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DHS/USCIS RIN: 1615-AB92 Publication ID: Spring 2015 
Title: Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses 
Abstract:

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) amended its regulations by extending the availability of employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of principal H-1B nonimmigrants who have begun the process of seeking lawful permanent resident status through employment. Allowing the eligible class of H-4 dependent spouses to work encourages professionals with high demand skills to remain in the country and help spur the innovation and growth of U.S. companies.

 
Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 8 CFR 274a.12(c)(26)    8 CFR 2    8 CFR 214.2(h)(9)(iv)     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1101    8 U.S.C. 1102    8 U.S.C. 1103    8 U.S.C. 1182    8 U.S.C. 1184    8 U.S.C. 1186a    8 U.S.C. 1187    8 U.S.C. 1221    8 U.S.C. 1281    8 U.S.C. 1282    8 U.S.C. 1301 to 1305    8 U.S.C. 1372    Pub. L. 104-208, sec 643    Pub. L. 106-386    Compacts of Free Association with the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and with the Government of Palau, sec 141    48 U.S.C. 1901 note and 1931 note    48 U.S.C. 1806    8 U.S.C. 1324a    Pub. L. 110-229   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  05/12/2014  79 FR 26886   
NPRM Comment Period End  07/11/2014 
Final Action  02/25/2015  80 FR 10284   
Final Action Effective  05/26/2015 
Additional Information: Includes Retrospective Review under E.O. 13563.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Information URL: www.regulations.gov   Public Comment URL: www.regulations.gov  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Lori S. MacKenzie
Division Chief, Operations Policy & Stakeholder Communications, Immigrant Investor Program
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
131 M Street NE.,
Washington, DC 20529-2200
Phone:202 357-9214
Email: lori.s.mackenzie@uscis.dhs.gov