The US H-4 EAD holders are exploring alternative options as a draft proposal to rescind issuing EADs is expected by June 2018. This is going to be the first step in the direction of ending EADs. The alternatives being considered include H-1B visas.
An MBA holder from a university in the US Priya Mehta is discussing the possibilities of applying for an H-1B Visa with Immigration Consultants. She is working with an NGO as of now. Priya is hoping that her employer will consider sponsoring her for an H-1B visa, as quoted by the Times of India.
Many US H-4 EAD holders have applied for the H-1B visas in the 2018-19 fiscal year. They are hopeful that they will be selected in the lottery. This will be a fall-back option if in case the EADs are rescinded. Those who have applied under the cap for Master’s are better positioned to get selected.
If the US H-4 EAD holders already have a job, then it is not challenging to find a sponsor. The employers are normally willing to sponsor for the H-1B visas. Nevertheless, what remains a challenge is the lottery.
It is not possible for all EAD holders with a job to convince the employers to sponsor for an H-1B visa. On the other hand, some find that they are the first to be disregarded as the employer is unsure of the direction of future policy.
The allocation of H-4 visas has enhanced by more than 190% in the last 10 years. 47, 206 H-4 visas were approved in 1997, while in 2017 it was 1.36 lakh. The maximum beneficiaries of these visas were Indians. The numbers of EADs offered were miniscule when compared with them.
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