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INS Accepts Employment Authorization Applications from L and E Visa Spouses

  • February 15, 2002

The INS has announced that it will accept Employment Authorization Applications filed by the spouses of L-1 and E-1/E-2 visa beneficiaries. Spouses of L-1 visa beneficiaries and spouses of E-1/E-2 visa beneficiaries who are filing an Employment Authorization Application separately from their spouse's visa petition should file their applications with the INS Service Center having jurisdiction over their residence. Spouses of E-1/E-2 visa beneficiaries filing concurrently with the principal alien's E visa petition should file at the California or Texas Service Center, as appropriate. The processing time for the Employment Authorization Application should be about 90 days. The application consists of Form I-765, proof of the visa status of both the principal alien and the spouse, and proof of the matrimonial relationship, if needed.

A recent change in the law allows the spouses of aliens in the United States on L-1 intracompany transferee visas or E-1 Treaty Trader and E-2 Treaty Investor visas to obtain Employment Authorization Cards allowing them to be employed in the United States during their spouse's posting to this country. Employment Authorization Cards have a term of one year and authorize employment with any employer in the United States.

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