US proposes to end work permits for spouses of H-1B visa holders

Obama administration in 2015 had allowed the spouses of H-1B holders, who are waiting for green cards, to work in the US on H-4 dependent visas.

The US government might not allow spouses of H1-B visa holders to work legally in the US, says a PTI report.
 
The move could have an impact on more than 70,000 H-4 visas holders, who have work permits.
 
Obama administration in 2015 had allowed the spouses of H-1B holders, who are waiting for green cards, to work in the US on H-4 dependent visas.
 
Over one lakh H-4 visa holders have been beneficiary of this rule.
 
A formal communication to end this facility is expected to be made later this summer, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Francis Cissna said in a letter to Senator Chuck Grassley.
 
“Our plans include proposing regulatory changes to remove H-4 dependent spouses from the class of aliens eligible for employment authorisation, thereby reversing the 2015 final rule that granted such eligibility,” Cissna said.
 
Cissna said the people can provide their opinions during notice and comment period.
 
A recent study by the Migration Policy Institute said the US has issued employment authorisation documents to more than 71,000 spouses of H-1B visa holders, over 90 per cent of whom are Indians.
 
As of June 2017, USCIS had granted 71,287 initial (versus renewal) employment authorisation documents to H-4 spouses, it said.
 
The Department of Homeland Security, last year, said it intends to do away with the rule.
 
As per the US administration, the move is in response to a lawsuit filed by a group called Save Jobs USA in April 2015, which argued that the permits threaten American jobs.
 
Source: PTI, Media reports

 


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