Following the plans by the Trump administration to revoke the work permit of spouses of immigrants with the H-1B visa which includes Indians, a bill has been introduced in the US Congress by two lawmakers who are opposing the government’s plans and arguing that denying immigrants with the H-4 visa, a work permit, would compel many foreign businesses to use their talent and expertise to compete against US businesses.
Who are H-4 visa holders?
These are the spouses of foreigners working in the US with the H-1B visa. It allows American businesses to hire foreign professionals who are in speciality occupations where technical or theoretical expertise is required. This visa category attracts a lot of Indian applicants and therefore, is the most preferred visa among professionals from India.
Holders of the H-4 visa category must either be an immediate and very close family member of the H-1B visa workers.
The work permit for H-4 visa holders was introduced during Obama’s regime as the president of the US. Therefore, with the Trump administration determined to revoke this permit, the two lawmakers, Anna G. Eshoo, and Zoe Lofgren swung into action to prevent it from happening.
There have been over 100,000 beneficiaries of this work visa since its inception from the Obama era. Among these beneficiaries are majorly women who are also from India who through their input at work, have increased America’s competitiveness and lightened the financial load on their spouses and by extension, their families.
By this, the bill, “The H-4 Employment Protection Act” will serve as a medium for economic fairness and family unity among the families of the H-4 visa holders.
The lawmakers argue that revoking the work authorization of the H-4 visa holders will force many families to split up or even move back to their home countries where they will offer their expert services to companies that are competitors to American companies.
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