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Continued Rollout of Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

Today, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced that starting May 26, 2015 it will be accepting applications for employment authorization (EAD) for H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants...more

FAQs on H-4 Work Permit Final Rule from DHS

On February 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published a Final Rule confirming that certain H-4 spouses will be eligible to apply for U.S. work authorization. Following is an outline of this new Final Rule...more

USCIS Announces New Work Card Eligibility for H4 Spouses

On Tuesday, February 24, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that, effective May 26, 2015, USCIS will begin accepting applications for work authorization of H-4 spouses of two groups of...more

Immigration Reminder: Prepare Now for April 1 H-1B Filing Deadline

This is a quick reminder that employers should prepare now if they plan to file H-1B petitions on April 1, 2015 for the fiscal year commencing Oct.1, 2015. It is expected that the demand for H-1Bs will be very strong once...more

As Expatriations Increase, Potential Relief for “Accidental” U.S. Citizens

According to Treasury reports, 3,417 U.S. citizens relinquished their U.S. citizenship in 2014, which is more than the number of expatriations reported in prior years. As required by law, the Treasury publishes a quarterly...more

EADs for H-4 Spouses Rule Announced

As promised since President Obama’s Executive Action of November 20, 2014, USCIS is amending its rules to allow work authorization for H-4 spouses in certain instances effective May 26, 2015. H-4 spouses (spouse...more

USCIS Announces Work Permits for Qualifying Spouses of H-1B Employees

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on February 24 that certain qualifying spouses of H-1B workers will be allowed to apply for a work permit beginning on May 26, 2015....more

Some H4 Spouses of H-1Bs Can Apply for Work Cards Beginning May 26, 2015

On Tuesday, February 24, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that, effective May 26, 2015, USCIS will begin accepting applications for work authorization of H-4 spouses of two groups of...more

H-1B Visa Season (And Employment Authorization For Certain H-4 Spouses) Is Here!

H-1B visa season is upon us, and Wiggin and Dana would like to encourage employers subject to the annual visa quota (or cap) to evaluate potential employee candidates as soon as possible. The demand for H-1B visas remains...more

Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses Eligible for Work Authorization | USCIS Will Accept Filings on May 2015

The long-awaited final rule on H-4 work authorization has now been introduced by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS Director León Rodríguez has announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)...more

Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Who Apply for Residency Can Apply for Work Permits Starting May 26

On February 24, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will start accepting applications for work authorization from certain spouses of H-1B visa holders beginning May 26, 2015. This regulatory...more

DHS Extends Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Spouses

The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced that, effective May 26, 2015, the agency is extending employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants....more

Department of Homeland Security Shutdown 2015: The Effect on Immigration Services

The Senate remains at a stalemate over funding of the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”), with funding running out on Friday, February 27. A full budget was passed for the rest of the US government in December. However,...more

USCIS Publishes Rule to Permit Employment Authorization for Some H-4 Spouses

The rule creates employment eligibility for H-4 spouses where the H-1B principal is subject to I-140 backlogs or is AC-21 eligible. In a release issued earlier today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)...more

Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses Eligible for Work Authorization USCIS Will Accept Filings on May 2015

In May 2014, DHS issued a proposed rule to amend current immigration regulations to allow for the employment authorization of certain H-4 dependent spouses. DHS accepted comments on the proposed rule until mid-July. ...more

Immigration Update: Department of Homeland Security announces action on employment authorization for certain H-4 spouses

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that effective on May 26, 2015, certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants will be eligible for employment authorization. DHS will focus on employment...more

DHS Extends Eligibility for Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Nonimmigrants Seeking...

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced today that, pursuant to a published regulation that will be effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending...more

H-4 Spouses of Certain H-1B Workers May Apply for Work Authorization Beginning on May 2015

On February 24, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced that effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will extend employment authorization to H-4...more

DHS Extends Employment Authorization Documents For Certain Dependent Spouses Of H-1B Visa Holders

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced today that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will allow H-4 dependent spouses of certain H-1B nonimmigrants...more

It’s Here: H-4 Spouse Work Authorization is Now A Reality (For Some)

For some time now, H-1B workers and their families have been waiting for the government to announce that certain H-4 visa holders are eligible for work authorization. The long-awaited announcement came today, as US...more

USCIS Announcement Today: Applications for Employment Authorization of Certain Spouses of H-1B Non-Immigrants Begins In May

Earlier today, February 24, 2015, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced they will begin accepting applications for employment authorization from certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants...more

DHS Extends Eligibility for Work Authorization to the Spouses of Certain H-1B Status Holders

In a significant development in federal immigration reform, USCIS announced today that, effective later this spring, a new rule will provide spouses of some H-1B status holders with authorization to work in the United States....more

The H-1B Visa - the New Powerball The H-1B Visa: The New Powerball

The Time is Now - Based on the extremely limited nature of the H-1B filing window, employers are advised to begin laying the groundwork now to maximize the opportunity to obtain one of the highly coveted H-1B slots....more

Overcoming H-1B Challenges – Obtaining a Certified Labor Condition Application (LCA)

The most common H work visa is the H-1B which is for “specialty occupations.” One of the requirements for H-1B petitions is to first obtain a certified Labor Condition Application (LCA) from the U.S. Department of Labor...more

Mark Your Calendars: DHS Extends Employment Authorization Eligibility to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses Effective May 26, 2015

While many immigration practitioners wait anxiously for a resolution to the judicial challenges faced by DAPA and expanded DACA, others let out a sigh of relief at the announcement made today by U.S. Citizenship and...more

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