Update November 15, 2021
USCIS has issued policy guidance to address automatic extension of employment authorization for certain H-4, E, and L nonimmigrant dependent spouses.
Again, note the following: “the automatic extension of the EAD will continue until the earlier of: the end date
on Form I-94 showing valid status, the approval or denial of the EAD renewal application, or 180 days from the date of expiration of the previous EAD.
In short, if your H-4 extension is approved first, your pending H-4 EAD renewal will benefit from the full 180-day automatic extension.
H-4 spouses may now benefit from auto ext of their EADs. Once renewal EAD is timely filed, the expiring EAD will be extended up to 180 days. Work authorization is now incidental to L-2. Meaning that L-2 holders may work without having to apply for EAD.
USCIS will amend the H-4 EAD receipt notice to detail the auto-extension eligibility. USCIS will also issue policy guidance that states that L-2 spouses are employment authorized incident to status.
We’ll provide updates as news comes in.