Questions and Answers on new H4 EAD

Answers by attorney Shah Peerally

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Information provided above is for educational purposes only.  One should not act or refrain to act solely based on the information provided.  You should consult an attorney to assess your case before proceeding.

Shah Peerally is an attorney licensed in California practicing immigration law and debt settlement. He has featured as an expert legal analyst for many TV networks such as NDTV, Times Now and Sitarree TV.  Articles about Shah Peerally and his work have appeared on newspapers such as San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, US Fiji Times, Mauritius Le Quotidien, Movers & Shakers and other prominent international newspapers. His work has been commended by Congress women Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee.  He has a weekly radio show on KLOK 1170AM and frequently participates in legal clinics in churches, temples and mosques. His law group, Shah Peerally Law Group, has represented clients all over the United States constantly dealing with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Custom Enforcement(ICE) and CBP (Customs Border Patrol (CBP) under  the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  This department was formerly known as the Immigration and Nationality Services (INS).

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H4 – EAD – After years of years of fighting the H4 Employment Authorization is here – Finally!

As you all know our law firm and a group of very dedicated individuals have been fighting for the H4 EAD for years. Finally DHS announced today that on May 26, 2015 some H4 Visa holders will actually get a work permit. 510 742 5887

If you need help applying for the work permit. Please call our office at 510 7425887

This is great news. See announcement of DHS below.

DHS Extends Eligibility for Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Nonimmigrants Seeking Employment-Based Lawful Permanent Residence
Release Date: February 24, 2015
WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced today that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status. DHS amended the regulations to allow these H-4 dependent spouses to accept employment in the United States.

Finalizing the H-4 employment eligibility was an important element of the immigration executive actions President Obama announced in November 2014. Extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants is one of several initiatives underway to modernize, improve and clarify visa programs to grow the U.S. economy and create jobs.

“Allowing the spouses of these visa holders to legally work in the United States makes perfect sense,” Rodríguez said. “It helps U.S. businesses keep their highly skilled workers by increasing the chances these workers will choose to stay in this country during the transition from temporary workers to permanent residents. It also provides more economic stability and better quality of life for the affected families.”

Eligible individuals include certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who:

Are the principal beneficiaries of an approved Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker;
or

Have been granted H-1B status under sections 106(a) and (b) of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first Century Act of 2000 as amended by the 21st Century Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act. The Act permits H-1B nonimmigrants seeking lawful permanent residence to work and remain in the United States beyond the six-year limit on their H-1B status.

DHS expects this change will reduce the economic burdens and personal stresses H-1B nonimmigrants and their families may experience during the transition from nonimmigrant to lawful permanent resident status, and facilitate their integration into American society. As such, the change should reduce certain disincentives that currently lead H-1B nonimmigrants to abandon efforts to remain in the United States while seeking lawful permanent residence, which will minimize disruptions to U.S. businesses employing them. The change should also support the U.S. economy because the contributions H-1B nonimmigrants make to entrepreneurship and science help promote economic growth and job creation. The rule also will bring U.S. immigration policies more in line with those laws of other countries that compete to attract similar highly skilled workers.

Under the rule, eligible H-4 dependent spouses must file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, with supporting evidence and the required $380 fee in order to obtain employment authorization and receive a Form I-766, Employment Authorization Document (EAD). USCIS will begin accepting applications on May 26, 2015. Once USCIS approves the Form I-765 and the H-4 dependent spouse receives an EAD, he or she may begin working in the United States.

USCIS estimates the number of individuals eligible to apply for employment authorization under this rule could be as high as 179,600 in the first year and 55,000 annually in subsequent years. USCIS reminds those potentially eligible that this rule is not considered effective until May 26, 2015. Individuals should not submit an application to USCIS before the effective date, and should avoid anyone who offers to assist in submitting an application to USCIS before the effective date.

Information provided above is for educational purposes only.  One should not act or refrain to act solely based on the information provided.  You should consult an attorney to assess your case before proceeding.

Shah Peerally is an attorney licensed in California practicing immigration law and debt settlement. He has featured as an expert legal analyst for many TV networks such as NDTV, Times Now and Sitarree TV.  Articles about Shah Peerally and his work have appeared on newspapers such as San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, US Fiji Times, Mauritius Le Quotidien, Movers & Shakers and other prominent international newspapers. His work has been commended by Congress women Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee.  He has a weekly radio show on KLOK 1170AM and frequently participates in legal clinics in churches, temples and mosques. His law group, Shah Peerally Law Group, has represented clients all over the United States constantly dealing with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Custom Enforcement(ICE) and CBP (Customs Border Patrol (CBP) under  the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  This department was formerly known as the Immigration and Nationality Services (INS).

