Donald Trump govt to ban work permits for spouses of H-1B holders: Move will impact not just Indian techies but also US economy
India-based global IT Services companies do not take the majority of new H-1B visas, contrary to prevalent rhetoric
Two powerful Democratic women senators have urged the Trump administration not to go ahead with its decision to revoke the authorisation to immigrants on H-4 visas, a majority of who are Indian-Americans, as doing so would impact about 1,00,000 women.
India-US 2+2 talks: US defence official says America 'bullish' on high level meet even as concerns rise over S-400 deal
The upcoming India - US - India 2+2 talks - an apex bilateral meetup in New Delhi next week - is not just ‘historic’ but will throw up a set of ‘very concrete outcomes’ which will serve as enablers for the India US relationship well beyond the high optics of September 6 and 7, a top official of the US Defence Department in Washington DC Wednesday.
Migrant wives: The harsh reality of Indian H4 visa holders, who must remain dependent on spouses or live illegally
Many H4 visa holders are women who are forced to remain in unhappy or abusive marriages because their visa does not allow them to work and live in the US
Spouses of H-1B visa holders get breather as Donald Trump administration misses deadline on H-4 notification
The Donald Trump administration has failed to meet its deadline for the second time this year to issue a notification on its decision to terminate the work authorisation of H-4 visa holders, mostly Indians who are spouses of professionals having H-1B visas
A group of 15 influential lawmakers from California has urged the Trump administration to reconsider its move to revoke an Obama-era rule that gives work permits to spouses of certain categories of H-1B visas, the most sought-after among Indian IT professionals.
H4 EAD: USCIS chief signals it's end of the road for H4 work permits; tighter rules on H1B payscales coming soon
Chief of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Francis Cissna, in a three page letter dated April 4 to the US Senate Juiciary Committee, has confirmed it's the end of the road for H4 workers' employment authorisations in Donald Trump's administration. Calling the letter an "update" on USCIS' effort to ensuring integrity of the immigration system, Cissna goes into great detail on employment based immigration programs and the associated spouse visas.
H1B workers' spouses on H4 visas 'shocked' at fallout of New York Times story on fate of work permits
The New York Times tells the story of H4 dependent spouse through the experiences of a California resident who reveals details of her monthly mortgage payment - $ 4,800. It’s the only house mortgage payment that is mentioned in the entire NYT longform but that’s enough red meat for a country battling economic anxiety across many industries. The scathing reactions have set off alarm bells in the H4 community.
Depression and health scares: In Donald Trump's America, H4 visa's uncertain fate driving H1B workers' spouses over the edge
On the US telly networks, illegal immigrants' adult children ( DACA recipients) who have been granted work permits, also in the Obama era, have come to be the primary focus of the immigration deadlock in the US. Contrast that with the legal status of the H1B family in the US - they are legal, the H4 dependents are legal and if the H4 EAD is revoked, that leaves the H4 visa recipients worse off than DACA recipients with work permits.
Relief for spouses of H-1B visa holders: US delays decision on work authorisation for H-4 visa programme
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
Dhawal Doshy, Poonam Ghelani, Sumitha Nari, Neha Mahajan, Kalyani Kelkar and Pratik Gupta are all on H4 EAD ( employment authorisation document) in the US. They share, with Firstpost America, deeply personal insights on living and working on an H4 and the unbearable anxiety of constant uncertainty and a state of perennial waiting. This conversation with a microcosm of the larger H1B-H4 community in the US offers us a sample of the fault lines that two completely different visa categories can create in the modern Indian family living out West.
H-1B Visa holders' spouses, on H4 visa, will not be able to work if Trump administration has its way
After Trump got elected, Save Jobs USA filed its initial brief in an appeals court. The department of justice (DoJ) has filed a brief in Washington DC appeals court, seeking a 60-day freeze for employment authorisation for H4 visa holders. If this is approved, it effectively means that H4 EAD visa holders can no longer seek employment, taking that status back to pre-2015 era.