Update On H-4 Work Authorization
The Trump Administration has proposed a rule to remove eligibility for work authorization for H-4 spouses. The rule is pending review as of February 20, 2019. H-4 visas are issued to the immediate family, including spouses and children, of H-1B skilled-worker visa holders. Currently, H-4 spouses may apply for employment authorization if their H-1B spouses are in the process of obtaining employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status. The H-1B spouse must have an approved Form I-140 (an immigrant petition for a foreign employee) or have been granted an extension of their H-1B visa beyond the six-year validity period because they are seeking employment-based LPR status.
The proposed regulation is not yet in effect and it may take several months before it is finalized. For now, qualifying H-4 spouses may continue to apply for employment authorization.
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Originally published in the M&R Business Immigration Newsletter. Sign up today!