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Big relief for spouses of H1B workers as Biden withdraws Trump-era plan to kill H4 work permits

On day seven, the Biden administration delivered a huge win for the dependents of the H-1B visa holders in America who spent the last four years worried sick that their work authorisations would be killed off.

Nearly a lakh Indian spouses can now breathe a sigh of relief because the H-1B visa holders can continue working within the US, consistent with reports.

The latest development brings to an end years of effort by the Donald Trump administration to rescind a measure that had been brought in during the Barack Obama presidency in 2015 that allowed a particular subset of spouses of H1B visa holders to figure within the US.

Up until the summer of 2015, H4 visa holders couldn't legally hold paid employment in America. Almost as soon as Barack Obama changed the sport , the lawsuits followed then the Donald Trump presidency took the attack on the H4 working papers to an entire new level.

The Trump administration had proposed to revoke it as a part of his anti-immigration policy. The latest development is predicted to supply relief to over 1 lakh Indian nationals who had moved to the US alongside their spouses for work.

The rule allows qualified spouses of H-1B visa holders to contribute to the American economy.More than 90% of the 100,000-odd H-4 EAD holders are Indians, and over 93% of them are women.

After the Trump administration started taking concrete steps to rescind the program, US vice chairman Kamala Harris, then a California senator, objected to the "outrageous" move, reports Hindustan Times. Calling on the DHS to withdraw the proposal, Harris had said that the choice will force immigrant doctors, scientists and academics to abandon their professional careers.

"This is outrageous & will force immigrant women who are doctors, nurses, scientists & academics, among others, to abandon their professional careers. I called on DHS last year to withdraw this proposal & will continue to fight this," she had tweeted in February 2019.

On text messages, discussion groups and online threads, the outpouring of relief played out online on Tuesday evening. "Great news! Hopefully H 4 EAD delays will be ending soon which is leading to a long wait for dependent spouses," tweeted Rashi Bhatnagar.

Sharmistha Mohapatra posted, "Big win for H4 EAD holders today. Former Pres Trump's EO to rescind H4 EAD is now withdrawn by POTUS. Let's hope excruciating long wait times often resulting in job loss is taken away too!"

The choice to rescind the proposed rule on revoking the H4 working papers came on an equivalent day Biden signed an executive order calling for the practice of racial equity within the US.

Data from the United States government show that the Indian and Chinese workers account for the lion's share of H1B visas.

H4 visas typically follow an equivalent trajectory. Indians filed 74% of all H1B petitions within the financial year 2019. Chinese filed 11.8%.

Dr. Dhillon Randeep


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