USCIS has published notice reminding F-1 students on Optional Practical Training (OPT) that transferring to another school or beginning another educational level automatically terminates their OPT and the associated employment authorization document (EAD). Students in F-1 status will not otherwise be affected as long as they comply with all requirements for maintaining student status. This includes not working with a terminated EAD.
On May 26, 2015, USCIS began accepting applications for employment authorization from H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who have already begun the employment-based permanent residence process. The eligibility requirements for H-4 employment authorization were previously outlined in our February 24, 2015, blog post DHS Extends Eligibility for Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses.
Today USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez announced that, effective May 26, 2015, eligibility for employment authorization will be extended to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent residence.