the United States in a wide range of positions under the USMCA professionals (TN) classification. Although the TN classification has some key limitations, in many cases it can provide employers with a...