By Nashwa Azzam. Esq. |
After months of long processing delays and gaps in employment for spouses of Es and Ls, they can now enjoy automatic employment authorization incident to status. This means that E and L dependent spouses no longer need to apply for work authorization. **Until USCIS implements these changes to the I-94, spouses must still rely on an employment authorization document (EAD) as evidence of employment authorization to employers.
Certain H-4, E or L spouses who currently hold work authorization will also benefit from automatic extension if they timely file for an extension before their (EAD) expires and they continue to hold a valid I-94. Automatic extension will apply to the earlier of the following: adjudication on the EAD extension application, the admit until date on the I-94, or 180 days from the date of expiration of the previous EAD.
KTA will continue to monitor additional changes and updates regarding the policy.