Decision to Revoke Work Permits to H-4 Visa Holders to be Announced


Decision to Revoke Work Permits to H-4 Visa Holders to be Announced

September 24, 2018 Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Washington D.C.: The Trump administration has informed the federal courts that the decision to revoke work permits to H-4 visa holders will be released within the next three months. This decision is the result of President Trump’s “Buy American and Hire American” executive order and will affect thousands of Indian-American spouses who currently hold a job within the United States. H1B visas are the most sought-after visas by the IT professionals and the H-4 visas are issued to the immediate family members of H1B visa holders, namely, spouses and children under 21 years of age.

The Department of Homeland Security stated they were “making a solid and swift progress in proposing to remove from its regulations on certain H-4 spouses of H-IB non-immigrants as a class of aliens eligible for employment authorization.” This most current update from the Department of Homeland Security marks the third time they have delayed the decision on the status of H-4 visa holders, leaving many to feel like they are in limbo.

This move is a reversal of an early Obama-era decision and will mostly affect Indian-American women who followed their H-1B visa holding spouses to the United States and could cripple Indian-American households. President Trump, who has criticized the H-1B visa program believes that the change will, “ensure that American labor is hired to do the jobs,” instead of immigrant spouses.

Many Indian-Americans who will be affected by the decision have shared their stories online to spread awareness on the proposed H-4 visa revocation. Most spouses who are currently eligible to work under H-4 visas are highly educated professionals who will lose their ability to bring in a second income and will become homemakers exclusively by this proposed move.

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