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Good News: EAD For H1B Visa Holders

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posted Feb 26, 2016 in H1B Visas by dan (24,544 points)

Official News Release

USCIS Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule Affecting Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs

USCIS is seeking public comments on a proposed rule that would modernize and improve certain aspects of employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa programs. USCIS is also proposing regulatory amendments to better enable U.S. employers to hire and retain certain foreign workers who are beneficiaries of approved employment-based immigrant visa petitions and are waiting to become lawful permanent residents (LPRs).

Read the notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register on December 31, 2015: Retention of EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers. The public has until February 29, 2016 to comment. To submit comments, follow the instructions in the notice.

Among other things, DHS is proposing to amend its regulations in order to:

  • Clarify and improve longstanding agency policies and procedures implementing sections of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act (AC21) and the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act (ACWIA) related to certain foreign workers, which will enhance USCIS’ consistency in adjudication.
  • Better enable U.S. employers to employ and retain certain foreign workers who are beneficiaries of approved employment based immigrant visa petitions (I-140 petitions) while also providing stability and job flexibility to these workers. The proposed rule will increase the ability of such workers to further their careers by accepting promotions, making position changes with current employers, changing employers, and pursuing other employment opportunities.
  • Improve job portability for certain beneficiaries of approved I-140 petitions by limiting the grounds for automatic revocation of petition approval.
  • Clarify when individuals may keep their priority date to use when applying for adjustment of status to lawful permanent residence, including when USCIS has revoked the approval of their approved I 140 petitions because the employer withdrew the petition or because the employer’s business shut down.
  • Allow certain high-skilled individuals in the United States in E-3, H-1B, H-1B1, L-1, or O-1 nonimmigrant status to apply for one year of unrestricted employment authorization if they:
  1. Are the beneficiaries of an approved I-140 petition,
  2. Remain unable to adjust status due to visa unavailability, and
  3. Can demonstrate that compelling circumstances exist which justify issuing an employment authorization document.

Such employment authorization may only be renewed in limited circumstances.

  • Clarify various policies and procedures related to the adjudication of H-1B petitions, including, among other things, extensions of status, determining cap exemptions and counting workers under the H-1B visa cap, H-1B portability, licensure requirements, and protections for whistleblowers.
  • Establish a one-time grace period during an authorized validity period of up to 60 days for certain high-skilled nonimmigrant workers whenever their employment ends so that they may more readily pursue new employment and an extension of their nonimmigrant status.

These proposed changes do not take effect with the publication of the notice of proposed rulemaking. Instead, they would take effect on the date indicated in the final rule when the final rule is published in the Federal Register.

Read the Proposed rule In federal Register here

6 Comments

commented Feb 26, 2016 by H1BEE
So it's time to get the I-140 Approved first..H1 EAD and H4 EAD WOW!  Thanks for sharing this information Dan!
replied Feb 26, 2016 by dan (24,544 points)
If you support this rule, please comment. USCIS needs public comments as proposed!
commented Feb 26, 2016 by anonymous
Please make this EAD possible, we are losing out on opportunities and ability to contribute more due to limitations with the current H1b. Please make EAD possible for all I-140 approved applications. Thank you.
replied Feb 27, 2016 by Sid
Guys, please comment that the rule has to be changed so EAD is given to ALL I-140 holders.
The current gives EAD under only "compelling circumstances" which no one can use.

DO NOT blindly support this rule. This rule is NOT a good news
commented Apr 12 by anonymous
commented Apr 23 by hireitpeople (888 points)
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