US defers termination of H4 visas till June

Trump administration has deferred termination of work authorisation for H4 visa holders till June from the earlier target of February 2018.

H-4 visa holders are spouses of H1-B visa holders and received work authorization in 2015 during the Obama administration. It is mostly Indian and Chinese women who benefit from this.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a court filing on february 28 said that it was reviewing the economic impact of terminating work authorization for H4 visa holders and has postponed the decision on terminating the permit till June.

However, It said that the intention to proceed with publication of an Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) concerning the H-4 visa rule at issue in this case remain unchanged.

Earlier, the DHS had said it would publish revoking the H-4 work permits in February.

An organization, Save Jobs USA, has filed a lawsuit against DHS, claiming that the H-4 work authorization negatively affected American workers by taking away their jobs.

According to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, only 41,526 people were on H4 visas in fiscal year 2016, while the entire foreign workers population stood at 1.268 million.


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