From my friend Chris Musillo's blog:


An Executive
Order Review Search
reveals that the USCIS may be finalizing a rule that
will allow work authorization for H-4 spouses if they have begun the process of
seeking lawful permanent resident (LPR) status through employment and have
extended their authorized period of admission or "stay" in the U.S.
under section 104(c) or 106(a) of Public Law 106-313 (American Competitiveness
in the Twenty-First Century Act of 2000 or AC21).


This proposal was first prominently suggested
in May 2012
in the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security Retrospective Review of Existing Regulations - Progress
Report.  Most people, MU Law
included, did not think that action would come quickly, if ever, in spite of an
official White
House Response
to a petition for such authorization earlier this year.  Nonetheless, this authorization is long
overdue and it is encouraging that President Obama's administration is following
through on its promises to produce favorable uncontroversial immigration legislation
and regulation.