DHS Work Upon Arrival Policy Guide for Dependents

By Andrew Greenfield (March 1, 2022, 6:06 PM EST) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has implemented a new policy for annotating the arrival records of spouses of temporary foreign workers in the L and E, allowing these dependent spouses to work in the United States upon entry.[1]

To avoid unlawful discrimination, U.S. employers must adjust their I-9 employment eligibility verification procedures, so that foreign-born spouses can demonstrate U.S. work authorization by presenting valid photo ID and an annotated I-94 arrival record to reflect their U.S. visa status. as spouse E or L.[2]


Congress changed immigration laws in 2002 so that spouses of L-1…

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