Unfortunately, the only derived status the spouse of an H-1B can automatically acquire is an H-4, which allows one to live in the US but generally not to work. The exception to the last bit is that, if the H-1B's employer begins the process of sponsoring the H-1B for permanent residence the H-4 spouse can apply for employment authorization, but as a ...
Not significant. H4 will only be eligible for EAD if the H1b sponsor is in the green card process. From the DHS announcement:
Eligible individuals would include H-4 dependent spouses of principal
H-1B workers who:
Are the beneficiaries of an approved Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker; or
Have been granted an extension of their ...
No, it is not allowed. Also, even if you do break the law working from home while in a status that doesn't allow employment, the US income tax must still be paid. After all, that's how they got Al Capone.
It doesn't matter where the employer is.
To the best of my knowledge the holder of a H1-B visa must possess a SSN and you make your first tax return a joint federal filing with the H4 dependent spouse's ITIN application on the front. Every spot in the federal tax return asking for the spouses SSN should be blank.
Given that you have applied for ITIN for the spouse along with your filed federal ...
I would seriously question the statement of the bank associate. The visa status and source of income are irrelevant to her application. In order to build credit history however I would recommend you to consider a "secured credit card" with a security deposit as collateral. This should be no problem to establish and will enable your spouse.
If you did the form online and have written confirmation/proof of having done it, I believe you're all set.
To explain how it relates to both your current and upcoming status, the USCIS change of address information page says that if you are changing address in the US and you have an application pending, then you must:
Step 1: File Form AR-11 (online OR ...
Your question is not clear about the order that these things happened. She gets an I-94 at entry, and she gets an I-94 when an Extension of Status or Change of Status is approved. What matters is the latest I-94, as each I-94 supersedes all previous ones.
For example, if she had obtained an extension of status that already took effect first, and then left ...
Individuals with an H-4 visa may work, but only after applying for, and being issued an Employment Authorization Document (EAD/Form I-766).
USCIS Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses
Certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants can file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, if the H-1B nonimmigrant:
You do not need to file a separate change of address "under your visa status." You should have only one file at USCIS, which is identified by your A number. There is in any event no other office that you could notify of your change of address.
If you have an EAD you can do work in any way you want -- e.g. you can work individually, for a company, for your own self-employed company, etc. It doesn't matter.
Of course you will need to follow the appropriate tax rules for whatever form of work you do.
The H4 spouse can apply for EAD. This situation (both spouses working, only one eligible for future extensions while pursuing a green card application that would benefit both) is exactly the issue the H4 EAD was meant to address.
The H4 EAD is not an extension of H-1B status, it is general permission to work. There is no tie to a particular employer and ...
There clearly is difference between what has been promised, and what has been actually implemented as of now.
The change for H-4 holders mentioned by BBC and which littleadv links to in his answer, is one of the promises. Legally it's still only a proposal. While it's expected to be in effect within few months, right now it's nothing more than a political ...