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U.S. delays decision on H-4 visas

People stand on the steps of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices in New York. File

People stand on the steps of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices in New York. File   | Photo Credit: REUTERS

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The Trump administration has delayed its decision on termination of work authorisation for spouses of the H-1B visa holders, in a big relief to a significantly large number of Indian workers and their families.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a court submission this week said that it would not take a decision on terminating the work authorisation of H-4 visa users, spouses of H-1B visa holders, till June as it needs time to review the economic impact of such a decision.

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, under a rule introduced by the previous Barack Obama administration. The DHS was previously scheduled to take a call on it by February 28.

“Consistent with the Government’s prior representations, DHS was working to issue an NPRM (Notice of Proposed Rule Making) in February 2018.

“However, in January 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the component of DHS responsible for oversight of the H-4 visa programme at issue in this litigation, reevaluated the rule and determined that significant revisions to the draft proposal were necessary,” DHS said in its fresh court submission.

Economic analysis

It said the revisions required a new economic analysis which required an additional several weeks to perform.

 

The extension of decision-making process by four months comes as a temporary relief to the spouses of H-1B visas holders, a significantly large number of whom are Indian workers.

 

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