Great news for married spouses and children of visas E or visas L holders. Read carefully to get it right with the immigration officer. This information has been brought to our attention by the Columbus Consulting group.
- When entering the US as a dependent of an E or L visa:
An admitting officer will now be required to choose one of the below codes at the time of admission:
- E-1S – Spouse of E-1
- E-1Y – Child of E-1
- E-2S – Spouse of E-2
- E-2Y – Child of E-2
- E-3S – Spouse of E-3
- E-3Y – Child of E-3
- L-2S – Spouse of L-1A or B
- L-2Y – Child of L-1A or B
Although not necessarily required, it is recommended that E and L spouses travel with proof of the marriage relationship, as to assure that the correct status is issued on the system.
- If in the US under E or L dependent status:
- USCIS (according to the Shergill v. Mayrokas litigation settlement) recognizes that E and L spouses are authorized to work incident to status, and any valid I-94 is considered valid for work authorization, regardless of the annotation.
- USCIS has updated its I-9 and E-Verify sites to reflect this change in policy. USCIS Policy Manual, Chapter 2: Employment-Based Nonimmigrants, also reflects the change.
- I-797 Approval Notices from USCIS will be received with the new codes on the attached Form I-94, as well.
Source: Practice Alert from AILA’s CBP Liaison Committee & updated info from the SEAR (Systems Enforcement Analysis and Review)
Thank you Isabelle Marcus from Columbus Consulting Group for this good news.