The Trump administration has given assurance to the corporate sector and lawmaker that the public will have an opportunity to respond to the proposal about revoking work authorization to the H-4 spouse visa. The above news brought relief to all who have raised concerns. This move will have a significant impact on Indians.
Numerous Indians are working in US companies through H-1B visas, a non-immigrant visa. The above permit enables the US companies to hire foreign-born workers in speciality occupations which need technical or theoretical expertise. This visa is very popular among IT professionals belonging to India.
The H-4 visa is for immediate or close family members of H-1B visa holders. Spouse of the employee and children whose age is less than 21 years are eligible for this visa.
The DHS (Department of Homeland Security) stated that the US citizenship would bring a new proposal by the start of 2019 through which it intends to remove specific regulations relating to H-4 spouses of H1-B visa holders as a class of aliens permitted for employment authorization.
This new rules will impact nearing to 70,000 H-4 visa holders who have got work permits.
The USCIS has written a letter to two senators, Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris. However, it does not talk about any commitment with regards to the fate of the decision on revoking the work authorization to H-4 visas, except DHS stating that, it is committed to safeguarding and protecting the wages, and immigration system integrity.
The two lawmakers have requested not to revoke work authorization to H-4 visa.
On 26th September letter was addressed to Homeland Security Secretary, it revealed if work authorization of H-4 dependent spouses gets revoked it would permanently force nearing to 100,000 spouses of H-1B visa holder, who are predominantly women having high skills to abandon their professional careers.
The above move will not only result harming the well being of these women as well as their families, but it will also have a negative impact on American communities as well, where they reside and work.
Another letter was sent on 23rd July, addressing to DHS, about 34 US legislators have expressed concern over revoking the work authorization for spouses of H-1B visa holders. It will create financial hardships as well as a significant uncertainty for numerous highly skilled professional who actively contribute to the US economy.
Similarly, on 22nd Aug, a letter was sent by top corporate leaders group, even they have shared the same concerns to the DHS.
Most often the H-4 spouses are highly skilled, they have successfully built careers as well as their lives around their ability and have made a significant contribution to the companies they work.
Australia immigration have drafted rules which are not stringent so that it will enable the spouses to work.
The US by revoking their work authorization is leaving no options but immigrating to other nations, who are competitors to the US, who would warmly welcome them with open arms
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