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Big Relief to Spouses of H-1B Workers, Biden Rejects Trump’s Plan to Eliminate H-4 Work Permits | India News


NEW YORK: “Withdrawal.” A single word in a thick bureaucratic file on the seventh day of the Biden administration was a huge victory for the spouses of workers on H-1B visas in the US who have spent the past four years worrying that their work authorizations were eliminated.
The latest development ends years of efforts by the Donald Trump administration to rescind an Obama-era regulation that allowed a certain subset of spouses of H-1B visa holders to work in the US until the summer of 2015 , H-4 visa holders could not legally have paid employment in the United States. Almost as soon as Obama changed the game, the lawsuits followed and then the Trump presidency took the attack on the H-4 work permit to a whole new level.
In text messages, chat groups, and online conversations, the outpouring of relief unfolded online Tuesday night. “Good news! We hope that the H4EAD delays will end soon, which is causing a long wait for dependent spouses,” Rashi Bhatnagar tweeted.
Sharmistha Mohapatra posted, “Big win for H4 EAD holders today. Former President Trump’s EO to rescind H4 EAD is now withdrawn by POTUS. Hopefully the excruciating wait times that often result in loss of! jobs! ”
Since the time the H-4 work permit (called EAD) manipulation began in the fall of 2017, the proposed rule has been posted seven times for ongoing review, keeping the H-4 community on the brink. . The Trump administration justified the move by saying it is “economically significant” and aligns with the executive order “Buy American, Hire American,” which was primarily a code to keep foreign workers out of the United States and dump red meat on the street. Trump base. Now the backlink to that Trump executive order ends up as a 404 (page not found) error and is redirected to the Biden White House.
“Removing H-4 dependent spouses from the class of aliens eligible for employment authorization” was a Trump agenda followed by the White House immigration hawks with intense zeal and interagency collaboration. It was being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), where it was stationed for months. The pressure on the H4 community has never abated since Trump took office.
The decision to rescind the proposed rule on H4 work permit revocation came the same day that Biden signed an executive order calling for the practice of racial fairness in the United States. Data from the US government shows that Indian and Chinese workers account for the majority of H-1B visas. H-4 visas usually follow the same path. Indians filed 74 percent of all H-1B applications in fiscal 2019. The Chinese filed 11.8 percent.

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