If I am not able to file the I-485 Adjustment of Status application due to quota backlogs, is there another way for my H-4 spouse to obtain work authorization?

At this time, an EAD application based on an Adjustment of Status application cannot be filed unless an I-485 Adjustment of Status application is pending. Therefore, your spouse will not be eligible for an EAD card on that basis and will need to seek independent work authorization (e.g., H-1B).

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