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USCIS Starts Rulemaking Process to Take Away H-4 EAD Work Authorization

After months of speculation and discussion, USCIS has taken the initial steps in the rulemaking process in order to take away the H-4 EAD work authorization for certain H-4 spouses which had been available since 2015.      It should be noted that this is an initial step in the rulemaking process and until and [...]

By | 2017-12-15T09:35:41+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Articles, H-1B, H-4 EAD, News, News Alert|

New Rules Establish Automatic Employment Authorization based on Pending EAD Renewal Application

As part of a set of rule changes, collectively called “Retention of EB–1, EB–2, and EB–3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers” (see our full analysis) and effective as of January 17, 2017, USCIS has made some significant and welcome changes to the way it treats work authorization document [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:46:58+00:00 February 25th, 2017|Articles, H-4 EAD, I-485, News, News Alert|

President-elect Trump and Immigration: Initial Thoughts

During the election campaign, President-elect Trump put immigration at the center of his agenda and platform and made a commitment to the voters to take immediate steps relating to immigration upon taking office on January 20, 2017.   There are certain immigration-related steps that can be done immediately upon taking office, by [...]

Is It Better to Work Using H-4 EAD or H-1B?

Since the H-4 EAD rule became effective in May 2015, our office has assisted many eligible H-4 spouses secure work authorization under the H-4 EAD program. We continue to applaud USCIS’s efforts to allow certain H-4 spouses to apply for and obtain work authorization. In many cases, however, the eligible spouse may [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:08+00:00 December 10th, 2015|Articles, H-1B, H-4 EAD, News|

17-Month STEM OPT Rule Vacated by District Court; Effective Date February 12, 2016

In an opinion dated August 12, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia vacated the Department of Homeland Security’s 2008 rule which extended the post-graduation optional practical training (OPT) by 17 months for eligible STEM students on F-1 visas.   The rationale was that DHS did not follow the normal [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:10+00:00 August 13th, 2015|Articles, F-1, H-4 EAD, News, Students|

USCIS: H-1B Premium Processing Available Again Effective Immediately

USCIS has just announced that effective today, July 13, 2017, they are resuming accepting Form I-907 premium processing service requests for all H-1B petitions.     Previously, in mid-May, USCIS had announced that they are suspending the premium processing service for certain H-1B extension or transfer petitions until July 27, 2015 and we are glad to see [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:10+00:00 July 13th, 2015|Articles, H-1B, H-4 EAD, News|

USCIS Starts Issuing Approvals and Production of H-4 Spouse EAD Cards

One of the most frequent questions our office gets since and even before May 26, 2015 when the H-4 Spouse EAD filing window opened has been, “How long would it take to get the H-4 Spouse EAD approved?”    Because the H-4 Spouse EAD is a brand new program and especially due to [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:11+00:00 June 17th, 2015|Articles, H-4 EAD, News|

H-4 Spouse EAD Lawsuit Preliminary Injunction Denied – Filings to Continue as Planned

In late April our office reported on the lawsuit challenging the H-4 Spouse EAD program and we have been monitoring the case over the past few weeks and especially since Thursday of last week when there was a hearing here in Washington, DC on the merits of the plaintiff's request for a preliminary injunction aiming [...]

By | 2015-05-26T16:13:03+00:00 May 26th, 2015|Articles, H-4 EAD, News|

USCIS Releases H-4 Spouse EAD Filing Process Clarifications and Guidance

On the eve of the H-4 Spouse EAD filing window (which opens on May 26, 2015), USCIS  has released a set of clarifications and guidance in connection with the H-4 Spouse EAD process.     Our office has been very active in the H-4 Spouse EAD process ever since the benefit was announced as a proposed rule [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:13+00:00 May 20th, 2015|Articles, H-4 EAD, News|

USCIS Temporarily Suspends Premium Processing of H-1B Extension of Stay Petitions

USCIS has announced that effective May 26, 2015, they are temporarily suspending the premium processing for all H-1B extension of stay petitions for two months, or until July 27, 2015.     This surprising announcement comes in light of the anticipated heavy demand and number of filings for H-4 Spouse EAD when the filing window for this [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:13+00:00 May 19th, 2015|Articles, H-1B, H-4 EAD, News|