Long wait for H4 Visa holders is over. EAD for H4 visa holders effective Date was announced today.
I know you will have lots of questions about this rule. From Fees, to Attorney, Eligibility, I-140, H1B Extension, etc. I’m creating this guide on how to apply for EAD for H4 Visa.
Here’s an excerpt from the DHS EAD H4 News Press Release
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 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.
What does that mean? Simple – Up to 179,000 People to Get H4 Work Permit
How to Apply EAD for H4 Visa
Here’s some guidelines given by USCIS on how to apply for EAD for H4 Visa holders.
When can you apply for EAD?
USCIS will begin accepting applications on May 26, 2015. Once USCIS approves the Form I-765 and the H-4 dependent spouse receives an EAD, he or she may begin working in the United States.
How to Apply for EAD for H-4?
Under the rule, eligible H-4 dependent spouses must file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, with supporting evidence and the required $380 fee in order to obtain employment authorization and receive a Form I-766, Employment Authorization Document (EAD).
- Proof of Your Status – Current I-797 form or I-94
- Relationship Proof – Copy of Marriage Certificate
- Work Authorization
- Approved form I-140 (or)
- H1B Visa holder AC21 extension ( I-797 or I-94)
Stay tuned for exhaustive list of documents.
Who can Apply for EAD?
Here’s the Eligibility Criteria on certain H4 Visa holders who qualify for EAD . Again, this is OR condition.
Watch Immigration Attorney Murali Bashyam talk about FAQ’s About EAD for H-4 (Video )
Let me know if you have any questions about the how to apply for EAD for H4 and or anything specific to your situation about I-140.
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