BIG News! some H-4 spouse to get work authorization

Under proposed regulations announced today CIS is proposing to allow some H-4 spouses to apply for work authorization. These would be the spouses of H-1Bs who are the beneficiaries of an employer’s approved I-140 or are in a 7th etc year extension – i.e. those stuck in the Visa Bulletin backlog for their EB classification for immigration and hence unable to file an I-485 for adjustment of status that is the last stage towards getting a green card. The proposed rules need to become final to be effective, a process which may take months so stay tuned …

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