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Proposed Rule for the Removal of the H-4 EAD Program Under Federal Review

Published on February 21, 2019

The Administration’s proposed rule on Removing H-4 Dependent Spouses from the Class of Aliens Eligible for Employment Authorization is now at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. The OMB has up to 90 days to review the proposal, after which the proposed rule will be published in the Federal Register so that the public has an opportunity to provide feedback during a 30-60 day comment period.

The final rule may still be several months away from going into effect. We recommend that employers who have employees in H-4 status, working pursuant to an EAD, contact an immigration attorney to discuss possible legal avenues for your employees to continue working in the U.S. after implementation of this final rule.

For additional background on this proposal, please see our November 2, 2018 Immigration Alert.


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This message has been released by the Immigration Group at Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC to advise of recent developments in the law. Because each situation is different, this information is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended to provide legal advice on any specific facts and circumstances. Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC is a full-service law firm located in Seattle, Washington.

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