The Donald Trump administration is reportedly moving ahead with the proposal to end work permits for spouses of H-1B workers in the United States, said the Trump administration to a federal court. It also said that decision regarding the same would be given within three months. Those dependent on H-1B visa holders get H-4 visas. A recent study said that over 90 per cent of documents issued for visa beneficiaries since 2015 went to Indians.
A report in The Hindu said that under a 2015 executive order, spouses of H-1B visa holders, and whose green card applications have reached a certain stage can obtain employment authoritisation.
The Trump administration has been planning to end allowing spouses of H1-B visa holders to work legally in the US. The move could have a devastating impact on tens of thousands of Indians, especially those employed in the IT sector.
The move to end the Obama-era rule could have an impact on more than 70,000 H-4 visas holders, who have work permits.
H-4 is issued to the spouse of H-1B visa holders, a significantly large number of whom are high-skilled professionals from India. A special order issued by the previous Obama administration enabled them to obtain work permits.
Indian-Americans were a major beneficiary of this provision. More than 100,000 H-4 visa holders have been beneficiary of this rule.
A 2015 rule issued by the Obama administration allows work permits for spouses who otherwise could not be employed while H-1B visa holders seek permanent resident status -- a process that can take a decade or longer. Donald Trump Admin Plans to End Work Permits for H-1B Visa Spouses.
The Trump administration is planning to terminate this provision. A former communication 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.
Of those H-4 spouses with work authorisation as of early 2017, a total of 94 per cent were women, and the vast majority, 93 per cent, were from India, while four per cent were from China, the study said. (With Agency Inputs)