Withdrawal of Work Authorisation for H-4 Visa In Final Stage

Withdrawal of Work Authorisation for H-4 Visa In Final Stage

US president Trump government's move to cancel work visa to certain categories of H-4 Visa holders is in the last stage, the authorities told the US court. The H-4 visas are issued to the spouses of H-1B visa holders. This latest move would affect nearly 70,000 Indian techies.

The H-4 visa is an Obama-era administration's executive order where spouses of H-1B visa holders too could legally work in the US. The rule is currently in final clearance, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) told a federal court yesterday.

The proposal, after getting DHS' clearance, will be sent to the Office of Management and Budget for review under Executive Order for regulatory and planning review. Last week, a group of 130 US lawmakers led by Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal appealed to the Trump administration to continue issuing work authorisation to certain spouses of non-immigrant workers holding H-1B visas.

Nearly 93% of the total H-4 visa holders in the US having work authorisation are Indians. The final notification to rescind the work authorisation is expected to be published in June.

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