USCIS Announces Employment Authorization for Certain H4 Spouses Beginning May 26, 2015

February 24, 2015

USCIS announced today that effective May 26, 2015, H4 spouses of individuals in H-1B status who meet specific conditions will become eligible to apply for employment authorization.  USCIS has defined eligible persons as:

H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who: 

  • Are the principal beneficiaries of an approved Form I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, or 
  • Have been granted H-1B status under sections 106(a) and (b) of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first Century Act of 2000 as amended by the 21st Century Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act. The Act permits H-1B nonimmigrants seeking lawful permanent residence to work and remain in the United States beyond the six-year limit on their H-1B status.

The complete announcement is available online at



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