President Barack Obama in 2015 issued the rule allowing work permits to some categories belonging H-4 visa holders who were not getting employed at that time. These were spouse, dependent family members and children of the H-1B visa holders.
The recent report suggests that Indian female engineers, were a huge beneficiary of the H4 EAD program, and had taken as much as 90 percent of 1.2 lakh visas issued after 2015.
This is a relief to Indians though temporary for those living in the USA because the proposed work ban involving spouses and relatives of these visa holders is deferred from implementation this year. This H-1B visa (non-immigrant) allows the US companies in employing overseas workers in special occupations. The US Department of Justice states that the proposal to revoke will happen between March and June 2020. This is due to the inter-agency process.
There was a call for suspension of H-4 visa first in September 2017, when President Trump was pursuing the 'Buy American and Hire American' order. The administration has also delayed the proposed ban on visa holders several times in the last two years.
Furthermore, the US government changed the filing rule in H1-B visa, stating that there will be priority to foreign workers who have advanced degrees after graduating from universities based in the US starting this year. Additionally the data, shows that 125,528 Indians received H1-B visas in 2018 and 129,097 had received it in 2017.
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