In Employment Authorization (EAD), Investors (E Visas), L Visas

As of January 31, 2022, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) announced that they have implemented a new system that will provide new codes of admission for dependents of E or L visa holders. With this new system in place, corresponding codes will be designated and applied to newly issued I-94’s for new arrivals of E and L dependents.

Spouses of E and L visa holders will now be able to legally work in the US without needing to apply or receive a work authorization card. USCIS acknowledges that they will consider valid notated I-94s as valid proof of work authorization towards the I-9 requirement.

The following are the new code categories that will be used by CBP and notated on the dependents’ I-94 at the time of their 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

This new code system will only be applied to new arrivals starting as of January 31. E and L dependents who were already in the US, with an already issued I-94, will need to depart and re-enter the US in order to update their I-94s with the new annotated code.

As recommended, E and L spouses are advised to carry with them proof of marriage to the E or L visa holder any time they travel in order make sure they receive the correct code on their I-94.  Also, be sure to check the I-94 after entry to ensure that the proper code was designated upon entry.  Watch this VIDEO to learn how to check your I-94.

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