Trump will stop spouses of H-1B visa holders from working
The Trump administration plans to make it illegal for the spouses of thousands of immigrant workers to get jobs in the U.S.
Since 2015, the spouses of H-1B visa holders waiting for green cards have been eligible to work in the U.S. on H-4 dependent visas, thanks to a rule introduced by President Obama. Many H-1B visa holders are highly skilled, working in the tech sector.
But in a statement Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security said it intends to do away with that rule.
About 130,000 spouses and children of H-1B visa holders came to the U.S. on H-4 visas last year. Before President Barack Obama created a work permit for certain H-4 visa holders in 2015, these foreigners — often women — were not allowed to hold a job here or be issued a Social Security number.
The notice — titled Removing H-4 Dependent Spouses from the Class of Aliens Eligible for Employment Authorization — was recently published in the Unified Agenda, which is a semi-annual list of regulations under development by the federal agencies. It is published in the spring and fall.
The Department of Homeland Security is reviewing the H-4 work authorization in light of President Trump’s Buy American, Hire American executive order, according to the notice.
The administration plans to propose an official rule in the Federal Register by February, although that timing is subject to change.
DHS Plans to End Work Eligibility for Spouses of H-1B Holders