Financial District, New York
28 Liberty Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10005
(212) 461-7152

Changes in Immigration Law Extend Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses February 17, 2016

Financial District, Manhattan
Changes in Immigration Law Extend Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses, Manhattan, New York

President Obama announced several executive actions on immigration law in Nov. 2014, one of which was to make H-4 dependent spouses of some workers holding H-1B nonimmigrant visas eligible for employment authorization. The final rule announced on May 26, 2015 by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) supports the administration's efforts to make working in the U.S. a more appealing option to highly skilled workers in certain in-demand industries.

According to Berd & Klauss, PLLC, New-York-based immigration attorneys, H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants can immediately file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization if either of the following conditions are met:

immigration law

  • The H-1B worker is the principal beneficiary of an approved Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker.
  • The worker's H-1B status was granted under sections 106(a) and (b) of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first Century Act of 2000 as amended by the 21st Century Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act (AC21).

The H-1B visa program gives American businesses the ability to hire foreign workers who possess specialized skills and at least a bachelor's degree. These workers allow American companies to expand when necessary, which creates jobs and helps build the U.S. economy.

The hardworking, highly experienced immigration attorneys at Berd & Klauss, PLLC provide comprehensive legal services to businesses and immigrants alike, helping clarify the complexities of U.S. immigration law. To learn more about how recent executive actions may affect you or your company, visit Berd & Klauss, PLLC online now or call (212) 461-7152 to schedule a consultation today.

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from Berd & Klauss, PLLC
H-1B Petitions Not Selected in the Lottery Have Been Returned, Manhattan, New York
On May 17th, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officials announced that data entry had been completed for all H-1B cap-subject petitions for the 2020 fiscal more
Why Visitors to the U.S. Should Avoid Marijuana Dispensaries, Manhattan, New York
Marijuana dispensaries operate legally in several U.S. states, which may lead international visitors to assume they can safely visit these establishments. Unfortunately, due to more
4 Common Reasons for Rejected Visa Applications, Manhattan, New York
Many people hoping to travel to the United States for work, school, or vacation find themselves confused by the visa process, especially when their application is denied. US more
4 FAQs About Street Encounters with Police, Manhattan, New York
Many undocumented immigrants don’t fully understand their constitutional rights and worry that any interaction with the police will lead to deportation. Fortunately, this is not more
4 Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Immigration Attorney, Manhattan, New York
The U.S. immigration system is notoriously complex, with confusing requirements and guidelines that seem to change constantly. Whether you’re applying for a visa or hoping to become more