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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 who are in the process of seeking lawful permanent resident status through employment. This population will include those H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants if the H-1B nonimmigrants are either the beneficiaries of an approved Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker (Form I-140) or who have been granted an extension of their authorized period of admission in the United States under the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first Century Act of 2000 (AC21), as amended by the 21st Century Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act. This regulatory change would lessen any potential economic burden to the H-1B principal and H-4 dependent spouse during the transition from nonimmigrant to lawful permanent resident status, furthering the goals of attracting and retaining high-skilled foreign workers. (Source: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=USCIS-2010-0017-0001)
As per DHS, there are 100,600 H4’s who will be eligible to get EAD’s….unfortunately, we have only 9,785 (less than 10%) commenters on their website. Please click the below link and click the blue Comment Now button and register your comments.
It will take less than a minute of your time and has the potential to impact your lifetime. Click the below link and make your voice heard. H1 spouses should also comment and join the effort! You can post anonymously if you like.
or you can visit http://www.regulations.gov/ and search Employment Authorization for Certain H–4 Dependent Spouses
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