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USCIS Provides Updated Policy Guidance for L-2 and E Spouses

            Pursuant to USCIS’ settlement in Shergill, et al. v. Mayoraks ( and its subsequent policy announcement on November 11, 2021,  USCIS has provided guidance on how it intends to effectuate the settlement and allow for work authorization for L-2 and E spouses.

            As discussed previously, USCIS and CBP will begin issuing I-94s for L-2 and E-3 spouses with an indicator on the approval notice that shows they are a spouse that is authorized to work. These new I-94s will be L-2S (L-2 spouse), E-1S (E-1 spouse), E-2S (E-2 spouse), and E-3S (E-3 spouse). Starting on January 30, 2022, USCIS and CBP began issuing I-94s with those codes for newly admitted or newly approved cases. These unexpired I-94s with these codes are acceptable as evidence of employment authorization as a List C document on Form I-9.

            For those that had an I-539 approved prior to that date, and still have a valid I-94, USCIS has announced that it will begin mailing notices to those individuals beginning on or about April 1, 2022. This notice, along with your unexpired I-94 will be sufficient for work authorization evidence.  Note, USCIS will only provide notices for those that have an I-94 from USCIS not from CBP. For those that entered the US prior to January 30, 2022, they will need to contact CBP for an updated I-94.

            If you do not receive your notice by April 30, or are an E or L spouse that is under 21, you can email USCIS at to request a notice.

By: Steven A. Brown