Category Archives: Legal Updates \ Firm News

Employment Authorization For H-4 Spouses


On February 25, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a new regulation authorizing spouses of certain H-1B employees to apply for employment authorization beginning on May 26, 2015.

Eligibility Requirements

H-4 dependents will be eligible to apply for an employment authorization document (EAD) if their H-1B spouses have been pursuing employment-based permanent residence and have:

  1. An approved I-140 petition; or
  2. A pending labor certification application or I-140 petition...
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Executive Action – On Employment-Based Proposals

EXECUTIVE ACTION – ON EMPLOYMENT-BASED PROPOSALS On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced an executive action to refocus Immigration enforcement priorities on promoting family unity and helping U.S. Employers hire and retain foreign workers. Some of the proposed changes will be implemented over the next several months and others will take longer to implement. The responsible agencies are not yet ready to receive or process any applications. In a policy affecting up to 5 million unauthorized immigrants now in the U.S., the President...
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On April 1, 2014, USCIS will begin accepting new cap-subject H-1B petitions for Fiscal Year 2015. Because this opportunity to file new H-1B petitions is so important, and the filing period is limited, Davis & Goldfarb, PLLC is preparing now for FY 2015 cap-subject petitions. We encourage employers to plan ahead for the best results.

Identifying Appropriate H-1B Candidates

Employers should...

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CBP Creates Paperless Form I-94

May 2013

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are implementing a major change this month in its admission process for foreign travelers. CBP will no longer be issuing white I-94 cards to travelers when they enter the U.S. These white arrival/departure cards have been considered essential documents for proving valid status for immigration and public benefits.  Travelers had been completing the Form I-94 for CBP officers to review, stamp, detach a portion of the paper form, and attach to...
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