Proposed changes to H-1B visa program that will see work authorization for spouses of the holders of H-1B visas come to an end have been formally received by the White House as tens of thousands of people that will be affected by these changes await the decision of the White House.
On Wednesday, February 20, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sent the proposed changes to the White House. If approved, more than 90,000 spouses of the holders of H-1B visa will be affected, the majority of whom are Indians because H-1B visa is popular among Indian IT professionals.
Specialty occupations requiring technical or theoretical expertise are filled by US employers via the H-1B visa. Each year, technological companies use this visa to enlist the skills of workers from countries like China and India.
White House’s Final Call
DHS now awaits White House’s approval after which a formal regulation will be issued that will allow DHS to communicate to a federal court handling a lawsuit on the issue.
The approval process which includes White House review of the proposed regulation as well as taking inputs from relevant agencies can take months. The proposed regulation will not be effected until the review and comment process has been duly done, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said.
The regulation will be published in the federal register once approved by the White House and a 30-day comment period will follow.
This regulation has received strong resistance from several quarters including companies in the Silicon Valley and several US lawmakers. They claimed it is anti-women as well as prevents skilled spouses of holders of H-1B visa from working in the US.
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