Immigration Law

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Cissna Signals Attack on H-4 EADs
Posted on 24 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Apr. 4, 2018 letter to Sen. Grassley - "'[O]ur plans include proposing regulatory changes to remove H-4 dependent spouses from the class of aliens eligible for employment authorization, thereby reversing the 2015 final rule that granted such... Read More

Tags: ead , Grassley , h-4 , spouses , cissna , USCIS

Tech Lobby Sends Letter to USCIS Supporting Work Authorization for H-4 Visa Holders
Posted on 24 Jan 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sunita Sohrabji, India-West, Jan. 23, 2018 - "The Information Technology Industry Council, a major lobbying group for the tech industry, led a group of 10 IT organizations which sent a letter Jan. 17 to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services director... Read More

Tags: letter , h-4 , cissna , USCIS , itic

Expert: Recision of H-4 EAD Regulation Could Take Months
Posted on 30 May 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Carol Kuruvilla, HuffPo, May 30, 2018 - "[T]he Obama administration allowed H-4 visa holders whose spouses were already approved permanent residents to apply for a temporary employment authorization document, known as the H-4 EAD . Over 100,000 H... Read More

Expert: Broken Immigration System Hurts Employers, Families
Posted on 6 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Miriam Jordan, New York Times, Apr. 6, 2018 - "Ms. Jalakam and thousands of other spouses of skilled workers have been told that their special work permits — authorization that can mean the difference between struggling and thriving in their... Read More

Texas Supermarket Settles Visa Suit With USCIS - Law360
Posted on 22 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Texas supermarket chain H.E.B. Grocery Co. LP has dropped its lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security after its senior computer programmer was able to secure work authorization under a recently issued DHS rule. U.S. District Judge... Read More

DHS Extends Eligibility for Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Nonimmigrants Seeking Employment-Based Lawful Permanent Residence
Posted on 24 Feb 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced today that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4... Read More

Preliminary Injunction Denied in H-4 EAD Lawsuit
Posted on 25 May 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Save Jobs has an obvious interest in protecting its members from additional competition in an already crowded job market, particularly given the circumstances of their terminations from SCE. However, DHS has a strong interest in moving ahead with... Read More

Highly Skilled Immigrant Spouses Can Soon Work In U.S.
Posted on 25 Feb 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"When Neha Mahajan's husband got a job transfer from New Delhi to New Jersey, she was excited to come along. But the thrill faded when the television reporter realized there was no way she could get a job in the United States because immigration... Read More

Work Authorization for Some H-4 Spouses Liberates Them from the Tyranny of Priority Dates: Gary Endelman & Cyrus D. Mehta
Posted on 12 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The proposed rule provides that an H-4 spouse may apply for employment authorization if the principal H-1B spouse is the beneficiary of an approved I-140 immigrant petition; or, if the H-1B spouse been granted an extension of beyond the 6-year limitation... Read More

Controversy Over Spouses Of Tech-Savvy Immigrants Working In US
Posted on 9 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"What does the new plan mean for the tech industry and the economy? Host Michel Martin speaks with immigration law professor Laura Murray-Tjan and Vinny Lingham, entrepreneur and immigrant from South Africa." - NPR, May 9, 2014 . Read More

Foreign Workers' Spouses Often Stuck in Limbo
Posted on 6 May 2013 by LexisNexis Communities Staff

"Looking back now, Pallavi Dua admits she wasn’t prepared for the frustration of being surrounded by jobs for which she easily qualified but which were off-limits to her under U.S. immigration laws. The wife of a Microsoft software engineer... Read More

Work Authorization for H-4 Spouses: The Experience Thus Far - Michelle S. Velasco
Posted on 14 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Michelle S. Velasco, Oct. 13, 2015 - "H-4 EAD applicants must be diligent in obtaining evidence of their eligibility and be aware of timing concerns. For eligible applicants, this opportunity to obtain authorization for employment is welcome news... Read More

Tags: ead , h-4 , mehta , spouses , velasco

Coming: Work Authorization for H-4 Spouses
Posted on 8 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will soon publish several proposed rules that will make the United States more attractive to talented foreign entrepreneurs and other high-skill immigrants who will contribute substantially to the U.S. economy... Read More

Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses Final Rule in Effect Today, May 26, 2015
Posted on 26 May 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, May 26, 2015 - "Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses Final Rule in Effect Today, May 26, 2015 Certain H-4 dependent spouses may now apply for employment authorization under the H-4 rule. On February 24, 2015, USCIS... Read More

Tags: ead , h-4 , USCIS

H-4 EAD Final Rule
Posted on 25 Feb 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This final rule amends Department of Homeland Security (‘‘DHS’’ or ‘‘Department’’) regulations by extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H–4 dependent spouses of H–1B... Read More