You can get H4 EAD work permit if you are currently in US on H4 status with your H1B spouse.
You can use this step by step H4 EAD eligibility checker test to find if you fulfill the H4EAD i765 application requirements. Your answers to simple questions will decide if you fulfill all USCIS requirements for H4 EAD.
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Who is Eligible for H4 EAD?
As per the official USCIS rule for H4 wife or husband, you are eligible to work in USA if H1B spouse can fulfill any one of these two criteria:
#1 H1B Spouse has I140 Approved OR
The approved i140 can be from any past or current H1B employer as long as it has not been revoked by USCIS for fraud, misrepresentation or errors.
If the previous i140 has been withdrawn by old employer but has not been revoked for any the above mentioned reasons, you can still use the i140 for filing H4 EAD application.
The i140 category is not relevant for filing H4 EAD. All three employment based categories of EB1, EB2 and EB3 are eligible to file H4 EAD.
#2 H1B Has been Extended Beyond 6 Year Quota
You can file H4 EAD even if your H1B i140 is not approved yet using AC21 rule by USCIS.
This is possible when H1B has already spent 6 years in US but is waiting for PERM approval.
H1B can work beyond 6 years in USA by filing 1 year extensions if
- PERM is Pending for 365+ days
- PERM is Approved
- PERM Audit is Pending for more than 365 days
- i140 is pending after PERM approval
The pending or approved PERM allows you to file H1B extensions in 7th, 8th and further years.
The H1B spouse should have worked in US for at-least 6 years in USA using H1B visa. The total time should be added including vacation time outside USA. Do NOT add the time when the person was on any other visa like F1, L1 etc in USA either before H1B or between H1B time.
You cannot file H4 EAD application from India. You should be physically present in USA at the time of filing H4 EAD application.
You can file H4 EAD application and then travel outside USA.
There is a chance of getting H4 EAD RFE if your travel but it can be managed by your family if they are in US.
You can file H4 EAD with revoked i140 as long as USCIS has not revoked it for fraud, misrepresentation or errors.
You can file H4 EAD application with old employer’s approved i140.
It does not matter if you have changed jobs using H1B transfer after the i140 approval from previous employer.
You cannot file H4 EAd and i140 concurrently.
Some attorneys do claim that H4 EAD and i140 can be filed concurrently but we do not know of a real life case which has been filed.
Hence, we recommend to wait for i140 approval before filing H4 EAD application.
The fastest option is to file i140 in premium and get approval within 15 days.
H4 dependent child is not eligible for H4 EAD work authorization.
There is no job offer required for applying H4 EAD card.
There is no quota for H4 EAD cards. Anyone can apply and you will get H4 EAD open work permit card if you are eligible.
You can open a business or work from home with H4 EAD card.
California’s AB5 law is only asking companies to convert contractors to employees.
If an H4 EAD person is doing the work as a contractor and is doing it for multiple clients, then there should be no issue.