Changes for L-2 Spouses:
Changes for H-4 Spouses:
DHS has reversed its policy which prohibited H-4 Spouses from benefiting from an automatic 180-day extension of their existing EAD while their timely filed application for an extension is pending. Please note that only certain H-4 Spouses are eligible for this benefit. Specifically, H-4 Spouses who timely file their I-765 EAD renewal applications and continue to have H-4 status beyond the expiration date of their EAD qualify for the automatic extension of their H-4 ((c)(26))-based employment authorization and EADs. Such auto-extensions terminate the earlier of: the end date of the individual’s H-4 status as noted on Form I-94, the approval or denial of the Form I-765 EAD renewal application, or 180 days from the “Card Expires” date on the face of the EAD. This provision may be used for newly hired employees, as well as for reverifications.