As you know, DHS announced a proposed rule for H4 Visa holders to get EAD on May 6th, 2014 and they mentioned that full details would be published soon on Federal register. As per their press release full details of the H4 Visa Employment Authorization Document ( EAD) proposed rule was published in the federal register. This article will focus on some details on the timelines , official links to the actual rules and active groups that are supporting the same so that you can help the cause.
Important Dates – Public Comments Period
The H4 Visa EAD rule, officially called as “79 FR 26886 – EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATION FOR CERTAIN H-4 DEPENDENT SPOUSES” is open for public comments as part of the rule making process for a period of 60 days.
- Comments period starts from May 12th, 2014
- Comments period ends on July 11th, 2014
During these 60 days, public is given the opportunity to submit comments for consideration by DHS/ USCIS for the rule making.
Official Links to the Full proposed Rule in Federal Register :
The ‘EAD rule for H4 Visa holders’ is published in Federal Register Volume 79, Issue 91 (May 12, 2014). The full document is pretty long about 58 pages, you can review the summary to get an understanding. It includes all the background and other information. Below are the official links in various formats.
- Federal Register ( HTML Page ) : Employment Authorization for H4 Spouses
- Federal Register ( PDF Publication ) : EAD for Certain H4 Spouses
- Federal Register ( PDF File – Good to read ) : Word file in PDF – H4 Visa EAD Rule 2014
What can you do ? How to Support the advocacy groups ?
If there is something that you can add to the rule, this 60 days is your chance to submit comments. There are many advocacy groups out there supporting the cause. I have come across the group actively managed by Rashi Bhatnagar and their team on Facebook Page H4 Visa Curse. Rashi and team are collecting responses to submit them to respective representative. You can help the cause by joining the conversation on the Facebook page and doing the survey on their web page.
- Check out their H4 Visa Curse Web page
- Submit your Story : H4 Visa Survey Page for public Comments
- Review H4 Visa Actual Stories by Users
Do you know any other advocacy groups supporting the cause ? Feel free to add them to the comments.
What are your thoughts on the rule ?
I will review and publish a summary sometime during this week. Stay tuned.