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Did You Know? E and L dependent spouses may apply for employment authorization. A new law, effective May 26, 2015, states that certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment based lawful permanent resident status also known as green card status may also apply for employment authorization.
Did You Know? If you are granted employment authorization based on your H-4 status, your employment authorization is unrestricted. This means that your employment authorization is not limited to a specific employer. It also does not prohibit self-employment or starting a business.
Did You Know? A non-resident alien is not required to file an income tax return if their only U.S. source income is wages in an amount less than the personal exemption amount.
In order to work legally in the United States, all foreign workers must obtain a permission. There are different requirements, conditions and authorized periods of stay for admission in each employment category. Any violation can result in removal or denial of re-entry into the United States. The categories and visa types are listed below.
An H-4 visa is issued by USCIS to immediate family members (spouse and children under 21 years of age) of the H-1B visa holders.
The USCIS, on Feb 26, 2015, announced that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will accept applications for employment authorization from certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment based lawful permanent resident status also known as green card status.
The eligible H-4 dependent spouses of principal H-1B nonimmigrants are the ones who:
If granted employment authorization under these regulatory changes, H-4 dependent spouses receive a Form I-766, Employment Authorization Document (EAD), as proof of that authorization.
These H-4 dependent spouses are also eligible to receive Social Security Numbers.
|Occupation||% of Total|
|Business Operations Specialists||3.12%|
|Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners||2.78%|
|Operations Specialties Managers||2.29%|
|Mathematical Science Occupations||1.41%|
|School Teachers - Preschool, Primary, Secondary, and Special Education||1.12%|
|City||# of H1B Applications|
|San Jose, CA||81,993|
|San Francisco, CA||76,953|
|Mountain View, CA||44,601|
|Santa Clara, CA||39,587|
|Jersey City, NJ||38,888|
|San Diego, CA||38,798|
|Los Angeles, CA||38,677|
|Company||# of Total|
|Tata Consultancy Services||2.76%|