US ad­vo­cacy group shows pit­falls of H1B visa change

The Asian Age - - World -

Wash­ing­ton, March 30: 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, Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is con­sid­er­ing re­scind­ing this pol­icy of the pre­vi­ous Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion, the the Amer­i­can Immi- gra­tion Coun­cil said on Thurs­day.

“This pol­icy makes the US 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. The highly- skilled in­di­vid­u­als US em­ploy­ers hope to at­tract and em­ploy on a H- 1B non im­mi­grant visa of­ten have a spouse or fam­ily to con­sider. The po­ten­tial worker may have a spouse with an es­tab­lished ca­reer or a fam­ily need­ing the sup­port of two work­ing par­ents, it said.

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