The Trump administration has been asked by a group of 15 influential lawmakers from California to reconsider its decision of revoking an Obama-era rule. This gives work permits to spouses of certain categories of H-1B visa which is considered to be the most sought-after Indian IT professionals.
The existing H-4 rule maintains economic competitiveness and family unity as per the lawmakers. In a letter to the Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M Nielsaen they mentioned that the H-4 rule will lessen the burden n thousands of H1-B recipients and their families when they transition from non-immigrants to lawful permanent residents and allowing their families to earn dual incomes.
The EADs was used by entrepreneurs to start businesses that will employ the US citizens.
The lawmakers mentioned that eliminating this benefit removes an important incentive for the skilled immigrants to remain here to invest in and grow their economy to the benefit of all Americans.
The Trump Administration was planning to approach the court to inform that it decided to rescind the Obama-era executive order giving work permits to spouses of certain categories of H-1B visas. The order came amidst this report and the order was not yet rescinded.
The lawmakers did not mention if they received any response from Nielsen.
Until 2015 the lawmakers said that the spouses of many highly skilled H-1b visa holders were left out and were unable to contribute financially to their family or pursue their professional goals as they do not have the permission to work.
The letter further said that it might take decades for the immigrants and their families to receive green cards and the Department of Homeland Security extended eligibility for employment authorization to some H-4 dependent spouses as it faced economic hardships, who need dual income for survival in the high-cost areas.
It is impossible for family to live on one income where the high-tech professionals live in areas like the Silicon Valley.
The H-4 rule that was implemented three years ago for the spouses of highly skilled immigrants were finally granted permission and to contribute to their households and the US’ economy.
Indian American congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and congressman Ro Khanna told community leaders opposed the decision of the Trump Administration to terminate the Obama-era work permits to spouses of H-1B visa holders last week.
Khanna said that he opposed the move on a bipartisan Bill that seeks to ensure work permits for spouses. It is also a question of countering domestic violence and most of these spouses are women, in the absence of economic independence, become vulnerable.