US H1-B spouses have received a breather as Department of Homeland Security has deferred to roll out a proposal to bar some H-1B visas spouses from looking for employment. It was earlier planned to issue the outline proposal in February but has now been postponed to June.
The estimations are that 1, 00, 00 plus authorizations for employment have been offered to qualified spouses from the time when the program was launched in 2015 May. Reasonable shares of these have been allocated to the Indians, as quoted by the Times of India.
DHS handles roughly 30,000 applications for authorizations for employment every year according to the Immigration experts. This is apart from the extra requests for restorations. Publishing of the outline proposal will be the first measure that will conclude in ending work authorizations for US H1-B spouses.
Till date, there is no deadline specified for the declaration of the closing law. This law will terminate the employment authorization for the spouses of the H-1B visas. The procedure for establishing a fresh law and repealing the current one may be completed by 2018 end. It may even get extended until 2019 according to the immigration experts.
H-4 Visa is granted to the spouses of H-1B visa holders. These are not permitted to work or pursue own business until they receive a document for authorization of employment EAD. Nevertheless, not all dependent wives of H-1B visa holders are qualified to apply for EAD.
EAD is accessible only for those who are on their way to a PR or Green Card. It means that the green card request has been approved. This is also available for those whose H-1B visa status has been stretched beyond 6 years while PR petition is pending.
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