An H1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows companies in the United States to employ foreign workers in California and elsewhere in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialized fields. The Department of Homeland Security has recently begun to accept applications after a new rule was applied in May that can affect the dependent spouses of H1B nonimmigrant workers. The spouses sometimes reside within the country under an H4B visa, which allows immediate family members of H1B visa holders to also live in the United States.
The DHS recently began accepting applications to allow spouses of certain nonimmigrant workers to seek employment while residing in the United States. Legislative measures taken earlier this year have made it possible for thousands who have an H4B status to seek paid employment. Typically, the EAD (employment authorization document) will be issued approximately 90 days following a submitted application.