Calling all H-1B and H-4 holders! The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced that select H-4 dependents are now eligible to apply for work authorization. Beginning May 26, some H-4 holders can start filing their applications and be on their way to obtaining employment authorization.
H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants can file for this special work authorization if the H-1B holder has an approved I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker or has pending PERM/labor certification application that has been pending for at least 365 days and has extended the H-1B status past the six-year limit. If you want more information, check out our Extended Employment Eligibility for Some H-4 Dependent Spouses infographic.
H-4 work authorization application tips
Once you determine your eligibility, you’re ready to begin the application process. To help you start, here are three work authorization application tips:
- Start early: May 26 is just around the corner, and if you want to beat the rush of other H-4 holders applying for work authorization, it’s best to get started now.
- Move quickly: We understand that getting the opportunity to bring in a second income is life-changing. Gather your supporting documents quickly, so you can apply on May 26, and get your employment authorization document (EAD) in the mail as soon as possible.
- Save for filing fees: USCIS’s fee for work authorization is $380. They won’t process your application until that’s paid, so be prepared.
If you’re ready to prepare your H-4 work authorization application, get started here.
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