It appears that USCIS is preparing to release a new rule by June, 2018 to remove the provision that allows certain H-4 spouses of H-1B visa holders to apply for work authorization. If you have been following this issue, you know that the new administration has been looking at revoking these rules since it came into power. It appears now that they are getting ready to act. According to the administration, allowing such people work authorization is taking away potential jobs from US Citizens. In further of this view, USCIS just released a report on the H-4 EAD process, including statistics on the number of cases, etc. According to this report, there are over 104,000 people taking advantage of this law.
While we cannot be certain that the new rule will actually be published (or when it will be published) until it is actually published, it appears that it is now in sight, and will be implemented by the end of this year. If you are currently using such an EAD, it would be beneficial to discuss other options with your attorney.
Please remember, as always, this blog does not offer legal advice. If you need legal advice, consult with a lawyer instead of a blog. Thank you.