Effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 nonimmigrant dependents of H-1B workers who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident status. The director of USCIS amended the regulations to allow these H-4 dependent spouses to accept authorized employment in the United States.
“Allowing the spouses of these visa holders to legally work in the United States makes perfect sense,” Rodríguez said. “It helps U.S. businesses keep their highly skilled workers by increasing the chances these workers will choose to stay in this country during the transition from temporary workers to permanent residents. It also provides more economic stability and better quality of life for the affected families.”