USCIS would like to remind individuals applying for a change of status to H-4 that if you travel abroad before they approve your Form I-539, Change of Status (COS) application, USCIS will consider your application to be abandoned. This means they will deny your COS application.
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Much attention has been placed on the possible cancellation of the OPT STEM extension after the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia vacated the 2008 rule that created the 17-month STEM extension of OPT.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has been prompt in responding to applications filed by certain qualified H4 visa holders for Employment Authorizations Cards (EAD), also known as work permits.
Save Jobs USA urged a D.C. federal court Tuesday to keep alive their challenge to a new U.S. Department of Homeland Security H-4 visa rule that allows certain spouses of high-skilled immigrants to get work authorization, saying the department wrongly argued that they didn’t properly plead an injury.
Yesterday was the hearing for the preliminary injunction over the DHS regulations authorizing work under H-4 visas (for the spouses of H-1B visa holders; some background on the lawsuit is here.) This hearing was not on the merits of the case – whether DHS is permitted by law to grant work authorization to H-4 visa holders – but rather whether implementation of the new regulations (which are scheduled to go into effect next week) should be put on hold until the lawsuit is resolved. Normally, each party spends 15 minutes answering the judge's questions. I was answering questions for 45 minutes.
On February 26, 2015, USCIS hosted a teleconference about new regulatory changes, effective May 26, 2015, that extend employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of certain H-1B nonimmigrants who have already started the process of seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident status.