On December 31, 2015, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published long-awaited proposed regulations regarding work authorization for various categories of immigrant foreign nationals. The regulations are open for comment until February 29, 2016. The full 181 pages are available here.
In the news release, USCIS describes the regulations as aiming to "...modernize and improve certain aspects of employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa programs. USCIS is also proposing regulatory amendments to better enable U.S. employers to hire and retain certain foreign workers who are beneficiaries of approved employment-based immigrant visa petitions and are waiting to become lawful permanent residents (LPRs)." Many of the regulations codify existing USCIS policy.
A brief summary of the new regulations is below. A more detailed analysis will follow in the next few days as we review the regulations.
Permanent Residence Applicants
Employment Authorization Documents (EAD)
For more details about the proposed changes, please check back with this blog soon, or contact us directly.
Elaine Martin has been practising US and global immigration law since 1997. She is an immigrant herself (from Ireland), so has a special understanding of the legal and emotional challenges involved in relocating to a new country.