We are almost there! Yes! I am talking about the EAD (work permit) for H-4 Visa Holders. We are not too far off from having the rule passed for the H-4 Visa Holders able to work in the United States. This Rule has been submitted by the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) and DHS (Department of Homeland Security) last year and this has now been moved forward and is now under review.
Check out our previous post on Options for H-4 Visa Holders
EAD for H-4 Holders - Eligibility Criteria
This rule would fall a little short of giving EAD’s for all the H4 Visa Holders. But those H-4 spouses of H-1B non-immigrants who have their green card process in progress might be able to avail this opportunity.
The abstract of the Rule, RIN: 1615-AB92 states that:
The Department of Homeland Security proposes to amend its regulations by extending the availability of employment authorization to H-4 dependent spouses of principal H-1B non-immigrants who have begun the process of seeking lawful permanent resident status through employment and have extended their authorized period of admission or “stay” in the U.S. under section 104(c) or 106(a) of Public Law 106-313, also known as the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act of 2000 (AC21). Allowing the eligible class of H-4 dependent spouses to work encourages professionals with high demand skills to remain in the country and help spur the innovation and growth of U.S. companies.
The Rule details from the Office of Regulatory Review are accessible here. Below is the rule summary, Pending EO 12866 Regulatory Review having the current status on this proposed rule, updated on the 10th of December 2012:
This proposed rule is now pending review and final Rule making process. This rule is not immediately effective, but after it completes the rule making process, it is submitted to the white house for approval. We are not too far away. This process should be done and we should have some news with in the next 6 months hopefully.
Hopefully this new rule would fulfill the dreams of those H-4 Visa Holders who have been waiting to get to start working in the United States. Do send us your questions, suggestions and share your experiences by writing to us at firstname.lastname@example.org