The USCIS announced today that on May 26, 2015, it will begin accepting applications for employment authorization documents (EAD) from certain H-4 spouses. This regulation amendment will apply to spouses of H-1B workers (1) whose I-140 immigrant petitions have been approved, or (2) who have had their H-1B status extended because their labor certifications (PERMs) or I-140 petitions have been pending for over 365 days, pursuant to American Competitiveness in the Twenty First Century Act (AC21). The filing fee for the I-765 form will be $380. The agency expects as high as 179,600 applications in the first year and 55,000 annually in subsequent years.
On June 5, 2014, USCIS released a new form I-821D for the renewal of your authorized stay in the United States for the next two (2) years.
Deferred Action processing update: our immigration law firm can confirm that in some cases, the USCIS is approving the I-821D (deferred action) and I-765 (employment authorization) applications at the same time. Today we received several approvals which have been pending for 47 days.