PUB­LIC OPIN­ION TO BE SOUGHT ON H­4 VISA REVOCATION: US

Hindustan Times (Ranchi) - - Front Page -

WASHINGTON: The Don­ald Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion has as­sured law­mak­ers and the Amer­i­can cor­po­rate sec­tor that the pub­lic would get an op­por­tu­nity to re­spond to its pro­posal of re­vok­ing work au­tho­ri­sa­tion to H-4 spouse visas af­ter they raised their con­cerns over the move, which will im­pact thou­sands of In­di­ans.

H-4 visas are is­sued to the spouses of H-1B for­eign work­ers. The H-1B visa is a non-im­mi­grant visa through which many In­di­ans work­ers are em­ployed in US com­pa­nies. H-4 visas are is­sued only to very close or im­me­di­ate fam­ily mem­bers of the H-1B visa hold­ers, such as the em­ployee’s spouse and chil­dren less than 21 years of age.

The Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity (DHS) had said the US Cit­i­zen­ship and Im­mi­gra­tion Ser­vices (USCIS) will come out with a new pro­posal by Jan­uary 2019 un­der which it may re­move from its reg­u­la­tions cer­tain H-4 spouses of H-1B non-im­mi­grants as a class of aliens el­i­gi­ble for em­ploy­ment au­tho­ri­sa­tion.

The new rules could im­pact up to 70,000 H-4 visa hold­ers who have work per­mits.

Mean­while, Com­pete Amer­ica, a coali­tion of Amer­i­can em­ploy­ers rep­re­sent­ing top IT com­pa­nies like Google, Face­book and Mi­crosoft has al­leged that the US im­mi­gra­tion agency was “act­ing out­side” of its own reg­u­la­tions by hold­ing up a sig­nif­i­cantly higher num­ber of H-1B visas.

“We have ob­served three

changes in H-1B ad­ju­di­ca­tion prac­tices un­der the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion that seem to per­me­ate most of the in­creased H-1B ad­ju­di­ca­tion in­con­sis­ten­cies ex­pe­ri­enced by em­ploy­ers,” Com­pete Amer­ica said in a let­ter to the Sec­re­tary of Home­land Se­cu­rity Kirst­jen Nielsen and Di­rec­tor of the United States Cit­i­zen­ship and Im­mi­gra­tion Ser­vices (USCIS) Fran­cis Cissna.

The White House also said the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion wants to make changes in the ex­ist­ing H-1B pro­vi­sions to at­tract highly skilled for­eign work­ers in­stead of play­ing an “out­sourc­ing” role.

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