For updates follow us on Radio, Facebook, Twitter ,LinkedIn and Youtube

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We have serve the community with dedication and compassion

Attorney Shah Peerally also deals in debt settlement. For more information call us on 510.742.5887 and visit us on www.YourDebtSettlementAttorney.com

By: Shah Peerally Esq.
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March 2015 Visa Bulletin – India EB2 moving to January 1, 2007

EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCES

First:  Priority Workers:  28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required for fourth and fifth preferences.

Second:  Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability:  28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required by first preference.

Third:  Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers:  28.6% of the worldwide level, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences, not more than 10,000 of which to “*Other Workers”.

Fourth:  Certain Special Immigrants:  7.1% of the worldwide level.

Fifth:  Employment Creation:  7.1% of the worldwide level, not less than 3,000 of which reserved for investors in a targeted rural or high-unemployment area, and 3,000 set aside for investors in regional centers by Sec. 610 of Pub. L. 102-395.

On the chart below, the listing of a date for any class indicates that the class is oversubscribed (see paragraph 1); “C” means current, i.e., numbers are available for all qualified applicants; and “U” means unavailable, i.e., no numbers are available.  (NOTE:  Numbers are available only for applicants whose priority date is earlier than the cut-off date listed below.)

Employment- Based All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA – mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st C C C C C
2nd C 01SEP10 01JAN07 C C
3rd 01JUN14 22OCT11 01JAN04 01JUN14 01JUN14
Other Workers 01JUN14 15AUG05 01JAN04 01JUN14 01JUN14
4th C C C C C
Certain Religious Workers C C C C C
5th
Targeted
Employment Areas/
Regional Centers
and Pilot Programs
C C C C C

*Employment Third Preference Other Workers Category:  Section 203(e) of the Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) passed by Congress in November 1997, as amended by Section 1(e) of Pub. L. 105-139, provides that once the Employment Third Preference Other Worker (EW) cut-off date has reached the priority date of the latest EW petition approved prior to November 19, 1997, the 10,000 EW numbers available for a fiscal year are to be reduced by up to 5,000 annually beginning in the following fiscal year.  This reduction is to be made for as long as necessary to offset adjustments under the NACARA program.  Since the EW cut-off date reached November 19, 1997 during Fiscal Year 2001, the reduction in the EW annual limit to 5,000 began in Fiscal Year 2002.

 

 

Information provided above is for educational purposes only.  One should not act or refrain to act solely based on the information provided.  You should consult an attorney to assess your case before proceeding.

Shah Peerally is an attorney licensed in California practicing immigration law and debt settlement. He has featured as an expert legal analyst for many TV networks such as NDTV, Times Now and Sitarree TV.  Articles about Shah Peerally and his work have appeared on newspapers such as San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, US Fiji Times, Mauritius Le Quotidien, Movers & Shakers and other prominent international newspapers. His work has been commended by Congress women Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee.  He has a weekly radio show on KLOK 1170AM and frequently participates in legal clinics in churches, temples and mosques. His law group, Shah Peerally Law Group, has represented clients all over the United States constantly dealing with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Custom Enforcement(ICE) and CBP (Customs Border Patrol (CBP) under  the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  This department was formerly known as the Immigration and Nationality Services (INS).

For updates follow us on Radio, Facebook, Twitter ,LinkedIn and Youtube

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We have serve the community with dedication and compassion

Attorney Shah Peerally also deals in debt settlement. For more information call us on 510.742.5887 and visit us on www.YourDebtSettlementAttorney.com

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Federal Judge in Texas stops DACA and DAPA

Here is a message from the USCIS

Statement by Secretary Jeh C. Johnson Concerning the District Court’s Ruling Concerning DAPA and DACA

I strongly disagree with Judge Hanen’s decision to temporarily enjoin implementation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The Department of Justice will appeal that temporary injunction; in the meantime, we recognize we must comply with it.

Accordingly, the Department of Homeland Security will not begin accepting requests for the expansion of DACA tomorrow, February 18, as originally planned. Until further notice, we will also suspend the plan to accept requests for DAPA.

The Department of Justice, legal scholars, immigration experts and even other courts have said that our actions are well within our legal authority. Our actions will also benefit the economy and promote law enforcement. We fully expect to ultimately prevail in the courts, and we will be prepared to implement DAPA and expanded DACA once we do.

It is important to emphasize what the District Court’s order does not affect.

The Court’s order does not affect the existing DACA. Individuals may continue to come forward and request initial grant of DACA or renewal of DACA pursuant to the guidelines established in 2012.

