The US allows automatic 180-day extension of work permits for spouses of L-1 and H1B visa holders

The US allows automatic 180-day extension of work permits for spouses of L-1 and H1B visa holders

Finally, some relief for the husbands of guest workers. As established by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, immigrants no longer need to apply for a work permit to continue working. L-1 and H1B visa holders will receive an automatic extension for 180 days after the work permit expires.

While L-1 of L-2 visa holders do not even need to apply for an extension, H4 visa holders still need to apply once their license expires. Considering that around 90 percent of H4 orders are received by Indian women, this is a small victory and offers a lot of relief.

Some time ago, H4 Work Permit (EAD) visa holders, or spouses of H-1B visa holders, lost their jobs simply because their work permits were not renewed on time or because of debt. The buildup by the pandemic caused the delay.


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Earlier this year, a group of Indian citizens and lawyers filed a class action against United States immigration policies that prohibit L-2 and H4 visa holders from working unless and until they do not have a work permit.

This harmed the spouses of L-1 and H1B visa holders. Due to the lengthy processing, they lost their jobs while waiting for their work permits to be renewed.

With this new agreement, holders of H-4 and L-2 visas can continue their work as long as they have a valid visa, even if they are awaiting the renewal of their work permit.

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