It seems like Trump administration is withdrawing an Obama-era rule which extends authorization of work to the H1B visa holder’s spouses. This is a move that could affect thousands of workers hailing from Indian and their families.
Since 2015, the H1B visa holder spouses or high-skilled, visa holders who are waiting for green cards have been eligible to work in the US by taking the H-4 dependent visas. This was under a rule which was introduced by the previous Obama administration.
Under this rule, in the year 2016, over 41,000 of H-4 visa holders were issued work authorization. And till June of 2017, over 36,000 H-4 visa holders were issued work authorization.
This is important to note here that the H1B program attracts workers of foreign countries and are skilled to come to the United States for employment, in this category many of them are from India and China.
“The DHS is now proposing to withdraw from its regulations some H-4 spouses of H1B non-immigrants.”In its latest regulation, said the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
According to the notice, these changes have been brought after the President Trump’s ‘Buy American and Hire American’ order earlier this year.