Nor does the Court’s order affect this Department’s ability to set and implement enforcement priorities. The priorities established in my November 20, 2014 memorandum entitled “Policies for the Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants” remain in full force and effect. Pursuant to those enforcement priorities, we continue to prioritize public safety, national security, and border security. I am pleased that an increasing percentage of removals each year are of those convicted of crimes. I am also pleased that, due in large part to our investments in and prioritization of border security, apprehensions at the southern border – a large indicator of total attempts to cross the border illegally — are now at the lowest levels in years.

Information provided above is for educational purposes only.  One should not act or refrain to act solely based on the information provided.  You should consult an attorney to assess your case before proceeding.

Shah Peerally is an attorney licensed in California practicing immigration law and debt settlement. He has featured as an expert legal analyst for many TV networks such as NDTV, Times Now and Sitarree TV.  Articles about Shah Peerally and his work have appeared on newspapers such as San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, US Fiji Times, Mauritius Le Quotidien, Movers & Shakers and other prominent international newspapers. His work has been commended by Congress women Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee.  He has a weekly radio show on KLOK 1170AM and frequently participates in legal clinics in churches, temples and mosques. His law group, Shah Peerally Law Group, has represented clients all over the United States constantly dealing with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Custom Enforcement(ICE) and CBP (Customs Border Patrol (CBP) under  the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  This department was formerly known as the Immigration and Nationality Services (INS).

For updates follow us on Radio, Facebook, Twitter ,LinkedIn and Youtube

Listen to the Shah Peerally Law Live Show  every Monday from 12pm to 1pm and Friday 12pm to 1am - KLOK 1170AM

We have serve the community with dedication and compassion

Attorney Shah Peerally also deals in debt settlement. For more information call us on 510.742.5887 and visit us on www.YourDebtSettlementAttorney.com

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H4 EAD might be coming soon

Based on the information we are getting seems the H4 employment authorization is coming soon for some H4 holders. Those who will actually be eligible will be

1. Under AC 21 – have reached 6th years extension and above
2. Has an H1 spouse with an approved I-140

So far, it seems only those under the American 21st Century Act (AC 21) conditions will be able to apply. Also note that this is not law yet.

As you know the Shah Peerally Law Group PC with the help of a determined people have actively been fighting for this executive order. Here are some major articles on the matter.

Fox News
CNN Money

For those who want help to apply, please call 510 7425887 or email info@peerallylaw.com

Information provided above is for educational purposes only.  One should not act or refrain to act solely based on the information provided.  You should consult an attorney to assess your case before proceeding.

Shah Peerally is an attorney licensed in California practicing immigration law and debt settlement. He has featured as an expert legal analyst for many TV networks such as NDTV, Times Now and Sitarree TV.  Articles about Shah Peerally and his work have appeared on newspapers such as San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, US Fiji Times, Mauritius Le Quotidien, Movers & Shakers and other prominent international newspapers. His work has been commended by Congress women Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee.  He has a weekly radio show on KLOK 1170AM and frequently participates in legal clinics in churches, temples and mosques. His law group, Shah Peerally Law Group, has represented clients all over the United States constantly dealing with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Custom Enforcement(ICE) and CBP (Customs Border Patrol (CBP) under  the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  This department was formerly known as the Immigration and Nationality Services (INS).

For updates follow us on Radio, Facebook, Twitter ,LinkedIn and Youtube

Listen to the Shah Peerally Law Live Show  every Monday from 12pm to 1pm and Friday 12pm to 1am - KLOK 1170AM

We have serve the community with dedication and compassion

Attorney Shah Peerally also deals in debt settlement. For more information call us on 510.742.5887 and visit us on www.YourDebtSettlementAttorney.com

By: Shah Peerally Esq.
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Executive Action on Immigration by President Obama.

Last November, President Obama suggested executive actions related to immigration, after the Congress failed to clear the immigration reform bill – it is the same senate that approved immigration bill in June 2013!

As on date, there are 11 million immigrants in the US, who aren’t documented yet. Out of the 11 million, 19% are Chinese, 18% Filipinos, 16% Indians, 15% Koreans, 11% Vietnamese and 21% come under Other APA category. In the year 2007 alone APA families used 64% of the issued visas were for adult and married children of US citizens and 75% of all visas that were issued to siblings of US citizens. Back in 2012, 1.8 million API family based visa applications were due for clearance, which means, it would take Chinese and Indian applications up to 10 years and 23 years for Filipinos before they can evoke any response! Do you know 63% of foreign-born STEM employees are non-Hispanic, Asian descent?

