H-1B Visa Holders’ Spouses Make US More Attractive For Foreign Talent

Since 2015, the spouses of H-1B workers, who are in the process for becoming permanent residents, have been allowed to work.

The Trump administration’s proposal to withdraw the provision of giving work permits to the spouses of the H-1B visa workers, most of them Indians, will make America less attractive for foreign talent, according to an influential US immigration advocacy body.

Since 2015, the spouses of H-1B workers, who are in the process for becoming permanent residents, have been allowed to work.

However, the Trump administration is considering rescinding this policy of the previous Obama administration, the American Immigration Council said yesterday.

“This policy makes the United States a more appealing place for foreign professionals considering H-1Bs because their spouses who come on H-4 visas can continue their careers and contribute to the family income,” it said in a new report.

Arguing against Trump administration’s reported move to rescind its policy on H-4 visas, which is issued to the dependents of H-1B visa holders, the council said authorising H-4 spouses to work is advantageous as it allows them to work and brings the US in line with other countries competing to attract talented foreign nationals.

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