H-4 visa is issued to the spouse of H-1B visa holders allowing them to work legally in the US
The Hush Post: The Trump administration is planning to end allowing spouses of H-1B visa holders, a significant number of whom are high-skilled professionals from India, to work legally in the United States, a top federal agency official has told lawmakers.
A news report carried by a TV news channel, said the move 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. More than 100,000 H-4 visa holders have benefited from 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. The Trump administration is planning to terminate this provision.
“A formal 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, according to the news report.
The public will have an opportunity to provide feedback during a notice and comment period, Cissna said.
According to a recent study by the Migration Policy Institute, 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.