Qualifying H4 Dependents Can Apply for a Work Permit (EAD) Starting May 26, 2015

Earlier today, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued the following release :

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Len Rodrguez announced today that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status. DHS amended the regulations to allow these H-4 dependent spouses to accept employment in the United States.

Eligible individuals include certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who:

Have been granted H-1B status 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. The Act permits H-1B nonimmigrants seeking lawful permanent residence to work and remain in the United States beyond the six-year limit on their H-1B status.

Please note that the immigration service can take up to 120 days from the date of filing the EAD application to issue the document.