A. No. G-4 visa dependents who are granted employment authorization are responsible for paying all federal, state, and local income, employment, and related taxes and Social Security contributions on any compensation received. Employers withhold applicable taxes and FICA duties from G-4 dependents just as they do for their other employees.
A. Once approved, an application for employment is typically granted for three years. However, work authorization can be continually renewed for as long as the G-4 dependent is legally entitled to remain in the U.S. Dependents are reminded to allow sufficient time to apply for authorization renewals to avoid a gap between the expiration of the current EAC and the issuance of a new one.
A. Yes. In many instances, a G-4 dependent who initially obtained work authorization as a self-employed individual is hired to work for an employer. In that case, the G-4 dependent can begin to work for the new employer under his or her currently valid EAC.
A. If the dependent is under 17, he or she will need a labor certification from the child’s school or relevant county official. If the dependent is between 21 and 23, he or she will need to provide a letter from the post-secondary institution documenting full-time student status and the expected date of graduation. The letter must be on university letterhead with the school seal.
A. No. Hiring a G-4 dependent who has acquired work authorization as described above does not constitute “sponsorship” of the employee as that term is used and recognized in other aspects of immigration law. For example, in the case of temporary employees hired pursuant to section 101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b) of the INA (commonly referred to as “H-1B employees”) or in the case of individuals applying for immigrant status, an employer must actively sponsor an applicant and deal directly with both the US Department of Labor and the USCIS. This is not the case for employers who hire G-4 dependents.
A. Yes. A dependent spouse or child can change status from nonimmigrant to immigrant status, provided he or she is eligible for such status, files the appropriate documents, and is approved by the USCIS.
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