May 22, 2015

USCIS Issues New Instructions for H-4 Work Card Applicants

On May 26, 2015, the government will begin accepting H-4 employment authorization document (EAD) applications for work authorization. Yesterday, USCIS published information to help eligible H-4 dependent spouses who want to apply for employment authorization under the Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses final rule.

You can view the USCIS information on:

USCIS advises that you may not apply for employment authorization under this rule until May 26, 2015.

Until the H-4 rule takes effect on May 26, 2015, USCIS will not accept any Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization requesting employment authorization based on your H-4 status.

If you submit a Form I-765 before May 26, 2015, USCIS will reject your application and return it and the filing fee to you. You would then need to re-submit the application on or after May 26, 2015.

For legal assistance with your H-4 work card application, you are invited to contact us.