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In July 2014, we wrote about the proposal of the Department of Homeland Security to grant work authorization to certain H-4 dependents. On February 24, 2015, USCIS Director León Rodrigues announced that as of May 26, 2015, this work authorization will be granted to those eligible that apply. In order to qualify, the principal H-1B worker must have either an approved I-140, or a PERM application (Labor Certification) that has been pending for at least one year. This is likely to affect tens of thousands of people that previously, were not entitled to work, absent their ability to qualify for a working visa based on their own merits and almost always, a job offer. This is an enormous step in the right direction that can help maintain foreign workers, which in turn is a right step for helping the US economy.
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