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

DACA is one program that offers temporary work authorization and deportation relief for individuals who were bright as kids to the US. This program comes under United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency.

As individual is eligible for DACA if he / she meets the following criteria, as on Nov 20, 2014:

Resided in the US continuously since January 1, 2010.
Don’t hold legal immigration status on Nov 20, 2014.
Is either studying in school, is graduated or has got a completion certification from a high school, or
Has cleared general education development (GED) or is an honorably discharged veteran of the Armed Forced or the Coast Guard of the US.
Clears background check.
Isn’t considered as an enforcement priority, including misdemeanors or felonies or any suspected gang activity or domestic violence.

DACA expansion is expected around February, though USCIS has granted a three-year deferment, instead of two-year deferment.

Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA)

DAPA also comes under USCIS and offers temporary work authorization and deportation relief for parents of lawful permanent residents (LPR) and US citizens. Around 400, 000 Asian Pacific Islanders come under the purview of DAPA. Individuals eligible for DAPA should meet the following criteria:

Do not hold immigration status on November 20, 2014.
Have continuously resided in the US since January 1, 2010.
We in the US on November 20, 2014 and at the time of application.
Have an LPR or US citizen child on November 20, 2014.
Clear background check.
Aren’t considered as enforcement priority, including misdemeanors, felonies or suspected gang activity or domestic violence.

DAPA is scheduled for implementation in May 2015.

DAPA and DACA should be renewed once in three years (previously two years), with each application costing $465. DAPA and DACA recipients aren’t eligible for federal benefits, with an exception of few states.

Visa Backlogs

There was no announcement regarding Visa backlogs in the President’s announcement. But, his Visa Modernization Memorandum allows an interagency group to submit suggestions to the President before March 20, 2015. The main goal of this task force is to enhance efficacy and make sure all visas are used and improve the infrastructure.

Family Reunification

Also, the President has ordered to expand the provisional waivers for family members to USCIS. According to the new change, adult children of US citizens, lawful permanent residents and minor children and spouse are also eligible. However, they should prove their absence would create “extreme hardship” for US or LPR spouse or parent. USCIS is also instructed to define “extreme hardship.”

Employment Visas

The President has suggested USCIS improve employment-based immigration system with a few changes.

A few proposed include, but are not limited to:
USCIS is suggested to look for ways to reduce visa-processing time
Make sure that visas are authorized and used by eligible applicants
Eligible applicants will not lose their place if they change employers / jobs, provided they have long-standing employment visa petitions
Expand degrees allowed for OPT application
OPT (Optical Practice Training) program changes to allow international STEM students on F-1 visas to prolong their duration for training purposes.
More opportunities for researchers, foreign investors and start-up founders, to name a few.

Naturalization

As on Jan 2015, USCIS will begin to accept naturalization fees through credit and also a possibility of partial fee waiver for following biennial study is recommended.

In most cases, the terms or definitions aren’t straightforward or easy to understand for layman. Also, fulfilling the documentation and keeping oneself updated with constantly changing regulations can be quite difficult for an individual. By using a law firm, they will exactly know the current legal changes and how they influence decisions related to immigration. Also, with so many backlogs, one can’t risk trial and error. A law firm will be able to guide with the procedures and get the process expedited and cleared in the first attempt.

Information provided above is for educational purposes only.  One should not act or refrain to act solely based on the information provided.  You should consult an attorney to assess your case before proceeding.

Shah Peerally is an attorney licensed in California practicing immigration law and debt settlement. He has featured as an expert legal analyst for many TV networks such as NDTV, Times Now and Sitarree TV.  Articles about Shah Peerally and his work have appeared on newspapers such as San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, US Fiji Times, Mauritius Le Quotidien, Movers & Shakers and other prominent international newspapers. His work has been commended by Congress women Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee.  He has a weekly radio show on KLOK 1170AM and frequently participates in legal clinics in churches, temples and mosques. His law group, Shah Peerally Law Group, has represented clients all over the United States constantly dealing with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Custom Enforcement(ICE) and CBP (Customs Border Patrol (CBP) under  the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  This department was formerly known as the Immigration and Nationality Services (INS).

For updates follow us on Radio, Facebook, Twitter ,LinkedIn and Youtube

Listen to the Shah Peerally Law Live Show  every Monday from 12pm to 1pm and Friday 12pm to 1am - KLOK 1170AM

We have serve the community with dedication and compassion

Attorney Shah Peerally also deals in debt settlement. For more information call us on 510.742.5887 and visit us on www.YourDebtSettlementAttorney.com

By: Shah Peerally Esq.
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