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Trump administration intent on revoking H-4 rule for spouses of H-1B visa holders

The Trump administration has reconfirmed its intent to revoke the H-4 visa rule on employment authorisation to certain spouses of H-1B visa holders. Department of Homeland Security’s Unified Agenda in the federal register notification said it was removing H-4 Dependent Spouses From the Class of Aliens Eligible for Employment Authorisation.

As per the notification published on Monday, the Department of Homeland Security is proposing to remove from its regulations certain H-4 spouses of H-1B non-immigrants as a class of aliens eligible for employment authorisation.

However, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) insisted that no decision about H4 visas is final until the rulemaking process is completed. The USCIS will alert the public when the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) has been posted for public comment.

The H1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers. The work visa is popular among Indian IT professionals. H-4 visas are issued to the spouses of H-1B visa holders.

Meanwhile, scores of Indian-Americans who have been waiting for years to get their Green Card met Congressman Paul Tonko in Albany, New York. They requested for an early reform of the Green Card backlog and not to revoke H-4 rule on employment authorisation.

Source: AIR