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Trump plans to rescind work permits for spouses of immigrants on H-1B visas


  1. What are H-4 EADs?

EAD stands for Employment Authorization Document and is card that provide evidence that a non-immigrant is authorized to work on the U.S. EADs are commonly issued for students performing their OPT – Occupation Practical Training and applicants who have applied for and are waiting their green card. Historically, H-4 visa holders, spouses and children of H-1B holders, were not authorized to work in the U.S. In 2015 the Obama administration implemented a rule that would allow H-4 spouses to obtain an EAD and work in the U.S.

  1. Why does it matter if this immigration benefit is rescinded?

The U.S. is already seeing a worker shortage in various sectors. In July 2018 the unemployment rate declined to 3.9%. According to a recent June survey, of the US employers surveyed, 46%, said they can't find the skills they need. We cannot hire American if there is no one left to hire. U.S. employers need immigrants to file the worker shortages.

Additionally, spouses, which are mainly women, are negatively impacted. Because of the backlog, the waiting period to obtain a green card can 10 years or more. Women who want work cannot work and contribute to the growth of the U.S. economy.

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What do you think? Should non-immigrant spouses who are waiting several years for a green card be permitted to work in the U.S.? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below in the comment section.

If you are concerned about losing your EAD status due to the administration policy change, give us a call at 312-546-5116 and get the RayLaw Advantage to see if there are alternatives. Get the information and knowledge you need, to have peace of mind in these challenging time. Until next time stay, on the right immigration path.

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