Immigration Law

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Jan Pederson (Maggio-Kattar) on the H-4 EAD Final Rule
Posted on 28 Feb 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will finally extend employment eligibility for certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who have applied for lawful permanent resident (LPR) status effective May 26, 2015. This action has been... Read More

USCIS Publishes Filing Guidance for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses
Posted on 20 May 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"USCIS has published information to help eligible H-4 dependent spouses who want to apply for employment authorization under the Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses final rule . You can view the information on: The... Read More

Tags: ead , guidance , h-4 , USCIS

EAD Coming for H-4 Spouses?
Posted on 12 Dec 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"An Executive Order Review Search reveals that the USCIS may be finalizing a rule that will allow work authorization for H-4 spouses if they have begun the process of seeking lawful permanent resident (LPR) status through employment and have extended... Read More

Tags: ead , h-4

USCIS Policy Memo: Additional Guidance on Determining Periods of Admission for Foreign Nationals Previously Admitted as H-4 Nonimmigrants who are Seeking H-2 or H-3 Status
Posted on 20 Nov 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This policy memorandum (PM) provides additional guidance regarding how Immigration Services Officers (ISOs) should determine periods of admission for a foreign national. Specifically, this PM clarifies that time spent as an H-4 dependent does not... Read More

USCIS Proposed Rule: Employment Authorization for Certain H–4 Dependent Spouses
Posted on 12 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Department of Homeland Security proposes to extend the availability of employment authorization to certain H–4 dependent spouses of principal H–1B nonimmigrants. The extension would be limited to H–4 dependent spouses of principal... Read More

DHS to Roll Out New Regs to Benefit Some H-1B Spouses and Skilled Workers
Posted on 7 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[T]he Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the publication of two proposed rules, including a rule to extend employment authorization to spouses of certain H-1B workers, and a proposal to enhance opportunities for certain groups... Read More

Lawsuit Challenges EADs for H-4 Spouses
Posted on 25 Apr 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A group representing former Southern California Edison Co. computer workers launched a suit in Washington, D.C., federal court Thursday challenging a U.S. Department of Homeland Security regulation that authorizes certain H-1B dependent spouses... Read More

Tags: ead , h-4 , save jobs , lawsuit , spouse

USCIS Temporarily Suspends Premium Processing for Extension of Stay H-1B Petitions
Posted on 20 May 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Starting May 26, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B Extension of Stay petitions until July 27, 2015. During this time frame, petitioners will not be able to file Form... Read More

Suit Over Guest-Worker Spouse Permits Tossed - SAVE JOBS USA v. DHS
Posted on 3 Oct 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jamie Ross, CNS, Oct. 3, 2016 - "Tech workers challenging a Department of Homeland Security rule allowing the spouses of guest workers to apply for employment did not prove the spouses would compete with them in job hunts, a federal judge found,... Read More

Tags: h-4 , save jobs , lawsuit

USCIS FAQs: Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses
Posted on 11 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Mar. 10, 2016 - "On February 26, 2015, USCIS hosted a teleconference about new regulatory changes, effective May 26, 2015, that extended eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of certain H-1B nonimmigrants... Read More

Tags: ead , h-4 , faq , USCIS

Advance Copy of Proposed Rule: Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses
Posted on 9 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Department of Homeland Security proposes to extend the availability of employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of principal H-1B nonimmigrants. The extension would be limited to H-4 dependent spouses of principal H-1B nonimmigrants... Read More

Advance Copy of H-4 EAD Final Rule
Posted on 24 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 nonimmigrants who are seeking employment... Read More