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Important information for H and L visa holders and their spouses:

While spouses of H and L visa holders (those with H-4 and L-2 visas) have been allowed to apply for work authorization in the U.S., lately the processing times for these applications have become quite lengthy and have led to unwelcome disruptions in employment for those affected by the increasing wait times.  This has left many employers and families in uncomfortable situations with regards to finances and planning for the future.

Therefore we are pleased to announce recent changes in employment authorization guidelines for spouses of H and L visa holders: 

AILA and its litigation partners entered into a settlement agreement with DHS that provides structural changes for H-4 and L-2 spouses suffering from long delayed processing times for the processing of applications for employment authorization. (Shergill, et al. v. Mayorkas, 11/10/21)


For H-4s:

Within 120 days of the Effective Date, USCIS will amend the receipt notice currently issued to applicants to detail the EAD auto-extension eligibility for those holding H-4 status based on the validity period provided on a Form I-94 in combination with a facially expired EAD and the Form I-797C receipt notice for a timely-filed I-765 EAD renewal application.

For L-2s:

USCIS will issue policy guidance that states that L-2 spouses are employment authorized incident to status and, in cooperation with CBP, change the Form I-94, within 120 days of the Effective Date, to indicate that the bearer is an L-2 spouse so that it can be used as a List C document for Form I-9 purposes.” (AILA Doc. No. 21111005)


KTA is monitoring the situation and will provide updated information once USCIS issues its guidance.


Israel Inbound: Change in Timing for Entry Forms Submission

According to COVID-19 Entry regulation adjustments, any foreign national travelling to Israel must fill out and submit the form within 48 hours before the flight, the earlier the better. Prior to this recent change, the form should have been summitted within 24 hours before flight. 

The reason for the change is the governmental heavy load in adjudicating the inbound travelers eligibility for Green Pass, and accordingly to be allowed travel to Israel.

After submission of the entry form, the individual will receive instructions regarding mandatory testing and isolation upon arrival in Israel, which is based on his/her itinerary and health status (if he/she have been vaccinated or recovered)

Best Regards,

US Information:  Senior Attorneys in the U.S. Department, Nashwa Azzam at or Morgan Rosinia at


Israel Inbound Information: Amit Acco, Senior Partner


Global Site: 

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